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9th Current Trends in Aortic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Interventions

9th Current Trends in Aortic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Interventions

Date of Online Release: November 21, 2013
Termination Date: November 21, 2016
Credits: 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

To view presentations, see Course Materials below.

CME Information - Overview
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. 

Educational Objectives
The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge. At the conclusion of this symposium, participants should be able to

  • Outline treatments for sparing the bicuspid aortic valve, advanced techniques forvalve 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
  • Cite differences in appropriateness when comparing PCI and CABG

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

Method of Instruction / Participation
This online enduring material comprises slide sets with text and audio derived from a live symposium with post activity assessment and evaluation.

Evaluation / Feedback
We value your feedback; please send your suggestions and comments to the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Texas Heart Institute, cme@heart.thi.tmc.edu.

Program 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

Acknowledgement of Support

We acknowledge the following for their support of the live event from which this activity was derived: Baxter, Bolton Medical, Ethicon, Gore, Medtronic, St. Jude, Terumo and Edwards Lifesciences.

No support was provided for this enduring material.

Accreditation / Credit Designation

Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated Study Time
The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials and completion of the course assessment is 1-1/4 hours.

Repurposing Statement
If you previously completed and received credit for the live CME-sponsored symposium entitled 9th Current Trends in Aortic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Interventions, on April 26-27, 2013, please note that you will not receive credit for completing this activity. Participants who take part in an identical activity, even in order to validate learning or to clarify specific topics, cannot claim, nor will the Texas Heart Institute award, duplicate credit for the activity.

Disclosure of Relationships
It is the intent of the Texas Heart Institute to ensure that its educational mission and its continuing medical activities in particular, should not be influenced by the special interests of individuals associated with its program.

Faculty Disclosure
In accordance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, everyone in a position to control content (faculty, planners, reviewers, others who control content including their spouse/partner) has disclosed to Texas Heart Institute their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. The Institute defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships of the individual (including those of the individual's spouse or partner) in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. The ACCME defines "commercial interest" as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. 

Tirone E. David, MD has nothing to disclose relevant to this program. 

Nicholas Kouchoukos, MD has nothing to disclose relevant to this program. 

Craig R. Smith, MD has nothing to disclose relevant to this program. 

The THI CME Staff have nothing to disclose. 

The Program Reviewers have nothing to disclose.

The Planning Committee members Alan Stolz, Scott Weldon, and Zvonimir Krajcer, MD have nothing to disclose.  

Joseph S. Coselli, MD receives consulting fees/honoraria from Vascutek Terumo and Medtronic, Inc; receives research grants from Vascutek Terumo, Cook, Inc, Medtronic, and WL Gore & Associates;  receives royalties from Vascutek Terumo; and is an advisory board member for W.L. Gore. 

Scott A. LeMaire, MD receives consulting fees/honoraria from Medtronic and is a trial co-investigator for W.L. Gore and Cook.


Course Materials and CME Credit

This enduring material comprises 3 presentations. By clicking on this course materials link, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the CME information provided above. After viewing all presentations, you must complete an assessment and evaluation to obtain CME credit for this activity.

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