Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It was in the early 2000s when the first thoracic aorta surgery conference in Bologna was organized by Prof. A. Pierangeli and Prof. R. Di Bartolomeo. Since then, these meetings have been a regular appointment where colleagues from all over the world have come together.

We are very glad to announce the first edition of the “Bologna Heart Surgery Symposium” (BHSS), Focus on Aortic Disease, which will take place in Bologna on 12th and 13th September 2022.

These years unusual changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have prevented gatherings for long periods of time and almost all large cardiovascular meetings have tried adapting to new circumstances with web-streaming technologies. However, we strongly feel the need to interact directly in person sharing our professional and personal experience.

BHSS will be a two-day in-person meeting focused on open and endovascular aortic repair, including aortic valve, with a spotlight on new technologies. It is designed for Cardiovascular Surgeons, Cardiologists, Radiologists, Anesthesiologists, Residents, Perfusionists and Nurses.

The structure of the meeting will include live and live-in-a-box cases alongside with lectures and videos from masters of the field. Interactions between
delegates and faculty is the key feature of BHSS and you are strongly invited to send videos showing your personal surgical and endovascular experience. The selected videos will be presented and discussed during the main sessions in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere.

BHSS will also be an opportunity to “discover” new tools for the diagnosis of aortic pathology with special focus to virtual reality applied to diagnosis and therapy. Alongside the main sessions, during mini-workshops, attendees will have the opportunity to “plunge” into virtual and mixed reality.

Join us and make it an unforgettable learning experience!

Davide Pacini

Davide Pacini
Chief, Cardiac Surgery Unit – IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Bologna – Italy
Full Professor of the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine – Università di Bologna – Italy

Roberto Di Bartolomeo
Università di Bologna – Italy

Luca Di Marco
Cardiac Surgery Unit – IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Bologna – Italy
Alessandro Leone
Cardiac Surgery Unit – IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Bologna – Italy
Giacomo Murana
Cardiac Surgery Unit – IRCCS Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Bologna – Italy

Donald Adam, Birmingham – UK
Alireza Alizadeh Ghavidel, Teheran – Iran
Velayudhan V. Bashi, Chennai – India
Mohamad Bashir, Nantgarw – UK
Joseph Bavaria, Philadelphia – USA
Francesco Buia, Bologna – Italy
Mauro Cassese, San Giovanni Rotondo – Italy
Stepan Cerny, Prague – Czech Republic
Steve (Xin) Chen, Nanjing – China
Edward Chen, Durham – USA
Suk Jung Choo, Seoul – Korea
Roberto Chiesa, Milano – Italy
Joseph Coselli, Houston – USA
Martin Czerny, Bad Krozigen – Germany
Ruggero De Paulis, Rome – Italy
Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Bologna – Italy
Luca Di Marco, Bologna – Italy
Gebrine El Khoury, Brussels – Belgium
Anthony Estrera, Houston – USA
Christian Etz, Leipzig – Germany
Leonard N. Girardi, New York – USA
Martin Grabenwöger, Wien – Austria
Robin Heijmen, Nieuwegein – Netherlands
Mohammed Idhrees, Chennai – India
Joerg Kempfert, Berlin – Germany
Monoj Kuduvalli, Liverpool – UK
Steven Lansman, Valhalla – USA
Luigi Lovato, Bologna – Italy
Paolo Magagna, Vicenza – Italy
George Matalanis, Melbourne – Australia
Germano Melissano, Milano – Italy
Kenji Minatoya, Kyoto – Japan
Luis Maroto, Madrid – Spain
William J. Morshuis, Nijmegen – The Netherlands
Francesco Musumeci, Rome – Italy
Hitoshi Ogino, Tokyo – Japan
Yutaka Okita, Kobe – Japan
Aung Ye Oo, London – UK
Davide Pacini, Bologna – Italy
Kay-Hyun Park, Seoul – Republic of Korea
Himanshu Patel, Ann Arbor – USA
Mauro Romano, Massy – France
Eric Roselli, Cleveland – USA
Hans-Joachin Schäfers, Homburg – Germany
Marc Schepens, Bruges – Belgium
Florian Schoenhoff, Bern – Switzerland
Malakh Lal Shrestha, Hannover – Germany
Worawong Slisatkorn, Bangkok – Thailand
Lizhong Sun, Beijing – China
Wilson Szeto, Philadelphia – USA
Hiroo Takayama, New York – USA
Matthias Thielmann, Essen – Germany
Konstantinos Tsagakis, Essen – Germany
Eduardo Turner, Santiago – Chile
Yuichi Ueda, Nara – Japan
Juan Umana, Bogota – Colombia
Isidre Vilacosta, Madrid – Spain
Petr Vitasek , Prague – Czech Republic

*The faculty list could undergo some changes

Click HERE to download the programme

Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi
Piazza della Costituzione, 4/a
40128 Bologna – Italy

By Plane
Several airlines connect Bologna with many Italian and foreign cities. The International airport “G. Marconi” is located just 7 km from the Symposium
Venue. About 15 minutes by taxi.
Taxi: +39 051.372727 – +39 051.4950 – +39 051.534141
By Train
The Bologna Central Station is one of the largest railway interconnections in both Italy and Europe. It is a few minutes from Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi.
Buses no. 35/39 link the station with the Symposium Venue. The prices of the tickets are € 1,50 – validity: 75 minutes from time of ticket validation on bus.
One-day ticket price is € 6,00 – validity: 24 hours from time of ticket validation on bus.

By Car
From motorway A1, A13, A14: from the ring road take exit n. 7 (Via Stalingrado) or
exit Bologna Fiera direction city centre.
Car parking Parking facilities are available near the Symposium Venue.

A number of rooms have been booked for participants.

The official Symposium language is English.

Participants are invited to send videos on any of the topics addressed. Please use Windows Media Player compatible formats. Maximum video length is 5 minutes.
All oral presentations will be in English.
The Videos should be sent to the Organizing Secretariat by 1st July 2022 with a CD, USB or by uploading them on WeTransfer (, recipient’s e-mail address:

A technical exhibition will take place throughout the Symposium. For information, please contact the Organizing Secretariat.

Participation will be subject to the current regulations. All updates will be available on the Symposium website.

For the registration proceed here

Physician:  Before June 15th € 610,00 –  After June 15th € 671,00
Physician SICCH Members*:  Before June 15th € 488,00 – After June 15th € 549,00
Trainees: € 122,00
Nurse: € 122,00
Perfusionist: € 122,00
Accompanying guests: € 122,00
Conference dinner: € 122,00

Price including 22% VAT

*Reduced fee for individual registrations only

Registration fee includes:
Admittance to all sessions, access to the exhibition, Congress kit, coffee breaks on 12th and 13th September.
Participation to Virtual&Mixed Reality Mini-workshop to be previously booked.

Registration fee for Accompanying guests includes:
Conference dinner on 12th September, a guided tour on 13th September.

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