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 Sunday, February 14th, 2016 (click to enlarge)



* Module sessions contain 8 different workshops, except for module 4, which contains 9.

Additional details in the Workshop Program (click here)


08:00 – 08:30


room Auditorium


08:30 – 09:00

Introduction to the workshops

room Auditorium

F. Maisano



09:15 – 11:15

First workshop module session

room Schulungszentrum


11:15 – 12:00


room Schulungszentrum


12:00 – 14:00

Second workshop module session

room Schulungszentrum


14:15 – 16:15

Third workshop module session

room Schulungszentrum


16:30 – 18:30

Fourth workshop module session

room Schulungszentrum


18:45 – 20:00

Mitral Valve Warm-up:

Live in a box cases with transcatheter CE marked devices

room Auditorium

Recorded cases and meet the expert

Chair: J.-L. Pomar, M. B. Leon, H. Ince, F. Maisano

18:45 – Case in a box 1: MitraClip

19:00 – Case in a box 2: Mitralign

19:15 – Case in a box 3: Neochord

19:30 – Case in a box 4: Carillon 

19:45 – Case in a box 5: Cardioband 

O. Franzen

R. T. Hahn

G. Gerosa

R. S. von Bardeleben

G. Nickenig

20:30 – 22:30

Training dinner - MitraClip to perfection: a practical workshop for advanced MitraClip users

(participation by invitation only)


supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott


Chair: F. Maisano, H. Ince

20:50 – Mitral anatomy for MitraClip

21:00 – Echo for MitraClip: complex made simple

21:10 – Clipping strategy

21:50 – Pushing the limits

22:00 – Zipping by clipping and other tricks

22:10 – Combination approach (MC+TAVI, LAA)

M. Reisman

N. Wunderlich

F. Maisano

S. Kar

H. Ince

F. Nietlispach


 Monday, February 15th, 2016 (click to enlarge)

07:30 – 08:30

Breakfast sessions



Session 1: Carillon: Coronary sinus annuloplasty

room Kleiner Hörsaal


Chair: S. Goldberg


07:30 – Introduction: session objectives 

07:35 – Clinical Outcomes Leading to the First Randomized, Blinded Study of FMR

07:50 – New Perspectives on Imaging for Patient Selection, Procedural Planning and Patient Follow-up 

08:10 – Cinch, Pinch or Pace: Multimodal Therapeutic Approaches to FMR


S. Goldberg

M. Haude


C. Hammerstingl



R. S. von Baderleben

  Session 2: Mitralign – valvular repair solutions

room B15


Chair: S. Kar


07:30 – Introduction: session objectives 

07:35 – The Surgeons’ perspective 

07:50 – The Interventional Cardiologists’ perspective 

08:10 – The Echocardiographists’ perspective 

S. Kar

N. Moat

A. Latib


R. Hahn


08:30 – 08:45

Heart-Team for mitral interventions

F. Maisano, M. B. Leon, T. Lüscher

room Auditorium


08:45 – 09:00

TAVI vs. TAMI (Transcatheter MV Intervention):

Similarities, Differences and Roadmap for Future Success 


M. B. Leon


09:00 – 12:00



room Auditorium

– MitraClip live case



– Surgical minimally invasive mitral valve repair live case


Chair: O. Alfieri, M. B. Leon, J.-L. Pomar, S. Windecker


Panel: A. Colombo, S. Demertzis, M. Glauber, A. Linka, P. Müller-Widmer, H. Rickli, F. Ruschitzka, C. E. Ruiz, F. Siclari, C. Steffen, F. Tanner, A. Vahanian, A. Vuilliomenet, J. G. Webb


Lectures (7 minutes):

1. Anatomy of the mitral valve

2. Echo guidance for Dummies: 10 tips to remember 

3. The year 2015 in EHJ and EHJ HF

4. The year 2015 in Eurointervention

5. Current Mitral Valve guidelines 

6. Evidence for Mitral interventions 

7. Hemodynamics during Mitral interventions

8. Transapical vs transfemoral approach for Mitral interventions

9. Combined annuloplasty and MitraClip

M. Reisman

R. T. Hahn


T. Lüscher

P.W. Serruys

R. Rosenhek

S. Windecker

O. Gämperli

G.P. Fontana


G. Nickenig


12:00 – 12:30

Wrap up, Heart Team interactive discussion


12:30 – 13:30

Lunch breaks: eating, learning and networking



Lunch box 1: Transcatheter mitral interventions after surgery

room B15

supported by an unrestricted educational grant from St. Jude Medical

Chair: J. Bax, E. Eeckhout, F. Nietlispach

12:30 – PV leak: Imaging and diagnostic work up

12:40 – PV leak: The antegrade transseptal approach

12:50 – PV leak: The retrograde transapical approach

13:00 – Mitral PV leaks: how to choose the best Plug

13:10 – Discussion

13:20 – Valve in Ring with DirectFlow and state of the art


A. Delabays

E. Eeckhout


M. Swaans





N. Moat

Lunch box 2: Essentials of Mitral Valve surgical techniques

room Kleiner Hörsaal

supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic

Chair: R. Chitwood, F. Grigioni, J.-L. Pomar

12:30 – Introduction: session objectives 

12:35 – Patient selection for surgical mitral valve therapy

12:45 – Mitral & Tricuspid Surgical Valve Repair Indications: Clinical Experience using different ring designs

12:57 – MICS  Mitral Repair: What Does MICS Really mean?

13:10 – Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement: The Medtronic Intrepid Valve System

13:20 – Conclusion: Key learnings


13:25 – Discussion

J.-L. Pomar

F. Grigioni


R. Lange



H. Vanermen


V. Bapat


J.-L. Pomar



13:30 – 13:45

Keynote lecture: An anatomical journey through the mitral valve apparatus

room Auditorium

M. Reisman

13:45 – 14:35

Taking the right decision for DMR patients

room Auditorium


Chair: O. Alfieri, J. Bax, M. Borger, T. Moccetti


13:45 – Case presentation: a DMR patient with potential for surgical or interventional approach

13:55 – Surgical techniques to repair this mitral

valve minimally invasively

14:15 – Annuloplasty in DMR: is it a must? 

14:25 – Replacing the Mitral valve in DMR: When, why and which prosthesis

H. Rickli


H. Vanermen


G. Gerosa

M. Borger

14:35 – 15:55 Mastering DMR patients with transcatheter techniques: flashes of experience

Chair: O. Franzen, M. Glauber, M. B. Leon, R. Rosenhek


14:35 – Mitraclip: transeptal puncture and procedural strategy for DMR

14:45 – MitraCLip Targeting clefts in DMR patients

14:55 – How to implant a clip in a wide prolapse

15:05 – How to target a commissural prolapse 

15:15 – Combining MitraClip and Amplatzer

15:25 – Redo MC with MitraClip 

15:35 – Neochord: an alternative to MitraClip and to surgery

15:45 – Combining MC and LAA occlusion

T. Feldman


R. S. von Bardeleben


O. Franzen


F. Maisano

M. Zuber

G. Gerosa




15:55 – 16:10

Coffee break and taped cases

16:10 – 18:20

Technology parade:

room Auditorium

  All you need to know about new technologies that are going to be in your practice in the next 2 years

Chair: G. P. Fontana, E. Grube, B. Meier, G. Sütsch


16:10 – MValve - Technology Presentation

16:20 – Tiara – live in a box

16:30 – Mitralign Mitral-Tricuspid - live in a box 

16:40 – Sinomed – live in a box

16:50 – Fortis – live in a box 

17:00 – Cardioband – clinical data

17:10 – Carillon - live in a box 

17:20 – 4Tech Tricuspid solution - live in a box 

17:30 – HighLife – live in a box 

17:40 – Chordart 

17:50 – DFM Mitral – live in a box 

18:00 – Millipede Clinical Update – live in a box

18:10 – Micro Interventional Devices –  Technology Presentation

E. Grube

A. Cheung

A. Latib

P. W. Serruys

V. Bapat

G. Nickenig

C. Hammerstingl

F. Nietlispach

R. Lange

A. Weber

A. Latib

E. Grube

W. Hennemann

18:20 – 19:20

The Mitral context for the best treatment

room Auditorium


Chair: M. J. Mack

Jury: J. Bax, F. Eberli, M. Haude, M. B. Leon, H. Rickli


  18:20 – Case presentation

P. Müller-Widmer



How would I treat:



18:25 – Conventional sternotomy is safe and effective

18:32 – Minithoracotomy is the best for my patients

18:39 – Robotics gives you no limits

18:46 – Transcatheter repair is not palliation

18:53 – The future is Transcatheter replacement

O. Alfieri


H. Vanermen


R. Chitwood

F. Maisano

S. Windecker



19:00 – Panel discussion: J. Bax, F. Eberli, M. Haude, M. B. Leon, H. Rickli, M. J. Mack


  19:15 – Voting and Prize Ceremony M. J. Mack
20:00 – 22:30

Mitral Valve Dinner 

supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic, Tendyne, Edwards, CardiaQ, Boston Scientific


20:05 – Intro Lecture

20:10 – Case in a box 1: Tendyne

20:55 – Case in a box 2: Neovasc

21:05 – Case in a box 3: CardiaQ

21:50 – Case in a box 4: Twelve Case

22:00 – Case in a box 5: Millipede Case

22:10 – Adjourn


N. Moat

A. Cheung

G. P. Ussia

V. Bapat

E. Grube


 Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 (click to enlarge)

07:30 – 08:00

Breakfast sessions


room Kleiner Hörsaal


Cardioband – another step towards surgical standards 

Chair: O. Alfieri, M.J. Mack, G.Nickenig, A. Vahanian


07:30 – Percutaneous annuloplasty: another step towards surgical standards                 

07:37 – Cardioband clinical study results update

07:44 – Cardioband step by step case

07:53 – Cardioband: The ideal patient

O. Alfieri 


M.J. Mack


A. Vahanian



08:00 – 09:00

Echo, Coffee and “Gipfeli” – Live ECHO Screening of MR

room Auditorium


Breakfast-in-a-box with live TEE/TTE – interactive moderated panel discussion

M. Zuber



Chair: M. Enriquez-Sarano

Panel: O. Alfieri, F. Faletra, R. Jenni, T. Moccetti, G. Nickenig, F. Tanner, P. Vogt, J. G. Webb

09:00 – 12:00

Live cases, state of the art lectures, and evidence


room Auditorium

  • Percutaneous live case


  • Surgical minimally invasive Mitral Valve live case Procedure  


Chair: F. S. Eckstein, H. Ince, M. J. Mack


Panel: O. Alfieri, D. Delay, C. Gruner, H. Ince, A. Khattab, G. Laufer, A. Linka, T. Moccetti, P. Müller-Widmer, H. Rickli, P. Vogt




1. My 5 rules for ideal MitraClip patient selection 

2. My 5 rules for CT-based patient selection 

3. Image-guided patient selection for surgery or intervention

4. Valve-in-Valve: a case example with Lotus valve and state of the art

5. My 5 rules for optimal outcomes in MICS

6. My 5 rules for the ideal mitral repair

7. My 5 rules for Perivalvular leak closure 

8. Fusion imaging 

9. Mitral interventions and LAA occlusion 

10. Clinical Case: MR post MitraClip + Plug

G. Nickenig
P. Blanke

M. Enriquez-Sarano


E. Grube


H. Vanermen

O. Alfieri

C. E. Ruiz

R. T. Hahn

F. Nietlispach

G. Pedrazzini

12:00 – 13:00

Imaging the mitral valve

room Auditorium


Chair: C. E. Ruiz

Panel: H. Alkadhi, M. J. Mack, P. Kaufmann, J.-L. Pomar


12:00 – New directions in TEE and fusion imaging

12:15 – CT planning and patient selection for TMVR

12:30 – The imaging of the future and the future of imaging 

12:45 – Discussion with the audience

R. T. Hahn

P. Blanke


C. E. Ruiz



13:00 – 13:45

Lunch symposia: eating, learning and networking


  Lunch box 1: MitraClip for excellence

room Kleiner Hörsaal


supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott

Chair: R. S. von Bardeleben, F. Maisano


13:00 - Step-by-step MitraClip for excellence 

13:10 - DMR: a recipe

13:20 - FMR: a recipe 

13:30 - Mastering echo-guided transeptal puncture

13:40 - Discussion


F. Maisano

H. Ince

R. S. von Bardeleben

M. Reisman


Lunch box 2: Dealing with annular calcification (MAC)

room B15

  Chair: A. Vahanian

13:00 - Dealing with calcific annulus in repair and replacement

13:15 - Aortic transcatheter valves in mitral position 

13:25 - Catheter based mitral intervention in a calcific environment

13:40 – Discussion

M. Borger


A. Vahanian


N. Moat



13:45 – 15:00

Taking the right decision in FMR patients

room Auditorium


Chair: G. P. Fontana, M. B. Leon, F. Maisano, F. Ruschitzka

Panel: G. Filippatos, H. Rickli, P. Wenaweser


13:45 – Case presentation


13:50 – FMR in heart failure: the cause or the effect?

14:00 – Surgical techniques for FMR

14:10 – The CTS trial: repair or replacement

14:20 – Why Surgical Treatment for FMR has Failed (why PMVR may be better)

14:30 – MitraClip in FMR, is there a future? 

14:40 – The role of transcatheter annuloplasty 

14:50 – Heart failure therapies spectrum: the complementary role of repair, replacement, medical therapy, VAD, telemonitoring

F. Grigioni


O. Alfieri

M. J. Mack

G. P. Fontana


F. Maisano

M. Enriquez-Sarano

F. Ruschitzka


15:00 – 15:20


room Auditorium


Mitral interventions and heart failure: challenges, opportunities, knowledge gaps

Chair: M. B. Leon, T. Lüscher, F. Maisano, F. Ruschitzka

Panel: F. Eberli, A. Linka, P. Müller-Widmer, H. Rickli, P. Wenaweser, H. Vanermen, A. Vuilliomenet


- Which therapy to which patient (patient selection, timing for interventions, transcatheter expectations, current guidelines and future directions)



15:20 – 15:30

CLOSING Keynote:

  Mitra SWISS: the gold mine of data: what have we learned from Swiss registries, what can we do more.

G. Pedrazzini