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Vascular Update 2019  

Thoracic Aortic Surgery: Tearing, Expansion, Rupture, and Thrombosis
Thank you for your interest in the Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento's CME Symposium. 

Thoracic aortic disease (TAD) accounts for 43,000 to 47,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; however, the true number is unclear. Unfortunately, the initial presentation of TAD is often death due to dissection and rupture, nearly double the deaths attributed to ruptured abdominal aneurysms. Thus, early recognition and referral to specialized centers with experts in the treatment and management of this condition is essential to improve patient outcomes and survival. 

Online Registration is now closed. 

2019 Event Details

March 7, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hilton Sacramento Arden West 
2200 Harvard Street 
Sacramento, CA 95815  

5:30 p.m. Registration and networking
6:00 p.m. Welcome, Featured Presentations
8:30 p.m. Closing Remarks/Adjourn


Our featured presentations will include:

Surgery of the Aortic Root

Joseph Huh, MD, FACS

Acute Aortic Dissection: The Great Pretender

Stephen Rossiter, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP


Descending Thoracic Aneurysms, Penetrating Ulcers, and Other Aberrations

Keith Jones, MD, FACS


Future Directions: Progressive Endovascular Aortic Solutions

Kapil Sharma, MD, FRCSC


At the conclusion of this program participants should be able to implement the following changes in their professional practice:

  • Recognize patients at risk for aortic root aneurysm, and discuss the timing of referral for surgical evaluation of treatment options.
  • Recognize the wide variety of possible presentation of aortic dissection for earlier diagnosis.
  • Identify, evaluate, and manage thoracic and infrarenal aortic aneurysms.
  • Summarize the long term implications, risks, monitoring strategies, and appropriate intervention for aortic arch disease


As a provider accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association, we must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of our sponsored educational activities. We at Dignity Health Sacramento Office of Continuing Medical Education adhere to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

  • Dr. Huh, Dr. Jones, Dr. Rossiter, Dr. Sharma, Dr. Tajlil, Dignity Health Sacramento CME committee members, and all other planners involved and able to influence the content of this presentation have reported no relevant financial relationships/interest with any commercial entities that may have ties to this presentation.


Kapil Sharma, MD, FRCSC

Cardiovascular Surgery, Aortic Specialist, Dignity Health

Joseph Huh, MD, FACS

Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery, The Permanente Medical Group, Inc, Sacramento

Kieth M. Jones, MD, FACS, RPVI

Vascular Surgery, Dignity Health

Stephen J. Rossiter, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP

Administrative Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery, Mercy General Hospital, Dignity Health

Ali Tajlil, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgery

Accreditation Statement:
Dignity Health Sacramento is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:
Dignity Health Sacramento designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is sponsored in part by promotional exhibitors