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The Aortic Forum will be an in-person meeting and run from 21-23 June 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE (12:00-17:45)

12:00 Welcome lunch and registration
13:00 Introduction G El Khoury, Brussels; L de Kerchove, Brussels
Session 1: Pros and cons to repair the aortic valve
Moderators: L de Kerchove, Brussels; F Casselman, Aalst
Live Case: Bicuspid aortic valve with severe aortic insufficiency
Overview of the long-term results of aortic valve repair R De Paulis, Rome
Actual bioprosthetic valve compete and surpass aortic valve repair T Bourguignon, Tours
The carbon and other synthetic valve strike back B Meuris, Leuven
Why TAVI is not a good option M Borger, Leipzig
Ross versus repair: Competitor or complementary options J Vojacek, Hradec Králové
Panel discussion
Abstract presentation: Bicuspid valve reimplantation in 210-150 orientation for very asymmetric commissural angles J Kelly, Philadelphia
15:15 Break
15:45 Session 2: Basics and principles of aortic valve repair
Moderators: H Michelena, Rochester; I El Hamamsy, New York
Echocardiography to describe AI mechanisms J L Vanoverschelde, Brussels
Describing aortic valve and root anatomy with 3D CT reconstruction C Nienaber, London
Panel discussion
Debate – Repair of isolated AI (TAV and BAV) video presentations:
– Double external ring E Lansac, Paris
– Suture annuloplasty H-J Schäfers, Homburg Saar
– Internal ring S Rankin, Morgantown
– Reimplantation technique M Boodhwani, Ottawa
Panel discussion
Abstract presentation: Systematic adjustment of root dimensions to cusp size in aortic valve repair: A computer simulation study L Weltert, Rome
Unifying nomenclature of aortic valve phenotypes H Michelena, Rochester
Debate – Repair of BAV with aortopathy video presentations:
– Reimplantation technique E Chen, Durham
– Remodelling technique and annuloplasty I El Hamamsy, New York
Panel discussion
17:45 Close


THURSDAY 22 JUNE (08:15-17:30)

08:15 Session 3: Ultimate perspectives from the giants
Moderators: R De Paulis, Rome; G El Khoury, Brussels; H-J Schäfers, Homburg Saar
Live Case: Bicuspid aortic valve with root aneurysm
Introduction R De Paulis, Rome
Personal reflections on reimplantation after 30 years T David, Toronto
Personal reflections on remodelling after 30 years M Yacoub, London
Evolution of leaflets plasty over the years G El Khoury, Brussels
How geometry has contributed to improve aortic valve repair H-J Schäfers, Homburg Saar
Panel discussion
10:15 Break
10:45 Session 4: Alternative techniques and access to aortic valve repair (video session)
Moderators: J Vojacek, Hradec Králové; E Lansac, Paris
Live Case: Redo after Ross operation
PEARS, fashion, or evolution of valve sparing F Rega, Leuven
Valve sparing by minimal access: For which patient and which pathology T Holubec, Frankfurt
Single suture for reimplantation. Pros & Cons T Modine, Bordeaux
The advantages of single sinus remodelling V Irimie, Bad Neustadt
Debate – Which type of autograft reinforcement?
– Ross full root and loose jacket I El Hamamsy, New York
– Ross inclusion in native root T David, Toronto
– Ross inclusion in vascular graft V Starnes, Los Angeles
Panel discussion
Abstract presentation: Ross procedure for aortic regurgitation and stenosis K Abeln, Homburg Saar
Abstract presentation: Valve-sparing root reimplantation with primary repair of a unicusp/bicuspid valve hybrid J Kelly, Philadelphia
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session 5: Surgical option in the paediatric population
Moderators: Y d’Udekem, Washington D.C; G El Khoury, Brussels
Dilated aortopathies in congenital heart disease J Dearani, Rochester
What is on the horizon in valve substitute: An update on Ozaki procedure A Carotti, Rome
Unicuspid aortic valve repair in which patient is it worthy (video) H-J Schäfers, Homburg Saar
Balance between Ross and valve repair Y d’Udekem, Washington D.C
Panel discussion
Abstract presentation: Sinotubular stabilization in tricuspid aortic valve repair T Ehrlich, Homburg Saar
14:30 Session 6: Aorta review/debate: New ACC/AHA aortic guidelines – what do they tell us?
Moderators: J Bavaria, Philadelphia; M Shrestha, Rochester; M Grabenwöger, Vienna
Introduction to the guidelines J Bavaria, Philadelphia
What do the guidelines suggest regarding syndromic aortic conditions? F Schoenhoff, Bern
What do the guidelines suggest regarding aortic dissection? M Luehr, Cologne
What do the guidelines suggest regarding thoracic aneurysm/dissection in general (diameters, non-diameter triggers, indexing, etc) M Ehrlich, Vienna
Panel discussion and debate on the guidelines – “What they say and what they don’t say!” for standard practice – Moderated by J Bavaria, Philadelphia A Estrera, Houston; A Oo, London; D Pacini, Bologna; M Shrestha, Rochester; F Schoenhoff, Bern; M Grabenwöger, Vienna; M Ehrlich, Vienna
16:00 Break
16:30 Session 7: Arch and stroke mini-symposium
Moderators: T MacGillivray, Houston; K Tsagakis, Essen
Stroke after arch intervention: Consensus definitions, frequency and causes N Desai, Philadelphia
Cerebral protection strategies in open arch repair U Benedetto, Bristol
Cerebral embolic protection and/or stroke mitigation during arch TEVAR repair A D’Onofrio, Padua
Pharmacologic neuroprotection and neuro restoration S Messe, Philadelphia
Abstract presentation: Use of perioperative neuromonitoring and imaging in patients requiring total arch replacement for aortic dissection W Naselsky, Baltimore
Abstract presentation: Elective aortic root replacement with or without concomitant hemiarch reconstruction: A propensity-matched analysis M Berezowski, Philadelphia
17:30 Close


FRIDAY 23 JUNE (08:30-17:40)

08:30 Session 8: Acute aortic dissection: Dilemmas and solutions
Moderators: K Tsagakis, Essen; A Estrera, Houston
Definition of “safe treatment” in acute type A aortic dissection J Bavaria, Philadelphia
Individualised treatment in acute type A aortic dissection D Pacini, Bologna
Extended aortic arch repair by stent in acute type A aortic dissection the AMDS experience (Video) K Tsagakis, Essen
Aortic root repair in acute aortic root dissection – Techniques (Video) N Desai, Philadelphia
Artery cannulation site is the key to success in acute type A aortic dissection surgery T MacGillivray, Houston
The rationale to abolish the false lumen in acute type A aortic dissection A Esterea, Houston
Panel discussion
Abstract presentations: Proximal-first repair of acute type A dissection complicated by mesenteric malperfusion syndrome S Yarlagadda, Philadelphia
10:00 Break
10:30 Session 9: Chronic aortic dissection treatment: A Prometheus challenge
Moderators: A Oo, London; D Pacini, Bologna
FET surgery: Facts after 20 years of experience M Shrestha, Rochester
Debate – Treatment of chronic aortic dissection after proximal repair:
– Frozen Elephant Trunk K Tsagakis, Essen
– Open descending aortic repair A Oo, London
Panel discussion
Chronic aortic dissection: Open repair via left thoracotomy (video) J Tomasi, Rennes
Spinal cord protection in open and endovascular thoracoabdominal aortic repair A Esterea, Houston
Panel discussion
Optimal medical treatment in chronic aortic dissection patients C Nienaber, London
Abstract presentation: Long-term results of frozen elephant trunk for chronic aortic dissection D Panfilov, Tomsk
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Session 10: Acute and chronic aortic syndromes involving the descending aorta- natural disease course and treatment strategies
Moderators: S Ronchey, Rome; M Lescan, Tübingen
FET as a landing zone – distal extension as a concept M Kreibich, Freiburg
10 points from the recent STS/AATS guidelines for the treatment of type B aortic dissection T MacGillivray, Houston
IMH and PAU- how to predict the natural course and when to intervene S Ronchey, Rome
Panel discussion
How to select patients with thoraco-abdominal aneurysm for open or endovascular repair: Insight from a cost-effectiveness study in a high volume centre L Bertoglio, Brescia
How to address the LSA – bypass and transposition, how to and what for S Fernandez, Pamplona
dSINE- mechanisms, understanding, importance and prevention M Kreibich, Freiburg
Panel discussion
Abstract presentation: Early and long-term performance of stent-grafts released in dacron versus native ascending aorta after thoracic endovascular aortic repair S Di Sibio, La Spezia
15:00 Break
15:30 Session 11: Acute and chronic aortic syndromes involving the descending aorta- the next level of complexity in understanding the disease and to individualise treatment
Moderators: S Trimarchi, Milan; M Grabenwöger, Vienna
Ruptured type B- FET, TEVAR or open TA replacement M Grabenwöger, Vienna
Ruptured descending thoracic aorta- is it done after TEVAR? S Trimarchi, Milan
Endovascular treatment of ruptured TAAA – expensive prestige or economic alternative M Lescan, Tübingen
Panel discussion
Secondary endovascular conversions for failed open repair N Desai, Philadelphia
Secondary open conversions for failed endovascular repair L Bertoglio, Brescia
TEVAR for the treatment of organ fistulation in acute aortic syndromes – bridge to open conversion or durable treatment approach M Kreibich, Freiburg
Panel discussion
Abstract presentation: Introducing the BARTAAAKI bundle: Renal recovery following thoracoabdominal aortic repair A Lopez-Marco, London
17:40 Closing remarks


Programme and faculty subject to change

The The Aortic Forum, Brussels, Belgium, 21/06/2023-23/06/2023 has been accredited by the
European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 12 European CME
credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she
actually spent in the educational activity.


21-23 June 2023 (2.5 day meeting)

Brussels, Belgium

Aortic Forum Taskforce Chairman
R De Paulis, Rome
Local Chairmen
G El Khoury and L de Kerchove, Brussels
Vascular Disease Domain Chairman
K Tsagakis, Essen

Aortic Forum Taskforce
J Bavaria; F Casselman; M Czerny; L de Kerchove; G El Khoury; I El-Hamamsy; A Estrera; S Fernandez; E Lansac; T MacGillivray; A Oo; D Pacini; S Ronchey; R Sádaba; H-J Schäfers; M Shrestha; K Tsagakis; J Vojáček

Registration Fee
EACTS Member: €595 inclusive of VAT
Non-Member: €695 inclusive of VAT
Resident/Trainee: €375 inclusive of VAT

Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. An optional dinner is available on Thursday 22 June for a fee of €95.00

In-person meeting, live surgical cases, interactive lectures, live-in-a-box videos and abstract presentations

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The Aortic Forum is in collaboration with the STS

Engage with pioneers in the specialty
This year’s Aortic Forum will celebrate the lifetime contributions from two of the masters, Professor El Khoury and Professor Schäfers.

Professor El Khoury, a pioneer in aortic valve repair surgery, joins us to share his expertise and techniques that have made him a renowned expert around the world. You will also have the opportunity to learn from Professor Schäfers, whose dedicated approach to the collection of sound scientific data has been instrumental in the standardisation and reproducibility of aortic valve repair. A special session will take place to celebrate their careers and will also feature two giants in our specialty: Sir Magdi Yacoub and Dr Tirone David who paved the way to this type of surgery more than thirty years ago.
This session is not to be missed!