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9th Current Trends in Aortic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Interventions
9th Current Trends
in Aortic and

Cardiovascular Surgery

and Interventions

April 26-27, 2013
Royal Sonesta Hotel, Houston, Texas 

See also "Satellite Symposium" to be held 1:00 - 5:00 pm on April 25.
Link to details and registration.


Full brochure for 9th Current Trends - April 2013

Online registration is now closed; however, you may register at the event beginning Friday morning at 6:45 a.m. 


Needs and Goals

Aortic and cardiovascular surgery and interventions are continuously changing and developing fields, with new understandings of pathology evolving into new modalities for treatment and innovative treatment approaches. Thus there is an imperative need for both surgeons and interventionalists dealing with cardiovascular diseases to be updated on an ongoing basis on the etiology, functional abnormalities, disease processes, and both state-of-the-art open and endovascular and interventional therapies in a broad range of areas. These include procedures and methods to treat diseases of the aorta, heart, carotid and visceral vessels, and transplantation of the heart and ventricular assist devices.


At the conclusion of the activity the participant should be able to:

  • Identify the current surgical and interventional trends and treatments for aortic, cardiac and valvular disease and peripheral diseases as well as the associated risk factors
  • Outline treatments for sparing the bicuspid aortic valve, advanced techniques for valve leaflet repairs, and unique treatments for aortic root disease
  • Discuss both open and endovascular approaches for the treatment of aortic dissection and the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • State the latest techniques utilized in the treatment of diseases of the aortic arch
  • Outline the use of endovascular interventions for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease
  • Describe the effectiveness of drug-eluding balloons, stents, and other interventional treatments
  • State the most current methodologies for open, endovascular, and hybrid approaches for repairs of the descending and thoracoabdominal aorta
  • Identify the latest techniques and approaches including traditional and minimally invasive approaches (including robotic) for the treatment of mitral valve disease
  • Explain the current status of transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), including devices currently in use and in the development pipeline
  • State the impact of continuous flow assist devices and total artificial hearts on the field of heart transplantation
  • Outline the advantages and challenges of using stents versus open endarterectomy repairs for carotid artery disease
  • Discuss the latest advances in the endovascular treatment of visceral artery aneurysms
  • Identify the latest open surgical and interventional techniques for the treatment of coronary artery disease

Target Audience

Aortic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons, Interventional Cardiologists, Residents, Fellows, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and Perfusionists.

Educational Methods

Lectures, Case Presentations, Question and Answer Sessions,  Panel Discussions, Audio-Visual Presentations, Syllabus

For details on educational objectives, educational methods and evaluation process, program and speakers, registration and accommodations, please see the full brochure.

Program Schedule Highlights

Thursday–April 25 

6:30 - 8:30 PM Welcome Reception (non-CME)

Friday–April 26

6:45 AM      Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM      Welcome, Announcements, and Introduction

8:10 AM      Sessions begin

9:25 AM      Break and visit exhibits

10:00 AM    Sessions resume

11:16 AM    Introduction of Keynote Speaker

11:20 AM    Keynote Address

12:01 PM    Morning Wrap-up

12:10 PM    Luncheon with speaker

1:30 PM      Sessions resume

2:45 PM      Break and visit exhibits

3:20 PM      Sessions resume

4:45 PM      Wrap-up and Adjourn

Saturday – April 27 

6:45 AM     Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM      Welcome and Announcements

8:05 AM     Sessions begin

9:25 AM     Break and visit exhibits

10:00 AM   Sessions resume

11:22 AM   Introduction of Lecturer

11:26 AM   Fifth E. Stanley Crawford Lectureship

12:07 PM   Morning Wrap-up

12:15 PM   Luncheon with speaker

1:35 PM     Sessions resume

2:55 PM     Break and visit exhibits

3:25 PM     Sessions resume

4:55 PM     Wrap-up and Adjourn


Paolo Angelini, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

Faisal G. Bakaeen, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Joseph E. Bavaria, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadephia, PA 

Lawrence H. Cohn, MD
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA  

William E. Cohn, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX   

Jack G. Copeland, MD
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 

Joseph S. Coselli, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX 

Michael D. Dake, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 

Tirone E. David, MD
University of Toronto
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

G. Michael Deeb, MD
University of Michigan 
Department of Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI 

Kim de la Cruz, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX 

Edward B. Diethrich, MD
Arizona Heart Foundation
Phoenix, AZ

John A. Elefteriades, MD
Yale University Aortic Institute
New Haven, CT

Gébrine El Khoury, MD
Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc
Bruxelles, Belgium

Marcelo Ferreira, MD
Hospital Samaritano
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, TX

O.H. ‘Bud’ Frazier, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

William D. Jordan, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Barry T. Katzen, MD
Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute
Miami, FL

Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis, MO

Zvonimir Krajcer, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

Steven L. Lansman, MD
Westchester Medical Center
Valhalla, NY

Scott A. LeMaire, MD.
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

James J. Livesay, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX


Michael J. Mack, MD
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Hari R. Mallidi, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Ali Massumi, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Michel E. Mawad, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
The Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Alberto Pochettino, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Jeffrey J. Popma, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Ourania A. Preventza, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

John D. Puskas, MD
Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, GA   

Michael J. Reardon, MD
The Methodist DeBakey Heart Center
Houston, TX

Carlos Ruiz, MD, PhD
Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular
Institute of New York
New York, NY

Claudio J. Schönholz
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Francesco Serino, MD
IDI IRCCS Vascular Surgery
Rome, Italy

William G. Sizemore, II
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Washington, DC

Craig R. Smith, MD
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
New York, NY  

Neil E. Strickman, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

Lars G. Svensson, MD, PhD
The Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Vinod H. Thourani, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA  

Tom Treasure, MD
University College London
London, England

W.P. ‘Spanner’ Van Zyl, MD
Cape Town, South Africa

Matthew J. Wall, Jr., MD
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Christopher J. White, MD
John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute
New Orleans, LA

Rodney A. White, MD
University of California at
Los Angeles
Torrance, CA

Activity Co-Directors

 Joseph S. Coselli, MD
Joseph S. Coselli, MD

• Professor and Chief,
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
• Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery,
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
• Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery Section,
Associate Chief Cardiovascular Service,

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital 


Zvonimir Krajcer, MD  Zvonimir Krajcer, MD

• Clinical Professor of Medicine 
Baylor College of Medicine
• Clinical Professor of Medicine
The University of Texas Medical School Houston

• Co-Director, Peripheral Vascular Disease Service
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
Co-Director, Peripheral Vascular Intervention
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

Accreditation/Credit Designation 

Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

If you are a non-U.S. licensed physician, you will be eligible to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for this activity.

An evaluation survey will provide each participant with the opportunity to review the speakers and their presentations, to identify educational needs, and to comment on any perceived commercial or promotional bias in the presentation.

For details on all credit designations, including nursing and perfusion, see full brochure.

Meeting Site and Accommodations

Royal Sonesta Houston 
2222 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
Reservations: 800.766.3782
Direct: 713.627.7600
Fax: 713.961.3327

Accommodations should be arranged directly with the Royal Sonesta  Houston prior to April 14, 2013. Reservations made after that date are subject to availability. Please identify yourself with the Texas Heart Institute Current Trends in Aortic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Interventions Conference when making reservations in order to benefit from the special group rate ($159.00 single/double). 


Cancellation Policy
The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) must receive written notification of a refund request postmarked no later than April 12, 2013. A $75 processing fee will be deducted from the registration fees paid to cover our processing charges.

For full details, please refer to the brochure.

Breakfasts, breaks, luncheons, and a conference syllabus are included in the registration fee.  

ID* As of
April 9,2013
Physicians $500
Nurses/Nurse practitioners/
Physician Assistants/Perfusionists
Residents/Fellows *
Medical Students *

* Verification required. Fax valid institutional ID within 24 hours of registration to 713.218.2229

Full brochure for 9th Current Trends - April 2013

Online registration is now closed; however, you may register at the event beginning Friday morning at 6:45 a.m.

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