The Sentient Summit is a highly specialized workshop designed for exchange of knowledge amongst almost 400 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, sitting together for the first time to discuss the best route to the best medical outcomes. Traditionally, valve diseases were treated surgically. However, current breakthroughs in cardiac care technology have made valve treatments possible through transcatheter modalities.

The main objective of Sentient Summit 2019 is to discuss and deliberate how valve therapies can be made less invasive for patients, more effective and more viable in self-paying environments like India. This means that this will be one of those rare occasions where leading cardiologists & cardiac surgeons from around the world, will be sitting down to deliberate some of the latest methodologies, by which they can ensure the right procedures are accessible to the right patients. The Summit also addresses how best practices from international experts can be applied in India to ensure the best medical outcomes for cardiac patients.

On the 8th and 9th of June 2019 in Chennai, the international faculty will be sharing their experiences and knowledge with lead interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from India. The international course directors comprise of none other than Dr. Susheel Kodali, Director of the Structural Heart & Valve Center at Columbia University Medical Center, USA who has been involved in the major trials comparing transcatheter therapy with surgery. It also includes, Dr. Ganesh Manoharan, from the Queens University of Belfast, who has trained more than 300 regional cardiology centers in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia in starting up their valve programs; Dr. Peter Andreka & Dr. Geza Fontos from the Gottsegen Institute of Cardiology, Budapest, Hungary who are credited with running one of the highest number of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement training programs in the world; Dr. Paul Chiam, from Singapore, who performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement in Asia; Dr. Michael Caskey, practicing cardiothoracic surgeon from Phoenix; Dr. Kay Woon Ho from Singapore; Dr. Hyo-Soo Kim from Korea; Dr. Brijeshwar S Maini from Florida and Dr. Wachin Buddhari from Thailand.

The summit also has a star-studded national faculty comprising Dr. A B Mehta, Director of Cardiology, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai; Dr. Ajit Mullasari, Director of Cardiology, Madras Medical Mission & Dr. Mathew Samuel, Director of Cardiology, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.

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