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2012 Joint Session

Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society
19th Congress

~~~ Joint Session ~~~

Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society
18th Symposium

Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, 2012
Barton Creek, 
Austin, Texas

Online registration is now closed. You may register at the event beginning Thursday morning, June 21.
Please make hotel arrangements directly with Barton Creek at 866-572-7369 (mention this conference). 
  Symposium brochure


This second Joint Session brings together these two societies which separately have recognized and celebrated the mentorship of their namesakes for many years. They will come together this June in Austin, Texas, to present an educational and scientific program that will honor these two great legends: Michael E. DeBakey and Denton A. Cooley. We welcome you to join us in this unique forum geared toward providing important updates on the latest advances in cardiovascular and general surgery.

The Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society was organized and chartered on March 13, 1972 by active cardiovascular surgeons, residents and fellows at Texas Heart Institute as a tribute to Dr. Cooley, their mentor, for his contributions to cardiovascular surgery and physician education throughout the world. With more than 800 physician members representing 49 countries and 44 of the 50 United States, the Society meets biennially to fulfill its purposes of education, scientific exchange and social reunion.

A group of Michael E. DeBakey's trainees came together in 1976 with the goal of founding an organization to honor Dr. DeBakey, provide a forum for international scientific exchange, recognize superior surgeons and provide financial support for surgeons seeking postgraduate training at Baylor College of Medicine. The Michael E. DeBakey International Cardiovascular Surgical Society was founded January 20, 1977, and subsequently was renamed the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society. This organization now perpetuates Dr. DeBakey's vision through scholarship, training and recognition, and holds a biennial meeting to accomplish these goals.

Needs and Goals
Cardiothoracic and general surgery are continuously changing and developing fields, with new understanding of pathology evolving into new modalities for treatment and innovative treatment approaches. Thus, there is an imperative need for surgeons dealing with cardiothoracic diseases to be updated on an ongoing basis on the etiology, functional abnormalities, disease processes, and state-of-the-art therapies in a broad range of areas, including cardiac, aortic, general thoracic, congenital heart and general surgery.

Target Audience
The intended audience for this continuing medical education activity includes cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, general surgeons, residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurses, and perfusionists.

For details on educational objectives,educational methods and evaluation process, program and speakers, registration and accommodations, please see the full brochure.

Program Schedule Highlights

Thursday–June 21, 2012  

7:00 AM     Registration open

8:00 AM     Golf Tournament 

12:30 PM    DeBakey Society and Cooley Society Board Meetings

1:45 PM     Welcome and CME announcements

1:50 PM     Session I begins

3:07 PM     Break

3:34 PM     Session II begins

5:05 PM     DAC Society and MED Society Business Meetings

6:30 PM     Welcome Reception                   

Friday–June 22, 2012  

6:45 AM      Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:55 AM      Welcome

8:00 AM      Session III begins

9:29 AM      Break

10:00 AM    Session IV begins

11:25 AM    Introduction of Keynote Speaker

11:28 AM    Keynote Address

12:20 PM    Lunch

1:30 PM      Balance of the day and evening free

Saturday – June 23, 2012  

6:45 AM     Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:55 AM      Welcome

8:00 AM     Session V begins

9:45 AM     Break

10:18 AM   Session VI begins

11:59 PM   Introduction of Keynote Speaker

12:03 PM   Keynote Address

12:39 PM   Meeting Wrap-up

12:50 PM    Lunch

2:00 PM     Balance of the day free

7:00 PM     Evening reception

7:45 PM     Gala Dinner 

Sunday – June 24, 2012  

8:30 AM      Ethics Breakfast and Lecture

See Symposium brochure for details on program and faculty.

Among the distinguished faculty for the symposium, the following speakers are on the program:

Keynote Address
John H. Calhoon, MD
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Friday Luncheon
O. Wayne Isom, MD
New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, NY

Saturday Keynote
O. H. "Bud" Frazier, MD
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
Houston, TX

Saturday Luncheon
Walter H. Merrill, MD
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Sunday Ethics Breakfast
Amy L. McGuire, JD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Activity Co-Directors

Joseph S. Coselli, MD

President, Denton A. Cooley
Cardiovascular Surgical Society

Professor and Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery
Texas Heart Institute

Robert J. Salem, MD
President, Michael E. DeBakey
International Surgical Society

Chief Medical Officer Emeritus,
Covenant Health System   

Accreditation/Credit Designation 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Texas Heart Institute and the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society and the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society. Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been designated by Texas Heart Institute for 1.25 hours of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

For details on credit designations, see full brochure.

Meeting Site and Accommodations

Barton Creek Hotel
3212 Barton Club Drive
Austin, TX  73735

Reservations: 800-336-6158
Direct: 512-329-4000


Accommodations should be arranged directly with Barton Creek 
prior to June 5, 2012. Identify yourself with the Cooley-DeBakey Societies Conference to benefit from the special group rate.


Cancellation Policy
The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) must receive written notification of a refund request postmarked no later than June 10, 2012. A $50 processing fee will be deducted from the registration fees paid to cover our processing charges. For full details, please refer to the Symposium brochure.

Registration fee includes admission to all scientific sessions, breakfasts, breaks, luncheons, the welcome reception, the Legends dinner, and a conference syllabus.  

ID* After May 28th
Physicians $645
Nurses/Nurse practitioners/
Physician Assistans/Perfusionists
Residents/Fellows/Medical Students $345

* Photo ID must be faxed to OCME at 713-218-2229 for online registration or included with mail-in registration.

Separate fees apply for golf and social registration for spouses/guests/children and exhibitors; see registration form.

Online registration is now closed.
You may register at the event beginning Thursday morning, June 21.
Please make hotel arrangements directly with Barton Creek at 866-572-7369 (mention this conference).

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