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Reacts Used by the Montreal Heart Institute for Live Broadcast of a Cardiac Surgery Master Course

On November 2nd and 3rd of 2015, more than 15 cardiac surgeons from Canada, the United States and Europe attended a master course on the Ross Procedure provided by the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), under the direction of Dr. Ismael El-Hamamsy (Associate Professor, Dept. of Cardiac Surgery, Montreal Heart Institute, Quebec, Canada) and Dr. Paul Stelzer (Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY, USA)

The Ross Master Course provided intensive technical demonstrations of all aspects of the Ross Procedure using didactic sessions and a wet lab, including supervised hands-on practice with porcine hearts. On the second day of the course, Reacts was used to broadcast a live Ross procedure performed by Dr. El-Hamamsy to the participants that were in the MHI auditorium. Multiple video feeds were transmitted, including those from the surgeon’s head cam, a fixed camera directed on the surgical field, and the transesophageal echocardiography exam. With Reacts, participants in the auditorium were able to watch the entire case live, on the screen, and dynamically interact with Dr. El-Hamasy. Dr. Paul Stelzer was moderating the session, adding teaching points and providing commentary and insights during the session.

The Montreal Heart Institute is a world leader in the Ross procedure. The procedure consists in replacing the aortic valve with the patient’s own pulmonary valve in young adults suffering from an aortic valve disease. The MHI has the largest annual volume of such procedures in North America, with more than 50 per year. Since the program began four years ago, some 200 interventions have been performed. Following this success, Dr. El Hamamsy’s expertise has been requested to help implement this program in three Ontario hospitals.

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