The Cardiovascular Council consists of Society members interested in the performance and application of cardiovascular nuclear medicine procedures. It seeks to provide a forum for discussion and development of cardiac scintigraphic methods in an effort to realize the most beneficial applications. The Council actively seeks individuals who share this goal.
Venkatesh L. Murth, MD, PhD
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) is a special organization to me and is one that has had an incredibly positive impact on my career. For those interested in medical nuclear imaging of any type, there is no other meeting comparable to the SNMMI Annual Meeting that provides a joint international forum for physicians, technologists, physicists, engineers, chemists, policy makers, administrators and payers. Although those interested in cardiovascular imaging have many potential meetings to attend ranging from small conferences focused into application of a specific imaging modality to the heart to broad radiology, cardiology or medical physics congresses, none offer the broad potential for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. I believe deeply one cannot be a leader in the field of nuclear cardiology without this type of interaction and such interactions would be incredibly difficult to establish without this forum.
Through the Education and Research Foundation (ERF), SNMMI supports the career development of new investigators who are the lifeblood of the field and represent the path to sustained intellectual, research and clinical growth. I count myself among the lucky who have received a pilot research grant from the ERF. The program has been a major success in every sense in that it has been critical to the career development of generations of investigators in nuclear imaging.
Importantly, the Society has been extremely welcoming of members of all backgrounds and has made a major effort to improve inclusiveness towards international members. That the society has valued and honored members who are physicians who have contributed to the field but are not nuclear medicine trained is unusual in the medical world where too many groups have a parochial view of the world, pitting one specialty as the “enemy” when the real enemies are disease, pain and suffering.
By working together to advance science and clinical practice, we have been able to increase our impact on education, research and clinical practice. One example of this was the 2019 SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting which had a Cardiovascular Nuclear Imaging theme, headlined by programming sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council. The CVC have produced a number of practice changing documents in recent years including Scientific Statements on the clinical use of PET myocardial blood flow quantification and FDG PET for evaluation and monitoring of cardiac sarcoidosis. An Appropriate Use Criteria for PET myocardial perfusion imaging is nearing completion and a comprehensive multi-modality document on amyloidosis imaging is nearing release and publication.
My agenda for this year is simple: I aim to continue and amplify the SNMMI’s strengths of inclusiveness, and emphasis on science, quality clinical practice and education. In that regard, we had our first ever CVC Early Career Networking event at the recent 2019 Annual Meeting with excellent attendance. We will continue to define quality and science as our field evolves with initiatives in PET FDG cardiac infection imaging, cardiac PET-MRI credentialing and other exciting emerging areas to be announced. Finally, we will extend the excellent educational opportunities at the Annual and Mid-Winter Meetings with educational initiatives via digital media.
This year is special in that it will also be the inaugural year for the CVC Outstanding Educator Award and Lectureship. This award gives our community the opportunity to recognize a leader who has served our community over her or his career with a particular focus and aptitude for teaching. This award joins the Hermann Blumgart Award and Lectureship, which recognizes a lifetime of accomplishment in research, as well as our Young Investigator Awards, which recognize promising early career researchers. One unique feature of the CVC Outstanding Educator Award is that the nomination and voting will be open to all CVC members. A Call for Nominations will be announced shortly by Dr. Terrence Ruddy, Immediate Past President of the CVC and Chair of the Nominations Committee.
On that note, I would like to recognize the outstanding contributions of Dr. Ruddy, who received the 2019 Hermann Blumgart award for his many key research contributions. As President of the CVC he oversaw a very successful cardiovascular themed 2019 Mid-Winter Meeting. He is truly a gentleman and a scholar and has been an incredible mentor to me personally as well as many in our community.
I am truly honored to have been elected to serve as President of the Cardiovascular Council. I encourage everyone with an interest nuclear cardiology to join the SNMMI and the CVC, to attend our meetings, and engage and contribute to CVC and SNMMI activities. Please reach out to your friends, colleagues and trainees so they may also benefit.
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The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and moleuclar imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementatin of Society policies.
Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.
This secion provides the following council specific information.
The Cardiovascular Council (CVC) works to serve and be a resource for members of the council itself who have special interest and expertise in the field of cardiovascular nuclear medicine, as well as to SNMMI as a whole in its missions and endeavors.
As part of its mission, the CVC organizes scientific and continuing education sessions at the Mid Winter Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Society. These activities are for members of the council and for the SNMMI membership at large, and they are also open to participation and attendance by people from outside the SNMMI. The CVC also supports additional programs on specialized topics, such as cardiac PET/CT, CV Molecular Imaging and Cost Effectiveness Research. News and activities of the CVC are circulated to council members in a semi-annual newsletter. This and other professional information will also be available through the CVC webpage, and efforts underway to expand awareness of cardiovascular nuclear medicine studies to patients and providers via Outreach links through the SNMMI website.
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The investment to join the Cardiovascular Council is minimal – only $20 annually. Your membership dollars help us immensely in sponsoring quality programs while promoting medical education, research and patient care related to Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine.
The 2020 SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting and ACNM Annual Meeting will be held
January 23-25, 2020 in Tampa Florida
CAT02: Image Guided Decision Making and Therapy for Optimal Cardiovascular Patient Care
Saturday, June 22, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
This session is co-sponsored by the PET Center of Excellence and organized by CVC President Terrence Ruddy, CVC Vice-President Venkatesh Murthy, and CVC Intern Richard Weinberg. It will be moderated by April Mann of Hartford Hospital and 2018 Blumgart Award winner Thomas Schindler, MD. The format features 15-minute lectures by the world’s top Nuclear Cardiologists and is designed for clinical practicality. Topics include the functional and anatomical imaging aspects of angina, ischemic disease and dysfunction, cardiac amyloidosis, cardiac sarcoidosis, cardiovascular infections, arrhythmias and quantitative approaches. Expert case study analysis will be presented by each faculty member.
CE07: Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging & Theranostics
Saturday, June 22, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
CE12: Cardiac PET Workshop
Satuday, June 22, 3:15 - 4:45 pm
This session will explore the practical aspects of performing cardiac PET in the clinic. This session features Twyla Bartel DO and Sharmila Dorbala, MD, and is sponsored by the Correlative Imaging Council.
CE21: Non-Invasive Evaluation of CAD in 2019
Sunday, June 23, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
This session will examine the value of SPECT/CT and coronary calcium scoring, PET perfusion and flow, and the contributions of CCTA. This session is organized by Thomas Schindler, MD and Daniel Berman, MD.
CE35: Cardiac Amyloidosis: Introduction and Applications
Sunday, June 23, 4:45 - 6:15 pm
This session is designed by Timothy Bateman, MD and Mehran Sadeghi, MD. This session will provide a thorough review of the pathophysiology, treatment options, imaging modalities and growing role of nuclear cardiology protocols useful in assessment of this disease
CE42: Nuts & Bolts of Myocardial Blood Flow: Clinical Applications
Monday, June 24 10:00 - 11:30 am
Organized by Venkatesh Murthy, this session incorporates some of the recognized leaders in this important aspect of physiologic assessment. With Dr. Murthy are Robert DeKemp and Terrance Ruddy of Ottawa Heart, and Thomas Schindler of Wash U.
CE49: Cardiovascular Boot Camp II
Monday, June 24 12:30 - 2:00 pm
This session features the CVC Interns and will provide insight into stress testing protocols, achieving the 9 mSv dose threshold, reporting SPECT MPI and an introduction to imaging cardiac sarcoidosis with FDG PET.
CE70: Hermann Blumgart Award Lecture: Growing Research Opportunities in Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine
Tuesday, June 25, 8:00 - 9:30 am
CE77: Cardiac Image Quantification
Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 - 11:30 am
This session is organized by Council Directors Salvador Borges-Neto and Piotr Slomka