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Program Agenda

7:30-7:35 PM Welcome and Introductions
Stephen L. Kopecky, MD
7:35-7:50 PM Presentation of the ASPC Joseph Stokes, III, MD Award
Recipient: Sidney C. Smith, Jr., MD
7:50-8:30 PM Emerging Understanding as Approach for Primordial Prevention of Adult Heart Disease
Gerald S. Berenson, MD
8:30-9:30 PM ASPC Annual Business Meeting*
*Open to all ASPC members and interested non-members

Program includes station style lite bites. Cash bar will be available.

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About the Featured Keynote Speaker: Gerald S. Berenson, MD

Dr. Berenson, a native of Bogalusa, Louisiana, is a graduate of Tulane University and the Tulane School of Medicine. He has taught as a cardiologist at both Louisiana State University (LSU) and Tulane University Medical Schools for over 40 years. He was Section Chief of Cardiology at LSU Medical Center for 17 years. His primary interest is in atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and hypertension. He is the Principal Investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study, which has become known nationally and internationally for the study of the early natural history of heart disease. As an outgrowth of observations of poor lifestyles, unhealthy diet, smoking and inactivity contributing to obesity, he and his colleagues developed a prevention program for elementary school children, the Health Ahead/Heart Smart health education program, and a Family Health Program to control cardiovascular risk factors. Dr. Berenson's interest is in the prevention of heart disease and he encourages health education of children and families as a public health approach for preventive cardiology.

Dr. Berenson's lecture will review important messages from the Bogalusa Heart Study that cardiovascular disease and detrimental risk factors in adulthood reflect poor lifestyles starting in childhood. Approaches for prevention must begin in childhood before complicating morbidities begin. This is important since addressing risk factors and behaviors in early life can achieve the maximum effects of prevention. Thus, strategies for primordial prevention need to be developed and implemented, essentially for all children.

About the ASPC 2013 Joseph Stokes, III, MD Award Recipient:
Sidney C. Smith, Jr., MD

Sidney C. Smith, Jr., MD is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Science and Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Yale Medical School and completed his medical internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham (now Brigham and Women's) Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

Dr. Smith is a past president of the American Heart Association (AHA), a past member of the AHA Board of Directors. After completing his term as AHA President he has served as the Chief Science Officer for the AHA and has served multiple appointments on the AHA Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee. He chaired the ACC/AHA guideline committee to revise PCI guidelines, the committee on guidelines for the management of acute myocardial infarction (STEMI), and chaired the AHA/ACC Guidelines on Secondary Prevention for patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease. He served as Co-Chair of the ACC/AHA Bethesda Conference on Professionalism and Ethics and is a past chair of the ACC/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines.

Dr. Smith is currently President of the World Heart Federation (WHF). He has served as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the WHF, Co-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2010 WHF World Congress of Cardiology in Beijing and Co-Chair of the Congress Management Committee for the 2012 WHF World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai. He also serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health's Integrated Guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and is a Senior Advisor to the NHLBI. Dr. Smith has been elected to fellow status in a number of associations including the American Heart Association, American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, and Royal Society of Medicine. He was the recipient of Honorary Fellowship in the Japanese Circulation Society. Among his many honors include the AHA Physician of the Year Award, AHA Distinguished National Leadership Award (1996), AHA Gold Heart Award, AHA Eugene Drake Award and the NHLBI/NIH Award of Special Recognition.

Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored more than 350 published papers and chapters and has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. He has spoken about heart disease and stroke in interviews with CNN, CBS, and NBC, and been quoted widely by multiple national and international media. Each year since 1998, he has been elected to Best Doctors in America.