18th RHICS Expert Forum

Surgical Treatment and Options in Heart and Lung Failure / Sharing of Classic and New Approach in Cardiac Surgery

10 February 2020 7:00 – 10:00
at the Congress Venue Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai, Thailand

Greeting Remarks

Dear colleagues, friends and members of the RHICS,

This year, we have our Spring Symposium together again with the Annual Meeting of the Asian Society of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (ASCTVS), whose Congress President, Dr.Taweesak Chotivatanapong, was very kind to invite us to join their Meeting in Chiang-Mai, a delightful progressive city in Thailand .

Roland Hetzer, MD, PhD
Honorary President, RHICS e.V.

Dear friends, colleagues, and members of the RHICS

Our 18th Expert Forum will again bring together leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular medicine. We are fortunate to be included in the 28th Annual Meeting of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery with an exciting scientific program. The motto of the ASCVTS this year, Togetherness Innovation and Excellence fits so well to the activities and the spirit of the RHICS, as these goals have guided our Society in its previous meetings and represents the basis on which the Hetzer Society has been built and prospered for years.

Matthias Loebe
President, RHICS e.V.


Robert Cesnjevar, MD, PhD
Director, Department of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Universitätsklinikum Erlangen

Michael Dandel, MD, PhD
Cardiac Surgeon

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Cardio Centrum Berlin

Roland Hetzer, MD, PhD
Professor of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Cardio Centrum Berlin

Eva Maria Javier Delmo MD, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Charite Research Organisation
Charite- Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Matthias Loebe M.D. Ph.D. F.C.C.P. F.A.C.C.
Director, Thoracic Transplant and Mechanical Support Surgeon / Professor of Surgery, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Miami Transplant Institute, Memorial Jackson Health System / University of Miami

Gustav Steinhoff, MD, PhD
Director, Department of Cardiac Surgery and Reference and Translation

Center for Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy (RTC) University Medicine Rostock

Takeo Tedoriya, MD, PhD

Ageo Central General Hospital Cardiovascular Center  Saitama, Japan

Tae Jin Yun, MD
Cardiac Surgeon

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery University of Ulsan College of Medicine


Monday, Febrary 10, 2020

Session I:

Surgical Treatment and Options in Heart and Lung Failure

Moderators: Roland Hetzer | Matthias Loebe
  • Welcome Remarks 7:00

    R. Hetzer (Germany)

  • Heart failure: Surgical alternatives and perspectives 7:05

    R. Hetzer (Germany)

  • Ventricular assist device in heart failure: Recovery of the myocardium 7:20

    M. Dandel (Germany)

  • Regenerative therapy: Updates on stem cells and ist application 7:35

    G. Steinhoff (Germany)

  • The role of VAD therapy in children with end-stage heart failure 7:50

    E. Javier Delmo (Germany)

  • Surgical strategies in lung failure 8:05

    M. Loebe (USA)

Session II:

Sharing of Classic and New Approach in Cardiac Surgery

Moderators: E. del Javier Delmo | T. Tedoriya
  • Virtual reality imaging for cardiovascular surgery: Novel 3D work-station and precise surgical strategy 8:30

    T. Tedoriya (Japan)

  • HOCM: Surgical repair techniques 8:45

    R. Hetzer (Germany)

  • Mitral valve repair in congenital mitral lesions 9:00

    E. Javier Delmo (Germany)

  • Surgery for Ebstein anomaly 9:15

    T. Jin Yun (Korea)

  • Aortic reconstruction in pediatric patients: Surgical and neuro-protection techniques 9:30

    R. Cesnjevar (Germany)

  • Discussion 9:45