Structural Track

Structural Heart Track: Interventions for Mitral Valve Apparatus

Friday, April 20
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Emory Amphitheatre

Michael E. Halkos, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Emory University

Dr. Michael E. Halkos is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University. He has been a leader in the field of robotic coronary artery bypass and hybrid coronary revascularization and has developed the program at Emory into one of the largest in the country. His other primary interest is in mitral valve surgery, specifically robotic mitral valve surgery. He has an NIH-funded grant in stroke research aimed at reducing stroke after cardiac surgery. He serves as the Associate Program Director for the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program and is the Scientific Director of the Cardiothoracic Center for Clinical Research.


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Vasilis C. Babaliaros, MD


Dr Vasilis Babaliaros is Co-Director of the Emory Structural Heart and Valve Center. His expertise includes adult structural and congenital heart disease interventions. Dr Babaliaros has been on the Emory faculty for 10 years.


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Francesco Franchi, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology
University of Florida - Jacksonville
University of Florida - Jacksonville, Division of Cardiology

Francesco Franchi, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Division of Cardiology of University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, USA. He received his medical degree summa cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), where he also completed the fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and a research fellowship in cardiology. He started his research experience at the University of Florida in 2012 as post-doctoral research fellow. He is Attending Cardiologist at the University of Florida Health System since 2016. His areas of interest and research are thrombosis, coronary artery diseases, and acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Franchi is currently involved in studying the pharmacodynamic profile and efficacy of the newer antiplatelet and antithrombotic drugs. He is an author of peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters in the field.


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Jason R. Foerst, MD

Medical Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center
Carilion Clinic
Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine

Dr. Jason Foerst is an Assistant Professor in the Cardiology Division of Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine. He is the medical director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center. His main research interest is in 3D printing for transcaval and transseptal teaching models and models for predicting success of novel percutaneous valve technology.


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Richard J. Myung, MD

Co-Director Structural Heart
Wellstar Health System
Wellstar Health System

Dr. Richard Myung is the Co-Director of the Structural Heart Program at Wellstar Health System in Georgia. He is a practicing cardiac surgeon in the Atlanta metro area with over ten years of experience. His interests include minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of valvular heart disease.


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Seun O. Alli, MD, FACC

Interventional Cardiologist
Novant Heart and Vascular Institute

Seun Alli, MD, MHA is an interventional cardiologist and the Director of the Structural Heart Disease Program at Novant Heart and Vascular Institute, Charlotte North Carolina. He received his medical training at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his residency and general cardiology fellowship training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr Alli then went on to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota where he completed an advanced fellowship in coronary and structural heart interventions. Prior to his current position, Seun was Assistant Professor of Medicine at UAB and was the director of the Structural Heart Program at UAB. Seun has special interest in structural heart interventions especially transcatheter techniques and devices for treatment of valvular heart disease. He is also interested in systems approach to healthcare management and earned a degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.


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Michael Ragosta, MD, FSCAI

Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
University of Virginia Health System
University of Virginia

Dr. Michael Ragosta is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the University of Virginia and an Interventional Cardiologist with over 20 years experience. His main clinical interests include clinical hemodynamics, valvular heart disease, transcatheter therapies for aortic stenosis and the percutaneous treatment of high risk and complex coronary artery disease subsets including left main stem intervention, chronic total occlusion and multivessel disease. His research interests are many and include coronary physiology, new percutaneous treatments for valvular and coronary disease and coronary intervention in high risk subsets.


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