2017 Highlights & Gallery

The 8th Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium was one for the record books. Nearly 260 physicians, sonographers, nurses, genetic counselors and trainees attended the Symposium in October 2017 at the Camby Hotel in Phoenix. The 4 and 1/2 day conference provided ample time for networking, connect with old friends and make new friendships. The Phoenix weather was perfect for the attendees to enjoy themselves during their time in Arizona.

Read about some of the highlights from our 2017 Symposium:

  • Diane Spicer and Norman Silverman presented exquisite cardiac specimens demonstrating the anatomic details of a wide variety of congenital heart defects at a pre-conference focused on pathology. A second pre-conference course on Preparation for the ARDMS Fetal Echocardiography Certification Exam provided a solid foundation for those preparing for the exam.
  • Symposium faculty, comprised of world-renowned expertise in fetal cardiology, maternal-fetal medicine, pathology, radiology and surgery, presented on a wide range of fetal cardiology topics. Lectures on structural fetal cardiac disease, such as abnormalities of the conus, venous anomalies, isomerism and tricuspid valve abnormalities, discussed the embryology, evaluation and outcomes of these lesions. The assessment and innovative treatment of both tachy- and bradyarrhythmias were presented, spurring a great discussion with faculty and attendees.
  • Fetal cardiology nurse coordinators from institutions across North America presented on a wide array of topics focused on care coordination. Dr. Mary Donofrio, President of the Fetal Heart Society, welcomed the nurse coordinators to join the Fetal Heart Society, as they play such a valuable role in the care of the fetal cardiac family.
  • There was a 1 and 1/2 day focus on the State of the Art of Fetal Therapy and the cardiovascular implications of cardiac and non-cardiac intervention. Experts in the field of fetal intervention shared their experience treating twin-twin transfusion syndrome, diaphragmatic hernia, neural tube defects, aortic stenosis and restrictive atrial septal physiology.
  • The Fetal Heart Society had their inaugural in-person meeting for members and those interested in membership during the Symposium. Current research studies and future studies for potential multi-site enrollment were presented.
  • Selected scientific abstract presentations provided trainees an opportunity to share their research and dialogue with faculty and attendees on their findings. Several fetal cardiac case presentations in the sessions called “The Case that Gave Me Chest Pain,” demonstrated the rare lesions that challenge even the astute diagnostician.
  • The General Session was comprised of informative faculty presentations spurring questions and opportunity for learning and application to attendees’ practices back at home. A wide range of topics in the field of fetal cardiology were addressed by leading experts in the field making this one of the most comprehensive fetal cardiology conferences today! You don’t want to miss the 9th Phoenix Fetal Cardiology Symposium November 2-6, 2018!

Check out photos from the 2017 Symposium!