Robotic Cardiac Surgery: Mitral Valve Repair, Coronary Bypass, and More

Course Description

This STS course is a series of on-demand sessions that offers cutting-edge information on robotic cardiac surgery, including mitral valve repair, coronary bypass, and other procedures. The online curriculum is led by world-renowned surgeon instructors with successful track records in robotic surgery.

The course is designed for surgeons and teams interested in starting a robotic cardiac surgery program, as well as experienced surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, perfusionists, supporting program administrators, and other team members seeking to enhance their skills. The course includes six sessions composed of prerecorded, narrated video lectures and demonstrations, each enhanced by an interactive panel discussion. A course director moderates each panel, which features faculty from each session and an audience Q&A.

This online course is supported by an educational grant from Intuitive Surgical, Inc.


STS Members$100

Target Audience

This course is designed for the entire cardiac surgical team, including cardiothoracic surgeons, bedside assistants, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, operating room staff, cardiac anesthesiologists, perfusionists, and others involved with robotic cardiac procedures.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize surgical plans for robotic cardiac procedures from beginning to end.
  • Formulate preop evaluation, patient selection, and postoperative care pathways.
  • Describe the multidisciplinary components of building a robotic cardiac surgery program from hospital administration to health care team personnel.
  • Identify the ideal prerequisites for surgeon selection and hospital/program selection for starting and sustaining a robotic cardiac surgery program.
  • Describe the steps and finances needed for creating a robotic cardiac surgery program within a hospital setting.

Additional Information

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Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 23.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 23.50 Participation
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Commercial Relationships of Faculty
The Society would like to thank the following speakers for their work on the educational content of the Cardiac Robotics Online
Curriculum. Unless otherwise noted, the individual listed below have no relevant disclosures. All commercial relationships described
below have been mitigated.

T. Sloane Guy: Consultant/Advisory Board, Edwards Lifesciences, Ethicon, Intuitive Surgical, Medtronic, Verb Surgical
Randall Wolf: Consultant, Atricure Inc.:ordinary stock less than 0.1%
A. Marc Gillinov: Speaker/Consultant, Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic, CryoLife, Abbott; Research Grant, Abbott, Ownership Interest,
Arman Arghami
Rakesh Suri
Robert Cerfolio
Eric Lehr
Evelio Rodriguez: Consultant/Proctor, MIS Solutions
Richard Shemin: Scientific Advisory Board, Edwards Lifesciences
Eugene Grossi: Consultant/Advisory Board, Edwards Lifesciences, Intuitive Surgical, Medtronic; Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Edwards
Lifesciences, Medtronic
Jordan Goldhammer
Paul Modi
Randolph W. Chitwood
Douglas Murphy: Speaker/Training, Intuitive Surgical, Abbott
Arnar Geirsson: Consultant, Medtronic
Danny Ramzy
Trey Brunsting
Richard Daly: Patent, NeoChord, Boston Scientific
Vinay Badhwar
Clifton Lewis
Robert L. Smith
Francesco Musumeci
J. Michael Smith
Leland Siwek
Marc Katz
Stephanie Mick
Branden Reynolds
Emiliano Navarra
Husam Bakhy: Consultant, AtriCure, Intuitive Surgical, LivaNova
Fran Sutter: Consultant, Intuitive
Michael Halkos: Consultant, Medtronic
Karen Gersch
Nirav Patel
L. Wiley Nifong
Bob Kiaii: Consultant, Boston Scientific, Edwards Lifesciences, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic
Marc Ruel: Research Grant, CryoLife, Medtronic; Other Research Support, Edwards Lifesciences; Consultant, Abbot, CryoLife, Medtronic
Daniel Bethencourt: Consultant, Global Medical and Surgical Robotics
John Puskas
Johannes Bonatti
Jean-Luc Jansens
Richard Stephens
Gianluca Torregrossa
Wouter Oosterlinck: Consultant, Medtronic
Stepan Cerny
Emmanuel Moss

Commercial Relationships of STS Staff
Unless otherwise noted, these STS staff members have nothing to disclose:

Scott Bradbury, Director of Education
Kasia Chalko, Marketing Manager
Karen Kostrinsky, Senior Manager, E-Learning
Amanda Wright, Senior Coordinator, E-Learning
Melisa Puthenmadom, E-Learning Coordinator
Michele Rush, Senior Manager for Education
Wesley K. Peart, Education Manager
William F. Seward, Associate Executive Director

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this other enduring material for a maximum of 23.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim a maximum of 23.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Available Credit

  • 23.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 23.50 Participation
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