2017 Multidisciplinary Aortic Dissection Symposium


Continuing Medical Education

Friday, June 23 - Saturday, June 24, 2017

10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
11.75 American Society of Radiologic Technologists Credits

Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Portland, Ore.
  • This one-and-a-half-day symposium will feature internationally recognized opinion leaders on complex aortic disease. It is designed for clinicians and advanced practitioners in the treatment and management of patients with aortic dissection.
  • This conference offers a unique focus on Type A and B Aortic Dissection in a multidisciplinary environment that includes vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, and aortic geneticists.

    Attendees will learn the latest advances in diagnosis, imaging and medical, endovascular, and surgical treatment.

    For more information, please call 503-494-7866 or email .

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Join internationally recognized opinion leaders

Invited faculty

James H. Black, III, M.D., F.A.C.S. James H. Black, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.
David Goldfarb, M.D. Associate Professor of Surgery
Chief of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Black is an expert in the application of endovascular technology for patients with aortic and vascular disease and has unique expertise in vascular reconstruction for connective tissue disorders. He lectures nationally and internationally about aortic diseases, and has been invited to address the White House Medical Unit and the FDA section in charge of cardiovascular devices. His research interests include the molecular events underpinning the development of aortic catastrophe in both atherosclerotic and connective tissue disorders.

Shiv Kumar Choudhary, M.D., M.Ch.
Addl. Professor
Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Michael Dake, M.D.Michael Dake, M.D.
Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Interventional Radiologist
Stanford University

Dr. Dake is known internationally as a major contributor to the development of vascular stent-grafting and image-guided treatments for arterial and venous diseases. Since 2008, he has been the Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor in Stanford University’s Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and the Medical Director of the Stanford Catheterization and Angiography Laboratories. An advisor to numerous governmental, philanthropic, societal and medical device organizations, he is the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and more than 100 book chapters, and currently serves on the editorial boards of six medical journals.

John Elefteriades, M.D.John Elefteriades, M.D.
William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Founding Director of Aortic Institute
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Dr. Elefteriades served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Yale University and Yale New-Haven Hospital for fifteen years, until he became the Founding Director of the Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2011. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications on a wide range of cardiac and thoracic topics. Dr. Elefteriades was selected as one of the ten best doctors in America by Men’s Health magazine and has been named consistently among The Best Doctors in America by multiple rating agencies. He is editor-in-chief of the journal AORTA.

Lombardi Joseph Lombardi, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor of Surgery
Head of Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Director of Cooper Aortic Center
Program Director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship 
Director of Level One Vascular Emergency Program
Cooper University Health Care

Dr. Lombardi is a leading vascular surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive endovascular therapy. Treating all forms of vascular disease, Dr. Lombardi specializes in complex and minimally invasive aortic reconstruction as well as lower extremity arterial disease and carotid stenosis. At Cooper, Dr. Lombardi is pioneering the treatment of thoracic aortic dissection with endovascular stent grafts and leads international trials on this subject. He is a graduate of LaSalle University, received his Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College, and completed his Residency in General Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Lombardi completed a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellowship in Vascular Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His special interests include performing minimally invasive aortic aneurysm repair, complex aortic repair, thoracic aortic dissection, carotid disease and peripheral vascular disease. 

Dr. Lombardi has been named one of U.S. News and Report Magazine “Top Docs”, as well as Philadelphia and SJ magazines “Top Doctors” list over the last decade. Dr. Lombardi is Professor and Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Director of the Cooper Aortic Center, Program Director for the Vascular and Endovascular Fellowship and residency programs for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. 

Dianna Milewicz, M.D. Ph.D.Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D.
President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine
Vice Chair of Department of Internal Medicine
Director of Division of Medical Genetics
Director of M.D./Ph.D. Program
Director of John Ritter Research Program
University of Texas Science Center- Houston Medical School

Dr. Milewicz has been an invited lecturer on cardiology and aortic disease at hundreds of conferences throughout the country and internationally. She has published nearly 200 research papers and articles on aortic dissection and related conditions. Dr. Milewicz serves on the scientific advisory board of the Doris Duke Charitable Trust.

Eric Roselli, M.D.

Eric Roselli, M.D.
Teaching faculty
Director of Aorta Center
Staff Surgeon of Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Roselli has performed more than 1,350 aortic repairs since 2005, and about 350 aortic surgeries per year. He has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on root, arch, and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, endovascular aortic surgery, reoperative cardiac surgery, aortic valve disease, cardiac tumors, cardiac CT, atrial fibrillation and transcatheter aortic valve development. He is the recipient of the 2015 Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Dwight C. McGoon National Resident Teaching Award. His research focuses on developing safer and less invasive approaches to treat patients with thoracic aortic dissection and aneurysms, and aortic valve and multi-valve disease.

David Williams, M.D.David Williams, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist of Department of Radiology
University of Michigan

Dr. Williams is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan. For over 30 years (through June, 2015), he served as a radiologist in the angiography division of the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor. A fellow of the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and the American Heart Association, and a Best Doctors in America honoree from 2003-11, Dr. Williams has led or co-facilitated over 30 grant-funded clinical trials pertaining to complex thoracic and cardiovascular conditions. He is the author or coauthor of over 200 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and papers presented at scientific meetings.

Case presenters
Frank Davis, M.D., University of Michigan
Jeremy Dunn, M.D., Fraser Valley Vascular Group
Vikram Iyer, M.D., McMaster University
Darren Klass, M.D., Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Thomas Lindsay, M.D.C.M., University of Toronto
Wayne Nelson, M.D., Bend Memorial Clinic
Joel Price, M.D., M.P.H., University Of British Columbia
Brant Ullery, M.D., Providence Health & Services Oregon

OHSU faculty planning committee

Cherrie Abraham, M.D., Director, Aortic Program, OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute; Vascular Surgeon
Ryan Schenning, M.D., Vascular and Interventional Radiologist
Greg Landry, M.D., Vascular Surgeon
Jai Raman, M.D., Ph.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon



Friday June 23, 2017

6:30 a.m. Registration.

7:15 a.m. Breakfast symposium sponsored by Cook Medical.
Lessons learned from the STABLE trials.

Joseph Lombardi, M.D.

8 a.m. Opening remarks.
Cherrie Abraham, M.D.

8:10 a.m. The genetic basis of familial thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissection – from bench to bedside.
Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D.

8:40 a.m. How do we predict who will develop type A or type B aortic dissection?
John Elefteriades, M.D.

8:55 a.m. Managing type B aortic dissection in patients with genetically triggered aortopathy.
James Black, M.D.

9:10 a.m. Questions and discussion panel.
Moderated by Jai Raman, M.D., Ph.D.; Gregory Moneta, M.D.

9:30 a.m. Case presentations.
Darren Klass, M.D.; Wayne Nelson, M.D; Ryan Schenning, M.D.

10:15 a.m. Break — refreshments and exhibit fair.

10:45 a.m. Imaging and aortic dissection.
David Williams, M.D.

11 a.m. Update on the Yale aortic imaging study.
John Elefteriades, M.D.

11:15 a.m. Type A aortic dissection — risks, benefits and evidence for fast efficient repair versus mid to long term durable repair.
Jai Raman, M.D., Ph.D.

11:30 a.m. Frozen elephant trunk and endovascular possibilities in type A aortic dissection. Should everyone be treated this way? Technical aspects.
Eric Roselli, M.D.

11:45 a.m. Proximal covered stent graft vs. stable repair vs. stabilize repair for symptomatic type B dissection.
Joseph Lombardi, M.D.

Noon Questions and discussion panel.
Moderated by Victor Rodriguez, M.D.; Ryan Schenning, M.D.

12:20 p.m. Lunch symposium sponsored by WL Gore.
Advancing aortic and thoracic technologies — present and future.

Byron Seth DeCamp, M.D.; Eric Roselli, M.D.; Michael Dake, M.D.

1:30 p.m. Management of hypertension associated with aortic dissection in the ICU.
Marshall Lee, M.D.

1:40 p.m. Outpatient management of hypertension in chronic aortic dissection.
Shimoli Shah, M.D.

1:50 p.m. Management of aortic dissection in the non-compliant and difficult patient.
Ryan Schenning, M.D.

2 p.m. Bicuspid aortic valve and aortic dissection.
Craig Broberg, M.D.

2:10 p.m. The rescue of GenTAC and future consequences for the study of aortic dissection.
Cheryl Maslen, M.D.

2:20 p.m. Aortic dissection case presentations.
Thomas Lindsay, M.D.C.M.; Jeremy Dunn, M.D.

2:50 p.m. Break — refreshments and exhibit fair.

3:15 p.m. Interventional tips and tricks for complex aortic dissection.
David Williams, M.D.

3:30 p.m. Management strategies for persistent false lumen perfusion in acute and chronic aortic dissection.
Michael Dake, M.D.

3:45 p.m. Diagnosis and treatment of penetrating aortic ulcer (PAU) and intramedial hematoma (IMH).
Eric Roselli, M.D.

4 p.m. Treatment options for end organ ischemia after symptomatic type A and B dissection.
Joseph Lombardi, M.D.

4:15 p.m. Panel discussion and questions.
Moderated by Enjae Jung, M.D.; James, Black III, M.D.

4:20 p.m. Case presentations.
Vikram Iyer, M.D.; Brant Ullery, M.D.

5 – 6 p.m. Happy hour featuring Pacific Northwest wine and cheese tasting.

6 – 9 p.m. Shining Light Party: Shining a light on aortic disease.
Special performance by soul, R&B, and funk band, Ural Thomas and the Pain.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6:30 a.m. Registration.

7:15 a.m. Breakfast symposium sponsored by Medtronic.
Multi-disciplined approach to an acute aortic center.

Eric Roselli, M.D.

8 a.m. Opening remarks.
Jai Raman, M.D., Ph.D.

8:10 a.m. Review acute and chronic aortic dissection trials.
Greg Landry, M.D.

8:30 a.m. Why build an aortopathy clinic for pediatric to adult multidisciplinary care?
Kathryn Holmes, M.D., M.P.H.

8:40 a.m. IRAD strengths and weaknesses.
John Elefteriades, M.D.

9 a.m. Endovascular devices used in aortic dissection – are all stent grafts created equally? Future technology.
Eric Roselli, M.D.

9:15 a.m. Open repair and the role of endovascular repair in aneurysmal degeneration of chronic type b aortic dissection.
James Black, M.D.

9:30 a.m. Panel discussion and audience questions.
Moderated by Tim Liem, M.D.;Jai Raman, M.D., Ph.D.

9:45 a.m. Common carotid artery cannulation for arterial inflow and antegrade cerebral perfusion during acute Type A dissection repair.
Shiv Kumar Choudhary, M.S., M.Ch.

10 a.m. Break and visit exhibits.

10:30 a.m. What have we learned and can we learn from the Fibrillin-1 gene as a marker for aortic dissection?
Lynn Sakai, Ph.D.

10:45 a.m. Case presentations.
Frank Davis, M.D.; Joel Price, M.D.

11:15 a.m. Lessons learned over 20 years of success and failure in endovascular treatments of chronic aortic dissections.
Michael Dake, M.D.

11:45 a.m. Closing remarks.

Noon Adjourn.

Endovascular workshop

Hands-on endovascular workshop for the entire team

During the Symposium, a half-day course is offered for operating room nursing and support healthcare professionals to increase knowledge and skills in complex aortic interventions. Three session times are available to choose from: Friday morning, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Course will cover various methodologies of complex aortic intervention procedures, including hands-on, step-by-step instruction of the modality of endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) procedures. Participants will learn how to anticipate surgeon's needs, decrease case time, increase patient safety and success rates.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Register online today!


Participants in this course can learn:

  1. To understand the benefits of EVAR procedure 
  2. To gain knowledge of room setup and overall equipment needs
  3. To understand all procedural steps; how and why?
  4. To gain knowledge of the preparation and proper handling of all devices and accessories required (such as wires, catheters, balloons, sheaths and implantable devices)
  5. To understand the different requirements for elective vs. emergent EVAR cases.

Attendees can build hands-on skills at two stations:

Station #1: EVAR back table setup
  1. Supplies needed for an elective and ruptured EVAR.
  2. Learn about all required medications, contrast, catheters and wires, and their uses in a case.

Station #2: Hands on deployment and wire/catheter handling
  1. Tips and tricks of managing a back table during an endovascular procedure.
  2. Deployment sequence.
  3. Differences between elective and emergent cases.
  4. Understand how to anticipate the procedure and all variables involved.


Endovascular workshop sessions

Three times are available for the workshop, which can provide 4.25 CEUs.

Friday June 23, 2017

  • 7-11:30 a.m.
  • Noon-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24 2017

  • 7-11:30 a.m.

Registration and credit


Registration fees

Physicians: $449
Advance practice providers: $349
Scientists / industry professionals: $349
Nurse, surgical technicians: $249
Medical students / surgical fellows: $49

The conference registration fee includes online syllabus material, continuing medical education credits, meals and refreshment breaks where specified in the agenda. It also includes free admission to the Shining Light after party, June 23, 2017. To register additional people for the party, visit www.aortamatters.eventbrite.com. For conference registration questions or more information, please call 503-494-7866 or email .

The conference registration fee is refundable minus a $35 processing fee if cancellation notice is received by June 16, 2017. After that date, the registration fee is 50% refundable until June 8, 2017. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Continuing education information


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Physicians: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Radiologists: This course is also accredited by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for 11.75 credits.

Physician Assistants: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purposes of relicensure the Oregon State Board of Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attendance at structured learning activities offered by organizations (in this case: OHSU Division of CME) accredited by the ACCME. (OAR 851-050-0142)

Who should attend

This symposium is designed for clinicians, advanced practitioners and allied health professionals interested in the treatment and management of patients with complex aortic disease.

CME certificate information

Attestation Forms will be available on-site. Please turn your completed attestation form in at the end of the conference and your credit hours will be submitted to OHSU. OHSU’s CME department will email your certificate in approximately 30 days. Please call 503-635-4761 option 2 if you have any questions.



Location and accomodations

Come and learn at the state of the art Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Collaborative Life Sciences Building
2730 S.W. Moody Ave.
Portland, OR, 97201 

Stay at the Hyatt House in Portland's scenic South Waterfront district

The Hyatt House is conveniently located just a short walk away from the conference venue. A limited number of hotel rooms here are being held at a discounted room rate of $174 for conference attendees. Please visit their website to learn more or call 1-800-633-7313 for reservations. If calling, use corporate code G-KNIG to redeem the discount. Discounted rate is good through June 8, 2017.

Things to do in Portland

Play in Portland 

During your stay jump on a bike or go by street car and experience Portland's eclectic nightlife, legendary restaurants, local microbreweries, distilleries, and numerous family-friendly attractions.


Walking tours

Downtown Portland Oregon

Best of Portland

Discover Portland the green and eco-friendly way. This award-winning walk clarifies why Portland is regularly recognized as one of the best places to live. By the end of our walk, you'll want to move here, too. You'll hear about early and modern Portland as your guide shows you an enlightened city rich with artwork, parks, bridges, downtown trains and streetcars, fountains and friendly people. Even locals are amazed and entertained by what they learn. This walk meanders through the most fascinating portions of the city, leading eventually to the waterfront.

Epicurean Excursion

A unique and delicious walking tour where you'll taste the foods and sip the drinks – while discovering Portland's amazing culinary scene. If you watch the Food Network or consider yourself a “foodie,” then this exploration is for you. Portland has become a go-to destination for people who love to eat and we're the ones who will show you why. Each tour is limited in size, so the experience is small and intimate.

Flavor Street

Portland Food Cart Tour Check out Portland's amazing curbside cuisine! Let our Resident Experts take you on a personal tour of the city's best food carts, tasting trucks, and hidden kitchens, where former four-star chefs and other culinary entrepreneurs scoop up mighty morsels on an international scale. This isn't fast food – it's flavor with flair, for savvy munchers on the go.

Chocolate Decadence

Let us demonstrate and indulge you in the diversity of chocolate: beans, bars, whipped, truffles, cocktails, melted, served as a drink, and some incredible surprises. As we visit multiple chocolatiers, we'll guide you through 15+ tastings to help you appreciate and master the subtleties of all things chocolate. This fun journey is not just for cacao lovers and closet chocolatiers – all are welcome.

For other tours and more information about signing up visit:
Portland Walking Tours


The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s picturesque, vineyard-laden region is just 30 minutes from Portland and is home to over 500 wineries. One popular drive is along Archery Summit Road. This route includes six wineries with gorgeous views and grounds. Three of those wineries made the top 20 for overall experience as rated by American Winery Guide. Nearby is Sokol Blosser Winery, one of 20 wineries selected by Food & Wine as the top wineries to visit in Oregon.

Wine self-tour 1
Archery Summit Road
Archery Summit Winery
De Ponte Cellars
Domaine Drouhin
Domaine Serene
Vista Hills Vineyard
White Rose Estate

Wine self-tour 2
Worden Hill Wineries
Domaine Roy et Fils
Dusky Goose Winery
Furioso Vineyards
Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Arterberry Maresh
Knudsen Vineyards
Erath Winery
Bella Vida Vineyard


Portland City Grill Portland City Grill
Enjoy fresh seafood prepared with Northwest, Island and Asian influences along with perfectly prepared steaks, fresh salads and other delicious offerings while enjoying unsurpassed views of the city and Cascade Mountains.

Departure (Nines Hotel) Departure (Nines Hotel)
Located atop the Nines, Departure is an escape from the ordinary, a journey into sophisticated surroundings with innovative Modern Asian cuisine and breathtaking city views.

Higgins Higgins
Chef Higgins serves fine cuisine in support of his premise that food is community – with an agricultural region that provides unparalleled abundance and diversity – from wild salmon, mushrooms, and huckleberries to some of the finest wines in the country, Higgins is defining a cuisine that is truly rooted in the northwest.

Park Kitchen Park Kitchen
Creative seasonal cuisine with nationally recognized Chef/ Owner Scott Dolich. They rely on local and sustainably grown meats and produce. The service is casual yet friendly and knowledgeable. The extensive spirit and wine selection focuses on the local talents.

¡Oba! Restaurante opened in Portland, Oregon in October 1997 by owner Steve McLain. Executive Chef Scott Neuman's innovative cuisine, explores vibrant flavors from Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and across the Americas. ¡Oba!‘s menu is where bold Latin traditions, spices and preparations meet seasonal, local ingredients.

23Hoyt 23Hoyt
Chef Chris Carriker's seasonal Pacific Northwest American menu is brimming with his innovative takes on familiar dishes and local ingredients. Carriker brings a gutsy, farm-to-table sensibility and a light hand to the 23Hoyt menu with hearty and satisfying dishes.

Bluehour Bluehour
Simple, delicious and classic describes the Mediterranean cuisine created in the Bluehour kitchen each night. The menu is printed daily, but Bluehour standards remain, like the pillowy potato gnocchi with black truffle and the perfectly seared, bacon wrapped sea scallops. Their cheese cart is among the finest on the West Coast, featuring regional and international artisan cheeses.

Urban Farmer Urban Farmer
Urban Farmer is a modern American steakhouse featuring indigenous and locally sourced food products from artisanal craftsmen. Located in the lobby of the Nines Hotel.

Saucebox Saucebox
Established in 1995, Saucebox has maintained its reputation in the city as the place for the finest Pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine. The menu pulls from a wealth of bold and authentic flavors. Fruit infusions, elixirs and our notable “liquor laboratory” are also specialties of the house.

SouthPark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar SouthPark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar
Offering NW seafood cuisine in the heart of the cultural center.

Andina Andina
Novo-Andean cuisine aspires to revive native, pre-Colonial ingredients and techniques and incorporate them into creative, modern presentations of the highest international caliber. From ocean to farms, Andina sources its ingredients both locally and in direct trade with a community of organic farmers in Chincha, Peru

Mucca Osteria Mucca Osteria
Authentic Italian kitchen that works directly with local organic farmers to offer the freshest products. All of the meats are certified and the bread and pasta are all made in house using only local organic ingredients.

Three Degrees Three Degrees
Three Degrees Waterfront Bar and Grill, located on the shores of the Willamette River, specializes in sustainable Pacific Northwest cuisine.