Cardiometabolic Risk Summit Announces New Additions to Expert Faculty Line up for Flagship Fall Conference

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Nationally recognized clinicians at the forefront of cardiometabolic care set to present in Las Vegas.

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We’re incredibly proud of the expert faculty CRS has amassed within its first four years. Their participation in this program dedicated entirely to cardiometabolic risk reduction underscores the critical importance of primary care intervention.

Cardiometabolic Risk Summit (CRS), a biannual continuing medical education conference serving as the nation’s top clinical resource for practical, actionable cardiometabolic risk treatment and prevention strategies for primary care clinicians, will host an impressive roster of nationally recognized clinicians at their flagship fall conference (CRS Fall) in Las Vegas, September 25–27, 2015.

Among the most prominent members of the faculty new to CRS in 2015 are:

  •     Tim Church, MD, PhD
  •     Zubin Damania, MD
  •     Len Fromer, MD, FAAFP
  •     James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD
  •     Timothy S. Harlan, MD

Together, these diverse, collaborative, and distinguished clinicians will deliver evidence-based education spanning the full spectrum of comorbid disease states associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, including obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and clinical nutrition.

Tim Church, MD, PhD is a professor and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, where he promotes healthy living through research and education in nutrition and exercise biology. In addition, Dr. Church serves as the Chief Medical Officer of ACAP Health Consulting. Dr. Church has received numerous awards for his research in preventative health and is frequently used as an expert source for preventative health stories with major national media outlets.

Dr. Church will kick off CRS Fall with the session, Transforming Our Patients’ Lives Amid the Cardiometabolic Risk Epidemic, highlighting a simple, clinically proven, risk stratification system that can be effectively paired with the spectrum of options for treating cardiometabolic syndrome.

Zubin Damania, MD is the Founder of Turntable Health, an innovative, membership-based primary care practice located in the heart of Downtown Project Las Vegas, the ambitious urban revitalization initiative spearheaded by CEO Tony Hsieh. Dr. Damania also serves as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno and Stanford University. Under the pseudonym “ZDoggMD,” Dr. Damania also writes, produces, and acts in wildly popular satirical medical videos intended to educate both patients and providers.

Dr. Damania will deliver the highly anticipated keynote address at CRS Fall. During his session, Establishing a Wellness Ecosystem: Notes from a (Not So) Normal Primary Care Clinic, he will share how his clinic and viral videos are making a difference in promoting overall wellness at both the individual and community levels.

Len Fromer, MD, FAAFP is Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. As Executive Medical Director of the Group Practice Forum, Dr. Fromer leads a team engaged in national projects with group practices that deliver education, tools, and services to achieve success in their clinical integration efforts. Dr. Fromer lectures extensively on the topics of health system reform, the patient centered medical home, and the accountable care organization. He has been featured on CBS News, ABC News, and in the New York Times.

Dr. Fromer will explore the role of implementation science in chronic care management and illustrate how to utilize evidence-based strategies to master the workflow elements of team-based, patient-centered, collaborative care in his featured session, Achieving Excellence in Cardiometabolic Risk Patient Care: Clinical and Implementation Science.

James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD is chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Healing Our Village, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, a company that specializes in targeted advocacy, training, education, and outreach for healthcare professionals and minority communities. He is also a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Gavin serves as chairman of the board of Partnership for a Healthier America, an independent, not-for-profit group working with the private sector to reduce childhood obesity.

Addressing Racial Disparities in Diabetes at CRS Fall, Dr. Gavin will explore how the prevalence of diabetes, rates of associated complications, and overall burden of disease is increased in racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States. He will also cover the design and implementation of appropriate interventions for change.

“We’re incredibly proud of the expert faculty CRS has amassed within its first four years,” said CRS founding Co-Chair, Edward Shahady, MD, FAAFP, ABCL. “Their participation in this program dedicated entirely to cardiometabolic risk reduction underscores the critical importance of primary care intervention amidst a growing epidemic.”

CRS Fall is designed and accredited for the entire primary care team, including general practitioners, family medicine specialists, internists, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, pharmacists, and other related healthcare professionals. Up to 35 CME/CE/CPE credits will be offered in the all-new Maximum Credit Package, which provides access to all on-site sessions, as well as CRS On Demand 2015 online learning afterward.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by adding a hands-on, accredited teaching kitchen module, developed in partnership with the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University.

Questions specific to accreditation, content, program offerings, and other conference details can be directed to 1-800-208-8075. For more information about the CRS Fall conference, visit

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