Dr. Ralph Damiano on Maze and minimally invasive surgery
The leader and innovator in the further development of the concomitant Maze procedure
October 23, 2020
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Saturday afternoon at the Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference, you’ll hear about afib surgery from two of the biggest names in the afib surgery world. One of those, Ralph Damiano, MD, the protégé of Dr. James Cox, creator of the open-heart Cox Maze surgical procedure, joins us for the fifth time this year.
Dr. Damiano continues to be the leader and innovator in the further development of the concomitant Maze procedure, which is done for treating afib at the same time as bypass or valve repair surgery. Also, he has innovated a minimally invasive version of the Maze procedure.
Dr. Damiano is the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He has been on the leading edge of afib procedures; he performed the first robotically-assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedure in North America in 1998 and his group has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health for more than 30 years in the area of robotically-assisted microsurgery for CABG. They also developed the gold-standard surgical procedure, the Maze procedure, which doctors use around the world. His work earned him a ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award in 1997.
A world-renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr. Damiano has authored more than 330 scientific publications and given more than 500 lectures and presentations around the nation and the world. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He’s on nine editorial boards and has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Innovations since 2008.
At the conference, October 30–November 1, Dr. Damiano will give an overview of the open-chest Maze procedure done alongside (concomitantly with) another heart procedure such as valve repair or bypass as well as a standalone version for afib. He will talk about when surgery is appropriate, who is a good candidate, and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Hearing directly from Dr. Damiano is invaluable in and of itself; Saturday afternoon also marks a highlight of the conference, because it includes the How to Choose the Right Procedure Panel, where doctors discuss real-life cases of people in the room—maybe even yours. You won’t get this kind of perspective anywhere else!
When you register for the Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference, you’ll get to hear directly from Dr. Damiano and other experts.
P.S. We’re so pleased that Dr. Damiano will join us again to share his afib surgery expertise with you at this year’s Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.® Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference.
We would love to “see” you in just a couple of weeks at the patient conference. You can register here:
P.P.S. If you would like to read about our distinguished patient conference faculty, all in one place, access their profiles as we release them, here.