About this event

  • Date and time Wed 30 Jun 2021 from 8:45am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic

With the advent of transcatheter technology to treat heart valve disease, an increasing proportion of patients referred for surgical management will be higher risk and have complex disease - i.e involvement of a second or third valve, have atrial fibrillation and/or multi vessel coronary disease. 

During this meeting, 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. 

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 privileged 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 will also be discussed in an MDT type forum. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentations. 

Topics include: 

  • The evidence behind decisions to manage functional regurgitation in the mitral or tricuspid positions.
  • The role of modern transcatheter technology to manage difficult cases of heart valve failure.
  • Confidence building in the management of these patients with complex cardiac needs with confidence.

Case Presentation Prize

Submit a 250-word abstract on a case presentation. The abstract can include figures, diagrams and scans. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their paper at a Cardiothoracic meeting.


  • Oral presentation: One year’s free RSM membership and a bottle of champagne
  • Poster presentation: One year’s free RSM membership and a bottle of wine

Submission deadline: Friday 30 April 2021

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


Standard pricing available until 29 June 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£125.00 £85.00 £85.00 £85.00 £35.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£180.00 £105.00 £105.00 £50.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Norman Briffa, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Northern General Hospital

How do surgeons make decisions?

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

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Session one: Aortic valve disease

Chair: Mr Neil Cartwright, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Northern General Hospital and Miss Marjan Jahangiri, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, St Georges Hospital

Aortic valve replacement - patient and valve choice

Mr Norman Briffa

How to deal with the degenerating aortic bioprosthesis

Mr Clinton Lloyd, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Derriford Hospital

The small aortic root

Mr Serban Stoica, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Bristol Children's Hospital

Aortic regurgitation- repair or replace?

Mr Mario Pertrou, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Brompton Hospital

MDT cases and panel discussion

Cases presented by mentors in an MDT style and delegates encouraged to discuss decision making 


Poster viewing

Session two: Mitral and tricuspid valve disease

Chair: Dr Peter Ludman, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Ms Karen Booth, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Freeman Hospital and Renata Greco, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Atrial induced functional mitral regurgitation – what is it and should we treat it

Mr Narain Moorjani, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Papworth Hospital

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

Mr Yassir Abu Omar, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Concomitant surgery for atrial fibrillation: When and why?

Mr Steven Hunter, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Northern General Hospital

Treatment of tricuspid regurgitation: How, when and why?

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

Tea and coffee break
MDT discussion of cases

Professor Steve Bolling

Case presented by mentors in an MDT style with delegates encouraged to discuss decision making

Conclusions and closing remarks
Close of meeting


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

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