26 - 28 SEPTEMBER 2019



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 2019, 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 26th to the 28th of September 2019. We request that you be a part of this exciting event. In fact, the scientific committee encourages you to submit an abstract by August 15 2019. 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 2019 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, Prof. Rodney White, MD and Assoc. Prof. Victor Costache, 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

Opening ceremony of the ISEVS Congress – A tribute to Cliff Buckley

Session A – Surgery of the Aortic valve

  • Chairman: Marc Sakwa
  • Moderators: Horațiu Moldovan, Adrian Molnar, Șerban Stoica, Victor Costache, Nicolae Florescu

Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgery – is it important?

Aortic valve replacement by right anterior mini-thoracotomy for SAVR

Aortic valve replacement by hemisternotomy

The role of echocardiography in TAVI

Facilitators for minimal invasive aortic valve surgery

Surgeons Role in the Era of TAVI

TAVR is the future of aortic valve therapy

The ROSS Procedure – where we are in 2018?

10 min DEBATE / Future of Aortic Valve Surgery + VOTE

Minimally invasive versus Transcatheter solutions


Coffee break – VISIT EXHIBITS

Session B – Ascending Aorta and the aortic arch

  • Chairman: Grayson Wheatley
  • Moderators: Rodney White, Claude Vaislic, Theodoros Kratimenos, Catalin Badiu, Alexandru Vasilescu, Eric Arnaud Crozat

Minimally invasive surgical solutions for the aortic root. Are these procedures safe?

Aortic valve sparing operations – “Where are we after two decades”

Normothermic Aortic Arch replacement for Aortic Dissections and Aneurysms

Update on surgical techniques for type A aortic dissection

Endovascular solutions for type A aortic dissection

The role of multilayer stents in complex thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections

Proper technique for Subclavian to Carotid Artery Transposition

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

Landing in zone 0 – Ascending aorta and aortic arch endovascular repair

Thrombo-exclusion for chronic dissection on right aortic arch – How I do it Video

Next Cardio Workshop

Session C – Overview and Update on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

  • Chairman: Kak Khee Yeung
  • Moderators: Rolf Dammrau, Radu Popa, Jaques Busquets, Carmine Sessa

Endovascular Aortic repair of infrarenal aneurysms in Romania – A national perspective

Challenges in Endovascular repair of abdominal aneurysms

Surgical management of ruptured AAA – review of the literature and clinical experience

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

Sacciform Aortic Aneurysms: Anatiomical Description & Endovascular Strategy

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

Minimally invasive surgical solutions for AAA

Coffee break – VISIT EXHIBITS

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Next Cardio Workshop

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Session D – Update on minimally invasive Mitral valve surgery and novel transcateter valve solutions

  • Chairman: T. Sloane Guy
  • Moderators: Lucian Dorobantu, Mark Sakwa, Serban Balanescu, Oren Iancovici

Minimally invasive non-robotic mitral valve surgery: A new standard

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Technology: Where is the interventional market in 2018 and who is leading the way?

Robotic mitral valve solutions

Minimally invasive mitral valve replacement

Pushing the boundaries of valve interventions : TAVR in cancer patients

10 MIN DEBATE Future of Mitral Valve Surgery + VOTE

Next Cardio Workshop

Session E – Late-Breaking News on Type B Aortic Dissection (TBAD)

  • Chairman: Rodney White
  • Moderators: Ivo Petrov, Voctor Costache

TEVAR intervention for TBAD, does available evidence support it?

“Centralization of flow” concept is safe and efficient on patients with aortic dissection – the role of the multilayer flow modulator

Next Cardio – Introducing computational fluid dynamics in assessing the efficacy of aortic remodeling after TBAD

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Endovascular perspectives for complicated TBAD

Lunch break – VISIT EXHIBITS

Tutorial Session- Basics of CFD next CARDIO ROOM

Next Cardio Workshop

Session F – Cliff Buckley Session – More Valve Surgery and Endovascular update on thoracoabdominal aneurysms

  • Chairman: Martin Malina
  • Moderators: Serban Stoica, T. Sloane Guy, Miklos Bitay, Kak Khee Yeung

Commando – type reconstruction for aorto-mitral annular enlargement and bi-valve upsizing

The CTAG active control device (Gore) for complex thoracic aortic pathologies

Advanced surgical management of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Minimally Invasive Approach to Mycotic Aneurysm and Graft infection in the aorta

Partial Sternotomy is suitable for Major Aortic Surgery

Hybrid procedures in the management of aortic dissection

Coffee break – VISIT EXHIBITS

Tutorial Session- Basics of CFD next CARDIO ROOM


Session G – Cardiovascular Emergencies

  • Chairman: Diana Cimpoesu
  • Moderators: Martin Malina, Ovidiu Lazar, Stefanita Dima, Eric Arnaud Crozat

Management of major Cardiovascular Emergencies in Romania

Implementation of EVAR for Ruptured Aortic Aneurysms- It is not a technical Issue

Management of anesthesia in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and endovascular cases

The utilization of “Free Style Root” in emergency reconstruction of the Ascending Aorta

The role of endovascular therapies in the management of vascular emergencies

Major cardiovascular emergencies specific to armed conflicts

JOINT ISEVS – SRCET – SRCCMI – Cardio Vascular Session

Session H – Congenital heart disease

  • Charmain: Horatiu Suciu
  • Moderators: Petru Liuba, Șerban Stoica, Horațiu Suciu

Novel flow reducer in complex congenital cardiology

Surgery for complex congenital malformations – update and controversies

Emergency treatment of severe neonatal congenital heart disease

Advocay for better management in Congenital Cardiovascular disease in Romania

Session I – Overview on Coronary Artery Disease

  • Chairman: Miklos Bitay
  • Moderators: Lucian Stoica, Liviu Moraru, Lucian Dorobantu

Update on surgical techniques for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Radial Artery Conduit – Review of the literature an controversies

Utilization of multiarterial grafting, sequential grafts – impact of mid and long term survival

Off Pump Total Arterial Revascularisation with Bilateral Internal Thoracic Arteries “Y” Graft Aortic No Touch Technique

Coffee break – VISIT EXHIBITS


Session J – Endovascular solution for vascular disease, basic sciences

  • Chairman: Kak Khee Yeung
  • Moderators: Carmine Sessa, Mihai Ionac, Iulian Antoniac, Claudia Gherman

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering for Cardiovascular Surgery

Surgical solutions for popliteal aneurysms

Long-term EVAR results: dynamic of aneurysm sack, graft stability, mural thrombosis

The MUST trial and further updates of the use of microbubbles in thrombolysis

Minimal Invasive, Non Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery: THE NEW STANDARD

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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

JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
Calea 13 Septembrie, No.90