Latest Surgical and Interventional Therapies for Heart Valve Diseases, Left Ventricular Failure, Aortic Arch Aneurysms, and Atrial Fibrillation

April 24 & 25, 2006

The Equitable Center & The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers
New York, New York

Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular
Institute of New York

Registration Information




Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD
Didier F. Loulmet, MD
Richard Green, MD
Gary Roubin, MD, PhD


Ottavio Alfieri, MD
Ospedale San Raffaele
Milan, Italy

Steven F. Bolling, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Steven W. Boyce, MD
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

John Brown, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Louis A. Brunsting, III, MD
The Heart and Vascular Team, PLLC
Nashville, TN

Maurice Buchbinder, MD
Foundation for Cardiovascular Medicine
La Jolla, CA

Alain F. Carpentier, MD, PhD
Hôpital Europeén Georges Pompidou
Paris, France

William E. Cohn, MD
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

Ralph J. Damiano, MD
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Todd Dewey, MD
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Dallas, TX

Edward B. Diethrich, MD
Arizona Heart Institute
Phoenix, AZ

Gébrine El Khoury, MD
St. Luc Hospital
Bruxelles, Belgium

A. Marc Gillinov, MD
The Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Eugene A. Grossi, MD
New York University Medical Center
New York, NY

Robert R. Lazzara, MD
Cardiac Surgical Associates
St. Joseph's Hospital
Tampa, FL

Michael J. Mack, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates of North Texas
Dallas, TX

William F. Northrup III, MD
William F. Northrup III, MD, PA
White Bear Lake, MN

Douglas L. Packer, MD
The Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Amit N. Patel, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Jean-Paul Rasschaert, BE

Hermann Reichenspurner, MD, PhD
University of Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Carlos E. Ruiz, MD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark, NJ

Paul A. Spence, MD
Louisville, KY

Wendel Smith, MD
St Joseph's Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Franciscan Health Systems.
Tacoma, Washington

Michael Szycher, PhD
CardioTech International, Inc,
Wilmington, MA

Naresh Trehan, MD
Escorts Heart Institute & Research Center
New Delhi, India

John Webb. MD
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Maurits C.E.F. Wijffels, MD
Maastricht University
The Netherlands


Nirav C. Patel, MD
Nilesh U. Patel, MD
George Tolis, Jr., MD
Howard Cohen, MD
Kirk Garratt, MD
Sriram Iyer, MD
Ramachandra C. Reddy, MD
James D. Fonger, MD
Paul P. Alfano, MD
Mathias Bruefach III, MD
Wayne M. Cutler, MD
Anthony J. Giordano, MD
Rajendra H. Majithia, MD
Edward Ng, MD
David Paul, MD



This fifth-in-the-series, two-day teleconference will combine six surgical demonstrations performed live from Lenox Hill Hospital in the morning and scientific presentations in the afternoon by international leaders in our field. This year, the focus will be placed on the most recent advances in the surgical treatment of heart valve diseases, left ventricular failure, aortic arch aneurysms and chronic atrial fibrillation with emphasis on the less invasive approaches including percutaneous techniques. A moderating panel will facilitate interaction between the audience and the faculty. Exhibitors will present the latest technologies in cardiac surgery.

Please visit for updates, to view the summaries of the presentations and to send your questions to the faculty ahead of the conference.


At the end of this teleconference, participants should be able to understand:

  • The indications and surgical aspects of the most advanced aortic and mitral valve repair techniques
  • The latest developments in Percutaneous catheter-based aortic and mitral valve replacement and repair
  • The current status of pulmonary vein isolation with catheter-based techniques or minimally invasive surgical approaches
  • The latest strategies in management of the failing heart
  • Preview the role of cell therapy in heart failure
  • Innovative approaches to the treatment of aortic arch aneurysms


The scientific sessions will take place at the Equitable Center Auditorium, located across the street from the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, at 787 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan.

The auditorium at the Equitable Center is one of the best facilities in Mid-town Manhattan. Expansive yet intimate, the Auditorium provides a comfortable and high-tech setting for the intensive live surgery demonstrations scheduled for ACTS. The Auditorium has state-of-the-art audio projection and lighting with technical support that is unmatched, in a pleasant and professional setting.

April 24, 2006

7:45 – 8:00 am

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Moderators: William F. Northrup III, MD, Naresh Trehan, MD, Steve F.
Bolling, MD and Valavunar Subramanian, MD

Parallel Live Cases
Off-pump Aortic Arch Repair with Endovascular Stenting and Extra-Anatomic Transposition of Arch Vessels with Transcatheter Occlusion of Left Subclavian Artery
Surgeons: George Tolis, Jr, MD and Richard M. Green, MD

David I Aortic Valve Sparing Root Replacement

Surgeons: Gébrine El Khoury, MD and Nilesh U. Patel, MD

Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and Mitral Valve Repair Using the Coapsys® System for Ischemic Mitral Valve Regurgitation

* Limited to US law to investigational use only

Surgeons: Nirav C. Patel, MD and Eugene A. Grossi, MD

Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement with the PVT-Edwards Lifesciences Valve
John Webb, MD

Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement with the Sadra Self-Expanding Valve
Paul Spence, MD

Percutaneous Mitral Valve Annuloplasty with the Viacor System
William E. Cohn, MD

Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement with the Direct Flow Medical’s Technology
Steven F. Bolling, MD

Drug Eluting Vascular Wraps for Cardiovascular Surgeons
Sriram Iyer, MD

10:15 – 10:45 am
Break & Visit Exhibits

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Visit Exhibits

1:00 – 5:00 pm

DIDACTIC SESSION I: Aortic Valve Surgery
Moderators: William E. Cohn, MD, Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD

1:00 – 1:15 pm
Aortic Valve Repair: Current Status, Indications and Techniques
Gébrine El Khoury, MD

1:15– 1:30 pm
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Through the Apex of the Left Ventricle
Todd Dewey, MD

1:30– 1:45 pm
Apico-Aortic Valved Conduits in High Risk Patients for Aortic Valve Replacement: Long Term Results and Emerging Technologies
John W. Brown, MD

1:45– 2:05 pm
Round Table Discussion

2:05– 2:35 pm
Break and Visit Exhibits

DIDACTIC SESSION II: Mitral Valve Surgery
Moderators: Eugene A. Grossi, MD, Didier F. Loulmet, MD

2:35– 2:50 pm
The Edge-to-Edge Mitral Valve Repair: Indications, Technique, and Long-Term Results
Ottavio Alfieri, MD

2:50– 3:05 pm
Mitral Orifice Reduction for Functional Mitral Valve Regurgitation: Rationale and Long Term Results
Steven F. Bolling, MD

3:05– 3:15 pm
Off-Pump Mitral Valve Repair with the Coapsys® Device: Mid-term Results
Naresh Trehan, MD

3:15– 3:25 pm
Percutaneous Implantation of the Coapsys® Device: Concept, Design and Approaches
Nirav C. Patel, MD

3:25– 3:45 pm
Round Table Discussion

DIDACTIC SESSION III: Percutaneous Valve Techniques
Moderators: Maurice Buchbinder, MD and Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD

3:45-4:00 PM
Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair: Current Status of Techniques
Maurice Buchbinder, MD

4:00-4:15 PM
Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement with the PVT-Edwards Lifesciences Valve: Results of the Multicenter Trial
John Webb, MD

4:15-4:30 PM
Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement with the Core-Valve and Pulmonary Valve Replacement with the Medtronic Valve: Techniques and Clinical Results
Carlos Ruiz, MD

4:30-4:40 PM
The Percutaneous Approaches for the Treatment of Paravalvular Leaks
Kirk N. Garratt, MD

4:40-5:00 PM
Round Table Discussion

5:00 PM

5:30 to 7:30 PM
Reception (Exhibit Area)


April 25, 2006

7:45 – 8:00 am
Patient Status Review

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Moderators: William F. Northrup III, MD, Michael J. Mack, MD, A. Marc Gillinov, MD

Parallel Live Cases
Complex Mitral Valve Repair: 3D Echo Mitral Valve Imaging
Surgeons: Alain F. Carpentier, MD, PhD, Nirav C. Patel, MD and Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD

Robotic Endoscopic Isolation of the Pulmonary Veins Using Microwave Energy for Chronic Atrial Fibrillation

Surgeons: Didier F. Loulmet, MD and Nilesh U. Patel
High-Risk PTCA with Percutaneous LV Assist Insertion Using Catheter-Based Fossa Visualization Through Blood
Interventionalist: Kirk N. Garratt, MD

Video 6
Totally Endoscopic Robotic Assisted TMR
Louis A. Brunsting, III, MD

Video 7
Thoracoscopic Pulmonary Vein Isolation With Medical CV Laser Technology
Robert R. Lazzara, MD

Video 8
Epitek™ Percutaneous Endoscopic Subxypoid Left Atrial Appendage Isolation
Jean-Paul Rasschaert, B.E.

Video 9
Cardiopass™ Synthetic Polyurethane Based Graft for CABG
Michael Szycher, PhD

Video 10
Reop Trans-abdominal Ventricular Aneurysm Repair
Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD

Guest Lecture
The Role of the Cardiac Surgeon in Future Percutaneous Valve Interventions
Michael J. Mack, MD

10:15 – 10:45 am
Visit Exhibits

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Visit Exhibits

1:00 – 5:10 pm

DIDACTIC SESSION IV: Chronic Atrial Fibrillation
Moderators: Michael J. Mack, MD and A. Marc Gillinov, MD

1:00-1:15 pm
Catheter Based Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Chronic Atrial Fibrillation: Complications and Results
Douglas L. Packer, MD

1:15-1:30 pm
Surgical Options for Lone Atrial Fibrillation
A. Marc Gillinov, MD

1:30-1:45 pm
Combined Atrial Fibrillation and Mitral Valve Surgery: Techniques and Mid-term Results
Ralph J. Damiano, MD

1:45-2:05 pm
Round Table Discussion

2:05-2:35 pm
Visit Exhibits

Moderators: Herman Reichenspurner, MD, and Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD

2:35-2:50 pm
The Role of Electrophysiology in the Treatment of Heart Failure
Maurits C.E.F. Wijffels, MD

2:50-3:05 pm
Latest Advances in LVAD Technology. Implications for Non-Transplant Centers
Steven W. Boyce, MD

3:05-3:20 pm
Surgical Left Ventricular Restoration: Results of the Blue Egg Registry and Its Implications
Wendel Smith, MD

3:20 PM to 3:35 PM
Cell Therapy: What Have We Learned From the Most Recent Clinical Trials?
Amit N. Patel, MD

3:35-3:55 pm
Round Table Discussion

Moderators: Michael J. Mack, MD, and George Tolis Jr, MD

3:55-4:10 pm
What’s New in Aortic Arch Surgery?
George Tolis Jr, MD

4:10-4:25 pm
Percutaneous Treatment of Aortic Dissections
Edward B. Diethrich, MD

4:25-4:40 pm
Percutaneous Treatment of Thoraco-Abdominal Aneurysms
Richard M. Green, MD

4:40-5:00 pm
Round Table Discussion

5:00-5:10 pm
Closing Remarks

5:10 pm



Please view program updates at the Continuing Medical Education Section.

$950 Physician/Industry after March 17, 2006
$590 Fellow/Resident/Nurse/Technician after March 17, 2006
Registration fees include refreshment and coffee breaks, lunches, welcome reception, and scientific program materials. Please make checks payable to: Promedica International CME in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express credit cards are also accepted. Registrations can be accepted via facsimile, mail or from the web site:

Special rates have been made available to program participants at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. Please contact the Reservations Department directly for room reservations by telephone (800) 223 –6550 or (212) 581-1000 or by fax (212) 262-4410. The hotel should receive all reservations no later than March 28, 2006. Mention Lenox Hill and ACTS to receive the special rate of $310 plus tax for single occupancy or $332 for double occupancy.

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Full refund, less $100 administration costs, will be given for written cancellations received prior to April 12, 2006. Cancellations can only be accepted in writing via facsimile or mail. Refunds will not be available after Wednesday, April 12, 2006.

Promedica International CME, a California Corporation, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Promedica International CME takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Promedica International CME designates this educational activity for up to 15 hours in Category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.