About this event

  • Date and time Wed 30 Jun 2021 from 8:45am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic, British Heart Valve Society

This meeting will provide one of the first opportunities in a long time for cardiac surgeons, trainees and anyone with an interest in heart valve disease to meet in person.

During this meeting, aimed at all those who are interested in Heart Valve Disease, indications and helpful guides for the treatment of these patients will be presented by a diverse faculty from all over the U.K. and abroad who are experts in the field. 

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There are many factors that determine how such patients are treated surgically on the day and we are privileged to have as a speaker, Professor Rhonda Flin an eminent psychologist from The University of Aberdeen who is an expert in Human Factors and who is involved with the NOTSS programme at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 

We are also very excited to have Professor Steve Bolling from the University of Michigan in the US who has published widely on heart valve disease including the treatment of functional mitral and tricuspid regurgitation. He will speak to us on the surgery of functional tricuspid regurgitation. 

During the meeting, selected complex heart valve disease case discussions submitted by trainees and students will also be discussed in an MDT-type forum. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentations. 

Topics include: 

  • Non-technical factors that influence cardiac surgeons during complex heart valve surgeries
  • The evidence behind decisions to manage functional regurgitation in the mitral or tricuspid positions
  • Management of the small aortic root
  • Best way to treat degeneration of tissue valve

Case Presentation Prize

Submit a 250-word abstract on a case presentation of a patient with heart valve disease (aortic, and/or mitral and/or tricuspid).  The best six submissions will be picked for presentation on the day.


  • 2 prizes of One year’s free RSM membership and a bottle of champagne will be given to the best morning and best afternoon presentations as judged by a panel of experts

Submission deadline: Friday 30 April 2021

Open to: All pre-clinical and clinical cardiothoracic students and trainees.

Submit here


We would like to thank our sponsors 3-D Matrix, AtriCure Inc and R&D Surgical Ltd for their support of this meeting. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Norman Briffa, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

How do surgeons make intra-operative decisions?

Professor Rhona Flin, Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session one: Aortic valve disease

Chairs: Mr Neil Cartwright, Consultant, Northern General Hospital, Professor Marjan Jahangiri, St Georges Hospital, Miss Renata Greco, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Mr Christopher MalkinConsultant Interventional Cardiologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Aortic valve replacement - patient and valve choice

Mr Norman Briffa

How to deal with the degenerating aortic bioprosthesis

Mr Clinton Lloyd, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Derriford Hospital

The small aortic root

Mr Serban Stoica, Consultant Cardiac SurgeonBristol Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital

Aortic regurgitation – repair or replace

Mr Mario Pertrou, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals

Panel discussion

Cardiothoracic Section: Case Presentation Prize presentations

A new valve, a new heart, a new aorta...and a new chest wall

Dr Ibrahim Talal Fazmin, Foundation Year 1 Doctor, University of Cambridge

Emergency valve transcatheter aortic valve implantation for endocarditis degeneration

Dr Amir Fathi, Clinical Research Fellow, King’s College London

Salvage surgical management of misdeployed transcatheter aortic valve as a complication of eccentric leaflet calcification

Mr Shahid Iqbal, 3rd Year Medical Student, King's College London


Session two: Mitral and tricuspid valve disease

Chairs: Ms Karen Booth, Consultant Adult Aortic and Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon, Freeman Hospital, Dr Benoy N Shah, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital Southampton, Professor Farah Bhatti OBE, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Institution Morriston Hospital and Mr Christopher Malkin

Atrial induced secondary mitral regurgitation – mechanisms and treatment

Mr Narain Moorjani, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Papworth Hospital, University of Cambridge and Dr Madalina Garbi, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Papworth Hospital

Ischaemic mitral valve - repair, replace, or do nothing?

Mr Yasir Abu-Omar, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Director, Cardiothoracic Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Concomitant surgery for atrial fibrillation: When and why?

Mr Steven Hunter, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Treatment of tricuspid regurgitation: How, when and why?

Dr Steve F Bolling, Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Cardiothoracic Section: Case Presentation Prize presentations

Severe double valve and aortic calcification in a young man - a cardiac surgical conundrum

Mr Umar Shafiq, 5th Year Medical Student, Peninsula Medical School

A case presentation of mitral regurgitation with concomitant congenital coronary artery fistula

Dr Dylan Tan Jun Hao, Clinical Teaching Fellow, NHS Golden Jubilee

Ventricular septal myectomy, plication of anterior mitral leaflets via aortic valve, and pulmonary vein isolation in a case of negative sarcomeric mutation hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

Dr Ronja Sophie Müller, Senior House Officer in Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac Surgery, St George’s Hospital

Closing remarks



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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Live stream: Difficult decisions in heart valve surgery: An evidence-based approach

During this live stream, aimed at senior trainees and junior consultants in Cardiothoracic Surgery, indications and helpful guides for the treatment of these patients will be presented by a diverse faculty from all over the U.K. who are experts in the field. Speakers include Professor Rhonda Flin an eminent psychologist from The University of Aberdeen and Professor Steve Bolling from the University of Michigan in the US who has published widely on heart valve disease.

Trainees will present their work and prizes will be awarded for the best presentations.

Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am on Thursday 29 July 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Due to current government guidelines there is limited audience capacity. If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email. 

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