CANCELED: The Milwaukee Aortic Symposium

Milwaukee, WI US
March 20, 2020

This educational activity is designed to address issues related to Acute and Chronic Aortic Dissection and other acute aortic syndromes. it will familiarize the audience with natural history, surgical techniques, avoidance of complications and new technology. Aortic dissection is a public health issue with a high mortality rate. Efficient prevention, timely recognition, and safe surgery can make a difference in clinical outcomes. Surgical techniques are rapidly evolving and will be discussed at this symposium.

The Milwaukee Aortic Symposium will be held Friday, March 20, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rumble Room of the Harley-Davidson Museum at 400 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53201. 

Target Audience

  • Adult and pediatric patients with aortic disease
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • General surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will be instructed how to recognize the condition and will learn the indications for a timely intervention. 
  2. Current guidelines will be explained.
  3. Application of newly developed interventional techniques.
  4. Surgeons will learn how to minimize the incidence of complications and how to deal with these when they occur.
Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Heidi Brittnacher
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-1831
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/20/2020 - 1:00pm
Event ends: 
03/20/2020 - 7:00pm

1:00 - 2:00 pm    Registration
2:00 - 2:10 pm    Welcome and Initiation
Chris Rokkas, MD | Peter Rossi, MD

Session I | Chair: Chris Rokkas, MD
2:10 - 2:40 pm    Genetics of Aortic Pathology: Size Matters But Does Not Tell the Whole Story! | Donald Basel, MD 
2:40 - 3:10 pm    Valve Sparing Aortic Root Surgery | Michael Cain, MD
3:10 - 3:40 Pm    Current Developments and Controversies in Thoracic Aortic Surgery | Chris Rokkas, MD
3:40 - 3:50 pm    Discussion
3:50 - 4:00 PM    Refreshment Break
4:00 - 4:40 PM    Keynote Speaker Lecture | Introduction: Chris Rokkas, MD | Thoracic and Thoracoabdominal Aortic Surgery | Nicholas Kouchoukos, MD, Washington University, St. Louis

4:40 - 5:30 PM    Visit Harley-Davidson Museum 

Session II | Chair: Peter Rossi, MD
5:30 - 6:00 PM    Early Repair of Uncomplicated Acute Type B Aortic Dissection: Always, Sometimes or Never? | Neel Mansukhani, MD
6:00 - 6:30 pm    Hybrid and Endovascular Approaches to Aortic Arch Pathology | Peter Rossi, MD
6:30 - 7:00 PM    Keynote Speaker Lecture | Introduction: Peter Rossi, MD | Total Endovascular Solutions for Complex Aortic Pathologies: The Future is Now! | Benjamin Starnes, MD, University of Washington, Seattle

7:00 PM    Dinner/Exhibit Hall/Social Event

Harley-Davidson Museum
400 W Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53201
United States


Complimentary parking is available in the Harley-Davidson Museum parking lot.

Keynote speakers
Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD

John M. Shoenberg Professor Emeritus of 
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Washington University, St. Louis

Benjamin Starnes, MD
Alexander Whitehill Clowes, MD, Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery
Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Washington, Seattle

MCW Faculty
Chris Rokkas, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Peter Rossi, MD
Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Donald Basel, MD

Chief, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics

Neel Mansukhani, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Michael Cain, MD
Chief Resident, MCW General Surgery Residency 


All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose with the exception of:

Peter Rossi, MDGore MedicalInvestigator
Terumo AorticConsultant

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Number 6, all in control of content disclosed any relevant financial relationships.  These relationships were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.  

ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation For Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 5.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


Please login or register to take this course.

Fees include registration and meals:
: $75 
APPs, nurses, other healthcare professionals: $50  
Department of Surgery: Please contact Heidi Brittnacher at (414) 955-1931 or for complimentary registration. Do not register online. 

Refund Policy:
Cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations postmarked February 28, 2020 and earlier will be fully refunded. No refunds are available for cancellations postmarked after February 28, 2020.

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