About this event

  • Date and time Thu 19 Nov 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:05pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic

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

In this webinar, two prominent speakers in the field will address two ways of dealing with an involved aortic arch in acute type A aortic dissection. Karen Booth will suggest ascending aorta replacement with or without hemiarch replacement. Ben Adams will then propose his way of treatment which would be to replace the ascending aorta and arch using a Frozen Elephant Trunk.

Aims for this webinar include:

  • Understand the therapeutic options for treatment of acute type A aortic dissection
  • Appreciate the challenges of recognised treatment strategies
  • Acknowledge the advantages and disadvantages of replacing the entire aortic arch

This webinar is an extremely useful opportunity for specialists and trainees to understand and enhance their knowledge about treatment of the involved aortic arch in acute aortic dissection with experts who will answer popular questions at the end of their talks. 

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

Dr Karen Booth

Consultant Adult Cardiac and Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon

Speaker's biography

Karen Booth is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Transplant and Adult Cardiac Surgeon working at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Having qualified from Glasgow Medical School in 2006 she completed her training in cardiothoracic surgery jointly in Northern Ireland and the North East of England being appointed in 2017 as the first female and youngest appointed consultant in the department’s history.

She is the only surgeon in the UK to specialise in both major Aortic and Cardiothoracic Transplant surgery and specialises in Ozaki aortic valve reconstruction, off pump lung transplantation and is Joint SCTS Student Education Lead alongside Professor Bhatti. She is a recognised surgical trainer, a member of the North East Surgical Training Committee and Education Lead for the North East Deanery.

Benjamin Adams

Consultant Cardiac and Aortic Surgeon, St Bartholemew’s Hospital, London

Speaker's biography

Ben Adams was appointed as a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Barts in August 2018 and has a special interest in complex aortovascular surgery. Ben read medicine at Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ School of Medicine graduating in 2005 with a first-class BSc in Radiological Sciences in 2002 in addition. His cardiothoracic training was in the London Deanery rotating through St Thomas’, the Brompton, the Heart Hospital and finally Barts. He undertook a period of research at King’s in endothelial progenitor cells as part of his academic foundation training and was appointed Quality and Safety Lead for Cardiac Surgery at Barts in 2019.


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction
To Arch or not to Arch, is that the question?

Ms Karen Booth, Consultant Adult Cardiac and Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon

Management of Type A Aortic Dissection – In Favour of The Frozen Elephant Trunk

Mr Benjamin Adams, Consultant Cardiac and Aortic Surgeon, St Bartholemew’s Hospital, London

Discussion and debate

Facilitated by Mr Graham Cooper and Mr Geoff Tsang

Close of meeting




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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.

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Malperfusion syndromes in acute aortic dissection

In this third webinar, a debate will address what the optimal management strategy is for a patient presenting with acute type A aortic dissection that is complicated by malperfusion syndrome. Two views will be addressed by expert speakers. One will propose endovascular fenestration followed by later stage conventional repair while the other speaker will propose conventional repair +/- Frozen Elephant Trunk as soon as possible. 

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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