Cardio Renal Connections Conference is Cancelled

The planners of the Cardio Renal Connections and the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) have made the difficult and unprecedented decision to cancel the 4th Annual Cardio Renal Connections Conference scheduled to take place April 24-25, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

The decision to cancel the annual event was not taken lightly. We have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. In the last week, we also learned of the increasing number of travel advisories and restrictions being placed on health care providers and hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and globally.



Bridging Heart, Kidney and Metabolic Diseases

There are few who combine a career as physician, teacher, author and TED speaker, Dr. Abraham Verghese. Dr. Verghese is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author and a physician with an international reputation for his focus on healing. Dr. Verghese emphasizes humanity over technology. He is Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the School of Medicine at Stanford University. In February 2014, he received a Heinz Award from Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation and in 2016 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.

Abraham Verghese, MD

Matthew R. Weir, MD

Matthew R. Weir, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is famous as the world’s best general nephrologist in the cardiorenal area. He has active NIH supported grants from NIDDK, and NHLBI. Dr. Weir’s primary research interests include cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, transplantation effects on cardiovascular disease, hypertensive renal injury in African Americans, use of antihypertensive therapy for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy, and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonism to treat atherosclerosis. He has written more than 350 manuscripts and book chapters about these topics. He has edited 8 books on topics in nephrology, transplantation, and hypertension. He has presented at numerous international scientific association meetings, hospitals, and medical schools. He is on the editorial board of 18 journals and is Section Editor of Current Hypertension Reports and Current Opinion in Hypertension and Nephrology as well as the Associate Editor of Clinical Nephrology and the American Journal of Nephrology.

Claudio Ronco, MD

Since 2002 Claudio is aProfessor of Medicine and Director of the Department of Nephrology and International Renal Research Institute at St. Bortolo Hospital, Vicenza, Italy. He is a pioneer in many areas including peritoneal dialysis, critical care nephrology, continuous renal replacement, cardiorenal syndromes and wearable dialysis technology. Dr. Ronco’s contributions have been critical in revolutionizing the cardiorenal field. He has co-authored 994 papers, 85 book chapters and 62 books, and has delivered more than 650 lectures at international meetings and universities. He is a council member of several scientific societies and editor emeritus of the International Journal of Artificial Organs. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Blood Purification and Contributions to Nephrology. Professor Ronco has received numerous honors and awards including the lifetime achievement award and honorary membership in the Spanish Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation International Medal of Excellence and the ISN Bywaters Award for Acute Renal Failure.

George Bakris, MD

Dr. George Bakris is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center at University of Chicago. He is considered the world expert in the diagnosis and reduction of high blood pressure particularly in complicated and refractory cases. He is also skilled in the treatment of kidney disease with special expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease and slowing its progression. Dr. Bakris has been extensively involved as either a principal investigator or on the steering committees of national and international trials involving diabetic kidney disease progression and resistant hypertension. He has served on many guidelines committees over the past 15 years including JNC and is currently the chair of the American Diabetes Association Blood Pressure Consensus Panel and a member of the American Heart Association panel. He has authored more than 700 peer reviewed manuscripts and chapters. Dr. Bakris received the Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award to acknowledge his lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of hypertension.


Lectures. Networking. Workshops. CME Credit.

Sean Elliot

Cardio Renal Connections is a unique meeting bringing together clinicians and scientists to explore the complex relationships between the heart and kidney. The interplay between the kidneys and the cardiovascular system is complex. The close relationship of renal function and cardiac function has given rise to the concept of cardio renal syndromes. This interplay extends beyond these syndromes and manifests itself in the form of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and peripheral vascular disease. With the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and aging of the United States population, physicians will continue to face a growing number of patients with renal and cardiovascular disease. This interprofessional CE program will serve to help foster education and discussion about the intersection of these two pathophysiologic systems.


This year's conference will be held at the beautiful La Cantera Resort & Spa near San Antonio Texas. La Cantera Resort & Spa is a Hill Country oasis featuring two world-class golf courses, five sparkling new pools, luxurious cabañas, a state of the art fitness center, a destination spa, and more. Additionally, the resort is centrally located – only 20 minutes from the San Antonio International Airport and offers a complimentary shuttle to the city's finest shopping and theme parks.


Supported by the Freeman Heart Association Endowment at UT Health San Antonio


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