TMVR Interactive Workshop


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Join us for a virtual physician-to-physician training course!

In partnership with Circle Cardiovascular Imaging, we are offering an interactive, hands-on physician-to-physician training workshop focused on increasing the competence in CT planning for transcatheter mitral valve interventions. These include valve-in-valve transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), Valve in Ring and valve in mitral annular calcification planning. In addition to state-of-the-art lectures, participants will learn interactively, in both small and large groups, how to perform all the necessary steps in the planning and followup for these procedures. The limit of 30 participants will allow for personalized instruction and ample time for questions and instructor guidance. 

Date & Time

Friday, October 23: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

Saturday, October 24: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT


This is a virtual event; please see the system requirements below.

Event Details


At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the mitral valve anatomy/physiology and CT image acquisition.
  2. Employ skills in CT image analysis for TMVR procedures and assess patient candidacy.
  3. Discuss in detail the necessary CT image analysis steps for the followup of patients who received TMVR.
Target Audience
Cardiologists and radiologists (imaging and interventional) involved with and/or interested in learning about structural imaging, advanced practice providers working in structural imaging, industry (engineers, project managers, R&D, clinical research teams)

Agenda (Central Daylight Time) 

Friday, Oct 23, 2020                                                                              

* Brief Lecture

9:00 AM          Introduction | Course Objectives | Faculty 

9:10 AM          Spectrum of TMVR – Who’s the Ideal Patient for TMVR?*   

9:25 AM          CTA Data Acquisition for TMVR – Tips and Tricks *  

9:40 AM          MV Anatomy seen by CTA and MV Annulus Segmentation by CTA* 

9:55 AM          Q&A  

10:00AM         MV Annulus Segmentation by CTA and Important Dimensions (Hands-on/breakout rooms)  

10:45 AM        BREAK 

11:00 AM        NeoLVOT – What is it, How to Measure it, and why is it Important?*   

11:15 AM        Q&A   

11:30 AM        NeoLVOT Practice (Hands-on/breakout rooms) 

12:15 PM        BREAK   

12:30 PM        Group discussion – NeoLVOT modifications (ETOH ablation/LAMPOON)*   

12:45 PM        Q&A   

1:00 PM           Adjourn  

Saturday, October 24, 2020 

9:00 AM           Valve-in-Valve TMVR – General concepts, verification of surgical prosthesis, nuances, use of the smartphone App*  

9:20 AM           TMVR Transapical Access*

9:40 AM           Q&A  

9:45 AM           1st case ViV TMVR  

10:30 AM        BREAK  

10:45 AM        2nd ViV TMVR with Radiolucent (Epic) (Hands-on)

11:15 AM        TMVR in Complete Ring* (Pre-Post – Demo then Hands-on)  

11:45 AM        Q&A 

12:00 PM        BREAK  

12:15 PM        TMVR in MAC – The Unmet Needs, Patient Selection and Sizing Principles* 

12:30 PM        TMVR in MAC – New Horizons  

12:45 PM        Q&A  

1:00 PM          TMVR in MAC* – Sapien (Pre-Post – Demo then Hands-on) 

1:30 PM          Post-TMVR CTA – What to Look for? *  

1:45 PM          Final Q&A and Adjourn 

System Requirements
To participate in this interactive virtual course, attendees must have the following:

  • Two monitors (inclusive of integrated screen in a laptop PC)
  • Dedicated or private internet line (Hardwire connection preferred)
  • Separate mouse
  • Headset or headphones with mic
  • Built-in or external camera
  • RAM 16GB or more (found in system information)
  • Video Graphics – Dedicated GPU – nVidia GeForce 900 series, GeForce 10 series or GeForce 20 series with 2GB or more Video RAM. AMD Radeon Rx 300 Series or better with 2GB or more Video RAM (found in device manager under display adaptors)
  • macOS 10.13/10.14/10.15 or WindowOS 8.1/10 (Found in system information)
  • CPU – Intel i5 7th gen or newer
  • Screen resolutions 1920*1080
  • Sufficient storage remaining on SSD >100gb minimum

**If you have questions about system requirements, please contact us to confirm before completing the registration**

Vinayak (Vinnie) Bapat, MD

Dr. Vinnie Bapat joined the Valve Science Center team in June 2020, bringing his extensive expertise as a cardiothoracic surgeon and innovator in treatment of heart valve disease. He also works directly with patients as a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Minneapolis Heart Institute®.

Prior to joining the team, Dr. Bapat was a cardiac surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital and professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. He also previously served as professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and continues to hold that position as visiting professor.

Dr. Bapat earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgeon degrees, followed by Master of Surgery and Master of Cardiothoracic Surgery degrees, at the University of Bombay in India and King Edward Memorial Hospital. He completed his Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) in cardiothoracic surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, U.K. He also completed an internship, three residencies and two fellowships at various institutions, including King Edward Memorial Hospital and University of Mumbai, Toronto General Hospital in Canada, and as part of rotations at institutions in the United Kingdom, including Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Royal County Sussex Hospital in Brighton, U.K.

In addition to his clinical accomplishments, Dr. Bapat has been a collaborator among his peers in the world of transcatheter valves through the creation of two apps that are downloadable on mobile devices – Valve-in-Valve (VIV) Mitral and VIV Aortic. The apps provide imaging and clinical information, such as dimensions and characteristics of the various valve repair technologies and have been downloaded in 132 countries. Through these apps, physicians access data and clinical insights to determine the technology options based on their individual patient needs, including guidance and insights on the implant procedure. Notably, the apps are free to download and are updated every year to provide up-to-date guidance.

Professional interests:

  • Complex valve surgery
  • Aortic surgery
  • Novel transcatheter interventions


João L. Cavalcante, MD, FACC, FASE, FSCCT, FSCMR

Dr. João L. Cavalcante earned his medical degree in Fortaleza, Brazil. He came to the US for internal medicine residency, chief residency and cardiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. Between 2010-2012 he completed at the Cleveland Clinic a dedicated two-year advanced cardiovascular imaging training program obtaining COCATS Level III in Interventional Echo, Cardiovascular CT and Cardiac MRI.

He was senior faculty at UPMC between 2012-2018 where he became the Director of the Structural Imaging and Core Lab.

In October 2018 he moved to the Minneapolis Heart Institute® to be the Director of Cardiac MRI and Structural CT Labs. Together with Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, he is the Scientific Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center and Core Lab.

In July 2019 he was elected as a new member for the SCCT Board of Directors and currently is the Chair for the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance – Valvular Heart Disease Guidelines. He has been a writing committee member for the CBCMR (CMR board exam) and for the Core Competencies in Structural Interventional Imaging: Computed Tomography document led by Dr Leipsic.

Dr. Cavalcante has published more than 90 peer-reviewed publications including and is a frequent lecturer at both national and international meetings. His passion for Multimodality Imaging and focus on Valve and Structural Heart Disease have provided opportunities for directing and teaching many CT/CMR training workshops.

Professional interests:

  • Cardiovascular imaging and outcomes
  • Valvular heart disease and structural interventions
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiomyopathies


David Caye, RT(R), CT

David Caye is a dedicated clinical education professional, experienced in high level cardiovascular CT imaging and advanced visualization concepts. David has 28 years of CT experience including 15 years Supervising MHI CT. He is skilled in implementation, needs assessment, workflow analysis, and presentations for facilities needing to develop a robust CVCT imaging department. Specialized in advanced Cardiovascular CT acquisition and 3D cardiovascular Image Post Processing. Work with users of medical imaging software including physicians, technologists, and sales team.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Systematic assessment with CT sizing of TAVR/TAVI, TMVR, along with tricuspid and Pulmonic valves.
  • Registered Technologist (RT) in Radiography (R), and Computed Tomography (CT).
  • On-site Education-Program enhancement possibilities.
  • Specialties: customer training, medical software, clinical education, Program enhancement.


Philipp Blanke, MD, FSCCT

Dr. Philipp Blanke is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia and the Co-Director of the Cardiac CT Core Lab at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. He has previously served as a consultant physician at the Department of Radiology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany, which he joined after completing his training at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His major area of clinical and research interest is structural heart disease imaging for aortic and mitral valve pathologies with a focus on investigational devices.


John R. Lesser, MD

Dr. Lesser has published more than 100 articles, abstracts, CDs and books. He is the past President of the Society of Cardiovascular CTs (SCCT) Board of Directors where he served as Chairman of the Accreditation, Certification, and Guidelines Committee. He holds professional memberships as a fellow with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and as a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention (SCAI) and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). He is on the Board of Directors with the Intersocietal Commission for CT Accreditation of Laboratories as well as the Credentialing and Certification Board for Cardiovascular CT.

Professional interests:

  • Catheterization, cardiac
  • Arrhythmia, cardiac
  • Cardiac electrophysiology
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Cardiac pacemaker, artificial
  • Echocardiography
  • Myocardial biopsy
  • Teleheart
  • CT and MRI
Paul Sorajja, MD

Roger L. and Lynn C. Headrick Family Chair and Director, MHIF Valve Science Research

Dr. Paul Sorajja is the Roger L. and Lynn C. Headrick Family Chair of the Valve Science Center at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, and a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute® where he serves as the Director of the Center for Valve and Structural Heart Disease. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School, and completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. During 1998-99, he was a clinical research fellow in myopathy at St. George’s Hospital in London, UK. Dr. Sorajja joined the Mayo Clinic staff in 2006, achieving the rank of Professor of Medicine in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Sorajja joined the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Dr. Sorajja’s expertise is interventional cardiology, with a focus on bringing the latest innovative technologies to patients with valvular and structural heart disease. He was part of the team that performed the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) in the US, and has the largest worldwide experience with the therapy. Dr. Sorajja currently serves as a national investigator for TMVR and also for clinical trials in percutaneous treatment for tricuspid regurgitation. He has served on several national practice committees for valvular heart disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Sorajja has published more than 250 manuscripts and several books. He routinely lectures at national and international medical conferences, and has received awards for his expertise in medical education. Dr. Sorajja is also highly active in developing intellectual property in these areas.

Professional interests:

  • Heart valve disease (e.g., mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, tricuspid regurgitation)
  • Structural heart disease and interventions
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary atherosclerosis
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
Registration Fee

Registration fee is $499. Registration will close on October 9.

Fee includes:

  • Two days of interactive imaging training with internationally renowned experts in the field
  • 42-day license for Circle Cardiovascular Imaging’s cvi42 software for use during and after the course
  • Technical assistance with installation and system requirements before and during the course

We’re offering a 50% discount for eligible/verifiable fellows! Email us ( for details.

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