Managing the Aorta: from Aneurysm Screening to Acute Dissection

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Program Description:

The goal of “Managing the Aorta: From Aneurysm Screening to Acute Dissection” is to educate clinicians globally leading to improved patient care and better outcomes for patients with an aortic dissection, a tear in the inner lining of the aorta. This tear allows blood to flow through the walls of the aorta rather than remaining in the central channel (lumen). The two major types of aortic dissection, type A and type B, are defined by the location of the tear. Our expert panel will be comprised of; Drs. Virendra I. Patel and Hiroo Takayama, and Annie Yu, NP. They will be discussing the clinical challenges as well as the various treatment options and their efficacy. Attendee participation and interaction will be facilitated through Q&A.


Hiroo Takayama, MD, PhD
Director, Aortic Surgery Program
Co-Director, Aortic Center, the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center, and the Marfan Clinic
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

V. Patel, MD, MPH
Chief of Vascular Surgery
Co-Director of Aortic Center
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Annie Yu, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Aortic Center
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Target Audience:

This activity is designed for interventional cardiologists, clinical cardiologists, emergency physicians, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, primary care physicians, and interventional radiologists. We anticipate 250 live viewers with several thousand viewers that will view the enduring content over several months. Our webinars also received a 95% rating for residency training views.

Educational Needs Assessment:

With the advance of the TEVAR (thoracic endovascular aortic repair), the management of aortic dissection, type A and B, acute and chronic, has been rapidly evolving. In acute type B dissection, early TEVAR therapy has been introduced based on the encouraging results of the clinical trials. The management of chronic dissection with aortic aneurysm remains complex; however, again, role of TEVAR has been increasing. In the setting of these evolutional management changes, open surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection is also changing. This program will explore the current standard of care as well as examine the new treatment options.   

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, the attendees will be able to:

  • Define the current clinical challenges with aortic dissection.
  • Identify the different treatment options and their efficacy. 


Columbia University Irving College of Physicians and Surgeons requires submission of an evaluation that asks questions about the quality of the information discussed, speaker effectiveness and overall quality of the webinar.  


This webcast is made possible through support from Gore Medical and Terumo.