Scientific Programme


07:30 - 17:30 Registration
09:00 - 09:30 Opening Ceremon
12th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (GF) and the 3rd Euro-Asian Symposium of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (EA)
Welcome address Professor Afksendiyos KALANGOS
Director Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
MITERA Hospital, Athens, Greece
President GFHM
In Memory of  
Christos LOLAS Doctor Sotirios PRAPAS, MD, FECTS
Director Cardiac Surgery Henry Dunant
Hospital, Athens, Greece
President of Hellenic Society of Cardio-
Vascular & Thoracic Surgeons


09:30 – 12:00 Session 1 (GF + EA)
  Chair: Bacha E., USA and Kalangos A., Greece
09:30 – 10:00 The Evolving Role of Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement in
the Management of Patients with Congenital Heart Disease Involving
the Right Ventricular Outflow Tract.

McElhinney, Doff, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA
10:00 – 10:30 The Global Burden of Pediatric Heart Disease
Zheleva Bistra, Minneapolis, Children’s HeartLink, MN, USA
10:30 – 11:00 International Surgical Missions: Do They Make a Difference?
Anderson, Davis R. Evelina Children’s Hospital, London, UK
11:00 – 11:30 Impact of 25 Years of Humanitarian Assistance.
Novick William, M., The William Novick Global Alliance, TN, USA`
11:30 – 12:00 The International Quality Improvement Collaborative for
12:00 – 13:30 Luncheon – non-organized


13:30 – 17:00 Session 2 (GF)
  Chair: Jenkins K, USA and Christenson J.T., Switzerland
13:30 – 14:00 Financing Congenital Heart Disease Services in the UK NHS
Thomson, John, Leeds, UK
14:00 – 14:30 The Global Burden of Pediatric Heart Disease
Zheleva Bistra, Minneapolis, Children’s HeartLink, MN, USA
14:30 – 15:00

Training Pediatric Professionals in Low-and Middle Income
Countries: Challenges and Potential Solutions

Kumar, R. Krishna, Amrita Institute of Medical Science, AIMS, Kochi, India

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00 The Impact of Humanitarian Missions in Serbia
Jovanovic, Ida, Chief Pediatric Cardiologist, Belgra
de, Serbia
16:00 – 16:30 The Burden of Congenital Heart Disease in China: How to Deal with that?
Petropoulos, Andreas, Merezi Klinika, Baku, Azerbaijan
16:30 – 17:00

Nutritional Status and Challenges in International Pediatric Cardiac Assistance
Molloy Frank, Novick Cardiac Alliance, Memphis, TN, USA

  Free papers
17:15 – 17:15 Rahman S., IQIC steering committee, Boston, MA, USA
Congenital Heart Disease Survival in Low and Middle Income
Countries: Linking Investment and Outcomes

17:15 – 17:30

Tefera E , Nega B.,Yadeta, Chanie Y
Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Botswana, Faculty of Medicine,
Gaborone, Botswana and School of Medicine Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Humanitarian Cardiology and cardiac surgery in sub-Saharan Africa: Can
we reshape the model.
  Guest speaker’s dinner


07:30 - 17:30 Registration
08:30 – 12:30 Session 3 (EA)
  Chair: McElhinney D., USA and Tzifa A., Greece
08:30 – 09:00 Surgical Management of ALCAPA in Newborns and Long Term Results
Lange, Rüdiger, German Heart Center, Munich Germany
09:00 – 09:30 Hybrid Neonatal Cardiac Surgery
Bacha Emile, NY Presbytarian Heart Centre, New York, NY, USA
09:30 – 10:00 Surgical Management of Complex TGA
Baird Christopher, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:00 Single Stage Unifocalization and Repair for Tetralogy of Fallot with
Pulmonary Atresia and MAPCAs: the Standford Approach and Experience.
McELHINNEY Doff, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alta, CA USA
11:00 – 11:30 Aortic Valve Repair in Congenital Heart Disease
Kalangos Afksendiyos, Mitera Hospital, Athens, Greece
11:30 – 12:00 Modified Ross-Kono Operation for Congenital Aortic Stenosis
Photiades J. Berlin Heart Center, Berlin, Germany
12:00 – 12:30 Current ECLS; Is Sustained Survival of More Than 50% Reachable ?
Chrysostomou, Constantinos, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Orlando, FL, USA
12:00 – 13:30 Luncheon – non-organized
13:30 – 14:30 Discussion, Humanitarian Journal
Kalangos Afksendiyos, Athens, Greece
D. Anderson - K. Jenkins – I. Jovanovic - J. Photiades – J. Thomson –
D. Mc Elhinney – E. Bacha – C. Baird – W. Novick - G. Butera – A.Tzifa – N.
Shatelen – A. Petropoulos and J.T. Christenson
14:30 – 17:45 Session 4 (GF)
14:30 – 15:00

Chair: Novick W., USA , Kumar R.K., India

Cutting Costs without Cutting Corners: Catheter Interventions in Low
Resources Environments.
Kumar, R. Krishna, Amrita Institute of Medical Science, AIMS, Kochi, India

  Free papers
15:00 – 15:15 Babar H., Ladak L., Pearson D., Jenkins K., et al. Aga Khan University
Hospital , Karachi, Pakistan, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia and
Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Ault Congenital Cardiac Life-Long Needs Evaluation in a Low Middle
Income Country, Pakistan: Perspective From Patients and Healthcare
Professionals – ACCESS Study
15:15 – 15:30 Ali F., Mehdi M.Q.,Akhtar S., Aslam N. Abbas R., Shah I., Goodman A.,
Bergersen L., Babar H.
Aga Kahn University, Karachi, Pakistan and Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA,
Impact of the Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Project on Outcomes –
Quality Improvement (C3PO-QI) in Low and Middle Income Countries
(LMICs): A Single Center Experience in Pakistan
15:30 – 15:45 Ladak L.A., Babar H. Gullick J., Awais K., Abdullah A., Gallagher R.
University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia and Aga Kahn University, Karachi,
Health Related OfLife in Post-Operative Congenital Heart Disease
Adults: a Mixed Methods Study from a Low-Middle Income Country
15:45– 16:00 Bina N.
La Chaine de l’espoir, Paris, France
First Cardiac Surgery Experiences in Afghanistan
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 16:45 Sharau G.G., Majani N., Kubhoja S., Mhewa O., Mlawi V., Mongella S.
Jakwete Cardiac Institute, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Sustainable Paediatric Cardiac Services In a Developing Country:
Wishful Thinking or Reality in the Making?
16:45 – 17:00 Sreemanthi S.,
Hearts for Hearts, Chennai, India
Sustainable project for Underprivileged Children with cardiac Disease
in India
17:00 – 17:15 Zhakipbayev D.
Dept. of Pavlodar Regional Cardiological Center, Pavlodar,Kazakhstan
Five Years Experience of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
17:15 – 17:30 Bhag G., Bipin H., Mohanty S., Rao S.
Children’s Heart Center, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai,
Thriving Neonatal Surgical Unit: Has Children’s Heart Centre, Mumbai,
solved the Problem
17:30 – 17:45 Javed L., Mansoor R., Amanullah M.
Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
Outcomes of Fontan Surgery in Developing Country
  Evening free activities


07:30 - 17:30 Registration
08:30 – 12:30 Session 5 (EA/GF)
  Chair: Anderson D.R., UK and Christenson J.T., Switzerland
08:30 – 09:00 Transcatheter Closure of Complex Arterial Ducts
Butera Gianfranco, San Donato Milanese, Milan, Italy
09:00 – 09:30 Pros and Cons of Transcatheter ASD Closure
Thomson John, Leeds Hospital, Leeds, UK
09:30 – 10:00 Transcatheter Cardiac Interventions During Humanitarian Missions: Benefits and Obstacles
Butera, Gianfranco, Policlinico San Donato, Milan, Italy
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Pediatric (CHD) Catheter Database and QI including IMPACT and

Bergersen, Lisa, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA
11:00 – 12:30 IQIC’s Catheterization Registry
Jenkins Kathy, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA
12:30 – 13:00 Increasing Access to Quality Pediatric Cardiac Care in LMIC’s, Macro Impact Approach
Zheleva, Bistra, Children’s HeartLink, Minneapolis, MN, USA
12:30 – 13:00 Past, Present and the Future of Congenital Heart Surgery
Anderson David, Evelina Children’s Hospital, London, UK
12:00 – 13:30 Luncheon – non-organized
14:00 – 17:30 Session 6 (GF)
  Chair : Jovanovic I., Serbia and Thomson J, UK
14:00 – 14:30 The Future The Future Role of the Global Heart Network: Long-Term
Tactical Plan

Petropoulos, Myrtho, Global Heart Network, Baku, Azerbaijan
14:30 – 14:45

Ethics of Operating on Complex Cases at the End of a Trip
Novick, William M., The William Novick Global Alliance, Memphis, TN, USA

14:45 – 15:00 Update on Quality Measurements
Jenkins, Kathy, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA
  Free papers
15:00 – 15:15 Verstappen A., Ross S., De Stoutz N., Zheleva B.
Global Heart Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, USA
The Global Heart Alliance for Rheumatic and Congenital Hearts:
Improving Outcomes through Empowering Patients and Family
15:15 – 15:30 Johnson T.D., Draper A., Davis K., Francis J.R.
Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Royal Darwin
Hospital, Darwin, Australia
Community Consultations, engagement and Implementation of the
First Large Scale Rheumatic Heart Disease Screening Program in
15:30 – 15:45 Aziz S. Hashmi S., Amanullah M.
Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
Endocardial Cushion Defects in Down Syndrome and Non-Down
Syndrome: Outcomes from a Teaching University Hospital
  Evening free activities


08:30 – 11:30 Registration
09:00 – 13:00 Session 7 (EA+GF)
  Chair: Butera G., Italy and Tzifa A. , Greece
09:00 – 09:15 Fetal Detection of Univentricuar Physiology Hearts: Councelling And Outcomes
Vlahos A. University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece
09:15 – 09:30 The Impact of Epigenetics in CHD
Bonou Pipina, Mitera Hospital, Athens, Greece
09:30 – 09:45 Adult Congenital Heart Disease Networks in Greece
Giannakoulas G., University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
09:45 – 10:15 Pregnancy Dilemmas in Women with Congenital Heart Disease
Jovanovic Ida, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
10:15 – 10:30 Coronary Artery Disease in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
Mitropoulos F., Mitera Hospital, Athens, Greece
10:30 – 11:00 Recent Changes in Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in

Tzifa Aphrodite, Mitera Hospital, Athens, Greece
11:00 – 11:30 Conclusion and Closure