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UPenn-SSSIHMS Hands-on Cardiac MR Course

( A collaboration between SSSIHMS and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA)


The Radiology departments of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram and Bangalore, in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA are pleased to offer a 4-day Hands-on course exclusively on Cardiac MR.

Objective of the Course: 

Improve interpretations in an intense case-based format with hands-on real-time interpretations and observe real-time scanning opportunities.

Course Duration: 4 days ( Sat, 02nd Mar  –  Tue, 05th Mar, 2019 )
Highlights of the course:
  • Includes 100 cases with 50 interpreted ahead of time by trainees and 50 real-time hands on interpretations.
  • The preparatory 50 pre-course cases will be shared with the delegates on registration
  • Opportunity for delegates to observe Cardiac MR scans being performed live
  • Hands-on training from acquisition to interpretation to structured Reporting on all 4 days.
  • Hands-on training of advanced post-processing techniques.
Highlights of the Faculty:
  • Faculty from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA to hand-hold the delegates in performing and interpreting Cardiac MR Scans.
  • Endorsed by Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) and Indian Association of Cardiac Imaging (IACI).


NOTE: Limited to only 50 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. The 50 cases to be reviewed by the delegates as a preparation for the hands-on course will be shared as soon as the delegate registers to give adequate time for the delegates to review them. Accordingly, the last date for registration is not extendable.

Target audience: 

All radiology and cardiology physicians who desire in-depth case-based learning to enhance interpretation of CMR.


A basic understanding of Cardiac MR.


Yuchi Han


Dr. Yuchi is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is Director of Cardiac MRI. After graduating from Princeton University’s Department of Physics, she received a MD from Harvard Medical School. After her residency at Stanford University, she did her cardiology and advanced imaging fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, where she also received her Master in Medical Sciences for clinical investigation.  She is the winner of the American Heart Foundation Career Development Award. At the end of 2010, she moved to the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in cardiac imaging. Her main research areas are myocardial tissue characterization, real-time imaging, valvular heart disease, and right heart disease. She has published nearly 90 articles and book chapters. She is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Vice Chair of the International Outreach Committee on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She was the principle investigator on a Penn-China Cardiac Imaging project where she taught Level 1 CMR Training course in China.  She is now the Principal Investigator of Penn-India Cardiac Imaging project and is dedicated to promoting cardiovascular imaging training, research, and communication in India.


      Victor A. Ferrari


Dr. Victor is a Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Medicine, the Director of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) for the Penn Cardiovascular Institute, and formerly the Interim Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the Hospital of the UPenn. He took his BSEE at Drexel University, and his MD, residency, and cardiology/CMR fellowships at UPenn. As a faculty member at Penn, he has won 5 teaching awards from the Department of Medicine housestaff and cardiology fellows, including the Donald B. Martin Teaching Service Award, the Francis H. Sterling Award for Educational Excellence, and the Mark E. Josephson Cardiovascular Medicine Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award. His clinical skills have been recognized by the William Smilow Award for Innovation in Clinical Excellence, as well as a Patient Advocacy Award. He is a recent winner of the Penn Heart and Vascular Center “Heart Hero” Award. Dr. Ferrari is a Founding Member and a Past President of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), an international organization dedicated to research, education, and clinical applications of CMR. He is the Immediate Past Chair for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s Cardiac MR Study Group. He has served on the Cardiac Imaging Committee of the American Heart Association and is the current Chair of the Imaging Council of the American College of Cardiology. He served on several writing committees that produced imaging-related clinical competency and scientific statements. His research interests include noninvasive assessment of right and left ventricular function, ventricular remodeling, atherosclerotic plaque imaging, high field imaging, and imaging of rodent models of cardiac diseases.


                 Ron Jacob


Dr. Ron Jacob Is the Director of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Lancaster General Hospital/PENN Medicine. He finished his Residency, and Fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia and proceeded to do a fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. As a resident, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha society and has won awards for teaching both as a fellow and as faculty at Lancaster General Hospital. He has served on the International outreach Committee both as a co-chair and most recently as Chairman over the last two years. During this time, he has taught and helped to organize courses around the world focusing on increasing the utilization of CMR.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of SCMR. Lancaster General Hospital has participated in various research studies focusing on imaging including the PROMISE study, RESCUE study, ACRIN PA 4008. He has an interest in the use of multimodality imaging in cardiovascular disease with a specific interest in the complimentary role of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

         Sanjaya Viswamitra

          MBBS, DABR, DABNM


Dr. Sanjaya is the Head of Department of Radiology, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bengaluru.

His current positions also include MRI consultant, Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, Bengaluru, Faculty, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR and an Adjunct Faculty, Center for Neurosciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India

He completed his Nuclear Medicine Fellowship from Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA in 1995 and went on to do his Diagnostic Radiology Residency from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons New York, NY in 1999. Subsequently, he did his Body Imaging Fellowship from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA in 2000. Presently, he is a reviewer for AJR and Radiology.

He is the current President of Indian Association of Cardiac Imaging, a position which he has held since 2016.

Dr. Srikanth Sola

          MBBS, MD, FACC, FAHA

 Dr. Srikanth Sola is an Honorary Senior Consultant in the Department of Cardiology at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bangalore. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, medical school at University of Louisville, residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University, and cardiology fellowship at Emory University. He worked as a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic before moving to Bangalore in 2008. He has several patents and 50 peer reviewed papers to his credit. In addition to non-invasive imaging, he focuses on research for a healthier environment.



  • Registration Fee: INR 7500 per participant.
  • Limited to only 50 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
  • Last Date for registration: Saturday, 16-Feb-2019. The 50 cases to be reviewed by the delegates as a preparation for the hands-on course will be shared within a few days of registration to give adequate time for the delegates to review them. Accordingly, the last date for registration is not extendable.
  • Registration includes: Registration kit, Breakfast, Lunch and 2 tea sessions on all 4 days.
  • Accommodation to be arranged by the participants. A list of all the hotels around the venue is below. Please note that the below list is not comprehensive and the delegates may want to explore other options online.

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