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Agenda available for CTO Summit 2016

CRF will host scientific meeting on latest breakthroughs and techniques for chronic total occlusions on Feb. 25-26, 2016 in New York City

Cardiovascular Research Foundation


The CTO Summit 2016 is a two-day course featuring the latest research and state-of-the-art technologies for chronic total occlusions. The agenda is now available online at:

This year's conference will emphasize advanced techniques, evidence-based medicine, and live case transmissions featuring the world's leading experts in CTO stenting. Sessions showcasing the latest research on CTOs will focus on procedural outcomes, registry updates, and new stent technologies. Among the highlights are:

  • The EXPLORE Randomized Trial
    Jose P.S. Henriques, MD
    Academic Medical Center

  • European Registry Update
    Georgios Sianos, MD
    AHEPA University Hospital

  • Progress CTO Registry Update
    Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD
    VA North Texas Health Care System and UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • OPEN CTO Registry Update
    James Sapontis, MD

  • Successful Compared to Failed CTO PCI: New Data From a Large Korean Registry
    Seung-Whan Lee, MD
    Asan Medical Center

  • A Japanese Registry Update: J-PROCTOR 2
    Etsuo Tsuchikane, MD
    Toyohashi Heart Center

  • UK CTO Registry
    William M. Wilson, MD
    Royal Melbourne Hospital

  • BVS in CTO's: A Look at the Future
    Yaron Almagor, MD
    Shaare Zedek Medical Center


A complete blockage in the coronary artery lasting more than three months, or chronic total occlusion (CTO), has historically been one of the most challenging types of blockages to treat with an interventional procedure. This meeting is aimed at helping interventional cardiologists treat CTOs. With advanced techniques, leading practitioners of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) can achieve success rates greater than 90%.


February 25-26-2016


New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY


The course directors for the CTO Summit 2016 are:

J. Aaron Grantham, MD
University of Missouri Kansas City and Mid America Heart Institute

Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD, PhD
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Martin B. Leon, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Jeffrey W. Moses, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Masahiko Ochiai, MD
Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital

Gregg W. Stone, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Gerald S. Werner, MD
Klinikum Darmstadt


Media may apply for registration by emailing For those unable to attend in person, reporters are eligible for access to Virtual CTO which provides live and on-demand viewing of the meeting sessions.

About CRF

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is an independent, academically focused nonprofit organization dedicated to helping doctors improve the survival and quality of life of people suffering from heart and vascular disease. Since its inception in 1991, CRF has played a major role in realizing dramatic improvements in the lives of countless numbers of patients by establishing the safe use of new technologies and therapies in interventional cardiovascular medicine. For more information, visit


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