2021 STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Symposium

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The 2021 STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Symposium will feature the latest research, innovations, techniques, and therapies that are driving improved care and patient outcomes. Attendees will connect with experts from around the globe and experience educational content in the form of “How I Do It” video sessions. The world-class, international faculty will share late-breaking findings in a number of clinical areas, as well as the latest surgical techniques related to mitral valve repair, aortic valve repair and root replacement, atrial fibrillation, and tricuspid valve repair.

The program will be presented in English, with simultaneous translation in Spanish. 

It’s free to attend, but registration is required.


The symposium will take place on Friday, December 3. Add a reminder to your calendar. (Agenda subject to change.)

“Meet the Experts: How I Do It” Video Sessions

Moderators: TBD

8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. ET Welcome and Introductions
8:10 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. ET Robotic Mitral Valve Repair — The Way of the Future
Robinson Poffo, MD, Sao Paulo, Brazil
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET Minimally Invasive MV Repair Using Physio Flex    
Ruggero De Paulis, MD, Rome, Italy
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. ET TEER for Degenerative MV Disease — Look No Further  
Francesco Maisano, MD, Zurich, Switzerland
8:40 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. ET Panel Discussion
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET Bicuspid Aortic Valve Repair with Ring    
Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, Philadelphia, PA, USA
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. ET Minimally Invasive Valve-sparing Aortic Root Replacement
Malakh Lal Shrestha, MBBS, PhD, Hanover, Germany
9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET Panel Discussion
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. ET Break
9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. ET 65-year-old Sievers I – TAVR
Michael J. Mack, MD, Plano, TX, USA
9:55 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. ET 65-year-old Sievers I – Sutureless
Vadim Kotowicz, MD, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. ET Panel Discussion
10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. ET Tricuspid Valve Repair – Minimally Invasive
Juan P. Umaña, MD, Bogota, Colombia
10:25 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. ET Transcatheter TV Replacement – The Next Frontier?
Vinod H. Thourani, MD, Atlanta, GA, USA
10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. ET Panel Discussion
10:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives

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

  • Articulate the latest advances in robotic mitral valve repair
  • Demonstrate minimally invasive mitral valve repair using annuloplasty rings
  • Discuss transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) as an alternative to mitral valve surgery
  • Demonstrate the latest techniques in bicuspid aortic valve repair with ring, as well as minimally invasive valve-sparing aortic root replacement
  • Discuss the newest approaches in the treatment of bicuspid aortic valve diseases, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and sutureless techniques
  • Identify the latest technologies for tricuspid valve repair, including transcatheter approaches

Certificates of participation will be available, but no continuing medical education credit will be offered.

Target Audience

The symposium is designed for all members of the cardiac surgical team, including cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, physician assistants, nurses, trainees, and other health care professionals interested in the topic.

Zoom credentials will be shared with registrants about a week before the meeting. 

Questions? Contact the STS Education department.