The course was directed by Dr. Edward G. Soltesz, who participated as faculty in an OMI course for the 12th time. He was supported by co-course directors Dr. Nikolaos J. Skubas, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Guenther Laufer, Director of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna.
The faculty consisted of Dr. Kevin E. Hodges, who works as a Staff Surgeon at the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, as well as Austrian faculty members Dr. Marek P. Ehrlich, Dr. Cesar Khazen, Dr. Alfred Kocher, and Dr. Dominik Wiedemann. Nuno Raposo from the United Arab Emirates completed this week’s international faculty.
One highlight of the week, besides the state-of-the-art lectures and the fruitful exchange between fellows and faculty, was the wet lab which took place on Tuesday, led by Dr. Nikolaos J. Skubas, Dr. Kevin E. Hodges, and Dr. Dominik Wiedemann. They provided the fellows with excellent guidance during the hands-on workshop. Course-director Dr. Edward G. Soltesz instructed the fellows during the second part of the workshop which included an echocardiographic correlation with anatomic dissection. The wet lab was organized in cooperation with Medtronic, who we owe a special thank you to for organizing the workshop in advance, ensuring a smooth workflow, and eagerly assisting with any problems.
23 fellows from 16 different countries participated in this week’s seminar and presented a case from their own clinical experience. Five excellent case presentations can now be accessed in our online case library.