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ISHLTv Recorded Webinars

ISHLTv_18 - VAD Implantation: Standard vs Alternative Approaches

‐ Jul 28, 2021 3:00pm

Members: Free

Durable mechanical circulatory support improves outcome and quality of life of patients with advanced heart failure. The surgical implantation approach may positively impact the outcome. The optimal surgical approach (median sternotomy vs less invasive approach) remains controversial. This webinar provides in-depth knowledge of the possible advantages of each approach.

Moderator: Diyar Saeed

Welcome and Introductions
Diyar Saeed, MD, PhD, Leipzig Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany

CASE PRESENTATION: My Patient is Very Sick – Can the Surgical Approach Change My Gut Feeling?
Julia Riebandt, MD, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
This case presentation will describe a sick VAD candidate with previous cardiac surgeries.

DEBATE: Minimal Invasive VAD Implantation is the Way to Go (PRO)
Igor Gosev, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA
This speaker will argue that minimal invasive approach is better than sternotomy approach.

DEBATE: Minimal Invasive VAD Implantation is the Way to Go (CON)
Stephan Schueler, MD, PhD, FRCS, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This speaker will argue that median sternotomy approach is better than minimal invasive approach.



  • Diyar Saeed, Germany
  • Julia Riebandt, Austria
  • Igor Gosev, USA
  • Stephan Schueler, UK
  • Nir Uriel, USA
  • Kathleen Simpson, USA
  • Nandor Marczin, UK
  • Desiree Robson, Australia

Closing Remarks
Diyar Saeed

ISHLT Announcements
Greg Schultz, ISHLT CEO


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