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Houston Methodist welcomes cardiac surgeons from all over the world to learn new techniques in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery
HOUSTON—(Feb. 25, 2016) —Surgeons from as far away as Japan and as close as institutions in the Texas Medical Center will attend the “7th Annual Re-Evolution Summit,” March 3-5 at Houston Methodist Hospital. The conference is designed to teach surgeons the latest techniques in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery.

“Cardiovascular surgery is undergoing a significant paradigm shift toward increasing minimally-invasive surgery,” said Dr. Mahesh Ramchandani, a cardiovascular surgeon at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center (HMDHVC) and program director. “We are seeing this in everything from cardiac valve repair to coronary revascularization to heart failure.” 

The three-day event will include lectures and hands-on training sessions in the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE), a state-of-the art training facility that allows surgeons to learn new techniques using simulation and non-patient training tools before actually operating on patients. 

Ramchandani says currently a small percentage, somewhere between 15 and 20 percent of surgeons are performing minimally-invasive cardiac surgeries. One of the goals of the three-day event is to propel these surgeons to go back and encourage their leadership to begin exploring these types of surgeries. 

“With our facilities at Houston Methodist we are at the forefront of teaching these techniques,” Ramchandani said. “I believe this type of hands-on training will open up new procedures for these surgeons and, ultimately, be better and safer for the patient. That is a goal we are always striving for.”

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