Tech-Con Explores New Frontiers in Adult Cardiac and General Thoracic Surgery

Today’s Tech-Con program will feature innovative techniques and novel approaches to solving common clinical problems faced by adult cardiac and general thoracic surgeons. 

The adult cardiac sessions will incorporate the most advanced surgical therapy and technology for treating coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and aortic dissection, said moderator Ibrahim Sultan, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Andrew C. Chang, MD

Andrew C. Chang, MD

Presentations on organ donation after cardiac death and the intraoperative use of bare stents as adjuncts for aortic remodeling in type A aortic dissection will offer important takeaways that adult cardiac surgeons won’t want to miss.

The general thoracic sessions will focus on advances in nanotechnology, mediastinal diseases, and lung cancer, with a little something about “what’s old is new” in esophageal surgery. Moderator Andrew C. Chang, MD, from Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, predicts that general thoracic surgeons will be especially interested in robotics, particularly the incorporation of robotic bronchoscopy.


11:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Great Hall B and Rivergate Room

“Tech-Con will provide information that is on the edge of innovation and is almost practice-ready,” he said. “These presentations and discussions are intended to be more practical and less academically oriented than what might be addressed within the typical sessions at the Annual Meeting.”

New this year are two Lunch and Learn sessions where industry representatives will share their thoughts on emerging device technology and challenges that they go through while developing medical devices. The adult cardiac session will discuss the future of transcatheter management for the mitral valve, while the general thoracic session will examine the use of a robot for airway management.

In the afternoon, Mark S. Cohen, MD, innovation chief at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, will deliver a keynote lecture, followed by the always-exciting Shark Tank presentations. Entrepreneurs will pitch their novel cardiothoracic surgery products to the audience and a panel of experts in medical device development. 

Products to be presented include:

  • A soft robotic biventricular cardiac compression device for the treatment of acute heart failure syndrome
  • A chest drainage unit with an integrated carbon dioxide detector
  • Catheters designed to stop brain damage during cardiac arrest
  • A mixed-reality application for improving visualization in thoracic surgery

Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite products using live polling. After the Shark Tank presentations, the day will wrap up with a cocktail and networking reception in the Tech-Con exhibit area. 

You still can purchase a ticket to attend today’s Tech-Con sessions. Visit the Registration desk in the Hall B1 Lobby and add a ticket to your Annual Meeting registration. 

See what new techniques and technologies are on the horizon for cardiothoracic surgery.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Adult Cardiac: Ischemic, Heart Failure, and Atrial Fibrillation
Great Hall B

General Thoracic: Chest Wall, Mediastinum, and Esophagus
Rivergate Room

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Adult Cardiac Lunch & Learn: The Future of Transcatheter Mitral Valve Therapies
Great Hall B

General Thoracic Lunch & Learn: Airway Management – Why Use a Robot?
Rivergate Room

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Adult Cardiac: New Technologies in Aortic and Structural Heart Disease
Great Hall B

General Thoracic: Innovations in Lung Cancer Care
Rivergate Room

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Break—Visit Tech-Con Exhibits
Great Hall Lobby

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Joint Session: Keynote Lecture and Shark Tank
Great Hall B

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. 
Great Hall Lobby

You must purchase a separate ticket to attend the events listed above.