The event is co-directed by Kendra Grubb, MD, cardiovascular surgeon with University of Louisville Physicians, director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery for the University of Louisville at Jewish Hospital, and assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Lorrel Brown, MD, a cardiologist with University of Louisville Physicians, associate director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship and assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. It will feature presentations, case studies and panel discussions from leading experts.

“Cardiovascular disease is often viewed as a ‘man’s disease’ but the fact is, it kills more women than men each year,” Grubb said. “This symposium will offer case-based perspectives from top physicians on the best strategies for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women.”

The keynote address – “The One Minute Mindset” – will be given by Haley Perlus, PhD, peak performance consultant, author, international speaker, professor and industry leader in the psychology of helping people perform their best. Perlus is a known as a success coach with clients including members of the U.S., Canada and Australian national teams, NCAA athletes and more.

We are excited to have Dr. Perlus as our keynote speaker,” Brown said. “Not only is she an expert in sport and exercise physiology, she also is a world-class Alpine skier. With her emphasis on translating the principles of top athletes into healthy living principles for everyday life, Dr. Perlus is a fantastic addition to our symposium this year.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Center, part of KentuckyOne Health, in the Hank Wagner Conference Center, located on the top floor.

Admission is free to students, residents and fellows and $25 for community members. Continuing medical education credits are available for physicians ($100) and allied health professionals/nurses ($50). Registration is available at:

Topics will include emerging controversies in cardiovascular disease and treatments; current guidelines in the medical management of heart disease in women; cardiac risk factors in women and opportunities for implementing new prevention strategies; trends, treatments and intervention strategies of cardiovascular disease in women; the differences in risk, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment for women with atrial fibrillation; emerging data in support of specific medical recommendations and surgical procedures in management of heart disease; emerging novel approaches and strategies to treating heart, vascular and valve conditions; and utilization of surgical techniques in the treatment of heart disease in women.

Jill Scoggins is Director of Communications at UofL's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She has been at UofL since 2010.