Event dates
Sep 20–21, 2024
Area of Practice
Advanced surgical and transcatheter techniques in valve surgery and atrial fibrillation.

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Course Description

This unique two-day course includes lectures, case-based presentations, and up to 11 breakout sessions in which attendees will gain hands-on experience with a variety of procedures and devices. The purpose of the event is to guide cardiac surgeons in mastering modern-day valve surgery, including all aspects of open and transcatheter valve surgery, including aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valves. Additionally, there is a session dedicated to atrial fibrillation. The workshop covers advanced valve techniques such as aortic root enlargement, Ross, and minimally invasive valve surgery and will feature the transcatheter therapies that the surgeons must know.

Target Audience

Cardiothoracic surgeons, trainees in fellowship, residents, including those in an integrated I-6 program. Advanced practice providers and valve coordinators are invited to enhance the heart team concept.

Course Directors

Katherine B. Harrington, MD, Baylor Scott & White Health          
Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD, Washington University in St. Louis
Vinod H. Thourani, MD, Piedmont Heart Institute

Program Committee

Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA, University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center
Vinay Badhwar, MD, West Virginia University
Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD, PhD, Mount Sinai Health System
Kimberly A. Holst, MD, Mayo Clinic
Gilbert H.L. Tang, MD, MSc, MBA, Mount Sinai Health System


Day 1 - Friday, September 20
Time Activity
7 - 7:25 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
7:25 - 7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Didactic Session 1: Aortic Valve Surgery

Moderators: Ismael El-Hamamsy, MD, PhD; Katherine B. Harrington, MD; Kimberly A. Holst, MD

  • Landscape of AVR and Contemporary SAVR in 2024 
  • How I Manage a Small Aortic Root (PPM) 
  • Indications and Techniques, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Repair 
  • Aortic Valve Replacement in the Young Adult
  • Discussion
  • TAVR Step-by-Step (Core Valve and Balloon Expanding) 
  • Advanced Techniques and Future Transcatheter Technology in TAVR (includes case on NavitorTM)  
  • Discussion
  • Techniques in Minimally Invasive Upper Hemisternotomy
  • Mini Sternotomy
  • Mini Right Thoracotomy AVR 
  • TAVR Explant
  • Discussion
9:30 - 10 a.m. Break / Visit Exhibits
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Hands-On 1: Aortic Valve Surgery
12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch/Industry Symposium
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  Didactic Session 2: Tricuspid Valve Surgery

Moderators: Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA; Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS; Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD

  • Understanding Tricuspid Anatomy and Imaging 
  • When Should I Replace the Valve and How to Avoid a Pacemaker
  • When Do You Repair Moderate TR and Dilated Annulus
  • This Is How I Do It /Advanced Repair Techniques for Endocarditis
  • Discussion
  • Angiovac for Endocarditis
  • The Current Landscape: Transcatheter Tricuspid Therapies
  • Does Surgery Have a Role in Isolated Tricuspid Valve? 
  • Discussion
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Break/Visit Exhibits
3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Hands-On 2: Tricuspid Valve Surgery
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.  Case Presentations 1: Aortic and Tricuspid Valve

Moderators: Katherine B. Harrington, MD; Vinod H. Thourani, MD

6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Reception
Day 2 - Saturday, September 21
Time Activity
7:15 - 8 a.m. Breakfast/Industry Symposium
8 - 8:05 a.m. Overview of Day 1
8:05 - 9:15 a.m. Didactic Session 3: Mitral Valve Surgery

Moderators: Isaac George, MD; Vinay Badhwar, MD

  • Surgical Techniques for Simple Primary MR
  • Surgical Techniques for Complex Primary MR
  • Transcatheter Techniques for Primary MR
  • Discussion
  • Surgery for Secondary MR (Repair & Replacement)
  • Transcatheter Options for Secondary MR (TEER and TMVR)
  • Surgical Tricks for Management of MAC (TENDYNE)
  • Discussion
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Break/Visit Exhibits
9:45 - 11:45 a.m. Hands-On 3: Mitral Valve 
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch/Industry Symposium
1 - 2 p.m.  Didactic Session 4: Atrial Fibrillation

Moderators: Kimberly A. Holst, MD; Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD; Vinod H. Thourani, MD

  • Guidelines, Actual Practice, and Barriers 
  • Techniques for Cox Maze 3, 4  
  • Non-Maze Alternative Techniques 
  • Discussion
  • Left Atrial Appendage Management
  • Emerging Trials for Stroke Prevention and Afib in Cardiac Surgery
  • Discussion
2 - 2:30 p.m. Break/Visit Exhibits
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Hands-On 4: Atrial Fibrillation
3:30 - 4:25 p.m.  Case Presentations 2: Mitral and A-Fib

Moderator: Tom C. Nguyen, MD

4:25 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks



STS members always receive discounted rates. 


Early Bird Discount
(Through July 10, 2024)

Standard Rate 
(July 11-Sep. 21)

STS Member - Physician $1,150 $1,300
STS Member - Associate, Resident/Fellow, Medical Student $350 $500
Non-member - Physician $1,400 $1,600
Non-Member - Allied Health, Trainees, Students $450 $600
Industry Employee $1,500 $1,500


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 A block of rooms for workshop attendees has been reserved at the JW Marriott Chicago, where the meeting will take place. The special group rate is $279, plus state and local taxes. This rate is available until Friday, August 30, on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two ways to reserve a room in the STS block:


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