The first course: 5 - 6 June 2017


Educational Activities

Teaching and Training entails different modules:

  1. Meeting (MICS):these are conferences that offer crucial points of view on the current status of  mitral surgery by means of videos, live surgery sessions, boxing rings and a discussion arena. All this aims at acquiring guiding principles to follow in terms of critical thinking and decision  making. MICS is a biennial congress
  2. Mitral anatomy and physiology, mitral physiopathology and physiology, surgical indications, evidence and guidelines, critical review of literature, definition of quality in cardiac surgery
  3. Short visiting of the main hubs in order to discover the most innovative, minimally-invasive mitral surgery techniques and to take part in hands-on sessions during complex repair procedures
  4. Advanced courses: there is a possibility to stay (30 days or more) in a mitral hub with a high volume of procedures. Participants will actively take part in the mitral surgery program, from diagnosis to the Mitral team’s decision-making process and up to the surgical treatment, which could be isolated or complex. The main focus will be minimally-invasive surgical set-up, robotic surgery, as well as state-of-the-art technology. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Mitral Academy Research Group

Assess potential therapies and clinical results coming from the application of new technologies

The Mitral Registry

The members of the Academy will have the opportunity to share their clinical results (from preoperative ultrasound to surgical treatment, up to long-term monitoring) by means of a specific Mitral registry. This online tool allows to collect a highquality set of data, thus becoming animportant platform for international scientific publishing and for quality assurance purposes.


Even today, there are still cultural gaps in the guidelines for the surgical treatment of mitral disease. Mitral Academy’s ambitious goal is to achieve the clinical and scientific results needed to at least partially fill these gaps. What’s more, the Academy also promotes an awareness campaign for early repair treatment of mitral insufficiency, with a major focus on ischemic mitral valve repair. 

Furthermore, another goal of the Academy is to assess potential therapies and clinical results coming from the application of new technologies.

Thanks to the collaboration of European and American specialists, Mitral Academy intends to propose common consensus documents for diagnostic and surgical procedures, which overcome the existing
division between the guidelines of different countries.

Non-conventional treatment

Surgical and percutaneous hybrid treatment and the Heart Mitral Team

Ultra-minimally invasive approaches

Mitral Academy promotes the implementation and development of ultra-minimally invasive techniques for the surgical treatment of mitral disease. What’s more, the Academy’s philosophy sees the surgical and percutaneous hybrid treatment as an extremely important aspect, which should be particularly applied to ‘frail’ patients for whom surgery would mean taking a high risk.

The Heart Mitral Team

Mitral valve disease treatment requires a complex process, which involves many professionals. And that is the reason why Mitral Academy requires the training and employment of a team of specialists (a so-called Heart Mitral Team) inside every reference center.

This dedicated team consists of cardiologists, echocardiographists, anesthesiologists with a certification for
the use of transesophageal ultrasound, interventional cardiologists with experience in percutaneous procedures, and, last but not least, expert operating theatre staff, with proven experience in particular on minimally-invasive procedures.