Autonomic Disorders Workshop

Herndon, VA US
July 12, 2014

The field of Autonomic Disorders is an emerging discipline.  Most PCPs, pediatricians, and even general neurologists are not familiar with it.  Patients are often unecessarily referred to multiple physicians pursuing individual organ system problems, or identified as having a psychogenic illness.  There is a need to refer these patients to autonomic testing laboratories, both pediatric and adult, to obtain a correct diagnosis.  This Workshop will educate community physicians about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and other autonomic disorders, including proper treatment plans.

This is an issue because often, by the time they are finally referred to a autonomic testing lab, patients have seen numerous – sometimes 10 or 12 – physicians without getting an accurate diagnosis and the diagnosis has been delayed.  Dysautonomia International recently polled 703 POTS patients and found that their average time to diagnosis was 5 years and 11 months. Their medical record begins to look “suspicious”, and the patient is often labeled as having a psychiatric condition or “seeking medical attention.”  Autonomic disorders need to be addressed at the root cause and the patient must be looked at as a whole, since often they have multiple organ involvement due to dysautonomia.

We want physicians to be familiar with the field of autonomic disorders.  We want them to know this is a legitimate discipline with diagnostic tools and treatments.  We want them to be alert to the possibility that the autonomic system may be the cause of a variety of otherwise not-explainable conditions, and give them tools when to refer to tertiary care centers.

Target Audience

Primary Care, Pediatricians, Family Practioners, Internest, General Neurologists, Cardiologists, Elecrophysiologists, PM&R Specialists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practioners, School Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize symptoms indicative of an autonomic disorder
  • Identify signs and symptoms that should prompt autonomic testing
  • Discuss common underlying causes of secondary autonomic disorders
  • Discuss basic aspects of treatment
  • Identify resources available to patients and families
Additional information


Linda Caples
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7103
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 7.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/12/2014 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
07/12/2014 - 5:00pm
Hyatt at Dulles International Airport
2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard
Herndon, VA 20171
United States

Gisela Chelimsky, MD
Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Thomas Chelimsky, MD
Chairman & Professor of Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin
President, American Autonomic Society

Kamal Chémali, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Eastern Virginia Medical School

David Goldstein, MD, PhD
Director, Clinical Neurocardiology Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health

Satish Raj, MD, MSCI
Associate Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology
Autonomic Dysfunction Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sarah Rebestock, MD
Director, Pediatric Pain Medicine Outpatient Clinic
Children's National Hospital

Julian Stewart, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology & Medicine
Director of the Center for Hypotension
New York Medical College

Paola Sandroni, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic

Available Credit

  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 7.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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