About this event

  • Date and time Thu 15 Oct 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic, Cardiology

This is the first episode in the series by RSM Cardiothoracic section: Dilemmas in the acute aortic dissection.

This first webinar will join experts to explore the diagnostic challenges and treatment of acute aortic syndromes. Symptoms for acute aortic dissection may be extremely similar to those of heart attacks, but if incorrectly diagnosed, this can have life-threatening consequences. UK specialists in acute aortic syndromes will aim to provide vital knowledge to help diagnose correctly and treat efficiently.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand the impact of acute aortic dissection from a family perspective
  • Appreciate the challenges in the treatment pathway of acute aortic syndromes
  • Understand the dilemma of cardiologists treating chest pain due to aortic dissection when expecting to undertake PCI

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We would like to thank our sponsor Medtronic Limited for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

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Key speakers

Mr Graham Cooper

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Graham Cooper trained in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, London and Paris. He has been a consultant cardiac surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals since 1996, with an interest in thoracic aortic surgery. He has been Clinical Director and Clinical Lead. In addition, he is Regional Medical Examiner for North East and Yorkshire and National Clinical Advisor for Acute Aortic Dissection to NHS England. He is a past president of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, trustee of the Think Aorta campaign and medical advisor to Aortic Dissection Awareness UK and Ireland.

Simon Ray

Professor Simon Ray

President, British Cardiovascular Society

Speaker's biography

Simon Ray graduated from Bristol University in Pharmacology in 1980 and in Medicine in 1983. After HO jobs in Bristol and medical SHO and registrar jobs in Glasgow and Edinburgh he completed my MD as a British Heart Foundation funded research fellow with Prof Henry Dargie in Glasgow. Simon continued cardiology training at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle before moving to CTC Liverpool as a senior registrar in 1992. From 1994-95 he was an interventional cardiology fellow in Vancouver BC before appointment as consultant cardiologist at University Hospitals of South Manchester  in 1995. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Cardiology in 2011. Simon's clinical and research interests have focussed around valve disease, cardiac involvement in neuromuscular disease and more recently cardio-oncology. He was clinical director of cardiology at UHSM from 2006-2009, President of the British Society of Echocardiography 2007-2009, Vice President of the British Cardiovascular Society for clinical standards from 2010-2013 and President of the British Heart Valve Society from 2013-2016. Currently Simon is joint national lead for GIRFT in cardiology and President of the British Cardiovascular Society.

Mr Geoff Tsang

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Spire Southampton Hospital


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Mr Mark Jones, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

A patient's view

Mr Gareth Owens

Challenges in the acute aortic dissection pathway including diagnosis

Mr Graham Cooper, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Acute coronary syndromes and aortic dissection

Professor Simon Ray, President, British Cardiovascular Society

Classification of acute aortic syndromes

Mr Geoff Tsang, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Spire Southampton Hospital

Panel discussion
Close of meeting




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Malperfusion syndromes in acute aortic dissection

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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.  

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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