About this event

  • Date and time Fri 13 Sep 2019 from 8:00am to 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.

Please note that this meeting runs from Friday 13 September at 8.00am to Saturday 14 September at 2.00pm

GPs can book at the special Trainee rate for this conference only

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.

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 for cardiac nursing 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.

Nursing event

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 early 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.


Earlybird pricing available until 05 July 2019.


RSM Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Student
£125.00 £50.00 £50.00 £50.00 £25.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£125.00 £50.00 £50.00 £25.00

Key speakers

Dr Lars Svensson

Lars Svensson, MD, PhD

Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at 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

Dr Ruth Whitby

Chair of General Practice, Cleveland Clinic London

Speaker's biography
Prof Olaf Wendler

Prof Olaf Wendler, MD, PhD, FRCS

Professor of Cardiac Surgery King's College London, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Chair of the Heart & Vascular Institute at 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

Professor Bernard Prendergast

Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Valvular Heart Disease, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

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 & Vascular Institute

Lars Svensson and Professor Olaf Wendler, Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Cleveland Clinic London

Session 1: Prevention of cardiovascular disease

Chairs: Steve Nissen and Sanjay Sharma

Risk prediction and lipid management

Leslie Cho

Questions and answers
Exercise: too much or too little?
Questions and answers
Hypertension: new guidelines, new treatments

Professor Melvin Lobo, Consultant in Cardiovascular Medicine, Barts NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

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

Steve Nissen

Questions and answers
Panel and audience discussion

Ruth Whitby, Chair of General Practice, Cleveland Clinic London, Deb Small, Cleveland Clinic London and Leslie Cho

Tea and coffee break

Session 2: Coronary artery disease

Chairs: Andreas Baumbach, Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre and Lars Svensson

Clinical diagnosis and non-invasive imaging
Questions and answers
Physiological assessment: which lesion needs treatment?

Mark Monaghan, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology, King's College Hospital

Questions and answers
Percutaneous coronary intervention: simple and complex

Jonathan Byrne

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

Olaf Wendler

Questions and answers
Panel and audience discussion

Brian Griffin and Mark Westwood


Lunch Keynote

Cleveland Clinic London: a new healthcare option for the UK

Brian Donley, Cleveland Clinic London

Session 3: Valve disease

Chairs: Guy Lloyd, Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre and Marc Gillinov

Heart valve disease: a modern epidemic

Bernard Prendergast, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Echocardiography: diagnosis, surveillance and onward referral

Brian Griffin

Questions and answers
Cardiac CT: planning for transcatheter intervention

Ronak Rajani, Consultant Cardiologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Transcatheter aortic valve intervention in 2019

Simon Redwood

Questions and answers
Aortic valve surgery: new techniques and outcomes

Max Baghai, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Barts Heart Centre

Questions and answers
Robotic mitral valve repair: selection is key

Marc Gillinov

Questions and answers
Panel and audience discussion

Simon Redwood, Clifford Barlow, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Brian Griffin and Per Wierup

Tea and coffee break

Session 4: Aortic disease

Chairs: Olaf Wendler and Christoph Nienaber, Consultant Cardiologist, The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust  

Aortic aneurysm: screening and pre-emptive treatment

Christoph Nienaber

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

Lars Svensson

Questions and answers
Thoracic aortic disease: novel surgical approaches

Aung Ye Oo, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Barts Heart Centre

Questions and answers
Aortic endovascular techniques: teamwork with surgeons

Jason Wilkins

Questions and answers
Panel and audience discussion

Mario Petrou, Head of Programme for Complex Aortic Surgery, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Daryll Baker, Consultant Surgeon, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Lars Svensson

Attendee and faculty reception
14 September 2019

Session 5: Left and right heart failure

Chairs: Marc Gillinov

Diagnostic imaging: beyond BNP

Dr Bushra Rana, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Modern medical management: more than guidelines

Theresa McDonagh

Questions and answers
Device therapy: pacemakers and defibrillators
Questions and answers
Transcatheter options: clips, rings, sutures and valves
Questions and answers
Myectomies in the treatment of HOCM

Per Wierup

Questions and answers
Panel and audience discussion

Ranjit Deshpande, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, King's College Hospital and Bushra Rana

Tea and coffee break

Session 6: Rhythm disorders

Chairs: Simon Sporton and Sabine Ernst

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

Matthew Wright

Questions and answers
Unexplained syncope: diagnostic and treatment algorithms

Nicholas Gall

Questions and answers
Panel and audience discussion

Aldo Rinaldi and Nick Gall

Summary and conclusions

Bernard Prendergast


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, 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.