On behalf of the Scientific Programme Committee for the 22nd SA Heart® Annual Congress 2022, may I invite you to participate in the long overdue in-person annual meeting. Far too much time has passed since our last warm encounter. It is with a deep breath of optimism that we envisage a face-to-face meeting after a 2-year hiatus and look forward to once again interacting on a truly personal level at a single grand venue, the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
Due to the potential disruptions by global politics, the COVID 19 pandemic, economic fluctuations and social uncertainties, this year’s congress needs flexible planning. We are aware of the benefits of hosting a face-to-face meeting, from within our own academic circles as well as the importance of maintaining exposure to our supportive industry partners. However, we must also acknowledge the constraints of large gatherings as well as travel restrictions which may possibly still have a negative impact especially upon our international delegates and faculty.
With this in mind, it is our intention to host a meeting which combines the best of an in-person delegate and local faculty meeting with an impressive number of in-person international faculty. We will also be virtually connecting to a much larger international faculty with high-definition streaming platforms. A live transmission to the venue will be hosted by local and international panellists enabling live face-to-face audience interaction and participation. This still caters for the delegates to visit the large exhibition hall in-person and meet colleagues.
SA HEART® CONGRESS 2022: FACE TO FACE: THE CASE FOR HYBRID CARDIOLOGY promises to be a monumental event.
The exponential rise in hybrid techniques and procedures can be explored with detailed analysis of the latest developments where these hybrid therapies are being employed. For example, hybrid PCI and CABG, minimally invasive structural interventions, hybrid pharmacological therapies such as novel heart failure drugs in diabetes and heart failure, hybrid career paths in cardiovascular medicine e.g., cardio-oncology, neuro-cardiology and invasive acute stroke management, critical care cardiac medicine, hybrid imaging and hybrid artificial intelligence and digital medicine with face-to-face physician interaction as highlighted by the pandemic, to mention but a few.
We yearn for an inclusive and diverse meeting, with broad representation across the various disciplines. We are designing a programme that binds all cardiovascular-related disciplines and enables participants to analyse comprehensively the intricacies of each. This is with a view to future collaboration for the holistic benefit of those entrusted to our care. Our inter-provincial dependence as championed by our outstanding collaborative academic efforts regarding the COVID 19 pandemic can only inspire us. We strive toward the realisation of the ideal enlightened state preceded by our individual and collective academic advancement. This can only materialise once we are all confident in distributing knowledge in the most accessible and equitable manner.
Our interactive workshops and seminars too, seek to cater for delegates to access the most renowned international and local experts in the field and remain as popular as ever. It is envisaged that these events are maintained pending the anticipated downward trajectory of the pandemic.
We look forward to hosting you in Johannesburg in October 2022.
Dr Farouk Mamdoo
Congress Convenor 2022
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I’d like to heartily invite you to the SA HEART® CONGRESS 2022: FACE TO FACE: THE CASE FOR HYBRID CARDIOLOGY, our first in-person meeting since 2019! After two long COVID-years of virtual learning, we will finally be able to meet face-to-face at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
Under the leadership of Dr Farouk Mamdoo, SA Heart® Congress Chair 2022, and his Scientific Committee, the congress this year will once again provide state-of-the-art lectures and teaching from esteemed local and international speakers (in-person, or virtually) and cover comprehensively, every aspect of cardiovascular care. A unique slant to this year’s congress includes a track focussing on hybrid-concepts: hybrid procedures, hybrid career paths, the interaction of cardiology with oncology, endocrine and neurology, to name but a few.
Your support towards the fulfilment of our mission to ensure that practitioners in the cardiovascular space have access to quality continuing medical education, expertise and skills for providing comprehensive healthcare to all patients is of greatest importance to our society and to the vision of the SA Heart®. Your contribution and participation, as always, remains integral to the success of our endeavours and we remain confident that our comprehensive programme will have something for everyone involved in the cardiovascular space.
Welcome to SA Heart®. Congress 2022 – we look forward to the in-person learning, socialising, fun and exploration I am certain you have been missing.
Dr Blanche Cupido
President: SA Heart®
On behalf of the SA Heart® board it is my pleasure and privilege to invite you to the 22nd annual congress of the South African Heart Association, that promotes research, training and teaching for the advancement of cardiovascular healthcare to the benefit of patients and practitioners.
The congress title “FACE TO FACE: THE CASE FOR HYBRID CARDIOLOGY" captures two important aspects and aspirations:
The first is a much-anticipated and welcome return to physical meetings with both local and international colleagues with whom one has had mostly virtual contact over the past two years, to make new friends, establish new collaborations, and have direct interaction with the delegates presenting their latest work. The meeting format will also provide an opportunity for our industry supporters and partners to again have physical presence, exhibitions and demonstrations in order to maximise interaction with practitioners and other congress delegates. The retention of a virtual component to the congress will, however, enable the attraction of high-level international speakers and panellists who are unable to attend.
The second aspect relates to the topic of hybrid technologies and procedures that are topical and state of the art. These multi and interdisciplinary fields not only provide opportunities for our members to expand their knowledge-base and expertise, but also the opportunity for attracting colleagues from other disciplines to our congress and association. We look forward to welcoming all cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, other specialist physicians and medical practitioners, as well as basic scientists, technologists, nurses and health professionals who have an interest in cardiovascular heath at the excellently appointed Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
The board thanks Dr Farouk Mamdoo and his conference committee for their tireless work in preparation of this event, to our partners who help to make this event possible, and to all our members for their loyal support.
Prof Deon Bezuidenhout
Chair: SA Heart®
Dr Farouk Mamdoo
Dr David Jankelow
Dr Blanche Cupido
Dr Ahmed Vachiat
Dr Alfonso Pecoraro
Professor Andrew Sarkin
Professor Antoinette Cilliers
Professor Anton Doubell
Dr Arthur Mutyaba
Dr Chris Zambakides
Dr Darshan Reddy
Professor David Marais
Professor Francis E Smit
Mr Human Nieuwenhuis
Dr Jane Moses
Dr Jens Hitzeroth
Professor John Lawrenson
Professor Mashudu (Richard) Nethononda
Professor Neil Davies
Dr Nqoba Tsabedze
Professor Pindile Mntla
Dr Rob Dyer
Dr Ruchika Meel
Dr Sajidah Khan
Mr Selvan Govindsamy
Dr YT Singh