Date(s)
Event dates
May 9–10, 2024
Location
Location
Peachtree Corners, GA
Area of Practice
Hands-on team training in robotic mitral valve repair, coronary bypass, and more.

Gain extensive hands-on procedural experience while performing robotic cardiac surgery procedures in a realistic simulation environment under the guidance of experienced expert surgeons. A state-of-the-art training facility with multiple operating bays fitted with surgical robots will afford a true hands-on experience for every attendee. The course is designed for either new teams desiring to start a robotic cardiac surgery program or early experienced robotic surgeons and teams, including bedside first assistants. Attendees will be exposed to both robotic mitral valve procedures and robotic coronary revascularization. The course consists of one day of hands-on simulation workshop and one day of didactic lectures, case videos, and faculty discussion. 

Exhibitor Opportunities
 

Target Audience

Attendees will be assigned to either beginner or advanced group based on training level, individual experience, and composition of registered participants.

  • Beginner’s group: Surgeons and bedside assistants with prior open cardiac surgery experience looking to learn the basics of robotic practice (minimally invasive experience is encouraged but not necessary).
  • Advanced group: Surgeons and bedside assistants with prior (could be limited) robotic cardiac surgery experience looking to advance their skills or adding new procedures to their repertoire of their robotic surgical skills.
     

Agenda

Day 1 – Thursday, May 9
Time Activity
7 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. ET Registration/Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 7:35 a.m. ET Welcome and Introductions
8:05 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. ET Description of Lab. 
Group and Lab Assignments. 
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET Break/Visit Exhibits
Group 2 Departs for Intuitive Labs
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET Group 1 Lectures (at hotel)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET Group 2 Labs (at Intuitive Surgical)
8:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. ET Group 1: Beginner Coronary Lectures
  • Patient Selection/Indication
  • Technical Aspects of Robotic LIMA Takedown – Part 1
  • Technical Aspects of Robotic LIMA Takedown – Part 2
  • Options for Mini-Thoracotomy and Stabilization
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. ET Break / Visit Exhibits
10:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET Group 1: Beginner Coronary Lectures (cont'd.)
  • Avoiding Complications: When to Convert
  • Hybrid Coronary Revascularization
  • Moving Beyond Robotic MIDCAB
  • Panel Discussion
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET Lunch
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET Break / Lunch / Visit Exhibits
12 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET Lunch Lecture: Steps to Building a Successful Program
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch Lecture: Training Options in Robotic Cardiac Surgery
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET Break / Lunch / Visit Exhibits
12:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. ET Group 1: Beginner Mitral Lectures
  • Patient Selection and Preoperative Assessment
  • Room Setup, Patient Positioning and Port Placement
  • Perfusion Strategy and Myocardial Protection
  • Role of Beside First Assistant – Single or Dual Surgeon Team
2:05 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. ET Break / Visit Exhibits
2:25 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET Group 1: Beginner Mitral Lectures (cont'd.)
  • Mitral Valve Repair – Simple 1
  • Mitral Valve Repair – Simple 2
  • Complications in Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery: How to Avoid, When to Convert 
  • Panel Discussion
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET Break / Visit Exhibits / Group 2 Returns to Hotel
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET Groups 1 & 2 Lectures
  • Pushing the Envelope in Robotic Cardiac Surgery
  • New Robotic Systems in Development
  • Panel Discussion

 

Day 2 – Friday, May 10
Time Activity
7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m ET Registration / Breakfast / Breakfast Symposium
7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. ET Welcome / Schedule Overview
8:05 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. ET Description of Lab. 
Group and Lab Assignments. 
8:15 a.m. Break / Visit Exhibits
Group 1 Departs for Intuitive Labs
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET Group 2 Lectures (at hotel)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET Group 1 Labs (at Intuitive Surgical)
8:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. ET Group 2: Advanced Mitral Lectures
  • Approaching the Mitral Valve – Total Endoscopic vs. Mini-Thoracotomy
  • Annuloplasty – Running Suture, Interrupted, Flexible/Semirigid Bands/Rings
  • Complex Mitral Valve Repair 
  • Valve Repair Challenges and Mitigation
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break / Visit Exhibits
10:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Group 2: Advanced Mitral Lectures (cont'd.)
  • Robotic Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Tips and Tricks (Improving Exposure, Dealing with LAA)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair, Simple and Complex
  • Moving Beyond the Simple Stuff (AVR, Multivalve Repair, Myectomy)
  • Panel Discussion 
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET Lunch / General Lectures 
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Break / Visit Exhibits / Lunch
12 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Lunch Lecture: Team Dynamics: Single vs. Two-Surgeon Model
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch Lecture: Endoballoon vs. Transthoracic Clamp
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. ET Break / Lunch / Visit Exhibits
12:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Group 2: Advanced Coronary Lectures
  • Patient Selection/Indication 
  • Technical Aspects of Robotic LIMA Takedown 
  • How to Harvest Two IMA
  • Options for Mini-Thoracotomy and Stabilization
2:05 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. ET Break / Visit Exhibits
2:25 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET Group 2: Advanced Coronary Lectures (cont'd.)
  • Multivessel CABG Through Mini-Thoracotomy
  • Avoiding Complications: When to Convert
  • Hybrid Coronary Revascularization
  • Advancing to TECAB
  • Panel Discussion

 

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic skills required to perform robotic cardiac surgery including mitral valve repair and coronary revascularization. 
  • Increase their knowledge base of current evidence and surgical literature related to robotic cardiac surgery.
  • Identify different robotic techniques and practice models. 
  • Explain different peripheral perfusion techniques and myocardial protection strategy in robotic cardiac surgery. 
  • Discover advanced techniques in robotic cardiac surgery including concomitant operation, aortic valve replacement and total endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB). 
  • Interact with experts in the field and become a member of the robotic cardiac surgery community.
     

Course Directors 

Arnar Geirsson, MD, New York, NY 
Arman Arghami, MD, MPH, Rochester, MN 
Husam H. Balkhy, MD, Chicago, IL 
Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS, Los Angeles, CA 
Gianluca Torregrossa, MD, Wynnewood, PA
 

STS/TSF Advanced Robotic Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (the charitable arm of STS) offers a $25,000 advanced fellowship opportunity to a surgeon and their institution to support and facilitate the initiation of a high quality robotic cardiac surgery program at their home institution. Applicants must attend the 2024 STS Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery, meet specific requirements confirming institutional support and resources, and have experience performing mitral valve repair and replacement. Learn more
 

Pricing

  Early Bird Pricing 
Through March 27, 2024
Standard Pricing
March 28 - May 10, 2024
STS Members (Surgeon, Associate Physician)* $1,150 $1,250
STS Members (Medical Student, Resident/Fellow, Associate)* $550 $650
Non-Member Physicians $1,450 $1,550
Non-Member Medical Students, Trainees, Allied Health $650 $750
Industry Employee $1,450 $1,450

*An STS Member ID (6 digits) is required to receive the discounted member rate. For help with an STS Member ID, contact Member Services.
 

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Housing

 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast (5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092). The special group rate is $154, plus state and local taxes. This rate is available until Wednesday, April 17, 2024, on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two ways to reserve a room in the STS block:

Cancelations 

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons will issue a refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, for all cancelations received in writing to the Meetings Department by Thursday, April 25, 2024. No refunds will be issued after this date.
 

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The number of available credits will be provided closer to the event dates.