CRT 2018 Presentations

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation has several research physicians attending and presenting at the 2018 Cardiovascular Research Technologies conference this weekend in Washington, D.C. (#CRT2018)

Below is a summary of who is going and where you can hear them:


Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD is Director of the Center for Advanced Coronary Interventions at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He leads a clinical trial group investigating treatment of chronic total occlusions, saphenous vein graft disease, intracoronary imaging, antiplatelet treatment optimization post coronary stenting, radiation safety in the catheterization laboratory, and implementation of novel technologies (such as Google Glass) in healthcare. Dr. Brilakis has authored or co-authored over 400 manuscripts and has written the Manual of CTO Interventions. He is the PI and study chair of VA Cooperative Trial #571, Drug-Eluting Stenting Stents in Saphenous Vein Graft Angioplasty) and several other ongoing clinical trials.

Brilakis’ CRT 2018 appearances:


Michael R. Mooney, MD, is a researcher and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Mooney’s research interests include therapeutic hypothermia, ECMO, cardiogenic shock, new devices, left atrial appendage occlusion, PFO closure and stroke prevention, and percutaneous aortic valve replacement. He is Director of Coronary Therapeutics at the Minneapolis Heart Institute®, Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Dr. Mooney has published more than 100 manuscripts and abstracts on Interventional Cardiology. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and trains Fellows in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Mooney is on National Steering committees, Advisory Boards and the Advisory Committee for the AHA Mission: Lifeline Model Evaluation Task Force. Dr. Mooney speaks globally to help physicians initiate therapeutic hypothermia and cardiac arrest programs.

Mooney’s CRT 2018 appearances:


Robert S. Schwartz, M.D. currently serves as the Director of Research for Advanced Imaging at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. His experiences in Vascular Biology and Vascular Devices with their interactions in the Coronary and Peripheral arteries has extended over the past 30 years with more than 200 publications, many lectures and over 60 patents. He was a very active clinical Interventional Cardiologist, performing thousands of procedures and intimately understands the clinical interventional environment. He led the effort to develop the now-standard porcine model of restenosis, delineating and quantitating the vascular response to injury. This model is key to developing new device technologies for vascular therapy, including bare metal stents, drug eluting stents, angioplasty balloons, atherectomy devices and drug eluting balloons.

Schwartz’s CRT 2018 appearances:


Arslan Shaukat, M.D. is an interventional cardiology fellow at the Hennepin County Medical Center/Abbott Northwestern Hospital program in Minneapolis, MN. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN and his cardiology fellowship training at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS. His research interests include antiplatelet medications and percutaneous coronary interventions.


Shaukat’s CRT 2018 appearances:


Paul Sorajja, M.D. is the Roger L. and Lynn C. Headrick Family Chair for Valve Science Research at MHIF’s Valve Science Center. Sorajja is the author of over 200 manuscripts on valvular and structural heart disease and interventional cardiology. Dr. Sorajja is an award-winning, nationally recognized educator, who is a regular speaker at national meetings such as ACC, TCT, SCAI, and AHA. Dr. Sorajja is a current investigator in several major clinical trials, and an author on the 2014 AACF/AHA statement on practice guidelines for valvular heart disease.



Sorajja’s CRT 2018 appearances: