Visiting Lectures

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The Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Residency Program has welcomed international and national cardiac and thoracic surgeons across nations to provide a unique insight into the field of cardiothoracic surgery, continuing our tradition of fostering innovation and expertise.

Learn more about our past guest lectures:


The Alfred Blalock Lecture

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2019 Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub Cyanotic Heart Disease, An Evolutionary Tale
2018 Dr. David Fullerton Is Aortic Stenosis a Curable Disease
2017 Dr. Tirone David Creativity in Surgery
2016 Sir Bruce Keogh Medical Care for All: Lessons Learned from the NHS
2015 Dr. Martin Elliott Managing Tracheal Stenosis in Children: From Repair to Replacement
2014 Dr. Hartzell Schaf New Developments in Surgical Management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
2013 Dr. Bruce Lytle How Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Created the Modern World
2012 Dr. Joseph Coselli Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair—The Mentor’s Imprint
2011 Dr. Edward L. Bove Innovation and Regulation—Can They Both Exist in Today’s Medical Environment?
2010 Dr. Craig R. Smith Transcatheter Valve Implantation

Evelyn Grollman-Glick Thoracic Surgery Lecture

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2019 David R. Jones, M.D. Moving Beyond TNM: Can Tumor Genomics Help Predict Recurrence Following Complete Resection of Lung Adenocarcinoma?
2018 Dr. Edward Verrier The Elite Athlete: The Master Surgeon
2017 Dr. Douglas E. Wood Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines, Policy Development and Access
2016 Dr. Thomas A. D’Amico Thorascopic Lobectomy: Now and Beyond the First 20 Years
2015 Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger Innovation Is Never Evidence Based
2014 Dr. Gail Darling Esophageal Cancer: Evolution in Care
2013 Dr. James Luketich Evolution of Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
2012 Dr. Claude Deschamps Esophagectomy: A Score Card
2011 Dr. Richard Feins Delibrate Practice to Surgical Practice—The Training of the Elite Surgeon
2010 Dr. Mark Orringer Transhiatal Esophagectomy—The Hopkins Connection

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Guest Lecture

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2017 Dr. Richard G. Ohye Surgical Management of the Borderline Left Ventricle in Neonates and Infants
2016 Dr. Sunji Sano The Norwood Procedure and Beyond: From the “Sano Modification” to Stem Cells
2015 Dr. Carl Backer Vascular Rings: The Chicago Contribution
2014 Dr. Charles D. Fraser CCHS Evolution Through 10,000 Surgeries
2013 Dr. John W. Brown The Ross Procedure: Lessons Learned and Outcomes of 350+ Children and Adults
2012 Dr. Christopher Caldarone New Treatments for Pulmonary Venous Stenosis and TAPVC
2012 Dr. Bob Anderson AVSDs and DORV
2012 Dr. Marshall Jacobs Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery: A Surgical Disease
2011 Dr. Constantine Mavroudis Fontan Conversion
2011 Dr. Joseph A. Dearani Ebstein’s Anomaly
2011 Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs Outcomes Analysis and Quality Improvement for the Treatment of Patients with Congenital Heart Disease
2011 Dr. James Quintessenza Surgical Strategies for Reconstruction of the Pulmonary Valve
2011 Dr. Emile A. Bacha Hybrid and Fetal Procedures in Congenital Heart Surgery
2011 Dr. Giovanni Stellin Transatrial-Transpulmonary Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot

Susan and Milton Miller Lecture

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2018 Dr. Todd K. Rosengart Initiating Academic Productivity: Push and Pull
2017 Dr. Joseph L. Mills Limb Threatening Ischemia and the Diabetic Foot Ulcer: Classification Driven Management
2016 Dr. John Elefteriades Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms: Reading the Enemy’s Handbook
2015 Dr. Daniel G. Clair Research Strategies for Practicing Vascular Surgeons
2014 Dr. Charles Fraser CCHS Evolution through 10,000 Surgeries
2013 Dr. Vivian Gahtan Thrombospondin-1 and Intimal Hyperplasia—A Role for Statins
2012 Dr. Keith Horvath Innovations in Cardiac Surgery—From the Files of the NHLBI
2011 Dr. Richard Cambria Thoracic/Thoracoabdominal Aortic Surgery: Perspectives and Progress with Spinal Cord Ischemia
2010 Dr. David Yuh Can Technology Create Better Surgeons? Confessions of a Washed-Up Video Game Programmer

Lynn Van Praag Lecture

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2019 Dr. Rakesh C. Arora Resuscitation After Cardiac Surgery—The Rules Have Changed
2018 Dr. Mary Beth Brady and Dr. Rani K. Hasan Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Transforming Teams to Transform Treatment
2017 Dr. Hitoshi Yokoyama The Fukushima Disaster: Dealing Simultaneously with a Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown
2016 Dr. Michael Mack The Changing World of Valvular Heart Disease Treatment
2015 Dr. Robert H. Bartlett Extracorporeal Life Support: Past, Present and Future
2014 Dr. David Fullerton Perioperative Management of Pulmonary Hypertension
2013 Dr. Alden Harken The Past, Present and Future of Cardiac Surgery
2012 Dr. Gerald Levy Anticoagulation in Cardiac Surgery

Special Cardiac Surgery Guest Lecture

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2019 Dr. Ralph J. Damiano Jr. Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: Current State of the Art
2018 Dr. Kenton J. Zehr What Can a Global Positioning System Tell Us About Permanent Atrial Fibrillation? What Does it Mean for Cardiac Surgery?
2017 Dr. Richard L. Prager Evolution of Operative Therapy for Coronary Artery Disease
2015 Dr. Alfred Casale Creating Value by Re-Engineering Health Care Delivery
2015 Dr. Vincent L. Gott The Roles of Luck, Opportunity and Serendipity in Scientific Discovery: A Cardiac Surgeon Looks Back and to the Future
2013 Dr. Jonathan W. Haft Temporary Circulatory Support for Cardiogenic Shock
2012 Dr. Nahush A. Mokadam LVADs: Primary Therapy for Heart Failure
2010 Dr. Thierry Carrel Innovative Prostheses for Aortic Valve and Root Replacements

Dana and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Lecture in Aortic Disease

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2019 Dr. Thoralf M. Sundt, III The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves:
Randomized trials in cardiac surgery
2018 Dr. Scott Le Maire Are We Causing Aortic Catastrophes with Antibiotics?
2017 Dr. Joseph Bavaria Type A Dissection: New and Evolving Conceptual Adjustments
to a Classically Inspired Operation
2016 Prof. Marjan Jahangiri Functional Assessment of the Thoracic Aorta: The Future of Risk

The Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Memorial Lectureship

Year Guest Lecturer Topic
2018 Dr. George C. Hill Masters of Surgical Techniques: Levi Watkins, Jr. MD and
Vivien Thomas Their Distinguished Journeys of Service
2017 Dr. Selwyn M. Vickers The 3rd Annual Levi Watkins, Jr, MD Memorial Lectureship
“Levi Watkins A Life Committed to Facing Challenges:
Lessons for us Today.”
2016 Dr. Levi Watkins The 2nd Annual Levi Watkins Jr, MD Memorial Lectureship “Surgeon Innovator, Agent of Change, Statesman, Colleague, and Friend.”
2015 Dr. Edward E. Cornwell The Inaugural Annual Levi Watkins, Jr, MD Memorial
Lectureship “Levi’s Legacy: The Inspiration to Address
Outcomes Disparities In Trauma Care.”