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CTO Summit 2018 will feature latest research and techniques for chronic total occlusions

CRF will host scientific meeting February 15-16, 2018 in New York City

Cardiovascular Research Foundation


The CTO Summit 2018 is a two-day course featuring the latest research, advanced techniques, and state-of-the-art technologies for chronic total occlusions. The agenda is now available online at:

This year's conference will emphasize practical hands-on training and will feature twelve live case transmissions conducted by some of the world's leading experts in CTO stenting. Sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Patient Selection and Procedural Basics

  • CTO PCI in Specific Patient Populations (Higher Risk CTO PCI Patient, Post-CABG Patients, Patients with Low EF)

  • Case-Based Complication Management


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 15-16, 2018


New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY


The course directors for the CTO Summit 2018 are:

Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
Minneapolis Heart Institute
Minneapolis, MN

J. Aaron Grantham, MD
University of Missouri Kansas City and Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute
Kansas City, MO

Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD, PhD
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Martin B. Leon, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Jeffrey W. Moses, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Masahiko Ochiai, MD
Showa University/Northern Yokohama Hospital
Kanagawa, Japan

Gregg W. Stone, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Gerald S. Werner, MD
Klinikum Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany


Media may apply for registration by emailing For those interested in covering remotely, reporters are eligible for access to CTO 360 which provides live and on-demand viewing sessions.


About CRF

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to helping doctors improve survival and quality of life for people suffering from heart and vascular disease. For over 25 years, CRF has helped pioneer innovations in interventional cardiology and has educated doctors on the latest treatments for heart disease. For more information, visit

The CRF Center for Education trains interventional cardiologists and other healthcare professionals in advanced techniques and innovations at more than 50 educational meetings and conferences each year, including the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium. For more information, visit

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