Winter Conference

30th Annual Aspirus Heart & Vascular Winter Conference

Navigating the Ever-Changing Landscape of Diabetes Trends and Treatments

The Winter Conference is an annual education event offered by Aspirus Heart & Vascular. It is held at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau. This educational event covers a wide variety of topics related to heart care and heart health. Topics are presented by experts from Aspirus and throughout the country. The event is free for Aspirus employees and affiliates.

Registration for 2021 Winter Conference will open closer to the event date.

Conference Details

  • Date: February 7, 2020
  • Time: 7 am-4:15 pm (Registration from 7-7:45)
  • Location: Westwood Conference Center
  • Address: 1800 Westwood Center Boulevard, Wausau, WI, 54401
  • Other details: Lunch is included

Westwood Conference Center is an accessible, barrier-free location. Please contact Aspirus Heart and Vascular at 715-847-2000, extension 55245 if you require any special accommodations.

Intended Audience

This conference is intended for cardiologists, general internists, family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, rehabilitation professionals, trainees in medicine and other specialists interested in cardiovascular risk factors and treatment options.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define the pathophysiology and progressive nature of diabetes.
  • List risk factors that contribute to metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
  • Review new approaches to diabetes management using currently available diabetes medications.
  • Describe diabetes management strategies to address microvascular and macrovascular complications.
  • Discuss non-pharmacological therapies to facilitate weight loss.
  • Review recommendations for maintaining weight loss.
  • Describe similarities and differences of oral diabetes medication treatment options.
  • Review side effect profiles of traditional oral diabetes medications.
  • Discuss guideline recommendations for GLP-1 agonist therapy initiation.
  • Review GLP-1 agonist effects on glycemic control, cardiovascular outcomes, and weight loss.
  • Describe which patients may benefit most from insulin therapy.
  • Review the role of insulin in a management algorithm.
  • Discuss available insulin products and how to best utilize therapy.
  • Review clinical trial data on cardiovascular outcomes with use of the SGLT-2 inhibitors.
  • Discuss the appropriate use and side effect profiles of SGLT-2 inhibitors.
  • Recognize strategies for managing complex patients with diabetes and other co-morbidities.

Conference Agenda

7-7:45 am | Registration and Exhibits

7:45-8 am | Welcome
David K. Murdock, MD, MS, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
Cardiologist, Aspirus Cardiology, Wausau, Wisconsin

8-8:40 am | The Pathophysiology of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
David K. Murdock, MD, MS, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
Cardiologist, Aspirus Cardiology, Wausau, Wisconsin

8:40-9:20 am | Lessons Learned from Major Treatment Trials on the Glucocentric Approach to Diabetes
Tara Dall, MD, FNLA
AvanceMD Concierge, Delafield, Wisconsin

9:20-9:35 am | Questions and Answers

9:35-10:05 am | Break and Exhibits

10:05-10:45 am | What Lessons Can We Learn from Dietary Intervention?
Timothy N. Logemann, MD, FACC, ABOM
Cardiologist, Aspirus Cardiology, Wausau, Wisconsin

10:45-11:25 am | A Review of the Most Common Oral Diabetic Agents: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly
Laurence R. Gordon, DO, FACP, CCD, CIC,
Regional Medical Director, Aspirus Clinics, Weston, Wisconsin

11:25-11:40 am | Questions and Answers

11:40 am-12:40 pm | Buffet Lunch and Exhibits

12:40-1:20 pm | Use of Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes: When, How and What to Do with Other Medications
Carlos E. Mendez, MD, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1:20-2 pm | Use of Glucagon-like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) Agonists, Which Ones and When?
Steven B. Magill, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2-2:15 pm | Questions and Answers

2:15-2:40 pm | Break and Exhibits

2:40-3:20 pm | Cardiac and Renal Protective Effects of Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) Inhibitors
David K. Murdock, MD, MS, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
Cardiologist, Aspirus Cardiology, Wausau, Wisconsin

3:20 - 4:00 pm | Case Studies/Panel Discussion
David K. Murdock, MD, MS, FACC, FACP, FSCAI
Laurence R. Gordon, DO, FACP, CCD, CIC
Tara Dall, MD, FNLA

4:00 – 4:15 pm | Questions and Answers

Registration and Fees

Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 200 attendees.

Register Online

There is no fee for providers and employees of Aspirus, Inc. and Aspirus-affiliated organizations.  There is a $50 fee for no shows and cancellations after 4:00 p.m., January 29, 2019.

Registration for all other attendees: Physicians - $150; Pharmacists/NPs/ PAs/Retired Physicians - $75; RNs/all other health care providers - $50. Non-Aspirus registrants: Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted. Refunds will not be granted.

Please call 715-847-2000, extension 55245 with questions or for assistance.

If paying by check, make payable to Aspirus Wausau Hospital and mail to:

Aspirus Wausau Hospital
ATTN: AHV/Sharon Thacker
333 Pine Ridge Blvd.
Wausau, WI 54401

Conference Directors

  • Larry Gordon, DO, FACP, CCD, CIC, Aspirus Clinics Regional Medical Director
  • David K. Murdock, MD, MS, FACC, FACP, FSCA, Cardiologist, Aspirus Cardiology


It is the policy of Aspirus Wausau Hospital that faculty and sponsors disclose real or apparent conflict of interest relating to the topics of the educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/ unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). Detailed disclosure will be made in the conference handout materials.

For Exhibitors

Interested in being a Winter Conference Exhibitor? Register online. The cost to be an exhibitor for this event is $1,500. If you have any questions or need to make other payment arrangements, please email the event organizer.

Register as Exhibitor