TMVR Interactive Workshop #5

Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 9:00am - 4:00pm
Online via Zoom

Join us for a virtual physician-led training course!

In partnership with Pie Medical Imaging®, we are offering our fifth interactive, hands-on physician-led 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, how to perform all the necessary steps in the planning and follow-up for these procedures.

An attendee capacity limit of 50 will allow for personalized instruction and ample time for questions and instructor guidance.

Date & Time

Saturday, October 8th │  9 am – 4pm CDT



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


Contact us: or 612-863-3625

Event Details


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

  1. Understand the mitral valve anatomy/physiology and CT image acquisition pertaining to TMVR.
  2. Employ skills in CT image analysis for TMVR procedures and assess patient candidacy.
  3. Review the necessary CT image analysis steps in the follow up 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), fellows in training. 


Time (CT)




Intro/Course Objectives

João Cavalcante, MD


Spectrum of TMVR – Who is the Ideal Patient for TMVR?

Paul Sorajja, MD


CTA Data Acquisition for TMVR

Dave Caye, RT(R), CT


MV Anatomy Seen by CTA and MV Annulus Segmentation by CTA

João Cavalcante, MD





MV Annulus Segmentation by CTA

(Hands-on – Same Case and 2nd Separate Case)


John Lesser, MD

João Cavalcante, MD &

Victor Cheng, MD


Mitral ViV, ViR, Planning and Pitfalls: A Surgeon’s Take

Vinnie Bapat, MD


NeoLVOT: What is it, how to measure it, and why is it Important?

John Lesser, MD


1st Case ViV TMVR Practice

(Magna followed by Mosaic) - NeoLVOT Practice)

João Cavalcante, MD;

John Lesser, MD &

Victor Cheng, MD





2nd ViV TMVR with Radiolucent (Epic) (Hands-on)

Victor Cheng, MD





Lunch Break



Anatomical Modifications for TMVR

Jaffar Khan, MD


TMVR Transseptal Access

Nadira Hamid, MD





TMVR in Complete Ring

(Pre-Post - Demo then Hands-On)

John Lesser, MD – lead

João Cavalcante, MD

Victor Cheng, MD


TMVR in MAC – The Unmet Needs, Patient Selection and Sizing Principles

Joao Cavalcante, MD


TMVR in MAC – Sapien

(Pre-Post – Demo then Hands-On)

Gilbert Tang, MD


Post-TMVR CTA – What to Look for?

Joao Cavalcante, MD






João Cavalcante, MD




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




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




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.

Professional Interests:

  • 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.



victor cheng

Victor Cheng, MD

After completing internal residency training at UCSF in 2004, Dr. Victor Cheng joined the general cardiology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He started working on imaging research with Dr. Daniel Berman in 2006, and became interested in the role of cardiac CT in clinical care, particularly for managing of coronary artery disease. As a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Cheng was part of both institutional and cross-institutional teams working on multiple aspects of cardiac CT research, with a significant focus on coronary atherosclerosis. In 2012, he worked took a position at Oklahoma Heart Institute in Tulsa to develop a cardiac CT program. With hard work, good timing, and a bit of luck, the CT program grew strong legs of its own by the time he joined Minneapolis Heart Institute in July of 2019.




Jaffar Khan, MD

Dr. Jaffar Khan is an interventional cardiologist and Staff Clinician at the NHLBI, NIH. He has a special interest in structural heart disease innovation. He led the invention and development of transcatheter electrosurgical techniques to cut heart tissue, including LAMPOON to prevent LVOT obstruction from TMVR, BASILICA to prevent coronary obstruction from TAVR, and ELASTIC/ELASTA-Clip to displace a MitraClip to enable TMVR. He has developed both annular and leaflet-based tricuspid valve repair procedures (PASTA, Antepasta, and TASTI) and helped translate them into patients. He contributed to the pre-clinical development of the Transmural Systems’ Mitral Cerclage Annuloplasty Device and Transcaval Closure Device. His goal is to continue to innovate devices and procedures to treat heart disease alongside clinical practice in interventional cardiology.




John R. Lesser, MD

Dr. John 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

Paul Sorajja, MD

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



Gilbert Tang

Gilbert Tang, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCSC, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Gilbert Tang is the Surgical Director of the Structural Heart Program at the Mount Sinai Health System and a Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai. Dr. Tang has performed over 3,000 cases of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter mitral valve repair (transcatheter edge-to-edge repair) (TEER with MitraClip), transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement procedures with excellent outcomes, on par with some of the top programs in the country.

Dr. Tang received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and MD at the University of Toronto, where he completed his residency in cardiac surgery as the Chief Resident at the Toronto General Hospital. He also completed a Master of Science in tissue engineering at the University of Toronto and an MBA at the Harvard Business School. He pursued specialized training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York focusing on complex mitral valve repair and TAVR, while also undergoing advanced training in TAVR at the Leipzig Heart Center in Germany at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tang is a Diplomat and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cana (FRCSC), Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), and on the very few surgeons to be a Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI).

    System Requirements

    This course will be utilizing a cloud-based 3mensio workstation facilitated by the virtual radiology education company Radup

    Registration Fee

    Registration cost: $499

    Fee includes:

    • One full day of interactive imaging training with internationally renowned experts in the field
    • 30-day license for Pie Medical Imaging’s 3Mensio software for use after the course
    • Technical assistance with installation 

    Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:


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    About Us

    The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) aims to create a world without heart and vascular disease. Our efforts are focused on improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education. This bold vision fuels efforts to investigate new protocols and treatments designed to save lives. Research findings and expertise are disseminated through our professional and community education programs.