Nicklaus Children's Hospital hosts "Evolution or Revolution? Disruptive Thinking and Innovation in Pediatric Heart Disease" Medical Conference

Published on: 11/16/2015

MIAMI -- The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is sponsoring "Evolution or Revolution? Disruptive Thinking, Technology and Innovation in Pediatric Heart Disease," a conference for pediatricians, pediatric cardiologists and other medical professionals to be held December 3-6 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.


The program focuses on "disruptive" thought and technology, concepts and techniques that improve care delivery in unexpected ways. It will feature a faculty of more than 30 pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery experts from throughout the world as well as host faculty from Nicklaus Children's Hospital, part of Miami Children's Health System, a regional leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. 


"The objectives of the program are to review future directions of inpatient care, cardiac surgery, imaging, electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization; understand the principles of disruptive thinking and technology as they apply to pediatric cardiovascular care; and discuss new trends in fetal intervention, digital innovations, basic cardiovascular research and data analysis," said Course Director Gil Wernovsky, MD, Medical Director of Patient- and Family-centered Care and the Single Ventricle Program for the Heart Program.


In addition, the conference will include a free Patient and Family Education day on Saturday, December 5, also at the Biltmore Hotel. Titled “Congenital Heart Disease 2015:  Strategies for a Successful Journey to Adulthood and Beyond,” the free event is designed for families of children with congenital heart disease and will address important topics about supporting their child’s emotional, social, school, and medical success from infancy to adulthood. The event will include talks by cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, a transplant patient, and adult congenital patients. Families who wish to participate should email or call 786-624-4371 by Monday, November 23. 


The landmark Biltmore Hotel, situated in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida, offers golf, tennis a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa and ready access to the greater Miami area, including Miami Beach.


The medical program offers 17 American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award category one credits, as well as continuing education credits for nurses. Miami Children's Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians


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About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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