Managing Thoracic Aortic Disease at the Cutting Edge

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the advances in aortic therapy. Esteemed cardiac surgeon Dr. Eric E. Roselli provides evidence supporting the role of genetics and family history as they affect the risk of aortic disease, describes the optimal care of acute aortic disease and explains how to apply clinical practice guidelines in the recommendation for treatment and management of chronic aortic disease. 

Original release date: November 2021
Review date: January 2023

Target Audience

Cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, echocardiographers, pulmonologists, hematologists, general internists, primary care physicians, intensivists, emergency medicine physicians, pharmacists, hospitalists and other interested healthcare providers.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the evidence supporting the role of genetics and family history to screen patients who are at greater than average risk for aortic disease. 
  • Recognize symptoms of acute aortic disease and implement appropriate diagnostic testing and assessment. 
  • Implement appropriate management strategies throughout the continuum of care to optimize outcomes for patients with acute aortic disease. 
Additional information
  • Wojnarski, C. M., Roselli, E. E., Idrees, J. J., Zhu, Y., Carnes, T. A., Lowry, A. M., ... & Lytle, B. W. (2018). Machine-learning phenotypic classification of bicuspid aortopathy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 155(2), 461-469.
  • Levack, M. M., Aftab, M., Roselli, E. E., Johnston, D. R., Soltesz, E. G., Gillinov, A. M., ... & Svensson, L. G. (2017). Outcomes of a less-invasive approach for proximal aortic operations. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 103(2), 533-540.
  • Levack, M. M., Kindzelski, B. A., Miletic, K. G., Vargo, P. R., Bakaeen, F. G., Johnston, D. R., ... & Roselli, E. E. (2020). Adjunctive endovascular balloon fracture fenestration for chronic aortic dissection. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ABS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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Eric E. Roselli, M.D. 
Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery
Surgical Director, Aortic Center
Miller Family Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Eric E. Roselli, M.D., faculty for this educational event, is a consultant and member of the speakers’ bureau for Cryolife, Edwards Lifesciences, W.L. Gore, Medtronic and TerumoAortic, and on the speakers’ bureau for Cook. Dr. Roselli has indicated that the presentation or discussion will include off-label or unapproved product usage. 

Barry Katzen, M.D., director of this activity, has indicated that he is a consultant for Boston Scientific, W.L. Gore and Philips. 

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.* 

*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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American Board of Surgery - Maintenance of Certification (MOC) - General Surgery

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 ABS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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