Montreal Heart Institute Ross Master Course

Montreal, Quebec September 27-28, 2019


The Ross Master Course provides intensive technical demonstration of all aspects of the Ross Procedure using didactic sessions, live cases, and a wet lab, with the opportunity for supervised hands-on practice with porcine hearts.

Course Directors

Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Associate Professor of Surgery
Montreal Heart Institute
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Paul Stelzer, MD
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, NY


Guest Faculty

Nancy Poirier - Montreal, Quebec
Michael Chu - London, Ontario
Mark Peterson - Toronto, Ontario
Maral Ouzounian - Toronto, Ontario
Richard Whitlock - Hamilton, Ontario
Ismail Bouhout - Montreal, Quebec


Program Agenda

Day 1 - Friday, September 27
(Montreal Heart Institute)

Didactic sessions covering the following topics:

  • Overview of surgical options for AVR in young adults
    with focus on the Ross
  • Step-by-step principles of surgical technique
  • Lessons learned over 25 years doing the Ross procedure
  • How to start a Ross program
  • Understanding the learning curve


Two Live Cases


Day 2 - Saturday, September 28
(Westin Montreal)

Wet lab with focus on:

  • Autograft harvesting and preparation
  • Autograft and homograft implantation



Montreal Heart Institute
5000 Rue Belanger
Montreal, Quebec H1T 1C8, Canada
+1 514-376-3330

Le Westin Montreal
270 Saint-Antoine St.
Montreal, QC H2Y 0A3