About this event

  • Date and time Fri 14 Jun 2024 from 8:45am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Cardiothoracic

Join us for this invaluable conference where we will 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. Participants will enhance their 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. 

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 meeting aims to 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.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Mark Jones, President, Cardiothoracic Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Mr Stephen Rooney

Morning session

Chairs: Mr Aaron Ranasinghe, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Miss Hassiba Smail, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Papworth Hospital

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

Mr Moninder Bhabra, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Tratment of cardiogenic shock

Dr Sern Lim, Consultant Cardiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

ECMO support, indications and configurations

Professor Steven Clarke, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Newcastle Freeman Hospital

Heart transplantation: Is it still the gold standard?

Dr Anna Kydd, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Papworth Hospital

Panel discussion

Afternoon session

Chairs: Professor Farah Bhatti, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Morriston Hospital and Dr Sern Lim

Case presentations
Left ventricular assist device support

Dr Paul Callan, Consultant Cardiologist, Hospital Wythenshawe Hospital

Destination therapy

Professor Stephan Schueler, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Freeman hospital

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

The Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) heart retrieval programme

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

The history and future of xenotransplantation

Mr Stephen Large, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Papworth Hospital

Panel discussion
Concluding remarks
Completion of evaluation form and close of meeting


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


Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Thursday 13 June 2024. 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.


Domus - reception

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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