Dr. Shahab Akhter
Professor & Chairman, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Surgical Advances in Heart Failure”
Dr. Shahab Akhter received his medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his general surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Akhter is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in complex and high-risk cardiac surgery in adults. His particular areas of expertise include mitral and tricuspid valve repair, ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation, minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and re-operative cardiac surgery. Dr. Akhter also performs coronary artery bypass grafting, minimally invasive valve surgery and transcatheter valve replacement.
Dr. Akhter provides a wide range of services including angioplasty, aortic valve-sparing surgery, atrial septal defect (ASD) repair, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), cryoablation, destination therapy for end-stage heart failure, heart bypass (coronary artery bypass graft surgery - CABG), pacemakers, photodynamic therapy, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, radiofrequency ablation (HALO), surgical ventricular remodeling (SVR), transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR), valve repair or replacement surgery (Minimally Invasive), and ventricular assist devices.
Dr. Akhter’s clinical research focuses on optimizing outcomes in mechanical circulatory support for advanced heart failure and developing novel approaches for minimally invasive arrhythmia surgery. His laboratory research program investigates molecular mechanisms involved in the development of heart failure with the goal of discovering novel therapeutic strategies to prevent this disease process.
Dr. Alan Brown
Chief of Cardiology, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, Illinois
“Lipids, 2014: Changing our Focus on Treatment”
Dr. Alan S. Brown has been the director of the Prevention Center/Lipid Clinic for Midwest Heart Specialists since its inception in 1985. He is a practicing interventional cardiologist as well as a preventative cardiologist. He has been clinical associate professor of medicine and cardiology at Loyola since 1999. Dr. Brown is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and clinical lipidology. He currently is the director of the Division of Cardiology at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Dr. Brown has served as governor/president of the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and subsequently was elected chairman of the board of governors for the American College of Cardiology in 2004. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association and the American College of Cardiology and also has been a member of the ACC’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee, the Annual Scientific Program Committee and served as a member of the ACC board of trustees from 2003 through 2006. He currently serves on the ACC Task Force for Appropriate Use Criteria and on the board of directors for the National Lipid Association, the NLA Foundation and is past president of the Midwest Chapter of the National Lipid Association. Dr. Brown also was recently elected to the board of directors of the American Society for Preventative Cardiology.
Dr. Brown has authored numerous articles in the field of lipid management and prevention, as well as two book chapters. He is the host of Lipid Luminations, an Internet radio show on Reach MD radio that focuses on lipid topics through interviews with national thought leaders.