Keynote speaker was Craig Smith, MD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia, who performed former President Bill Clinton’s successful quadruple bypass surgery in 2004. Dr. Smith spoke to the large crowd about a new treatment for heart valve disorders called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR. It’s the only catheter-based treatment option for people with severe aortic valve disease who are not eligible for surgery. Instead of performing open heart surgery on frail patients, surgeons now can replace the valve through a small opening near the groin. You can learn more about TAVR here.
Dr. Smith joined a distinguished group of cardiologists, surgeons and cardiac experts, both from Columbia and Sarasota Memorial, who discussed advances in heart care and prevention of cardiac disease.
It was our first-ever joint summit – and we hope the first of many to come!