Preliminary Program

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About The Conference

The second annual Advances in Critical Care Conference brings together all members of multidisciplinary teams that care for critically ill patients, both surgical and medical, on a virtual platform. This conference provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues, network and collaborate with critical care experts around the country, and explore state-of-the-art tools, technologies, and care pathways. Highlighting the broad critical care necessary for COVID-19 management there will be engaging speakers and panel sessions on sepsis, ARDS, trauma, ECMO, shock, acute kidney injury, and other cutting-edge topics.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other medical care providers who must maintain the state-of-the-art knowledge required to care for medical and surgical critical care patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity the participant should be able to:

  • Use the skills gained to implement more efficient/accurate diagnosis processes and treatment techniques to provide improved care for critically ill patients.
  • Utilize ECMO, percutaneous mechanical support devices, REBOA, and other tools in the management of critically ill patients.

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 and Baylor College of Medicine. Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 12.00 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

CHI St. Luke’s Health Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Up to 13 contact hours will be awarded for successful completion of this activity. To receive a certificate of completion with awarded contact hours, you are required to sign-in at registration each day, attend the entire program or partially for topics listed on the tracker and return the completed evaluation form each day.

Conference Organizers

Subhasis Chatterjee, MD

Subhasis Chatterjee, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine

Director, Thoracic Surgical ICU & ECMO Program Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD

Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD

Professor of Medicine-Pulmonary

Frances K. Friedman and Oscar Friedman, M.D. ‘36 Endowed Professorship for Pulmonary Disorders Baylor College of Medicine

Chief of Pulmonary,

Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Section Ben Taub Hospital

S. Rob Todd, MD

S. Rob Todd, MD

Senior Vice President

Chief, Acute Care Surgery Grady Health System

José L. Díaz-Gómez, MD

José L. Díaz-Gómez, MD

Section Chief, Cardiothoracic, Circulatory Support, and Transplant Critical Care


Director, Critical Care Echocardiography and Point of Care Ultrasonography

Division of Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine

Medical Director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Service Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

James P. Herlihy, MD

James P. Herlihy, MD

Professor of Medicine-Pulmonary Baylor College of Medicine

Chief of Critical Care, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Organizing Committee


  • Elaine Allbritton
  • Ashley Benning
  • Ronnetta Etter
  • Brenda Jones
  • Stephanie Jackson
  • Scott Holmes
  • Susan Ressler
  • Todd K. Rosengart, MD

Scientific Program

7:55am - 8:00amDrs. Subhasis Chatterjee & Rob Todd

Session I: COVID-19 - Respiratory Challenge
8:00am - 8:10amTalk 1.1: The Challenge of COVID-19Dr. James P. Herlihy
8:10am - 8:20amTalk 1.2: Strategies to Avoid Mechanical Ventilation (High Flow, Awake Proning, etc.)Dr. Amy Sharon Arrington
8:20am - 8:30amTalk 1.3: ARDS Management in COVID-19Dr. Chris Howard
8:30am - 8:40amTalk 1.4: Role of ECMO in COVID-19Dr. Bindu Akkanti
8:40am - 8:55amPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. James P. Herlihy & Muhammad Siddique

Short Break
5 Minutes

Session II: COVID-19 - Multiorgan Challenge
9:00am - 9:10amTalk 2.1: Combatting the Coagulopathy in COVID-19Dr. Michele Loor
9:10am - 9:20amTalk 2.2: Cardiac Manifestations of COVID-19Dr. Reynolds Delgado
9:20am - 9:30amTalk 2.3: Acute Kidney Injury and COVID-19Dr. Michael Shashaty
9:30am - 9:40amTalk 2.4: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in ChildrenDr. Lara Shekerdemian
9:40am - 9:55 amPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. Sergio Trevino & Kartik Valluri

Short Break
5 Minutes

Session III: COVID 3 - Therapeutics
10:00am - 10:10amTalk 3.1: The Role for Steroids in COVID-19Dr. Steve Pastores
10:10am - 10:20amTalk 3.2: When to Use Remdesivir in COVID-19Dr. Sergio Trevino
10:20am - 10:30amTalk 3.3: Convalescent Plasma in COVID-19Dr. Meredith Reyes
10:30am - 10:40amTalk 3.4: Promising Therapeutics on the HorizonDr. James Cutrell
10:40am - 11:00amPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. Lavanya Pandit & Chris Howard

Exhibitor Break
11:15am - 1:00pmExhibitor Hall

Session IV: Cardiac
1:00pm - 1:10pmTalk 4.1: Catheter Directed Therapy for Massive Pulmonary Embolism Dr. Biswajit Kar
1:10pm - 1:20pmTalk 4.2: Cardiac Arrest: Role for ECMO in 2020Dr. Subhasis Chatterjee
1:20pm - 1:30pmTalk 4.3: Acute Right Ventricular Failure – Medications and Mech Circ. SupportDr. Andrew Civitello
1:30pm - 1:40pmTalk 4.4: Wide Complex Tachycardia in the ICU- Now What?Dr. Ramesh Hariharan
1:40pm - 1:55pmPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. Subhasis Chatterjee & Anju Bharadwaj

Short Break
5 Minutes

Session V: Neurocritical Care
2:00pm - 2:10pmTalk 5.1: Recent Advances for Thrombolytics for Ischemic Stroke Dr. Eljim Tesoro
2:10pm - 2:20pmTalk 5.2: Upcoming Advances for Intracerebral HemorrhageDr. Claude Hemphill
2:20pm - 2:30pmTalk 5.3: Managing Delirium & Encephalopathy in COVIDDr. Aarti Sarwal
2:30pm - 2:40pmTalk 5.4: Determining Brain Death Dr. David Greer
2:40pm - 2:55pmPanel DiscussionModerator - Drs. Chethan Rao & Jose Diaz-Gomez

Short Break
5 Minutes

Session VI: Sepsis
3:00pm - 3:10pmTalk 6.1: Rapid Diagnostics and the Syndromic Approach to Sepsis Dr. Laila Woc-Coburn
3:10pm - 3:20pmTalk 6.2: Biomarkers to Guide Antibiotic TherapyDr. Galant Chan
3:20pm - 3:30pmTalk 6.3: How I Use Lactate and SCVO2 in Sepsis ResuscitationDr. Krysta Wolfe
3:30pm - 3:40pmTalk 6.4: POCUS is the Key to Sepsis ResuscitationDr. Jose Diaz-Gomez
3:40pm - 3:50pmTalk 6.5: Refractory Septic Shock - Vasoplegia StrategiesDr. Ashish Khanna, Wake Forest School of Medicine
3:50pm - 4:05pmPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. James P. Herlhy & Chris Morgan

7:55am - 8:00amDay 2 Kick-Off

Session VII: Gastrointestinal
8:00am - 8:10amTalk 7.1: When to Call the Surgeon for Acute PancreatitisDr. Dan Bonville
8:10am - 8:20amTalk 7.2: Management of Esophageal Perforation Dr. Shawn Groth
8:20am - 8:30amTalk 7.3: Graft Dysfunction after Liver TransplantationDr. Ron Cotton
8:30am - 8:40amTalk 7.4: C Diff Colitis - Diagnosis and Optimal ManagementDr. Jennifer Kwon
8:40am - 8:55amPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. Robert Southard & Michele Loor

Short Break
5 Minutes

Session VIII: Renal
9:00am - 9:10amTalk 8.1: Are Biomarkers Ready for Prime Time in Acute Kidney InjuryDr. Jay Koyner
9:10am - 9:20amTalk 8.2: How I Choose Between RRT Modalities for AKIDr. Kianoush Kashani
9:20am - 9:30amTalk 8.3: Can Contrast Nephropathy Be Prevented?Dr. Rajeev Raghavan
9:30am - 9:40amTalk 8.4: How I Approach AKI in the Heart & Lung Transplant patient?Dr. Kevin Finkel
9:40am - 9:55 amPanel DiscussionModerator - Drs Subhasis Chatterjee & Katherine Timmins

Short Break
5 Minutes

Session IX: ICU Systems
10:00am - 10:10amTalk 9.1: The Evolving Role of Decision Support in the ICUDr. Brian Pickering
10:10am - 10:20amTalk 9.2:Telemedicine in the ICUDr. Corey Scurlock
10:20am - 10:30amTalk 9.3:How the COVID Experience will transform ICU CareDr. Greg Martin
10:30am - 10:40amTalk 9.4: Collaboration across the Texas Medical CenterLiz Youngblood, MBA, RN
10:40am - 10:50amTalk 9.5: Five Key Takeaways from the COVID ExperienceDr. Bela Patel
10:50am - 11:00amTalk 9.6: How Close Are We To A Vaccine for COVID-19Dr. Peter Hotez
11:00am - 11:15amPanel DiscussionModerator - Drs J Patrick Herlihy & Kalpalatha K. Guntapalli.

Exhibitor Break
11:15am - 1:00pmExhibitor Hall

Session X: Trauma
1:00pm - 1:10pmTalk 10.1: Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: Is it Relevant in 2020?Dr. Chad Wilson
1:10pm - 1:20pmTalk 10.2: Surgical Rib Fixation: Panacea or False HopeDr. Robert Southard
1:20pm - 1:30pmTalk 10.3: The Utility of Tranexamic Acid (TXA)Dr. S. Rob Todd
1:30pm - 1:40pmTalk 10.4: Timing of DVT Prophylaxis in Solid Organ, Spine, and Traumatic Brain Injury Dr. Michelle McNutt
1:40pm - 1:55pmPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. S. Rob Todd & Jeremy Ward

Short Break
5 Minutes

2:00pm - 2:10pmTalk 11.1: Enteral, Parenteral, or Both - How to Feed? Dr. Juan Ochoa Gautier
2:10pm - 2:20pmTalk 11.2: Optimal Management of Adrenal Insufficiency?Dr. James Suliburk
2:20pm - 2:30pmTalk 11.3: The Bleeding Patient on DOACS. Now What?Dr. Art Bracey
2:30pm - 2:40pmTalk 11.4: Systematic Approach to Thrombocytopenia in the ICUDr. Martha Mims
2:40pm - 2:55pmPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. S. Rob Todd & Marcus Hoffman

Short Break
5 Minutes

Session XII: The Hard Discussions
3:00pm - 3:10pmTalk 12.1: Staff Well Being - COVID and BeyondDr. Kalpalatha K. Guntapalli
3:10pm - 3:20pmTalk 12.2: The Post Intensive Care Syndrome after COVIDDr. Dharani Narendra
3:20pm - 3:30pmTalk 12.3: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of End-of-Life DecisionsDr. Silvia Perez-Protto
3:30pm - 3:35pmTalk 12.4: The Difference between a Good and Great Intensivist - Nursing PerspectiveMarilia I. Diaz Correa, MSN, RN
3:35pm - 3:40pmTalk 12.5: The Difference between a Good and Great Intensivist - Respiratory Therapist PerspectiveJohn Sabo, RRT, RN
3:40pm - 3:45pmTalk 12.6: The Difference between a Good and Great Intensivist - Pharmacy PerspectiveDr. Ellen Yin
3:45pm - 3:55pmPanel DiscussionModerators - Drs. Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli & Merisa Mery

Closing Remarks
3:55pm - 4:00pm