Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp

Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp

CryoLife will be hosting its 6th annual Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp on October 11-12, 2018.  This program will be open to 32 cardiovascular surgery residents chosen by the Program Directors from the official U.S. training programs and supported by 20 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 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 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.


Registration for this program is now closed.


Prof. George M. Alfieris, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Assoc. Prof. Leora B. Balsam, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA

Prof. Harold M. Burkhart, MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Prof. Duke E. Cameron, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Prof. Edward P. Chen, MD, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA

Assoc. Prof. Michael W. A. Chu, MD, FRCSC, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Assoc. Prof. Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD, PhD, Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Prof. Thomas G. Gleason, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Prof. Bartley P. Griffith, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Prof. Philip J. Hess Jr., MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Prof. George L. Hicks Jr., MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Prof. G. Chad Hughes IV, MD, Duke University, Durham, NC

Prof. Peter A. Knight, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Prof. Tomas D. Martin, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Asst. Prof. David C. Mauchley, MD, UAB School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL

Prof. R. Scott Mitchell, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA

Prof. Marc R. Moon, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Assoc. Prof. R. Anthony Perez-Tamayo, MD, Loyola Medicine, Chicago, IL

Robert K. Salley, MD, Kentucky One Healthcare, Lexington, KY

Prof. Paul E. Stelzer, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

Assoc. Prof. Hiroo Takayama, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY

Assoc. Prof. Per Wierup, MD, PhD, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

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.