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The Aortic Forum will be an in-person meeting and run from 15-16 November 2021 in Bologna, Italy.

MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER (08:15-18:30)

08:15 Welcome
08:30 Session I: The Aortic Root
Moderators: G El Khoury, Brussels; R De Paulis, Rome
Live Cases:
1. Aortic root replacement with bicuspid valve repair
2. Aortic valve sparing associated with mitral valve repair
Root anatomy. Key points for an optimal root reconstruction. Ex vivo and in vivo studies L de Kerchove, Brussels
Tailored repair for bicuspid valve. Key points to repair symmetric, asymmetric and very asymmetric valves H-J Schäfers, Homburg
How to improve long-term results for the Ross procedure. Surgical strategy Z Al Halees, Riyadh
Surgical strategy to approach the re-do root Y Okita, Kobe
09:50 Break
10:20 Live-in-a-box videos:
Repair for isolated BAV insufficiency (normal root) P Danial, Paris
Complex tricuspid aortic valve repair with annuloplasty (normal root) M Jasinski, Wroclaw
Root and LVOT reconstruction for endocarditis G El Khoury, Brussels
Aortic valve repair for complex aortic root dissection in Loeys-Dietz Syndrome S Rankin, Maywood
Abstract presentations:
Valve-sparing aortic root replacement using a straight tube graft (David I Procedure) in Septuagenarians E Beckmann, Hanover
Our experience with Ross operation supported by personalised external aortic root support (PEARS) A Redondo, London
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session II: The Ascending Aorta and the Arch
Moderators: M Shrestha, Hanover; K Tsagakis, Essen
Live Case:
1. Frozen elephant trunk for residual complicated type A aortic dissection following proximal repair
New techniques in frozen elephant trunk surgery M Grabenwöger, Vienna
Introducing total arch replacement with FET in South America J Umana, Bogota
Organ protection in aortic arch surgery A Martens, Hanover
How to avoid HCA in FET surgery E Turner, Santiago
15:20 Break
15:50 Live-in-a-box videos:
A novel approach for left subclavian artery revascularisation in FET surgery M Pichlmaier, Munich
Minimally invasive ascending aortic arch repair M Borger, Leipzig
Open aortic arch repair in Zone 0 P Redaelli, Milan; A Castiglioni, Milan
FET without HCA M Di Eusanio, Ancona
Abstract presentations:
A simplified delivery frozen elephant trunk technique to reduce circulatory arrest time in hybrid aortic arch surgery G Guimbretiere, Nantes
Frozen elephant trunk implantation in arch zone 2 J Brickwedel, Hamburg
18:30 Close


TUESDAY 16 NOVEMBER (08:15-17:45)

08:15 Welcome
08:30 Session III: Aortic Dissection
Moderators: A Oo, London; D Pacini, Bologna
Cannulation sites and extracorporeal strategies in acute and chronic type A aortic dissection F Schönhoff, Berne
Timing and technical considerations for surgery of acute type A dissection in patients with previous cardiac surgery T MacGillivray, Houston
The FET technique in acute or chronic type B dissection: Only in cases of unsuitable TEVAR? K Widenka, Rzeszow
Management of organ malperfusion in acute type A and type B aortic dissection K Kim, Ann Arbor
Live-in-a-box video: Frozen elephant trunk K Tsagakis, Essen
10:00 Break
10:30 Live-in-a-box videos:
Management of aberrant RSA in dissection L Di Marco, Bologna
AMDS for acute type A dissection C Etz, Leipzig
Endovascular technique for type A dissection in inoperable patients E Roselli, Cleveland
ARISE TRIAL: Total endovascular repair of acute type A dissection: Ascending, arch & DTA (Modular) J Bavaria, Philadelphia
Endovascular branched technique for type A dissection in inoperable patients M Czerny, Freiburg
Abstract presentations:
Frozen elephant trunk with different proximal landing zone for aortic dissection D Panfilov, Tomsk
Outcome of total arch replacement and frozen elephant trunk technique for Stanford Type A acute aortic dissection H Nishiori, Narita
12:15 Video Session:
Very asymmetric bicuspid aortic valve repair with valve-sparing aortic root reimplantation in 210°-150° orientation J Bavaria, Philadelphia
Complex hybrid repair for complication of type A A Lopez-Marco, London
Ross procedure in a patient with severe bioprosthetic aortic stenosis K Tauh, Pennsylvania
AV flow cannula in a FET A Venturini, Venice
13:30 Lunch
14:30 Session IV: The Descending Aorta
Moderators: S Ronchey, Rome; M Czerny, Freiburg
TAAA open repair: State of the art R Chiesa, Milan
Open surgical replacement – do’s and don’ts M Ouzounian, Toronto
The three stage approach – FET/ TEVAR and 3.5 open repair B Rylski, Freiburg
Role of branch and fenestration in thoraco-abdominal pathology J Coselli, Houston
Live-in-a-box: Endovascular repair K Tsagakis, Essen
16:00 Break
16:30 Live-in-a-box videos:
Thoraco-abdominal aortic replacement after prior TEVAR T Berger, Freiburg
FEVAR for post-dissection aneurysmal formation S Kondov, Freiburg
BEVAR for the treatment of degenerative thoraco-abdominal aortic disease L Bertoglio, Milan
Abstract presentation:
Risk factors for descending aortic adverse events following ascending aortic surgery N Ostberg, New York
17:45 Close


Programme and faculty subject to change


15-16 November 2021 (2 day meeting)

Bologna, Italy

R De Paulis, Rome
Local Chairman
D Pacini, Bologna
Vascular Disease Domain Chairman
K Tsagakis, Essen

Aortic Forum Taskforce
D Pacini; K Tsagakis; M Czerny; G El Khoury; A Oo; S Ronchey; M Shrestha

Registration Fee
EACTS Members: €575 inclusive of VAT
Non-Members: €675 inclusive of VAT
Trainees/Residents: €275 inclusive of VAT

Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments on both days.

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test will be required for all attendees. Documentation will need to be shown before badge collection.

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

Forum Overview
The programme will feature 4 half day sessions devoted to the major areas of aortic surgery. Each session will feature a live case; invited presentations, 4 live-in-a-box videos and 2 abstract presentations related to each subject.

Each session will be shared with an international scientific cardio-thoracic association: ASCVTS (Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery) for the aortic root; LACES (Latin American Association of Cardiac and Endovascular Surgery) for the ascending aorta and arch; STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons) for the dissections; and the AATS (American Association for Thoracic Surgery) for the descending aorta.

Target Audience
All cardiac and vascular surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists and anaesthetists are invited to come together and broaden their competence and enjoy learning new skills in the field of major aortic surgery. It is a great opportunity for a full immersion into aortic surgery and is a unique opportunity to meet the most renowned experts in the field, confronting the most controversial aspects of surgical and endovascular therapeutic solutions.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the meeting attendees will acquire the necessary information for a competent decision-making process when facing a variety of aortic pathologies. Attendees will acquire the necessary skills to improve their performance in standard aortic procedures but will also learn the tips and tricks to approach more difficult and challenging surgical cases.

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The Aortic Forum, Bologna, Italy, 15/11/2021-16/11/2021
has been granted 16 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).