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MDHVC co-hosts international training and learning events for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular care

Houston, TX - 3/12/2012

This year's Re-Evolution Summit and Total Endovascular Series attracted more than 250 of the world's top cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, fellows, and other specialists to learn about the best new practices in cardiovascular surgery and care. The conference began Thursday, March 8, and concluded Saturday.

The conference's main two components ran simultaneously, allowing attendees to choose to attend a symposium at Hotel ZaZa, then hands-on training events at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education, or MITIESM, then, perhaps, more presentations at the hotel. The theme of the Total Endovacular Series was cerebrovacular disease, which is an increasing component of cardiovascular care. The Re-Evolution Summit provided opportunities for attendees to attempt or watch a broad range of new, minimally invasive techniques, from valve repair and replacement to atrial fibrillation treatments.

"This is a unique multidisciplinary cardiovascular program focused on cardiovascular disease and minimally invasive cardiac and transplant surgery," said Alan B. Lumsden, M.D., medical director of Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and a founder of the conference. "People attending got to hear about a broad array of topics and also got the chance to try out new procedures, with instruction from top surgery specialists, during our training sessions at MITIE."

MITIE is a training facility that allows large numbers of surgeons and students to learn surgical procedures on models or simulators. The facility is furnished with new technologies in surgical medicine, and can also be used for telemedicine procedures.

Lumsden and colleagues have used MITIE to train other surgeons participating in studies of the safety and efficacy of new devices and procedures, such as the Ventana Fenestrated Graft System by Endologix Inc., an investigational aortic stent that is also designed to protect the arteries that lead to the kidneys. MITIE is frequently chosen as a training center because it offers a superior learning environment.

"The popularity of the conference has grown as our skills training capabilities have grown," Lumsden said. "That's a function of MITIE and DICET, the DeBakey Institute for Cardiovacular Education & Training."

On Saturday, Methodist Neurological Institute neuroradiologist Richard Klucznick, M.D., and others oversaw the Joe Niekro Aneurysm Symposium, which examined changes in endovascular and surgical treatments of cerebral aneurysms.

The events were hosted by Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the Methodist Neurological Institute, with co-sponsorship from The Methodist Hospital System and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery. Program directors for the Total Endovascular Series were Lumsden, Mark Davies, M.D., Ph.D., Jean Bismuth, M.D., and Zsolt Garami, M.D. Course directors for the Re-Evolution Summit III were Mahesh Ramchandani, M.D., and Basel Ramlawi, M.D. Klucznik, Orlando Diaz, M.D., Robert G. Grossman, M.D., and Jonathan Zhang, M.D., were program directors for the Niekro Aneurysm Symposium.

Educational grants were provided by Abbott Vascular, Baxter Healthcare Corp., Boston Scientific Corp., Codman & Shurtleff, Inc., Ethicon, Inc., Hansen Medical, Medtronic, Inc., Penumbra, Inc., and Stryker Neurovacsular.

For more information, visit:

Re-Evolution Summit

Total Endovascular Series

Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE)

DeBakey Institute for Cardiovacular Education & Training (DICET)

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