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Cleveland Clinic Hosting Symposium on Cardiovascular Innovations at Saudi Heart Association Conference

Five Doctors from Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to Present in Conference Joint Session

February 12, 2013

Five cardiologists and cardiac surgeons representing Cleveland Clinic in the United States and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi are scheduled to speak at a joint session of the 10th Gulf Heart Association Conference joined with the 24th Annual Conference of the Saudi Heart Association (SHA24) on Feb. 15 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The joint session, entitled “Innovations in the Contemporary Management of Prevalent Cardiovascular Conditions: What Has Changed in the Past Decade?” is scheduled to begin at 15:30 at the Intercontinental Riyadh. The event is open to registered attendees of SHA24.

The symposium features six 15-minute presentations followed by a 15-minute panel discussion:

  • Imaging Modalities in the Current and Future Patient Selection for TAVR
    Wael Jaber, MD, Staff Cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic

  • Management of Structural Valve Disease: Minimally Invasive and Percutaneous Repair and Replacement
    Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

  • Utilizing Multimodality Imaging to Guide Decision Making in CAD
    Wael Jaber, MD, Staff Cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic

  • Management of CAD: Robotic and Hybrid CABG
    Johannes Bonatti, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

  • Resistant Hypertension: New Therapeutic Options
    Ravi Nair, MD, Chairman of the Cardiovascular Medicine Department, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

  • Hybrid Surgical-Electrophysiological Approach for Atrial Fibrillation
    Walid Saliba, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation, Cleveland Clinic

The 10th Gulf Heart Association Conference joined with the 24th Annual Conference of the Saudi Heart Association is one of the largest cardiovascular meetings in the world and the largest in the Middle East. The event brings together cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from around the world with the goal of improving cardiac care in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East.

Cleveland Clinic has had a relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than 40 years. In 2012, Cleveland Clinic opened an outreach office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to further that relationship through collaborations on medical education, training and consulting capabilities. The office also provides expanded access for patients in Saudi Arabia who may need medical second opinions and/or appointment requests from Cleveland Clinic physicians in the U.S.

In partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health, Directorate of the Health Affairs in Madinah Region, and Healthcare Development Holding Company, Cleveland Clinic is hosting the second International Patient Experience Conference on March 3-4 in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The conference will explore the role patient experience plays in delivering high-quality, value-driven care. More information is available online at

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About Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, brought to you by Mubadala Healthcare, is a world-class multispecialty hospital being built on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population. Modeled around its parent hospital in the United States, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will have five centers of excellence in the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye, and Respiratory & Critical Care. Other Institutes will include Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory, Imaging, and Quality & Patient Safety. In all, more than 30 medical and surgical specialties will be represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be a 360 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It will be a physician-led medical facility served by North American board certified (or equivalent) Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will provide patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing the need to travel abroad for treatment. The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards.

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