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Surgical Treatment for Arrhythmias and Rhythm Disorders

March 20–21, 2022
The Westin Boston Seaport District
Boston, MA, USA


This two-day, interactive forum supports the exchange of information between electrophysiologists and surgeons, and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. The course covers clinical decision making in selecting the medical, catheter-based, and surgical options for the treatment of arrhythmias. While the main emphasis is on the surgical and hybrid treatment of atrial fibrillation, there are also sessions on other arrhythmias and issues including inappropriate sinus tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia, as well and pacemaker/defibrillator lead extraction and implantation.

This year we will have a review of the recent high impact clinical trials, as well as an emphasis on the technical aspects of performing various arrhythmia operations. There also will be a chance for attendees to gain hands-on experience with the devices and operative approaches. Hope to see you in Boston.


Reasons to Participate

  • Meet with experts in your field and have meaningful conversations face-to-face;
  • Improve competency by increasing knowledge formulating new strategies to implement in practice;
  • Improve physician skills and performance in practice;
  • Improve patient/population healthcare outcomes;
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to advance your career.

Program Director, Ralph J. Damiano Jr.

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr. is the Evarts Graham Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Co-Chairman of the Heart and Vascular Center at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Damiano has published more than 450 articles in scientific journals and is a world-recognized expert in the field of arrhythmia surgery. He has been funded by the NIH for over 30 consecutive years, and his RO1, Surgical Treatment of Arrhythmias, has generated many important advances in our specialty, including the Cox-Maze procedure and a better understanding of atrial fibrillation and ablation devices. As a member of AATS since 1994, he collaborated with Dr. A. Marc Gillinov in 2017 to put together the Surgical Treatment for Arrhythmias and Rhythm Disorders course.


Program Director, A. Marc Gillinov

Since joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1997, Dr. A. Marc Gillinov has become one of the nation’s busiest heart surgeons. He is the Chair of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and specializes in robotic and minimally-invasive heart valve repair and replacement. A prolific researcher, Dr. Gillinov has more than 400 scientific publications to his credit and has been instrumental in the development of medical devices and treatments that enhance the care of cardiac patients. Dr. Gillinov is thrilled and honored to work with the nation’s number one heart team (26 years in a row!) to improve the heart health of people from around the country and around the world.


Registration and Housing

Registration for the Surgical Treatment for Arrhythmias and Rhythm Disorders will open soon.
Please check back to take advantage of early-bird rates. 


Call for Abstracts

The Surgical Treatment for Arrhythmias and Rhythm Disorders abstract submission is an opportunity to present research and scholarly activity in Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation and other Arrhythmias, Management of the Left Atrial Appendage, and Lead extraction. Abstracts will be accepted as both podium and poster presentations.

Abstract submissions can be submitted to the following categories:

  • Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation and other Arrhythmias
  • Management of the Left Atrial Appendage
  • Lead Extraction

The abstract and case video submission site is open. Abstract notifications will be distributed in February 2022.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the indications for the surgical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and rhythm disorders;
  • Identify basic underlying mechanisms of arrhythmias, and apply techniques in cardiac recording and mapping, and clinical electrophysiology;
  • Assess various operative techniques for the treatment of arrhythmias and discuss postprocedural cardiac monitoring and appropriate follow-up;
  • Examine interventional approaches to atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, inappropriate sinus tachycardia, and transvenous and epicardial lead implantation and extraction techniques.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates this other activity (live and recorded sessions) for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA Credit Designation Statement

NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.


Exhibit and Sponsorship

Exhibits and Sponsorships are a vital part of the Surgical Treatments for Arrhythmias and Rhythm Disorders course. We encourage you to view the Industry Prospectus to learn more about taking part in this incredible opportunity. For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Melissa Binette
Director of Corporate and Industry Relations