About this event

  • Date and time Fri 17 Jun 2022 from 9:00am to 4:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic

This meeting will help the participants appreciate the challenges in the treatment pathway of acute aortic syndromes from a range of internationally renowned experts.

This will include learning about the diagnostic challenges in the emergency department. Following this meeting, participants will understand the range of therapeutic options for ascending and descending thoracic aortic dissection including genetic assessment and surveillance. 

A live stream is available for this meeting. To register for the live stream, please click here.

This meeting is in association with The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust and the UK Aortic Surgery Society.

Aims for this meeting include: 

  • Understand the impact of acute aortic dissection from the patient's perspective 

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of conventional surgery compared to the use of interventional radiology as the initial treatment strategy 

  • Appreciate the challenges of recognised treatment strategies, genetic assessment and surveillance 

Cardiothoracic Section: Case Presentation Prize


  • 2 prizes of one year's RSM membership and a bottle of champagne

Open to: Medical students and cardiothoracic trainees (any level).

Deadline: Friday 22 April 2022

Meeting: Friday 17 June 2022

Application guidelines:

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 on Friday 17 June 2022.

Click here to submit

We would like to thank The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust, Artivion and Terumo Aortic who have provided funding towards the meeting. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the companies listed above.

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Key speakers

Professor Tirone David

Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada

Professor Heinz Jakob

Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Essen, Germany

Speaker's biography

Professor Heinz Jakob is born on November 4, 1953, in Munich, Germany. He attended military service in the Bundeswehr, Medical Corps from 1972 to 1974. He attended medical school in Freiburg, Berlin and Munich from 1974 to 1980.

In 1981 he wrote a thesis (‘Dr. Med’): Fibrin glue application in liver parenchymal defects (Magna cum laude). Professor Heinz Jakob attended surgical residency in the department of cardiovascular surgery in German Heart Center, Munich, Kanonsspital Basel, Switzerland and University Hospital Mainz from 1980 to 1987. He had a fellowship in the University of Chicago, Michael Reese Hospital from 1983 to 1984. German Board Certification for General Surgery in 1987, German Board Certification for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1990 and was promoted to consultant position at the department of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at University Hospital Mainz.  

He wrote Ph.D. Thesis (‘Habilitation’) in 1991. Professor Heinz Jakob was a vice-chairman (leitender Oberarzt) in the department of cardiac surgery in University of Heidelberg from 1992 to 1999. He was appointed director in the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in University Hospital Essen from 1999 to 2019. From July 31, 2019, he is a professor emeritus at the University Hospital of Essen, he is also a cardiosurgical consultant in Diagnosticum GmbH, Mülheim from October 1, 2019, until now. His main interest is complex coronary surgery, thoracic aortic surgery. 

Mr Amit Modi

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Education Co-Lead, UK Aortic Surgery Society

Dr Diane Barker

Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Mark Jones, President-Elect, Cardiothoracic Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast

Patient’s perspective on acute aortic dissection

Mr Bob Harris, Television and Radio Broadcaster and Mrs Catherine Fowler, Trustee, The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust

Variation in treatments of acute aortic dissection in the UK

Mr Graham Cooper, Past President, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and National Clinical Advisor, Acute Aortic Dissection, NHS England

Classification of aortic dissection and other acute aortic syndromes

Mr Eltayeb Mohamed Ahmed, Consultant Cardiac and Aortic Surgeon, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

How to avoid misdiagnosing aortic dissections in the emergency department

Dr Anu Mitra, Consultant Emergency Physician, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Surgery to prevent proximal aortic dissection: Life’s work on aortic root surgery

Professor Tirone David, Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto

Adult critical care transfer network

Dr Peter Beaumont, Critical Care Consultant, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Introduction to the afternoon session
Extensive or conservative approach to the aortic root in acute ascending aortic dissection

Professor Tirone David

Type A aortic dissection with distal malperfusion: Emergency repair or fenestration or thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) first

Professor Heinz Jakob, Professor Emeritus, University Hospital of Essen and Cardiosurgical Consultant, Diagnosticum Mülheim, Germany

Extensive distal resection in acute aortic dissection: FET, a paradigm shift

Mr Geoff Tsang, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Past-Chair, UK Aortic Surgery Society

Prize presentations
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Management of Type B aortic dissections: When to intervene and the optimal window

Mr Colin Bicknell, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Head of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Aortopathy, genes and aortic surveillance clinics

Dr Diane Barker, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Mr Mark Jones



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

Registration for this event will close at 00:00am on Thursday 16 June 2022Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.  

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion. 

This event 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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