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Miami Heart Day Symposium at FIU

Annual Heart Day Symposium

With generous support from the Department of Biomedical Engineering W. H. Coulter Lecture Series at FIU, we established the Miami Heart Month to coincide with the American Heart Month recognized nationally by the AHA, CDC, and NHLBI. For three consecutive Fridays in February, we invite renowned investigators to Miami for a series of seminars focused on cardiovascular research. The goal of the Heart Day Symposium is to gather cardiovascular researchers from across South Florida to learn from each other and discuss current research and lingering challenges in cardiovascular medicine.



Florida International University
MMC (Main) Campus
Everglades Residence Hall 141
1590 SW 111th Avenue, Miami, FL 33199


8:00 am – Breakfast8:45 am9:00 amIntroduction – Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, and co-host of FIU Heart Day/Heart Month. Welcome Remarks from Dr. Jorge Riera, Interim Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering Seminar speaker welcome introduction by Dr. Joshua Hutcheson, Assistant Professor, CURE program director, and co-host of FIU Heart Day/Heart Month.9:00 am – Seminar by Dr. Keith March, Professor of Cardiology and Director of the UF Center for Regenerative Medicine
9:00 am4:00 pm
Donate blood at the ONE BLOOD TRUCK, Everglades Hall MPR141, lawn area10:00 am – Networking and poster symposium featuring trainees and cardiovascular research and medicine

12:00 noon – Lunch1:25 pm – Seminar speaker welcome introduction by Dr. Joshua Hutcheson, Assistant Professor, CURE program director and co-host of FIU Heart Day/Heart Month.1:30 pm – Seminar by Tarak Rambhatla, MD, clinical cardiologist at Baptist Health South Florida2:30 pm – Coffee Break2:45 pm – Recognizing challenges in cardiovascular disease among underrepresented minorities
3:45 pm – Panel discussion on issues and opportunities in cardiovascular medicine and research
4:45 pm – Concluding Remarks


Made possible by the FIU BME
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Lecture Series


Florida Heart Research Foundation

Participants & Supporters

One Blood   international society for optics and photonics About SPIThe International Society for Optics and Photonics  Memorial Healthcare System    FIU Marc UStar      Art Tech Promotions  Baptist Health South FloridaAlpha Eta Mu Beta​   Double Tree by Hilton


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Keith March, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Keith MarchKeith March, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, serves as Director for the University of Florida (UF) Center for Regenerative Medicine; Vice Chief, Cardiology Research; and Professor in the UF Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and UF Department of Medicine.

Dr. March has dedicated his career to bringing new medical approaches to patients. His publications include more than 150 manuscripts. He was the editor of the first book dedicated to cardiovascular gene transfer. Dr. March’s research has resulted in more than 55 worldwide (20+ U.S.) patents, with others pending. He invented the Closer, a widely-utilized patented suture-mediated closure device, used to close the puncture wound in an artery following heart catheterization. This device allows a patient to “walk off the table” after a catheterization without requiring prolonged bed rest. In 1999, Abbott Vascular, an affiliate of Abbott Laboratories, acquired the company that developed this technology; and the Closer approach has been used worldwide to treat more than 8,000,000 patients. He has served as a scientific advisor to numerous pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies.


Tarak Rambhatla, M.D.

Dr. Tarak RambhatlaeTarak Rambhatla, M.D., is a clinical cardiologist. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex cardiovascular disease including critical care cardiology, cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and heart failure. He completed his cardiology training in New York City, where under the direction of world-renowned Echocardiographer Itzhak Kronzon, he mastered the utilization of echocardiography in assessment of hemodynamics and valvular heart disease, using both transesophageal and transthoracic echo. His other interest includes heart rhythm disorders, particularly early detection and management of atrial fibrillation, an arrhythmia that leads to heart failure and strokes, and affects more than 2 million Americans. He has given lectures both nationally and internationally on this topic.

He is a published author in several renowned scientific journals, including the International Journal of Cardiology and JACC EP. He is also the lead author for the upcoming Echocardiography Companion, a Board Review Preparation Book for Clinicians. He is an active member of several professional societies, including the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, and Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.



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Past Miami Heart Day Symposium Programs

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