About this event

  • Date and time Fri 16 Jun 2023 from 8:45am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic

Join this event as we consider current practice, recent developments and future possibilities in surgical treatment for heart failure. The role of conventional cardiac surgery for heart failure patients, ECMO support for post cardiotomy cardiogenic shock as well as transplantation and mechanical circulatory support will all be highlighted.

This meeting will present a comprehensive series of presentations on the surgical management of heart failure. The presentations will provide information about the role of conventional cardiac surgery in the treatment of heart failure, and assist non-transplant surgeons to appreciate what is involved in setting up an ECMO support service within a department for post cardiotomy cardiogenic shock treatment. For cardiac surgeons and cardiologists working within transplantation/MCS units, the conference will enable them to be up to date with the surgical/MCS strategies available, and review the current position of heart transplantation and its future potential.

This meeting will be available as an on-demand recording. Register to watch the on-demand recording.

Benefits of attending:

  • Appreciate when conventional cardiac surgery should be considered to treat heart failure 
  • Understand the role of mechanical support in post cardiotomy cardiogenic shock 
  • Be clear of the indications for mechanical support in acute and chronic heart failure and the possible surgical management strategies  
  • Comprehend the current state of heart transplantation and novel technologies in organ donation

This conference will appeal to cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, whether or not they work in transplant/MCS units. Having a clear understanding of how to assess when heart failure patients should have conventional treatment or be referred for transplant assessment, and how ECMO can be used for post cardiotomy cardiogenic shock will be of significant interest to general cardiac surgeons and cardiologists.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction 

Session 1

Session introduction

Chair: Mr Aaron Ranasinghe, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Assessment and decision making: Conventional cardiac surgery for heart failure patients

Mr Moninder Bhabra, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospital of Birmingham 

Treatment of cardiogenic shock

Dr Sern Lim, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of Birmingham

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing and questions for candidates

The practicalities of supporting patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Mr Steven Tsui, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Papworth Hospital 

Heart transplantation: Is it still the gold standard?

Dr Anna Kydd, Consultant Cardiologist, Papworth Hospital 

Panel discussion

Poster viewing and questions for candidates

Session 2: Prize presentations

Introduction to session

Chair: Professor John Dunning, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Harefield Hospital

Oral presentation 1
Oral presentation 2
Oral presentation 3
Oral presentation 4
Close of presentations and voting

Session 3

Session introduction

Chair: Professor John Dunning

Left ventricular assist device support

Speaker to be confirmed

Destination therapy

Professor Stephan Schueler, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Freeman Hospital

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 4

Session introduction
The developmental coordination disorder heart retrieval programme

Mr Simon Messer, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Golden Jubilee National Hospital 

The history and future of Xenotransplantation

Professor Bruno Reichart, Co-Chairman and Professor, Cardiac Surgery, University of Munich

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting


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


Registration for this event will close at 01:00am Thursday 15 June 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

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

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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While you’re attending this event

Why not stay in the comfort of our hotel, Domus Medica, book dinner in the restaurant, or even hire one of our private dining rooms to socialise with your peers?

RSM members enjoy access to our enviable club facilities. For more information, please contact our team at domus@rsm.ac.uk or restaurant@rsm.ac.uk.

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