International Cardiovascular Symposium


December 8-9, 2017
Renaissance São Paulo Hotel
São Paulo, Brazil

Program Directors
Joseph S. Coselli
Walter J. Gomes
Marc R. Moon
Thoralf M. Sundt, III


Program Overview
Cardiologists and surgeons at all levels can advance their clinical knowledge in heart valve disease — aortic and ascending aorta, coronary, mitral, pulmonary and tricuspid.  For two days, the symposium will bring together international leaders to discuss state-of the-art information on devices, long-term results and surgical techniques with a focus on preventing, diagnosing and treating heart valve disease. 

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Faculty Highlights

Joseph S. Coselli
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, USA

"Please join the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) in Brazil as we work to advance cardiac surgery across the Americas—this meeting will feature experts from around the globe, including Brazil’s native son, Dr. Tirone E. David, the foremost expert in valve-sparing aortic root replacement; Dr. Juan Pablo Umaña, the Columbian pioneer in mitral valve repair; Dr. David P. Taggart, Great Britain’s luminary on coronary artery disease takes on building a heart team; Dr. Thoralf M. Sundt, Past President of the AATS and expert in bicuspid aortopathy; as well as myself and many other notable surgeons. Additionally, we will present a special film commemorating the AATS beginnings, which was founded more than a century ago."

Dr. Coselli is the Vice-Chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, holds the Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair, and is Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He serves as Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Associate Chief of the Cardiovascular Service at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He is Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency at THI/BCM and directs the Aortic Fellowship Program at BCM.

Dr. Coselli specializes in diseases of the aorta, and was mentored by the pioneering aortic surgeon, E. Stanley Crawford, as well as legendary cardiothoracic surgeons, Drs. Denton Cooley and Michael E. DeBakey. He has performed more than 10,000 aortic repairs, including over 3,450 of thoracoabdominal aorta, for which he is world-renowned. He has published more than 500 medical manuscripts and delivered more than 750 presentations in 27 countries. A member of the Professional Advisory Board of The Marfan Foundation, he is the principal investigator for the Aortic Valve Operative Outcomes in Marfan Patients study. Dr. Coselli has served as President for several surgical societies, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (2015).

Tirone E. David
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“The AATS International Cardiovascular Symposium in São Paulo will bring to you a cadre of outstanding opinion leaders to discuss currently pertinent issues in cardiovascular surgery. You should not miss this educational program.”

“O Simpósio Cardiovascular Internacional da AATS em São Paulo vai trazer um excelente groupo de líderes paradiscutir topicos atuais e relevante a cirurgia cardiovascular. Você não deve perder a oportunidade de participar deste programa educacional."

Dr. Tirone E. David is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and the holder of the Melanie Munk Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Dr. David was educated in Brazil, his native country, as well as the United States and Canada. He has published 365 scientific papers, 35 chapters in medical textbooks as well as five surgical textbooks. He has developed numerous operative procedures to treat patients with heart valve disease, complications of myocardial infarction, and thoracic aneurysms. One of these procedures is known as “David operation.” He has been a member of the editorial board of several medical journals. Dr. David is a member of numerous surgical and medical societies and is honorary member of the European Cardio-Thoracic Association, the Brazilian Cardiovascular Society, Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular, Society of Cardiac Surgeons, and Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery. He was elected honorary member of the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine in 2013. He was President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 2004-2005 and the recipient of its Scientific Achievement Award in 2016. He received the Order of Ontario in 1993 and the Order of Canada in 1996, the highest honor given to civilians in Canada. He was elected University Professor in 2004, the highest honor the University of Toronto bestows to its professors.

A. Marc Gillinov
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA

“With a distinguished international faculty, this meeting will cover the very latest technologies and procedures at the forefront of cardiac surgical care.”

Since joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1997, Dr. Marc Gillinov has become one of the nation’s busiest heart surgeons. He specializes in robotic and minimally-invasive mitral valve repair and replacement and in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

A prolific researcher, Dr. Gillinov has more than 300 scientific publications to his credit and has been instrumental in the development of medical devices and treatments that enhance the care of cardiac patients.

Marc R. Moon
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO, USA

“The AATS International Cardiovascular Symposium is a great forum to bring together surgeons with similar interests to share experiences for the betterment of patients across Latin America and beyond.”

Marc R. Moon, MD, received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer sciences from the University of Michigan and a medical degree from Wayne State University. Dr. Moon completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which included a period of training in vascular surgery at Oxford University in England, and two years in the Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory at Stanford University. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at Stanford University in 1998.

Dr. Moon then joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine and was promoted to associate professor in 2002, professor of surgery in 2005, Joseph C. Bancroft Professor of Surgery in 2008, and in July 2014, he was honored as the John M. Shoenberg Chair in Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Moon was named director of the Center for Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta in 2000, Program Director for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program in 2004, and Chief of Cardiac Surgery in 2014.

Dr. Moon has authored more than 200 scientific publications; and is the Secretary of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the world’s oldest and most prestigious society dedicated to thoracic disease, and he is a consultant to the Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration.

Miguel Sousa-Uva
Hospital Santa Cruz
Lisbon, Portugal

“The AATS International Cardiovascular Symposium in São Paulo, Brazil includes a wide-ranging program focusing on today’s hot topics and is a fantastic opportunity to meet experts, share ideas and learn from each other to improve patients’ outcomes.”

Miguel Sousa Uva, MD, PhD, received a medical degree from the University of Grenoble, France, completed his rotating residency in General Surgery in Grenoble and Cardiac Surgery in Paris where he was Chief Resident at Hôpital Broussais under the leadership of Prof Alain Carpentier and Fellow at Hôpital Marie Lannelongue under the leadership of Prof Claude Planché.

Prof Sousa Uva joined Hospital Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (HCVP), Lisbon in 1998.

Prof Sousa Uva designed and was the main investigator of a randomized trial comparing graft patency in off-pump versus on-pump CABG, a study that culminated in a PhD, obtained from the University of Oporto Medical School in 2009. He is Associate Professor of the University of Oporto Medical School.

From 2011 to 2017 Prof Sousa Uva has been involved in the care of children with congenital and acquired heart disease in Angola through a partnership program between HCVP and the Angolan government.

Prof Sousa Uva has authored more than 100 scientific publications and has been member of the writing committees of several clinical guidelines issued by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

Prof Sousa Uva is currently the President of the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

Thoralf M. Sundt, III
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to come together to discuss and learn about the most up-to-date approaches to cardiovascular disease with special focus on the South American perspective.

Thor Sundt, MD, is the chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Edward D. Churchill Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. He is a graduate of Princeton University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at MGH and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis before spending a year in London with Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, first as a Senior Registrar and then as a Consultant in his first staff position. He returned to Washington University until 2001 when he joined the Mayo Clinic. In 2011 he relocated to Boston and the MGH.

Dr. Sundt’s clinical focus has been on surgery for acquired cardiovascular conditions in adults with a particular focus on thoracic aortic aneurysms and other aortic diseases including bicuspid aortopathy.

His research interests have ranged from organ transplantation to the genetics and genomics of bicuspid aortic valve disease. Most recently he has collaborated with investigators in the disciplines of human factors and systems engineering to improve the safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

David P. Taggart
University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom

“The meeting provides an excellent opportunity to hear focused updates on all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery by leading experts both from within and beyond Brazil and with great opportunities for interaction amongst delegates and faculty.”

Dr. David Taggart is currently Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Oxford. He qualified from Glasgow University in 1981 and in 1989 was awarded an MD with Honours for studies on the effects of hypothermia on the metabolic response to cardiac surgery. He subsequently trained as the Senior Registrar at the Royal Brompton Hospital under Professor Yacoub and Mr. Lincoln.

In 1995 he was appointed consultant cardiac surgeon at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford where he obtained a PhD (from Strathclyde, Glasgow) for studies of the inflammatory response during cardiac surgery. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Oxford.

His main interests are coronary revascularization, arterial grafts and off pump surgery. He has authored over 230 peer reviewed scientific papers and is the PI of the ART trial — one of the largest surgical trials ever conducted (a randomized trial of 3000 CABG patients to single or bilateral IMA grafts during CABG).

He was President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB and Ireland (April 2010-April 2012), Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology Cardiovascular Surgery Working Group, a member of the Adult Domain of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery and a member of the AATS and STS. He was recently lead for Cardiothoracic Surgery Research in the UK by the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2013-6.

Vinod H. Thourani
Medstar Washington HospitalCenter/
Georgetown University
Washington, DC, USA

“The meeting in Brazil this December is extremely exciting; the world will come together to share ideas, techniques, and management skills in adult patients with cardiac surgery disease processes.”

Vinod H. Thourani, MD received his medical degree and postgraduate training from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2005, Dr. Thourani joined the faculty of Emory University rising to Professor of Surgery, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Co-Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center. As of August 2017, Dr. Thourani has moved to Washington, DC, where he is the Chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at MedStar Health, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the Washington Hospital Center, and anticipated to be Professor of Surgery at Georgetown University.

For the past 12 years, he has had an active open clinical practice in adult cardiac surgery with a concentration in high-risk and minimally invasive surgical aortic and mitral valve surgery.Moreover, he now has performed over 1,800 transfemoral, transapical, transaortic, trans-subclavian, transcaval, and transcarotid aortic valve replacements. He also has a very active percutaneous and minimally invasive mitral valve program including mitraclip and transapical mitral valve replacement. He is currently the chair of the research committee of the STS adult cardiac surgery database and the chair of the research committee of the ACC/STS Transcatheter Valve Therapies U.S. national database.Dr. Thourani is very active in the cardiac surgical and cardiology societies including AATS, ACC, AHA, HVS, ISMICS, STS, and STSA. He serves on the editorial boards of the JTCVS, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Heart Valve Disease, Innovations, and Circulation: Quality and Outcomes. He has, or is in the process of authoring or co-authoring three textbooks, 50 book chapters, and over 325 papers published in peer-reviewed professional journals.