About this event

  • Date and time Thu 22 Apr 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic

Join us for a virtual round-table discussion with experts to explore the technicalities of mitral valve repair. Participants will join specialists in their field to discuss and review literature in order to better understand techniques and surgical strategy for this procedure in order to improve repair rate and identify pitfalls.

The key learning objectives include: 

  • Review literature and promote understanding of the technicalities of mitral valve repair
  • To improve repair rate and identify pitfalls of this surgery 
  • Share tips and tricks for durable mitral valve repair
  • Understand the limitations of operation, repair and reoperation

This webinar has free CPD accreditation.

We would like to thank the Imperial Health Charity for their generous support enabling free access to this webinar. Please note the organisation listed has not had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this webinar

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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.

Key speakers

Ottavio Alfieri

Professor Ottavio Alfieri

Senior Consultant, San Raffaele University Hospital, Milan

Speaker's biography

Ottavio Alfieri MD is Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the S.Raffaele University Hospital in Milan, Italy. He is the author or co-author of more than 600 peer-reviewed papers related to many areas of cardiac surgery and cardiology. He is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals.

His main interest is surgery for valvular heart diseases (particularly mitral valve repair). He developed several patents mainly related to the treatment of heart valve disease. More than 20 years ago, he originally developed a method of mitral valve repair (the edge-to-edge technique) which is the basis of the currently most-used type of percutaneous correction of mitral regurgitation.

In 2011, he served as president of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). In 2018 he received the gold medal from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He is currently a member of the STS, AATS, ESC, EACTS, and President of the Alfieri Heart Foundation, based at the San Raffaele Hospital, created to support education, research, and innovation.

Professor Jean-François Obadia

Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital Cardiothoracique Louis Pradel, France

Speaker's biography

Pofessor Jean-François Obadia is actually the chief of a department of Adult Cardiac surgery in Lyon – France. As a member of EACTS, ISHLT, AATS, he is mainly involved in valvular Surgery and Cardiac assistance and transplantation.

   - The valvular program includes all aspects of valvular surgery from the most complex repairs for endocarditis (Homograft of monobloc aorto-mitral) to the minimally invasive approaches for mitral (more than two thousands mitral valves and aortic valve sparing operations). The surgeons are involved with a strong input in the developpement of the per-cutaneous approaches for the aortic valves (TAVI) and Mitral valVes (Mitra.fr published in the nejm).

   - The transplantation program includes 45 hearts transplantations, 15 Mono Left assistance, 15 bi-VAD and around 100 ECMO.

Professor El Khoury

Head of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels

Dr Anelechi Anyanwu

Professor and Vice-Chairman, Cardiovascular Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA

Speaker's biography

Dr Anyanwu is a Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a clinical cardiothoracic surgeon. His clinical and research interest include mechanical circulatory support, heart transplantation and mitral valve reconstruction. He has published and lectured on various aspects of cardiac surgery and has co-directed international educational meetings. Dr Anyanwu has served on various committees and is currently on the Board of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery.

Professor Torsten Doenst

Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Jena, Germany

Speaker's biography

Torsten Doenst is a Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Jena, Jena, Germany. He is an established expert in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and complex valve and coronary surgery. He received extensive training in the surgical and the basic science field at the University of Texas in Houston, USA, the University of Freiburg in Germany and the Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He was the first cardiac surgeon being elected into the most prestigious individual funding programs of the German Research Foundation (DFG, Emmy-Noether and Heisenberg programs) and was appointed full Heisenberg-Professor of cardiac surgery at the University of Leipzig in 2007 where he became senior surgeon at the Leipzig Heart Center in 2006. In 2010, he took the chair in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Jena, Germany.

There he developed an internationally competitive academic cardiac surgery program. His team has initiated and participated in many prospective randomized trials. He advances the field through the development of new surgical techniques in mitral and tricuspid valve surgery, by providing yearly literature reviews on cardiac surgery and by promoting scientific qualification of the young. Most recently, he established a DFG-supported network for research and clinical trials in Germany (GermaN HeaRTS). Together with colleagues, he conducts DFG supported young surgeons’ academies to enhance research in cardiac surgery. 


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Welcome and introduction
Round table discussion

Professor Prakash Punjabi, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Anelechi Anyanwu, Professor and Vice-Chairman, Cardiovascular Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA, Professor Rimantas Benetis, Head of Clinic of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas Clinics, Professor Gebrine El Khoury, Head of Cardiovasular and Thoracic Surgery, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Professor Jean-François Obadia, Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital Cardiothoracique Louis Pradel, France, Professor Ottavio Alfieri, Senior Consultant, San Raffaele University Hospital, Milan and Professor Torsten Doenst, Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. University of Jena, Germany

Questions and answer session
Close of meeting



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