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Cardiology, Lipidology, and Women's Health in the 21st Century: New Understandings and New Solutions

<em>Celebrity Edge</em>
Celebrity Edge
7-Night Puerto Rico, Tortola & St. Maarten
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

February 28 - March 07, 2021
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
7½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Krishnaswami Vijayaraghavan, MD, MS, FACP, FACC, FNLA, FCRS, FHFSA

Krishnaswami Vijayaraghavan, MD, MS, FACP, FACC, FNLA, FCRS, FHFSA
Medical Director, Institute for Congestive Heart Failure
Abrazo Arizona Heart Institute and Hospital, Phoenix, AZ 
Non-invasive Cardiologist
Scottsdale Cardiovascular Center, P.C., Scottsdale, AZ 
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona, Phoenix
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Midwestern University College of Medicine, Glendale, AZ
President, Twinepidemic, Inc. Doctor Kris Vijay received his medical degree from the Kasturba Medical College, University of Mysore, India, in 1979, and postgraduate training in medicine in Bombay, India, in Oxford, UK and in Rochester, New York. He served a fellowship in nephrology at KEM Hospital in Bombay, endocrinology and diabetes at University of Southampton, UK and a fellowship in cardiology at Good Samaritan Medical Center, University of Arizona, in Phoenix. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan

Dr. Vijay is the Medical Director of the Institute of Congestive Heart Failure at Abrazo Arizona Heart Institute and Hospital in Phoenix. He is a Non-invasive Cardiologist, a clinical lipidologist, an ardent researcher and a Heart Failure specialist .He has been in clinical practice in Arizona for more than 27 years. 

Dr. Vijay is a past Governor of the American College of Cardiology, Arizona Chapter, past President of the National Lipid Association, South West chapter, a founding member and past President of the Cardio Renal Society of America and current President of the TWINEPIDEMIC, Inc., a nonprofit organization addressing Diabetes and Heart disease among Ethnic Communities all over the world. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, National Lipid association and Heart Failure Society of America. He is a member of the clinical cardiology council as well as council for Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology at American Heart Association, a member of Prevention and Cardio-metabolic committee at American College of Cardiology and an Executive Board member of the National Lipid Association.

Dr. Vijay is a founding member of the Arizona Managed Care Quality Enhancement Program (AMCQEP), 1992, and received the Governor's award from Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), October 2002, an innovation award through the Center for Health Innovation and Clinical Trial (CHI&CT) at Arizona State University from the President of Arizona State University in 2010 and the Jerome Markowitz award for a distinguished career from South Asian Society of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis in 2013. He was one of the three nominees of Healthcare Heroes award for Phoenix Business Journal towards Life time achievement in 2017.

Dr. Vijay has participated in more than 180 clinical trials and his research is focused on such disorders as congestive heart failure, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, coronary artery disease, plaque regression, Atrial Fibrillation, peripheral vascular disease and diabetes/metabolic syndrome. He has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Vijay serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Arizona, Phoenix and as an adjunct Professor of Medicine at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM). 

He has presented at numerous national and International meetings on diabetes and heart disease His professional activities also include serving on Editorial Boards of medical journals, reviewing landmark guidelines and policy statements and serving on many important advisory boards dealing with Quality initiatives of national organizations. 

Felice L. Gersh, MD

Felice L. Gersh, MD
Consultative Faculty, University of Arizona School of Medicine
Division of Integrative Medicine

Board Certified OB/GYN: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Board Certified Integrative Medicine: American Board of Physician Specialties Felice L. Gersh, MD,  is double Board-Certified in OB/GYN and Integrative Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. This was followed by a four-year internship and residency in OB/GYN at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles. More recently she completed a 2-year fellowship program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

She specializes in all aspects of female health, with a focus on managing female hormonal dysfunctions.

In addition to her many national and international speaking engagements, she works full time as the Medical Director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine. She served many years as an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at the Keck/USC School of Medicine and currently serves as a Consultative Faculty member with the Fellowship inIntegrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Dr. Gersh has been awarded membership in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, named the outstanding volunteer faculty for the OB/GYN Department at USC-Keck School of Medicine, and identified as a Physician of Excellence for Orange County 16 years in a row.

She has her first book, PCOS SOS: a Gynecologist’s Lifeline to Naturally Restore Your Rhythms, Hormones, and Happiness, which is a #1 Amazon best seller and her second, just published book, “PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track” is now also available for purchase on Amazon.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
Cardiovascular events remain the number one cause of death for women, yet little attention has been paid to the fact that women and men have great differences of their cardiovascular systems. Their different hormones also create differing impacts upon their immune, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems. The numerous ways estrogen affects the function of the female body has been overlooked by the conventional medical system, and in fact, was nearly buried by the infamous Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Study.

The time has come to acknowledge the grave flaws of the WHI, and openly explore the myriad ways estrogen supports the female body and to acknowledge the grave impact of menopause on female cardiometabolic health. As well, the past 20 years has brought incredible new understandings of how the female body works, with revelations of the role of the gut microbiome, the circadian and lunar rhythms, the endocannabinoid system, and recognition of the healing effects of nutritional and lifestyle choices, as well as the benefits of fasting, all working synergistically to optimize female health.

These lectures will explain every facet of these new understandings, ultimately presenting a therapeutic approach, each health care practitioner can implement in their practice, to optimize the health of every women patient, as she transitions into the menopause and during the remaining years of her life.

  1. Estrogen & cardiometabolic health in women & the impact of menopause - part 1
    • Define the metabolic impact of menopause due to loss of ovarian hormone production
  2. Estrogen & cardiometabolic health in women & the impact of menopause - part 2
    • Demonstrate knowledge of hormone therapy options in menopause, assessing prior studies and the newest data
  3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: the poster child for female cardiometabolic dysfunction
    • Summarize the myriad reproductive and metabolic manifestations of PCOS and the underlying causes & new therapeutic approaches
  4. Circadian rhythms, hormones, and cardiovascular health
    • Appraise the importance of rhythms to cardiovascular health and the role of clock genes and the master clock
  5. The gut microbiome & cardiometabolic health - new dietary therapeutic approaches
    • Critique the gut microbiomer's role in maintaining cardiometabolic homeostasis & the impact of nutrition
  6. Female-dominant medical conditions with cardiometabolic risk- but rarely recognized
    • Describe which chronic diseases often occurring in menopausal women are associated with serious cardiometabolic risk
  7. Diagnosing & treating cardiometabolic issues in women - inflammation & fasting explored
    • Assess how inflammation underlies all cardiometabolic disease, how to diagnose it, and how to treat it with various forms of fasting
  8. Update on Dyslipidemia
    • Apply knowledge gained to improve management of complex cholesterol related issues
  9. Diabetes and CV disease: Focus on new treatments
    • Distinguish therapies in diabetes management that are beneficial or harmful from a cardiovascular perspective
  10. Atrial Fibrillation: New therapies in stroke prevention
    • Gain insight into New Oral Anticoagulants and their judicious utilization
  11. Hypertension: The debate about newer guidelines
    • Manage hypertension in a complex patient with multiple comorbidities
  12. Congestive Heart Failure: evolving strategies in management
    • Synthesize diagnostics and create an algorithm based intervention using new therapies
  13. Cardiorenal Intersection: The comorbidity conundrum
    • Classify types of CRS, employ biomarkers to predict AKI, CKD and ESRD and propose new hypothesis to generate ideas for new therapies
  14. EKG Pearls: Clinical corelation
    • Analyze EKG abnormalities and corelate with potential clinical scenario
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sun Feb 28 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- 3:30 pm
Mon Mar 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Mar 02 San Juan, Puerto Rico
3:30 pm 11:00 pm
Wed Mar 03 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Mar 04 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Fri Mar 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Mar 06 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Mar 07 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Celebrity Edge Map

Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

San Juan, Puerto Rico - In days of yore, the waters near Puerto Rico teemed with pirate ships commanded by the likes of Sir Francis Drake. Aye, they are long gone, but in their wake they have left an island of national treasures: La Casa Blanca, built in 1501 for the island's first governor, Ponce de Leon; the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan; the tropical rain forests of El Yunque.  

Tortola, British Virgin Islands -  Besides being one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, Tortola also has a fascinating cultural and historical side. For a glimpse into the island’s colonial past, visit the Virgin Islands Folk Museum. The restored house was once the family home of shipwright, Joseph Wilfred Penn and features a deep collection of Arawak and Carib pottery and stone tools, as well as plantation artifacts. Hike along the seven available walking trails in Sage Mountain National Park for stunning panoramic views of the island and the surrounding natural habitat. Snorkeling in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and a rum tasting at Callwood Rum Distillery are essential on a cruise to Tortola. Sample the delicious curries, spicy soups, and sumptuous shellfish dishes available in abundance at local restaurants and many snack shacks around the island.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - An island under two flags. Sample the Dutch treats of Philipsburg: chocolate, cheese, delftware. On the French side linger over bouillabaisse, shop for Parisian perfumes.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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