LHI Live Cases Broadcast to San Francisco TCT meeting

By: William Gray, MD, System Chief of Cardiovascular Diseases for Main Line Health, and President of Lankenau Heart Institute

This past Saturday (Sept. 28), Lankenau Heart Institute/Main Line Health joined a very select group of 14 other institutions from around the world when we broadcast live  three cases to the 31st annual Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in San Francisco:

  • Apollo Health City (Hyderabad, India)
  • Ballad Health | Wellmont CVA Heart Institute (Kingsport, TN)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
  • Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia (São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Fuwai Hospital (Beijing, China)
  • Golden Jubilee National Hospital (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (Philadelphia, PA)
  • McGill University Health Center (Montreal, Canada)
  • Minneapolis Heart Institute (Minneapolis, MN)
  • New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY)
  • Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus, OH)
  • Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver, Canada)
  • University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle, WA)

LHI was carefully chosen for this honor by virtue of both the excellent and state-of-the-art cardiac care as well as its participation among the most elite strata of US cardiovascular clinical research through the efforts of the LIMR team. We also have twice broadcast Live Cases (featuring Drs. Chandhok, Mangalmurti, Abramson, and Kahn) for the CRT meeting  in Washington DC over the past few years, and have been invited back again to broadcast a third time to that meeting in March 2020.

These TCT broadcasts were a tremendous success: featuring both Endovascular and Structural Heart cases, each showcased LHI’s physician and staff expertise and provided an exceptional educational opportunity for the more than 10,000 TCT attendees in the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

It goes without saying that an accomplishment like this takes a significant effort by many people in order to execute it successfully.  At the risk of unintentionally omitting someone, it is important to acknowledge the cath lab preparation under the direction of Chris Dearing (who came in the late Friday night/early Saturday morning hours to help get the production team set up) and Beth Ragan, the participation by both LMC and BMH cath lab staff who came in on a Saturday to work from noon-9 PM, biomedical engineering, inventory, echo support, nurse coordinators, marketing, etc.  Given the chance to “show their stuff” everyone, to a person, stepped up and performed in spectacular fashion.

And this was truly an all-LHI effort: Drs. Pratsos and Mangalmurti did outstanding jobs in the performance of the two Endovascular cases, Drs. Hawthorne, Goldman and Rodriguez the same in the Structural case. Thank you to everyone on the team, including:

  • William Gray, MD
  • Antonis Pratsos, MD
  • Scott Goldman, MD
  • Sarang Mangalmurti, MD
  • Kate Hawthorne, MD
  • Shalin Patel, MD
  • Chris Dearing, RN
  • Beth Ragan, RN
  • Betsy Develin, RN
  • Jeremy Lane, RN
  • Rosemary McKee, RN
  • Sean O’Malley, RN
  • Arlene Collins, RN
  • Lauren Long, RN
  • Andrea Beers, RN
  • Lisa Igidbashian, RN
  • Kelly Henzler, RN
  • Janene McClelland, RCIS
  • Mitch Torh, RCIS
  • Kelly Davis, RCIS
  • Gary Akins, ORA
  • Mike Carboine, PA
  • Jessica Curran, RT

The feedback thus far from the TCT organizers has been glowing, and we hope that there will be a request for a repeat performance.

This is an accomplishment we can all be truly proud to share. Here is the link to the opening video (which needs to be played on Chrome, Firefox, or iOS):  https://vimeo.com/user11304750/review/360859132/cc8aadaffe


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