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This 2.5 day international conference provides a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the latest developments and best practices in coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, thoracic aortic disease, atrial fibrillation, and the surgical management of heart failure as well as additional tracks covering congenital heart disease, research, database, leadership and fellowships.  


A world-class international faculty, including experts from Europe, Latin America, and North America will provide lectures on traditional and new technology procedures. 


Technical videos and original scientific abstracts will be carefully selected for presentation.


New this year


Wetlab and simulator sessions have been added this year.  On Sunday 24 November, participants will have the opportunity to hone their skills in small supervised training groups.      

Registration is now open!

Welcome / Bienvenido

English Introduction

Spanish Introduction

The Venue: ICC Cancun



This conference is intended for:

  • Cardiothoracic surgeons

  • Cardiovascular surgeons

  • Cardiologists

  • Anesthesiologists

  • Perfusionists

  • Physician assistants

  • Nurses

  • Other health care professionals interested in the topic

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Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact and the application of new knowledge and technology on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases

  • Discuss surgical techniques in order to improve the standard of care for cardiovascular patients

  • Review the results of clinical and laboratory investigations designed to reveal new knowledge of cardiovascular disease

  • Describe the multidisciplinary approach to coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, thoracic aorta disease, atrial fibrillation, and the surgical management of heart failure

  • Discuss quality improvement as it pertains to pediatric cardiac surgery

  • Describe new surgical strategies in neonates and children with congenital heart disease



Delegates will also have an opportunity to participate in our wetlab and simulator training sessions in Mitral and Tricuspid Repair, Aortic Valve Repair and Valve Sparing.

Programme Directors

José Luis Pomar, MD, PhD (University of Barcelona, Spain), Joseph E. Bavaria, MD (University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, USA), Lorenzo Galletti, MD PhD (Ospedale "Bambino Gesù", Rome) Patrick Perier, MD (Bad Neustadt, Germany), Nestor F. Sandoval, MD (Fundación Cardioinfantilin Bogotá, Colombia), Vinod H. Thourani, MD (Med Star Heart and Vascular Institute in Washington, DC, USA) and Juan P. Umaña, MD (El Rosario University/Fundación Cardioinfantilin Bogotá, Colombia).


National Coordinators:  Alejandro Rey, (Mexico City, Mexico), José Antonio Heredia Delgado (Monterrey, Mexico)

Programme Directors

José Luis Pomar, M.D., PhD

Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Pomar is a Senior Consultant in Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Program at the Hospital Clinico de Barcelona. He also is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Barcelona Medical School. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and presented more than 600 papers and lectures at meetings around the world. Dr. Pomar is a Past President of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

Joseph E. Bavaria, M.D.

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Joseph Bavaria is currently the Brooke Roberts-William M. Measey Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chief, in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is Past President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a Director of the Thoracic Aortic Surgery Programme at PENN, a multidisciplinary programme encompassing all aspects of aortic disease including thoracic aortic reconstruction and Marfan’s Syndrome. Basic research and R01 funding is presently ongoing in the microbiology and pathology of the aortic wall in genetically triggered aortic conditions disease as well as neuro-cerebral metabolism and brain protection during cardio-aortic surgery.

Patrick Perier

Bad Neustadt, Germany

Patrick Perier trained and graduated in heart and vascular surgery at the Hôpital Broussais in Paris, under the supervision of Alain Carpentier who became his mentor. He was appointed staff surgeon at the time of the early phases of development of mitral valve repair and was the first to compare the long-term results of mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement. Dr Perier is currently staff surgeon at the Herz und Gefäss Klinik in Bad Neustadt, Germany. He initiated mitral valve reconstruction in Germany and has further developed techniques of mitral valve repair, with a specific interest in dealing with the prolapse of the posterior leaflet. During the last 10 years he has concentrated on developing video-assisted mitral valve surgery with increasing enthusiasm. Today more than 1100 patients have had minimally invasive reconstruction of the mitral valve.

Nestor F. Sandoval, M.D.

Bogotá, Colombia

Dr. Sandoval is Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Congenital Heart Institute at the Fundación Cardioinfantil Instituto de Cardiología in Bogotá, Colombia. He also is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program at the Universidad del Rosario, also in Bogotá. He serves as Secretary of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and is a Past President of the Sociedad Latina de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiovascular Pediátrica. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications and edited three cardiology textbooks.

Juan P. Umaña, M.D.

Bogotá, Colombia

Dr. Umaña is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Fundación Cardioinfantil Instituto de Cardiología in Bogotá, Colombia. He trained in general surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. During a year of research in Dr. Mehmet Oz’s lab, he patented the MitraClip, after which he went to Stanford University for his cardiothoracic surgery training.

Lorenzo Galletti, M.D., PhD

Rome, Italy

Lorenzo Galletti is the Chair of the EACTS Congenital Heart Disease Domain, and Director of the Adult Heart Surgery and Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery departments at the Hospital “Papa Giovanni XXIII” in Bergamo, Italy. He received his medical degree from the University of Pisa and his PhD from the University of Rome.  Lorenzo's clinical activities include performing surgical procedures to repair or palliate all forms of congenital heart defects in neonates, children and adults, including staged palliation of HLHS.

Vinod H. Thourani, M.D.

Atlanta, GA, USA

Dr. Thourani is the Marcus Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery for Piedmont Healthcare and the Marcus Heart Valve Center in Atlanta, GA, USA. He is a Director-at-Large on The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Board of Directors, Chair of the Society’s Workforce on International Meetings, and Chair of the STS/ACC TVT RegistryTM Research and Publications Subcommittee. Dr. Thourani has extensive expertise in structural heart disease and valve surgery, specifically transcatheter aortic valve replacement and minimally invasive aortic and mitral valvular surgery.

National Coordinators

José Antonio Heredia

Monterrey, Mexico

Dr Heredia is a cardiothoracic surgeon currently working at the Hospital de Enfermedades Cardiovasculares y Torax in Monterrey. He studied at the UANL Medical School in Monterrey (1990) and then at the UNAM IMSS (1991-1996). From 1997 he has been on the staff of the Cardiosurgery Department at IMSS. He has also worked at the Texas Heart Institute (visiting Fellow 2001), Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Fellow 2002) and also trained at the University Hospital in Brno, Czech Republic (2005). In addition to cardiothoracic surgery his other interests include cardiac transplantation, total arterial CABG and cardiovascular homograft. Dr Heredia is a member of the STS, EACTS and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network.

Alejandro Rey

Mexico City, Mexico

Alejandro Rey trained within the Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico. He underwent his postgraduate studies at the Hôpital Cochin, Ecole de Chirurgie, L´Amphitheatre de Anatomie des Hopitaux de Paris and in cardiothoracic surgery at the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas, USA. He has been a Professor of Surgery for 32 years at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He received the National Award of Surgery in 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987 and 1988, the CV Fellow Award at the Texas Heart Institute in 1992 and 1993. He has been President of the Mexican Society of Cardiac Surgery from 2017-2019 and Chief, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery at the American British Cowdray Medical Center, Angeles del Pedregal Hospital in Mexico City.

Target Audience

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