Location: Atlanta, GA: Artivion Headquarters 

Registration is now full

Please note: 

The intended audience for this course are Cardiac Fellows, Senior Residents (PGY-6), and Senior Residents (PGY-5)

Only one fellow/senior resident will be allowed per institution to allow representation of the majority of the teaching institutions across the US and Canada.

Program Overview

The Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camp provides a unique educational opportunity for fellows and senior residents focusing on the surgical anatomy and various procedures of the aortic valve and root. During the two-day program, fellows and residents will rotate through five separate training modules including:

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

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

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Aortic root setup
  • Suture management
  • Annuloplasty techniques
  • Coronary artery button development and reimplantation
  • Pulmonary autograft harvest

Intended Audience

This program is designed for cardiovascular surgery fellows and senior residents from the official U.S. and Canadian training programs.

    • Cardiac Fellow
    • Senior Resident (PGY-6)
    • Senior Resident (PGY-5)

All expenses, including airfare, meals, lodging and transportation are supported by Artivion.

*Courses are limited to surgeons practicing or training in the United States or Canada at the time of the registered course date.

Course Directors

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Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD, PhD

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

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William F. Northrup III, MD

Minneapolis, MN


Shinichi Fukuhara, MD

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI


Katherine Harrington, MD

Baylor Scott & White Health

Plano, TX


Puja Kachroo, MD

Washington University

St. Louis, MO


Peter Knight, MD

Univ. of Rochester Medical Center

Rochester, NY

Shinya Unai, MD

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland, OH


Bo Yang, MD

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI


Paul E. Stelzer, MD

Mount Sinai Medical Center

New York, NY


Hiroo Takayama, MD

Columbia University

New York, NY



Nimesh Desai, MD, PhD

Penn Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


Chris Burke, MD

University of Washington

Seattle, WA


Thomas Caranasos, MD

UNC School of Medicine

Chapel Hill, NC



Marc Moon, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX


Mark Peterson, MD, PhD

University of Toronto

Toronto, ON


Sameh Said, MBBCH, MD, FACS

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN