Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp

Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp

CryoLife will be hosting its 7th annual Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp on October 24-25, 2019. This program will be open to 48 cardiovascular surgery residents and fellows from the official U.S. and Canadian training programs and supported by 30 distinguished faculty members.

The stated aim of the Boot Camp is captured in the program's subtitle, “toward surgical skill-set mastery with mentored simulation.”

This unique educational collaboration between industry and academia is fashioned after the more broadly focused annual Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Boot Camp held at the University of North Carolina, but is more narrowly focused on the surgical anatomy and various procedures of the aortic valve and root.

Each of the residents/fellows will rotate through five separate modules during the two days:

  • Aortic Root Anatomy
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Repair/Spare
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Ross Procedure

Each module will be taught by acknowledged surgical experts, who will facilitate the unique opportunity for the residents and fellows to learn and practice the various surgical steps required with each of these procedures, employing risk-free biological “simulators”.

The course co-directors are William F. Northrup, III, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon and Vice President of Physician Relations and Education at CryoLife, and George L. Hicks, Jr., M.D., Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, New York.


The program participant is responsible for compliance with individual conflict of interest or other institutional policies as well as any state regulations regarding industry sponsored educational events and associated expenses that may apply to participant. Please note that certain expenditures made by CryoLife in conjunction with your attendance may be reported pursuant to the Physician Payment Sunshine Act.