2022 Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference – Agenda

Agenda subject to change. 

Day 1–Thursday, December 1
8:00 a.m. –
8:10 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Rafael Sadaba, MD, PhD, FRCS, Pamplona, Spain, and Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, Philadelphia, PA, USA
8:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

General Session I: Aortic Root
Moderators: Jose Luis Pomar, MD, PhD, Barcelona, Spain; Rui M.S. Almeida, MD, PhD, Cascavel, Brazil; and Joseph E. Bavaria, MD

  • Essentials of Bicuspid Aortic Valve Repair
    Hans-Joachim Schäfers, MD, Homburg/Saar, Germany
  • AVSRR–Remodel or Reimplant?
    Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD, Washington, DC, USA 
  • Ross Procedure–It's the Evidence! 
    Joseph E. Bavaria, MD
  • Endo-Bentall and Endo Ascending Procedures: The Future of Aortic Root Surgery
    Eric E. Roselli, MD, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Small Aortic Annulus–Enlarge or Replace the Root? 
    Rafael Sadaba, MD, PhD, FRCS
  • Panel Discussion
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Introduction: John H. Calhoon, MD, San Antonio, TX, USA
Keynote Speaker: Joseph E. Bavaria, MD

11:00 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.

Parallel Session 1
How I Teach It: Adult Cardiac 
Moderators: Rafael Sabada, MD, PhD, FRCS; Vadim Kotowicz, MD, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vinod H. Thourani, MD, Atlanta, GA, USA

  • Thoracobadominal Aneurysm Repair
    Maral Ouzounian, MD, PhD, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Minimally Invasive Multiarterial Revascularization 
    Gustavo Judas, PhD, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy 
    Jose Luis Pomar, MD, PhD
  • Aortic Valve-Sparing Root Reimplantation 
    Juan P. Umaña, MD, Bogota, Colombia
  • Avoiding Circulatory Arrest during Arch Replacement
    Oscar F. Heilbron, MD, Bogota, Colombia
  • Transseptal Mitral Valve Replacement
    Vinod H. Thourani, MD
  • Panel DIscussion

Parallel Session 2
How I Teach It: Congenital
Moderators: John H. Calhoon, MD; Nestor F. Sandoval, MD, Bogota, Columbia; Jolanda Kluin, MD, PhD, Amsterdam, Netherland

  • Arterial Switch Operation
    Marcelo B. Jatene, MD, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Fontan
    Lorenzo Galletti, MD, PhD, Rome, Italy
  • Common AV Canal
    Christian Kreutzer, MD, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Pulmonary Atresia VSD and MAPCAS Repair
    Nestor F. Sandoval, MD
  • Norwood Stage I
    Christian Pizarro, MD, Wilmington, DE, USA
  • Ross Procedure
    John H. Calhoon, MD
  • Panel Discussion
12:30 p.m. –
1:45 p.m.
Lunch / Industry Symposium
1:45 p.m. –
3:30 p.m.

Parallel Session 3
Moderators: Patrick O. Myers, MD, Lausanne, Switzerland; Victor Dayan, MD, Montevideo, Uruguay; Thomas A. Schwann, MD, Springfield, MA, USA

  • Redo Coronary Surgery: Pearls and Pitfalls    
    Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Multiarterial Revascularization: Is It for Everyone?    
    Patrick O. Myers, MD
  • Hybrid CABG: Simplifying the Procedure    
    Rui M.S. Almeida, MD, PhD
  • Ischemia after CABG–How I Deal with It    
    Filip Casselman, MD, PhD, FETCS, Aalst, Belgium
  • CABG in Severe LV Dysfunction    
    Victor Dayan, MD
  • Panel Discussion

Parallel Session 4
Heart Failure
Moderators: Ezequiel J. Molina, MD, Atlanta, GA, USA; Carlos Riera-Kinkel, MD, Mexico City, Mexico; Friedhelm Beyersdorf, MD, Freiburg, Germany

  • The Future of Heart Transplantation    
    Ezequiel J. Molina, MD
  • Heart Transplantation: The Latin American Experience    
    Lorena Montes, MD, Cali, Colombia
  • Indications and Outcomes of Durable LVAD Therapy  
    Friedhelm Beyersdorf, MD
  • Soft Robotic Artificial Heart    
    Jolanda Kluin, MD, PhD
  • Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy    
    Javier Maldonado, MD, Bogota, Colombia
  • Panel Discussion

Parallel Session 5
Congenital: Controversies in Management of CHD
Moderators: Christian Pizarro, MD, Christian Kreutzer, MD, and Lorenzo Galletti, MD, PhD 

  • Neonate with Symptomatic Tetralogy: Best Treatment    
    Leonardo A. Mulinari, MD, PhD, Miami, FL, USA
  • Borderline LV: 1 or 2V Repair    
    Lorenzo Galletti, MD, PhD
  • TGA/VSD/LVOTO: Rastelli, REV or Nikaidoh?    
    Christian Kreutzer, MD
  • Infant with Aortic Valve Stenosis: Ross or AoV Neo?    
    John H. Calhoon, MD
  • When Should the Pulmonary Valve Be Replaced?    
    Marcelo B. Jatene, MD
  • Panel Discussion
3:30 p.m. –
4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. –
5:30 p.m.

General Session II: Tricuspid Valve
Moderators: Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD; Magaly Arrais Dos Santos, MD, PhD, Sau Paulo, Brazil; Filip Casselman, MD, PhD, FETCS

  • Moderate Concomitant TR–Don’t Ignore It
    Vinay Badhwar, MD, Morgantown, WV, USA
  • Catheter Management of TV Endocarditis    
    Jacob DeLaRosa, MD, Pocatello, ID, USA
  • Robotic TV Repair in Device-Induced TR    
    T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement–When and How?    
    Carlos Riera-Kinkel, MD
  • Transcatheter TV Replacement–The Next Frontier    
    Vinod H. Thourani, MD
  • Panel DIscussion
6:30 p.m. –
8:00 p.m.

Networking Reception


Day 2–Friday, December 2
8:00 a.m. –
8:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Juan P. Umaña, MD
8:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

General Session III: Mitral Valve
Moderators: Juan P. Umaña, MD, Jose Luis Pomar, MD, PhD, and T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA

  • How to Enhance Mitral Repair Rates and Durability in Five Steps    
    T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA
  • Second Cross-Clamp and Re-Repair after Degenerative Mitral Repair    
    Ruggero De Paulis, MD, Rome, Italy
  • SAM: Don't Fear It–Prevent It!    
    Vadim Kotowicz, MD
  • Functional MR Repair: TEER vs Surgery vs TMVR    
    Vinod H. Thourani, MD
  • PRIMARY Trial–Are We on the Right Track?    
    Steven F. Bolling, MD, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Panel Discussion
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Parallel Session 6
Aortic Arch Masterclass
Moderators: Maral Ouzounian, MD, PhD, Hans-Joachim Schafers, MD, Homburg/Saar, Germany, and Eduardo Turner, MD, Santiago, Chile

  • Optimal Cannulation Strategy–Axillary vs Aortic    
    Jaime Camacho, MD, Bogota, Colombia
  • Can HCA Be Avoided?    
    Ourania A. Preventza, MD, MBA, Houston, TX, USA
  • AMDS in ATAAD–Too Good to Be True?    
    Maral Ouzounian, MD, PhD
  • Endovascular Arch Repair–Are We There Yet?    
    Cledicyon Eloy da Costa, MD, Campinas, Brazil
  • Redo Aortic Arch Surgery Simplified    
    Eric E. Roselli, MD
  • Panel Discussion

Parallel Session 7
Atrial Fibrillation Masterclass
Moderators: Vinay Badhwar, MD, Filip Casselman, MD, PhD, FETCS, and Javier Maldonado, MD

  • Concomitant Maze: How and When To Do It    
    Gustavo Judas, PhD
  • Left Atrial Appendage–The Devil Is in the Details    
    Steven F. Bolling, MD
  • Atrial Fibrillation in CABG–How Aggressive Do We Need to Be?
    Joseph F. Sabik III, MD
  • Cryomaze in Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery    
    Vinay Badhwar, MD
  • Is the "Perfect Maze" Cost-Effective? Measuring Outcomes    
    Javier Maldonado, MD
  • Panel Discussion

Parallel Session 8
Congenital: Update on Fontan Circulation
Moderators: Jolanda Kluin, MD, PhD, Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD, and Leonardo A. Mulinari, MD, PhD

  • 50 Years of Fontan-Kreutzer Operation     
    Christian Kreutzer, MD
  • How to Get a "Perfect" Fontan Candidate    
    John H. Calhoon, MD
  • RV and Fontan: A Bad Marriage?    
    Leonardo A. Mulinari, MD, PhD
  • Fontan Everywhere in the World?    
    Nestor F. Sandoval, MD
  • Management of Complications after Kawashima Operation  
    Christian Pizarro, MD
  • Panel Discussion
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch / Industry Symposium
1:30 p.m. –
3:15 p.m.

Parallel Session 9
Aortic Dissection
Moderators: Ourania A. Preventza, MD, MBA, Filip Casselman, MD, PhD, FETCS, and Cledicyon Eloy da Costa, MD

  • Acute Type A Aortic Dissection–Hemiarch Is All You Need    
    Eduardo Turner, MD
  • Acute Type A Aortic Dissection–FET Is SOC    
    Eric E. Roselli, MD
  • The Middle Road: Zone 1/2 arch with Early Sequential Branched Arch TEVAR    
    Joseph E. Bavaria, MD
  • TEVAR Before Central Repair for Malperfusion in AAD    
    Jaime Camacho, MD
  • Aortic Valve Preservation in ATAAD    
    Ruggero De Paulis, MD
  • Panel Discussion

Parallel Session 10
Moderators: Mateo Marín-Cuartas, MD, Leipzig, Germany, and Daniel T. Engelman, MD, Springfield, MA, USA

  • Key Elements of Outcomes in Adult Cardiac Surgery    
    V. Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Just Say No: No Blood Transfusions    
    Thomas A. Schwann, MD
  • Just Say No: No Opioids    
    Michael C. Grant, MD, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Just Say No: No Mobility Restrictions    
    Vinay Badhwar, MD
  • Just Say No: No AKI    
    Daniel T. Engelman, MD
  • Improving Patient Outcomes with a Shower and a Cup of Coffee    
    Jacob DeLaRosa, MD
  • ERAS Cardiac Protocols without Added Cost    

Parallel Session 11
Congenital Surgery in ACHD Patients
Moderators: Leonardo A. Mulinari, MD, PhD, Lorenzo Galletti, MD, PhD, and Christian Kreutzer, MD

  • Patches and Valves in Congenital Cardiac Surgery: What Material to Use  
    Jolanda Kluin, MD, PhD
  • Late Complications after Arterial Switch Operation    
    Marcelo B. Jatene, MD
  • Root Reintervention after Repair of Conotruncal Anomalies 
    Christian Pizarro, MD
  • End-Stage Heart Failure in ACHD: Role of Transplantation 
    Lorenzo Galletti, MD, PhD
  • End-Stage Heart Failure in ACHD: Role of VADs 
    Ezequiel J. Molina, MD
  • Panel Discussion
3:15 p.m. –
3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 
5:45 p.m.

General Session IV: Controversies in Cardiac Surgery
Moderators: Juan P. Umaña, MD, and Rafael Sadaba, MD, PhD, FRCS

  • Optimal Aortic Valve Replacement Strategy for Young Adults
    Magaly Arrais Dos Santos, MD, PhD
  • Reintervention after the Ross Procedure: What's the Real Risk?
    John H. Calhoon, MD
  • TAVR in the Young
    Leonardo A. Mulinari, MD, PhD
  • ECMO vs Impella in Post-Cardiotomy Shock to Improve Clinical Outcomes
    Ezequiel J. Molina, MD
  • Role of NOACs Following Cardiac Surgery 
    Rafael Sadaba, MD, PhD, FRCS
  • Panel Discussion
5:45 p.m. –
6:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, and Rafael Sadaba, MD, PhD, FRCS


Day 3–Saturday, December 3
8:00 a.m.  –
9:00 a.m.

Residents Symposium
Moderator: Mateo Marín-Cuartas, MD

  • Announcement of Fellowship Award    
  • How to Write and Publish a Paper 
    Friedhelm Beyersdorf, MD
  • Problem-Solving in the OR
    Juan P. Umaña, MD
  • The Future of CT Surgery 
    Joseph E. Bavaria, MD
  • Innovation in CT Surgery
    Steven F. Bolling, MD
  • Panel Discussion
9:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Workshops 1 & 2*
Mitral & Tricuspid Valve Repair
Workshops 3 & 4*
Aortic Valve Repair / Valve Sparing & Ross Procedure

*Day 3 workshops are ticketed events that can be purchased in addition to main conference registration.