Aortic Health Community Symposium

For patients, survivors, medical professionals, and affected families



Speaker Bios

Loews Hotel – Minneapolis, MN 

Friday February 7, 2020

Event Flyer

Download the event flyer here 

Rock from the Heart and the Minneapolis Heart INstitute presnt (2) (pdf)




12:30-1:00 pm  Registration and Check-in

1:00-1:15 pm Welcome and Introductions 

Amy Johnson  

Rock from the Heart founder

1:15-1:30 pm Valve Disease Awareness Day 

Lindsay Clarke, Vice President of Education & Advocacy

Alliance for Aging Research 

1:30-2:00 pm Genetics of Aortic Disease 

Gretchen (Oswald) MacCarrick, Genetic Counselor 

Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation 

2:00-2:30 pm  Treatment Pathways  

Kevin Harris, MD, Cardiologist

Minneapolis Heart Institute 

2:30-3:00 pm - Aortic Disease Surgery

Jesse Manunga, MD, Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon

Minneapolis Heart Institute

3:00-3:30 pm  - Vascular Surgery  

Karol Mudy, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Minneapolis Heart Institute 

3:30-3:45 pm  - Break 

3:45-4:15 pm - Marfan Syndrome and related disorders  

Juan Bowen, MD

Mayo Clinic Marfan and Thoracic Aorta Clinic Director 

4:15-4:35 pm - Heart surgery – emotional recovery 

Randy Furst (tentative) 

Two-time heart surgery survivor – Star Tribune Reporter 

4:35-5:30 pm  - Survivor Stories 

Scott Green- Aortic valve replacement survivor

Mike Sylvester-Aortic Dissection survivor

Jeff Harter-Aortic valve replacement and aortic aneurysm survivor

5:30-6:00 pm - Q&A 

6:00 -7:00 pm