Texas Heart Institute Honors Summit 2019

May 17, 2019

Texas Heart Institute will host several commencement events on Friday, May 17, 2019, including the Texas Heart Institute Honors Summit and Igor F. Palacios, MD Distinguished Lectureship in Cardiology. Founded by the Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society, the annual symposium unites current and former cardiology fellows, faculty and alumni and promotes excellence in cardiology care through continued education and fellowship.


Texas Heart Institute Honors Summit and Igor F. Palacios, MD Distinguished Lectureship in Cardiology covers the history and future of cardiac surgery, the most current strategies in advanced heart failure, different approaches to peripheral interventions, the debate between medical management and coronary intervention, the cost-effectiveness of novel atherosclerotic therapy, and the optimal management of adult congenital heart disease.

A forum for exchange of ideas.

Target Audience

The audience for this continuing medical education activity symposium will target an audience of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, advanced practice providers, nurses, and trainees to cover a broad range of topics including cardiac surgery, peripheral interventions, coronary heart disease management, advanced heart failure, and congenital heart disease.

2018 Texas Heart Institute Honors Ceremony Graduation of Fellows, The Ansary Atrium at the Denton A. Cooley Building May 11, 2018

Educational Objectives

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize teaching points towards improved mitral valve and measurement assessments via non-invasive imagining
  • Utilize teaching points to formulate optimal treatment plans for patients with mitral valve disease
  • Improve knowledge and utilization of knowledge to formulate treatment approach for functional vs nonfunctional MR
  • Improve number of cardiologists towards using TEE imaging guidance over ICE for intra procedural cardiology
  • Enhance consideration of hybrid approach towards revascularization for improved patient results and recovery


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society. Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Texas Heart Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Wilson Lam, MD (President, Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society)

Texas Children's Hospital / Texas Adult Congenital Heart Center
Combined Adult-Pediatric Cardiology / Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Assistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Baylor College of Medicine
(Houston, Texas)

Guilherme Vianna Silva, MD, FACC (Course Director, Igor F. Palacios MD Distinguished Lectureship in Cardiology)

Program Director, Structural Heart Disease, Baylor College of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine
(Houston, Texas)

Stephanie Coulter, MD (Program Director, THI Honors Summit)

Stephanie Coulter, MD, FACC., FASE
Program Director, Texas Heart Institute Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Director, Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health at Texas Heart Institute

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

Emory Healthcare
Interventional Cardiology
Emory School Medicine Faculty
(Atlanta, Georgia)

Houston Methodist
(Houston, Texas)

Baylor Scott & White
(Round Rock, Texas)

Emory University
(Atlanta, Georgia)

Professor, Vice-Chair and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency
(Houston, Texas)

Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
(Houston, Texas)

Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
(Houston, Texas)

Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
(Houston, Texas)

Director Adult Congenital Heart Disease Interventions
Massachusetts General Hospital
(Boston, Massachusetts)

Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
(Houston, Texas)

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Circulatory Support
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
(Houston, Texas)

Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
(Houston, Texas)

Co-Director, Heart Valve Program
Director, Interventional Echocardiography
Massachusetts General Hospital
(Boston, Massachusetts)



Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Honors Summit & Igor F. Palacios, MD, Distinguished Lectureship in Cardiology

Texas Heart Institute | 6770 Bertner Avenue, Houston, TX 77030


7:00        BREAKFAST | Symposia Registration and Exhibit Space Open

8:00       Welcome and Introduction | Wilson Lam, MD, President, Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society Guilherme Silva, MD, Program Director, Structural Heart Disease, Baylor College of Medicine

8:05        Introduction of Guest Speaker | Guilherme Silva, MD

8:10        Keynote Speaker for the LectureshipPeter Block, MD  Emory Hospital, Atlanta, GA  

                 Updates in the Treatment of Mitral Valve Disease

8:40        Lay of the Land: Mitral Valve Pathology Deciphered Through Non- invasive ImagingSrikanth Koneru, MD

9:00       Mitral Valve Surgery: The Gold StandardKenneth Liao, MD

9:20       Percutaneous Mitral Valve Replacement: For Which Patient and Which ValveIgnacio Inglessis-Azuaje, MD

9:40      Percutaneous Mitral Valve repair: New Coming Devices and the Treatment of Functional MR Guilherme Silva, MD

10:00    The Case for Imaging:  Patients Benefit from Interventional Echocardiography (TEE) – ICE is not EnoughJonathan Passeri, MDMassachusetts General Hospital, Boston

10:20    Morning Break

Cases from THI, MGH & Invited Institutions – Structural, Coronary and Valvular Heart Disease

Moderators: Drs. Joseph Coselli, Guilherme Silva, and Stephanie Coulter

10:40    Jessica Brown, MD

11:00    Stephanie Coulter, MD

11:20     Angel Caldera, MD

11:40     Jose Condado Contreras, MD

Noon     Guilherme Silva, MD and Dhaval Parekh, MD


12:25       Lunch


1:15         Critical Limb Ischemia: Below the Knee Retrograde Revascularization | Jonathan Aliota, MD

1:45        Fascinating Electrophysiology Unknowns |  David Burkland, MD & Brian Greet, MD

2:15        Fascinating Electrophysiology | Briana Costello, MD

2:45       Announcements & Adjournment

3:15        THI Cardiac Society 2019 Annual Meeting

3:35       Cardiology Fellows Pinning Ceremony

5:00       THI Honors Reception

5:45       THI Honors Ceremony




The symposium is held in the Texas Heart Institute – The Denton A. Cooley Building located within the Texas Medical Center at 6770 Bertner Avenue, Houston, Texas 77030.

Entrance to the Denton A. Cooley Building is only through the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Bates Street lobby (6720 Bertner Ave.).

The meetings will be held in the The Denton A. Cooley auditorium located on the lower level of the Cooley Building which is accessible by the Green Elevators.


There are several hotels in the Texas Medical Center within walking distance or short taxi.

Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-796-0080

Hilton Houston Plaza
6633 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-313-4000

Wyndham Hotel & Suites
Houston Medical Center
6800 S. Main Street
Houston TX 77030
Phone: 713-528-7744

Hotel ZAZA
5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
Phone: 713-526-1991

Ground Transportation 

Taxi service to the Texas Medical Center (TMC) hotels from Hobby Airport averages $35 one way. Taxi service from Bush Intercontinental Airport averages $50 one way. Uber & Lyft provide service in Houston. The drive to the TMC is approximately 30 minutes from Hobby Airport and approximately 45 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Rental car services are also available at both airports.


Parking for the event is available in Garage 2 located off Holcombe and Bertner for a fee of $13. You may also valet for $14 at the front of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center located at 6720 Bertner Avenue.

For more information on parking and directions for the Texas Medical Center visit www.tmc.edu.