Welcome to the Virtual Conference

Thank you for listening to your heart! If you weren’t able to join us live, you can still watch the recordings of all of these fabulous sessions. See below for links to the videos.

Valve Disease Day Virtual Conference

Welcome Remarks

10:30 am ET

Lindsay Clarke, JD

Senior Vice President of Health Education & Advocacy, Alliance for Aging Research

Advancing Support for Heart Valve Disease in Congress

10:33 am ET

Representative Andy Barr is a leading advocate for raising awareness and advancing treatment for heart valve disease. The Congressman led a House resolution to commemorate Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, and is lead sponsor of the Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy (CAROL) Act, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2021.

Watch Representative Barr's remarks here.

Representative Andy Barr

U.S. Congressman for Kentucky's Sixth District

Valve Disease Research at NHLBI

10:36 am ET

Watch this important discussion here.

Frank Evans, PhD


Program Director, Heart Development and Structural Diseases, NHLBI

Joanna Chikwe, MD


Chair, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai

Judy Hung, MD


Director, Echocardiography, Division of Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Listen to Your Heart, Before it Shouts at You!

11:00 – 11:55 AM ET

Please join this succinct discussion led by Dignity Health in Arizona as our structural program, women's heart program and WomenHeart support group along with WomenHeart National tackle disparities in valvular disease.

Listen to this fabulous panel here.

Rachel M. Bond, MD


System Director Women’s Heart Health, Dignity Health

Celina Gorre


CEO, WomenHeart

Amy Friedrich-Karnick


Vice President of Advocacy & Communications, WomenHeart

Dan Inder S. Sraow MD


Medical Director Structural Heart, Dignity Health, Intermediate Chairman Structural Heart

Peggy Banyai, RN


Nurse Coordinator Structural Heart, Dignity Health

Laurel Moritz, RN


Nurse Coordinator Structural Heart, Dignity Health

Julia Ann Lee, RN


Cardiac Electrophysiology Nurse and WomenHeart Coordinator, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, Dignity Health Arizona

Noreen Coussens


Women Heart Champion, Dignity Health; Retired Professional Geriatric Care Manager/Dementia Care Specialist

Recent Advancements in Heart Valve Disease

12:00 – 12:55 pm ET

MedStar Health cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists will discuss recent advances in the treatment of valvular heart disease in this Facebook live discussion, with a Q&A to follow.

Watch the conversation here.

Brian Bethea, MD

Cardiac Surgeon

Chief of Cardiac Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Jeffrey Cohen, MD

Cardiac Surgeon

Surgical Director of the structural program for Washington region

Lowell Satler, MD

Interventional Cardiologist

Director of Coronary Interventions at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Ron Waksman, MD

Interventional Cardiologist

Associate Director, Division of Cardiology at MedStar Heart Institute; Director, Cardiovascular and Advanced Education, MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network

John Chung-Yee Wang, MD

Interventional Cardiologist

Chief, Cardiac Catheterization Lab at MedStar Union Memorial

Twitter Chat - The Impact of the Pandemic on Valve Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Join the Twitter chat to learn more about valve disease and how the pandemic has impacted the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of valve disease. You can also share your organization's resources during the chat. Participate on Twitter by following #ValveDiseaseDay.

Valvular Heart Disease in the Real World : A Patient Friendly Treatment Discussion

2:00 – 2:55 pm ET

This year's Valve Disease Day Flagship Event involves an important panel of experts discussing the latest in valve disease treatment. Panelists will dig into the importance of a multidisciplinary team framework at the Piedmont program, raising patient awareness, the TVT registry and public reporting, and more. Watch here.

Vinod Thourani, MD


Marcus Chairman of Cardiovascular Surgery, Piedmont Healthcare and the Marcus Heart Valve Center

John Whyte, MD


Chief Medical Officer of WebMD, which also includes Medscape, Medscape Education, and MDedge

Joan Michaels, MSN, RN, CPHQ, AACC


Director of Cardiac Registries, American College of Cardiology

Pradeep Yadav, MD


Interventional Cardiologist, Structural Heart Disease, Piedmont Heart

Peter Flueckiger, MD


Cardiologist, Piedmont Heart

Ben Holland, MD


Cardiologist, Piedmont Heart

Amy Simone, PA-C


Director, Marcus Heart Valve Center, Piedmont Heart

Revolutionizing Peer Support for Patients

3:00 – 3:45 pm ET

Mended Hearts® has been supporting patients for 71 years, but has revolutionized the way they support valve disease patients over the past two years. Join us to learn WHY peer support is so vital and how lives are being changed by hearing “You are not alone”. Andrea Baer, MS, BCPA, Executive Director of The Mended Hearts, Inc., will be joined by Mended Hearts Peer Supporters to talk about how you can GIVE and GET Support!

Watch this important conversation here.

Andrea Baer, MS, BCPA


Executive Director, Mended Hearts

Navigating the Patient/Care Partner Journey

4:00 - 4:55 pm ET

Join Heart Valve Voice US in a conversation with patients and care partners who will share their insights for navigating heart valve disease.

Learn from these fabulous patients, care partners, and advocates here.

Susan Strong


Director of Patient Engagement, Heart Valve Voice

Heart Valve Disease: Raising Awareness of a Deadly but Treatable Disease

5:00 – 5:09 pm ET

The CardioVisual team joins forces with the Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day campaign to build awareness of symptoms and improve diagnosis, treatment, and management of heart valve disease.

Watch and learn more here.

Shannon Goldrick, MSN, RN


Cardiovisual, Clinical Educator

Oluseun Alli, MD


Novant Health, Interventional Cardiology

Ask the Expert: Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedures

5:30 – 6:30 pm ET

Join the Co-Directors of Inova’s Structural Heart/Valve Disease Program, for an engaging conversation about their comprehensive approach to evaluating the best course of treatment for valve disease.

Get an in-depth look at valve disease here.

Eric Sarin, MD

Cardiac surgeon

Co-director, Inova Structural Heart/Valve Disease Program

Matthew Sherwood, MD MHS

Interventional cardiologist

Co-director, Inova Structural Heart/Valve Disease Program