AATS Week Recap
From the opening session of the Aortic Symposium to the final
Surgical Cinemas at the AATS 98th Annual Meeting, AATS Week provided
the opportunity for the cardiothoracic community to interact and learn from
At the Aortic Symposium in New York, more than than 900 cardiothoracic surgeons and related
professionals registered for sessions on the current state of research on and
treatment of aortic aneurysms and dissections. Leaders in the field discussed a
wide variety of topics including clinical guidelines, the potential of key
clinical registries, the role of genetics in aortic aneurysms, and the nuances
of elephant trunk repair for aortic dissection.
At the AATS 98th Annual Meeting, held in
collaboration with AmSECT for the second straight year, more than 2600
professional attendees were on hand for ground-breaking presentations and
courses. View webcasts from the meeting as well as interviews with some of the presenters and discussants, and studies that received
press coverage. The Innovation Summit,
Member for a Day Program, and Survival Guide: Your First Night on Call session
were back by popular demand and new additions to the program this year included
the Cardiothoracic Careers College, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, the AATS/SCAI Heart Team Summit, Protecting the Brain During HeartSurgery and Transseptal Catheter Hands-On Session .
There was an outstanding line-up of speakers, including
Combined Luncheon Speaker, Bruce A. Reitz , and Legends Luncheon
Speakers, George E. Green, Mark B. Orringer, and Thomas Spray. Invited Guest Speakers Martin J. Elliott and Edward Tufte both focused on research integrity, and in his Presidential Address, Duke E.Cameron, focused on the “Gentle Handling” of both tissue and patients.
For many, the highlight of the event was the President’s
Dinner, where Dr. Cameron and AATS Vice President Vaughn A. Starnes took the
stage with the parent of one of Dr. Starnes’ patients, Jimmy Kimmel. It was a
reversal of roles as Drs. Cameron and Starnes asked the late-night host
questions about his family’s experience after his son, Billy, was diagnosed
with Tetrology of Fallot. Despite the serious topic, it was a humorous
discussion that also showed those in the audience the perspective of the families
of the patients they treat.
Now the planning begins for the Mitral Conclave, which will
be held in New York City on May 2-3 and the 99th AATS Annual Meeting,
which will be in Toronto from May 4-7, 2019.