About this event

  • Date and time Fri 13 Sep 2019 from 8:00am to 14 Sep 2019 at 2:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by RSM Professionals, Cleveland Clinic London

Cleveland Clinic London will bring to the RSM a faculty of top specialists to give you a comprehensive update and analysis of current state-of-the-art practices in cardiovascular medicine and surgery.

GPs can book at the special Trainee rate for this conference only. If you are an RSM member and a GP, make sure to book via customer service (call 020 7290 2991 to book). This meeting is free for medical students.

Cardiovascular (CV) medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline. Research studies and clinical trials are continually expanding the evidence base related to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. In addition, new technologies, new drugs, and new devices are expanding the therapeutic choices available to practitioners.

This meeting, jointly organised by the Royal Society of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic London, will give cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, general practitionersnurses, and nurse practitioners an in-depth review of cardiovascular medicine and surgery and has the potential for making positive effects on clinical practices and patient outcomes.

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Learning objectives:

  • Critically assess the often conflicting recommendations for lipid management, the underlying evidence, and the implications for clinical practice.

  • Apply findings from diagnostic imaging to plan treatment and guide intervention in the setting of CAD

  • Incorporate the evidence on contemporary surgical and percutaneous treatment options into clinical decision-making for patients with valvular disease.

  • Review the latest techniques in open and endovascular management of aortic disease

  • Integrate contemporary concepts in cardiovascular pathophysiology with evidence-based strategies in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of patients with heart failure

  • Appropriately integrate the emerging evidence and options for prevention, detection, risk assessment, rhythm and rate management, and stroke prevention into the care of patients with atrial fibrillation.


This conference will run in parallel with a nursing conference, emphasising the value of teamwork in the care setting and providing you with an interprofessional networking opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned in cardiac specialties.

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About the organisers:

Cleveland Clinic London

Cleveland Clinic is one of the leading providers of specialised medical care in the world, providing clinical excellence and superior patient outcomes. Its London hospital, opening in 2021, will offer a new model of private healthcare in the UK, with a doctor-led, research-driven approach and the very latest technology. Cleveland Clinic London will offer a broad range of clinical services, with particular focus on cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics and digestive disease.


We would like to thank Abbott Medical UK Ltd and Bristol-Myers Squibb for their support and contribution to this meeting. 

We would also like to thank our exhibitor(s):

Edward LifeSciences, GE Medical Systems Ltd, Lockton and Philips Electronics UK Limited

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

Key speakers

Dr Lars Svensson

Lars Svensson, MD, PhD

Chairman, Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Speaker's biography

Dr. Svensson is an internationally known cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. His research has led to many innovative surgical treatments and techniques. Dr. Svensson is board-certified in thoracic, cardiovascular and general surgery. He is a Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Prior to being appointed to Chair of the institute, Dr. Svensson’s leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic included Director of the Aorta Center; Director of the Marfan Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic; Director of Quality and Process Improvement, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; Director of Affiliate Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs; and Co-Director, Transcatheter Valve Program.

Dr Ruth Whitby

Ruth Whitby, BSc, MBBS

Chair, General Practice, Cleveland Clinic London

Speaker's biography
Prof Olaf Wendler

Olaf Wendler, MD, PhD, FRCS

Chair, Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic London

Speaker's biography

Prof Wendler is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon with a specialist internationally accredited interest in Adult Cardiac Surgery. He has a surgical and academic interest in transcatheter heart valve treatment, arterial revascularisation, ischemic ventricular septal defect repair, valve and aortic root repair, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, mitral valve repair, thoracic aortic surgery, and repeat and complex cardiac operations.
Prof Wendler qualified, trained and gained substantial experience in Germany before his appointment as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at King’s in 2004. He was Clinical Director for Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery between 2006 and 2012 and promoted Chair of Cardiac Surgery at King's College London in 2012.
His special interest is implementing innovative techniques and minimally-invasive surgical approaches to improve surgical outcomes for elderly patients. He has implemented modern techniques in the UK and at King’s College Hospital to preserve natural heart valves, in particular the aortic and mitral valve, and new approaches to improve long-term results after coronary artery bypass grafting.

Professor Bernard Prendergast

Bernard Prendergast, MD, FRCP

Chair, Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic London

Speaker's biography

He has been honorary secretary of the British Cardiovascular and Cardiovascular Intervention Societies, and Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease. Research interests focus on the epidemiology and treatment of valvular heart disease/infective endocarditis and he is course director of EuroPCR London Valves, the world’s largest specialist meeting in valve intervention. Also a member of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) working group on Infective endocarditis which published its guideline in the J Antimicrobial Chemotherapy in 2012.


13 September 2019

Registration and breakfast
Introduction: Cleveland Clinic London Heart and Vascular Institute

Lars G. Svensson and Olaf Wendler

Session 1: Prevention of cardiovascular disease

Chairs: Steven Nissen and Bernard Prendergast

Panel: Leslie Cho, Deborah Small, Mark Westwood and Ruth Whitby

Risk prediction and lipid management

Leslie Cho

Questions and answers
Exercise: too much or too little?

Sanjay Sharma

Questions and answers
Hypertension: New guidelines, new treatments

Melvin D. Lobo

Questions and answers
Lipoprotein (a): A new treatment target

Steven Nissen

Questions and answers
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 2: Coronary artery disease

Chairs: Simon Redwood and Lars G. Svensson

Panel: Clifford Barlow, Leslie Cho, Tom Modine and Steven Nissen

Clinical diagnosis and non-invasive imaging

Mark Westwood

Questions and answers
Echocardiography: Does it help to plan interventions?

Mark Monaghan

Questions and answers
Percutaneous coronary intervention: simple and complex

Andreas Baumbach

Questions and answers
Coronary artery bypass grafting: State of the art

Olaf Wendler

Questions and answers
Panel discussion

Lunch Keynote

Cleveland Clinic London: a new healthcare option for the UK

Brian Donley

Session 3: Valve disease

Chairs: Marc Gillinov and Guy Lloyd

Panel: Ranjit Deshpande, Brian Griffin, Simon Kennon and Per Wierup

Heart valve disease: A modern epidemic

Bernard Prendergast

Questions and answers
Echocardiography: Diagnosis, surveillance and onward referral

Brian Griffin

Questions and answers
Cardiac CT: Planning for transcatheter intervention

Ronak Rajani

Questions and answers
Transcatheter aortic valve intervention in 2019

Simon Redwood

Questions and answers
Aortic valve surgery: New techniques and outcomes

Max Baghai

Questions and answers
Robotic mitral valve repair: Selection is key

Marc Gillinov

Questions and answers
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 4: Aortic disease

Chairs: Brian Griffin and Olaf Wendler

Panel: Daryll Baker, Mario Petrou, Bushra Rana and Lars G. Svensson

Aortic aneurysm: Screening and pre-emptive treatment

Christoph Nienaber

Questions and answers
Aortic root dilation: When to operate and how?

Lars G. Svensson

Questions and answers
Thoracic aortic disease: Novel surgical approaches

Aung Ye Oo

Questions and answers
Aortic endovascular techniques: Teamwork with surgeons

Jason Wilkins

Questions and answers
Panel discussion
Attendee and faculty reception
14 September 2019

Session 5: Left and right heart failure

Chairs: Marc Gillinov and Sanjay Sharma

Panel: Ranjit Deshpande, Ronak Rajani, Mark Westwood and Per Wierup

Diagnostic imaging: Beyond BNP

Bushra Rana

Questions and answers
Modern medical management: More than guidelines

Theresa McDonagh

Questions and answers
Device therapy: Pacemakers and defibrillators

Aldo Rinaldi

Questions and answers
Transcatheter options: Clips, rings, sutures and valves

Thomas Modine

Questions and answers
Myectomies in the treatment of Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM)

Per Wierup

Questions and answers
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session 6: Rhythm disorders

Chairs: Sabine Ernst and Simon Sporton

Panel: Max Baghai, Theresa McDonagh, Aldo Rinaldi and Sanjay Sharma

Atrial fibrillation: Pills, ablation and stroke prevention

Sabine Ernst

Questions and answers
Ventricular arrhythmias: Predicting and preventing sudden death?

Simon Sporton

Questions and answers
Pacemakers: Contemporary indications and technical advances

Matt Wright

Questions and answers
Unexplained syncope: Diagnostic and treatment algorithms

Nicholas Gall

Questions and answers
Panel discussion
Summary and conclusions

Bernard Prendergast

Close of meeting


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

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and Cleveland Clinic London. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure Statement

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education has implemented a policy to comply with the current Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support requiring resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest. Faculty declaring a relevant commercial interest will be identified in the activity syllabus.

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