07 - 09 OCTOBER 2021



ABOUT THE EVENT When East Meets West knowledge has no boundaries.

Dear Colleague,
It is my pleasure to invite you to attend The East Meets West Congress 2020, the first event for Central and Eastern Europe that is fully endorsed by the International Society of EndoVascular Specialists (ISEVS), which will take place in Bucharest, Romania, from the 22nd to the 24th of October 2020. We request that you be a part of this exciting event. In fact, the scientific committee encourages you to submit an abstract by Sptember 15 2020. Submit here and create an account. All abstracts will be listed on our website which may be cited and added to your Curriculum Vitae. Abstract presenters and winners will be recognized by international Cardiovascular Surgery leaders. Three awards will be awarded from the Romanian Society for Endovascular Surgery along with a certificate from the society. Prizes include: First prize is 400 euros; second prize is 300 euros; and third prize is 200 euros. You must be present during the awards ceremony to receive your prize.

Many challenges in the way we treat patients with vascular disease face us every day in our practice. The purpose of this meeting is for you to gain knowledge from key international faculty who will share their data, opinions, advancements and more that will offer tremendous insight. Groundbreaking techniques and developments will be presented that will give you the tools to treat your patients who present with cardiovascular disease. Therefore, we are pleased that through the support and help from the International Society of EndoVascular Specialists, distinguished experts in Cardiovascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy from Europe and US have graciously accepted to join us and serve as faculty.

The 3-day educational program will include plenary sessions, case reports, workshops and interesting live surgery cases, designed for vascular and cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists and other allied-health specialists.

More important, East Meets West will encourage a creative exchange of ideas and learning experiences for everyone! Registered attendees will have an opportunity to network with faculty. Industry will be on hand to showcase their exciting technologies and provide insight on new developments.
The East Meets West Congress 2020 aims to inspire, challenge and shape the future in vascular surgery, because it is within our grasp.
This international medical event is organized in partnership with Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, The Romanian Society of Minimal Invasive Cardiovascular Surgery and The Romanian Society for Endovascular Surgery and Transcatheter Valve Therapy and is fully endorsed by the International Society of EndoVascular Specialists.

Take a moment to browse through our website, view the program, submit an abstract and finally, register to attend a refreshing new meeting!

Regards, Horațiu Moldovan, MD.


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Prof. Rodney White
Vice-President ISEVS
Past President American Society of Cardiovascular Surgery
CardioVascular Surgeon at UCLA

Assoc. Prof. Adrian Molnar
President SRCCMI
Medical Director Institutul Inimii “Niculae Stancioiu” Cluj-Napoca

Assoc. Prof. Horatiu Moldovan MD. PhD.
Titu Maiorescu University
Full Member, Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences
Vice president, Romanian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery
Head, Departament of Cardiovascular Surgery
SANADOR Clinical Hospital, Bucharest.

Prof. Horatiu Suciu
UMF Targu Mures
Director of IUBCvT Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic

Assoc. Prof. Victor Costache
President of SRCETVT
Medical Director of Center of Cardiovascular Disease Sibiu

What to expect

The event will highlight the latest directions of research, most up-to-date techniques and changes in current practice, in an exclusive and dynamic program consisting of 3 days of presentations and case reports, theoretical courses and live surgery cases, designed for cardiac and vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists and other specialists.

Program / Find all of our activities here Preliminary Schedule-At-A-Glance

Endovascular Surgery (Sizing and Procedure Planing) – NextCardio

Key concepts in congenital heart surgery

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery

Advocacy for better management of cardiovascular patients

  • Chairman: Alan Lumsden
  • Speakers:  Adela Cojan, Adrian Lacatusu, Adrian Molnar, Andrei Baciu, Andrei Marcov, Claude Vaislic, Cristi Busoi, Gianmarco de Donato, Jude Sauer, Kak Khee Yeung, Karin Sipido, Raluca Turcan, Ron Karmeli, Serban Stoica, Tzanavaros Ioannis, Vasile Ciurchea, Victor Costache

Press Conference for the opening ISEVS Congress 2019

Speakers: Horatiu Moldovan, Alan Lumsden, Ioan Bondrea, Leonida Gherasim, Diana Paun, Nicolae Marcu, Doris Andronescu, Victor Costache

Session A – Late-Breaking news on thoracoabdominal aneurysms and Type B Aortic Dissection (TBAD)

  • Chairman: Rodney White
  • Moderators: Amira Benjelloun, Cristina Spinu, Frank Criado, Kak Khee Yeung,Theodoros Kratimenos

TEVAR intervention for TBAD, new developments and review of the literature

Key strategies to prevent retrograde type A dissection during TEVAR

A total overview of anatomic suitability of aortic branch devices according to IFU (Gore, Terumo Aortic, Cook)

Long term follow up on endovascular treatment with multilayer stents of TAA and TBAD

Single branched devices for Aortic Arch Aneurysms – Endovascular solutions for posttraumatic aortic ruptures

Single branched devices for Aortic Arch Aneurysms – Endovascular solutions for posttraumatic aortic ruptures

TEVAR in urgent cases


Session B – Update on minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and novel transcatheter valve solutions

  • Chairman: Victor Costache
  • Moderators: Alexandru Ion, Horatiu Moldovan, Lucian Dorobantu, Vasile Razvan, Vlasis Ninios

Surgery in mitral regurgitation: can we assess the proper time for surgery?

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair, 2019 update

Minimally invasive robotic mitral valve surgery: Romanian experience

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Technology: Where is the interventional market in 2019 and who is leading the way?

Ischemic mitral insufficiency is still a problem


Session C – Presidential address

Speaker: Alan Lumsden President ISEVS

Innovation in cardiovascular medicine

Session D – The Challenging World of the Treatment of Aortic Valve Disease

  • Chairman: Horatiu Moldovan
  • Moderators: Adrian Molnar, Bart Meuris, Dan Deleanu, Nicolae Florescu, Victor Costache

Putting it all together: surgery of the aortic valve in 2019

Ministernotomy for aortic valve replacement

Long-term results using the Perceval valve in more than 600 patients

Autosuturing technology for minimally invasive aortic valve replacement

Difficulties in the assessment of severity in asymptomatic aortic valve stenosis

Coronary complications in TAVI

Aging of the aorta between physiological and pathological

No sternotomy for valve and coronary patients: the hybrid approach – review of the literature and results

Rhythm and conduction disturbances post TAVI

Endovascular interventions in cancer patients: to do, to avoid, or to defer?


WELCOME Cocktail Marriott

Session E – Overview and Update on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

  • Chairman: Frank Criado
  • Moderators: Carmine Sessa, Gianmarco de Donato, Maarten Truijers, Marius Saines, Ron Karmeli

Endovascular repair of aortic abdominal aneurysm – different endografts for different anatomies

Most truly inoperable aneurysm patients should be left untreated – regardless of aneurysm size

Expanding the indication for treatment of complex AAA with Ovation stent graft

Endovascular treatment for aorto-iliac disease

Zero – neck AAA-solution and new innovation

Conversion following standard EVAR, indications and reconstructive options.

Minimally invasive surgical solutions for AAA


Session F – Overview on Coronary Artery Disease

  • Chairman: Adrian Molnar
  • Moderators: Diana Cimpoesu, Ion Popovici, Liviu Moraru, Miklos Bitay, Silviu Dumitrescu

Surgery for coronary artery disease: 2019 Update

Management of Major Cardiovascular Emergencies in Romania

Off-pump total arterial revascularization with BITA, aortic no-touch technique, 15 years follow-up.

Radial Artery Conduit – Review of the literature and controversies

Noninvasive myocardial revascularization: state of the art

Complex coronary lesions-is surgery the last option?

Retrograde approach for coronary chronic total occlusion recanalization


Session G- NextCARDIO Aortic session – New developments in thoracic aortic disease: Dissections and TAA

  • Chairman: Kak Khee Yeung
  • Moderators: Alan Lumsden, Jonathan Bath, Jorn Meekel, Maarten Truijers, Ron Karmeli

Comparison of risk factors of cardiovascular diseases between Europe and USA

A new era in Thoracic aortic repair

Unravelling the pathophysiology of aortic aneurysms by studying smooth muscle cell behavior

Thoracic and abdominal debranching; alternative for branched and fenestrated (t)EVAR

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What have we learned from in-vitro chimney studies?

Tips and tricks for successful endovascular repair in aortic dissection-results from NextCardio

Hostile Aortic Neck Anatomy – Solutions for Endovascular Repair

Challenges in CFD measurements for aortic dissection -insights from NextCardio


Lunch at Marriott Foyer/ Sponsor visit at the exhibition hall

Session H – New Development in the Treatment of Aortic Valve Disease

  • Chairman: Bart Meuris
  • Moderators: Claude Vaislic, Elisa Mikus, Markus Lins, Tomislaw Klokocovnik, Vlad Anton Iliescu

Imaging in aortic stenosis

The new Inspiris Resilia valve: basic research and early clinical results

Aortic valve replacement by right anterior mini-thoracotomy – 2019 update

Surgery of the aortic valve TAVI vs SAVR

Tutorial Session- Basics of CFD next CARDIO ROOM

Low risk patients for TAVI

Minimal invasive aortic replacement without peripherical cannulation

Post-operative aortic valve area and the durability of aortic prosthesis – the key for choosing TAVI and SAVR

If TAVI comes to low risk patients

Transapical TAVI

Echographic evaluation for TAVI


Session I – More topics on MICS: mitral valve and Ascending Aorta

  • Chairman: Elisa Mikus
  • Moderators: Bogdan Radulescu, Marius Harpa, Miklos Bitay, Serban Stoica, Victor Costache

The echo guide for mitral valve repair

Challenges for minimally invasive valve repair

Preoperative cognitive and frailty screening in the geriatric cardiac surgical patient: importance in preventing deleterious cognitive and functional postoperative outcomes

How I do it – Minimally invasive mitral valve replacement

Surgical treatment of bacterial endocarditis

Pulmonary hypertension – evolution and prognostic in patients with valvular surgery

Interdisciplinarity in the Treatment of the Acute Aortic Syndrome

Update on surgical techniques for type A aortic dissection

Update on valve sparing procedures

Extent of Aortic Arch Replacement in Acute Type A Aortic Dissection

Mini-sternotomy Ross procedure

Redo Ross scenarios-challenges and solutions

Coronary heart disease in women, mechanism, particular treatments

Particularities of anesthesia and fast track protocols in minimally invasive cardiac surgery


Session J – Special address

Speaker: Jude SAUER

Cardiac Surgery Renaissance? “Good Enough” vs. “Truly Great”

Session K – Important Issues in the Treatment of Congenital Heart Disease

  • Chairman: Șerban Stoica
  • Moderators: Anca Mandache, Andrei Iosifescu, Eliza Cinteza, Petru Liuba, Tzanavaros Ioannis

Transcatheter therapy of aortic valve stenosis in infants and older Children

Management of the hypoplastic aortic arch in neonates and infants

Minimal invasive techniques in surgery for congenital heart disease

Video-assisted mini-thoracotomy in congenital heart disease

Interventional cardiology in children – between possibilities and limits

Coarctation of the aorta associated to bicuspid aortic valve – surgical options in a disease with specific features


GALA DINNER at Premier Palace Bucharest

Session L – Hot topics and new developments in vascular peripheral disease

  • Chairman: Marius Saines
  • Moderators: Carmine Sessa, Claudia Gherman, Dima Stefanita, Kak Khee Yeung, Todd Vogel

High incidence of asymptomatic PAD among unselected patients

Venous popliteal aneurysms

Peripheral vascular treatments in an outpatient setting

Transcarotid Artery Revascularization

The Flow Diverters Stents in the neurovascular pathology

Reconstructive vascular surgery and the extent of tissue damage due to diabetic foot ulcers related to risk of amputation in patients with PAD

How can microbubbles enhance thrombolysis? Results of the MUST-trial


Session M – Current trends in cardiovascular research

  • Chairman: Karin Sipido
  • Moderators: Alan Lumsden, Frank Criado, Iulian Antoniac, Petru Liuba, Todd Vogel

A changing landscape of cardiovascular medicine research

On Innovation: Challenging the genius theory of invention and discovery

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering for Cardiovascular Surgery

Updates on imaging techniques for the hydrid room

Perivascular fat tissue causes aortic aneurysms inflammation: CT analysis and RNA analysis

Interest of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Aortic Dissection

Myocardial regeneration: how close is to clinical applications

Tissue-engineered heart valve: new direction in cardiac surgery

Use of Optical Coherence Tomography for Crossing Total Occlusions and Maximizing Atherectomy

How to guide treatment of complex congenital heart disease based on Computational Fluid Dynamics


Session N – Cardiovascular Emergencies and Management of acute heart failure

  • Chairman: Rodney White
  • Moderators: Grigore Tinica, Igor Gosev, Ionel Droc, Marian Croitoru, Rohan Mc Lahan

Endovascular solutions for ruptured AAA – Overview of the IMPROVE trial or how to lie with statistics

Complete Sternal Sparing Implantation of Fully Magnetically Levitated Left Ventricular Assist Device

Use of Percutaneous Vascular Closure Device for Successful Repair of Iatrogenic Subclavian Artery Injuries

Endovascular Aortic repair of infrarenal aortic aneurysms in Romania

TAVR: From clinical experiment to daily clinical practice, prevention and treatment of postprocedural complications

Ruptured thoracic aorta aneurysm – alternative to surgery


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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is the capital and largest city in Romania, and was first mentioned in documents on September 20, 1459. Besides being an administrative and economic center, it is also the starting point for the tourist destinations in Romania. French influences in culture and architecture have brought to Bucharest the surnames of “Little Paris”.

Event Location

InterContinental Bucharest Hotel
Boulevard Nicolae Bălcescu No.4