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Friday, May 18, 2018


CryoLife, Inc.
1655 Roberts Blvd., NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Course Directors

Pedro J. del Nido
Program Director
William E. Ladd Professor and Chairman
Department of Cardiac Surgery
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School

William F. Northrup III
Program Co-Director
Cardiac Surgeon
Vice President, Physician Relations & Education

Nancy C. Poirier
Program Co-Director
Professor of Surgery, University of Montreal
Head, Cardiovascular Surgery
CHU-ME Ste-Justine, Montreal


Thursday, May 17, 2018

6:30 pm

Welcome Reception (Ballroom at Embassy Suites)

Friday, May 18, 2018

7:00 am

Depart Hotel to CryoLife

7:30 am - 7:45 am


Pat Mackin, Pedro del Nido,
Nancy Poirier, Bill Northrup

7:45 am - 8:15 am

Balloon Valvotomy vs. Open Valvotomy:
The Boston Children’s Hospital experience

Pedro del Nido

8:15 am - 8:45 am

Balloon Valvotomy vs. Open Valvotomy:
The Indiana University experience

Mark Rodefeld

8:45 am - 9:15 am

Use of Photo-oxidized Bovine Pericardium in Aortic
Valve Repair: Update from Boston Children’s Hospital

Christopher Baird

9:15 am - 9:45 am

Aortic Valve Repair:
University of Montreal Experience

Nancy Poirier

9:45 am - 10:15 am


10:15 am - 10:45 am

Aortic Valve Repair at Miami Children’s Hospital

Redmond Burke

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Aortic Valve Repair with an Internal
Rigid Annuloplasty Ring

Joseph Turek

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Biomechanics and Durability of Materials
employed in Aortic Valve Repair

Peter Hammer

11:45 am - 12:25 pm

Ross Procedure: Survival Surprise

Ismail El-Hamamsy

12:25 pm - 1:10 pm


1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

Ross Procedure: Technical Success Factors
and Strategies to Mitigate Late Failure
in Patients with Aortic Regurgitation

Ismail El-Hamamsy

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm

Mechanical Valve vs. Bioprosthesis in the Pediatric
Population: Factors in Decision-making

Emile Bacha

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

The Future of the Decellularized Aortic Allograft

John Mayer

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm

Wrap up/Question & Answer

Pedro Del Nido, Nancy Poirier

3:00 pm

Limos depart for airport

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