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Marfan Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disorders - Medical and Surgical Management
Friday, March 30, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Lars Svensson, MD, PhD

  • Chairman
  • Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute

Vidyasagar Kalahasti, MD

  • Director
  • Marfan Syndrome & Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic

At Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, it is the mission of the Marfan Syndrome & Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic to thoroughly evaluate patients using state-of-the art diagnostic testing, provide ongoing comprehensive care for patients with disease of the aorta, connective tissue disorder and Marfan syndrome, provide genetic screening for families of patients with genetic disorders, and to perform ongoing research and education to provide patients with high quality and innovative therapies. Please join us and have your questions on Marfan Syndrome answered by Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, Lars Svensson, MD, PhD, and Director of the Marfan Syndrome & Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic, Vidyasagar Kalahasti, MD.

Marfan Syndrome is a condition that affects the connective tissue of the body and causes damage to the heart, aorta, and other parts of the body. This complex condition requires a specialized and experienced approach to care. Marfan syndrome (also called Marfan’s syndrome or Marfans syndrome) is a condition that affects the connective tissue. Connective tissue holds the body together and provides support to many structures throughout the body. In Marfan syndrome, the connective tissue isn’t normal. As a result, many body systems are affected, including the heart, blood vessels, bones, tendons, cartilage, eyes, nervous system, skin and lungs.

Cleveland Clinic’s Marfan Syndrome & Connective Tissue Disorders Clinic is made up of a multidisciplinary group of specialists in cardiology, cardiac surgery, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic anesthesia, cardiovascular imaging, genetics, ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery. These clinicians provide expertise in genetic and diagnostic testing, medical management and surgical and endovascular procedures, and are dedicated to provide care to patients with all types of aortic disease.

Lars Georg Svensson, MD, PhD, is the Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Svensson is an internationally known cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. His research has led to many innovative surgical treatments and techniques. Dr. Svensson is board-certified in thoracic, cardiovascular and general surgery. He is a Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Prior to being appointed to Chair of the institute, Dr. Svensson’s leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic included Director of the Aorta Center; Director of the Marfan Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic; Director of Quality and Process Improvement, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; Director of Affiliate Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs; and Co-Director, Transcatheter Valve Program.

Dr. Svensson’s specialty interests include Aortic valve surgery, aortic valve and bicuspid valve repair, cardiac surgery, complex aorta surgery, surgery for thoracic aortic aneurysm, endovascular aorta treatment – thoracic, heart surgery for patients with Marfan syndrome, modified David's reimplantation procedure, percutaneous treatment for patients with valve disease, minimally invasive heart surgery, and Marfan syndrome and connective tissue disorders.

Vidyasagar Kalahasti, MD, is Director, Marfan Syndrome & Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic, a member of the Aorta Center, and a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging and the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

He is board-certified in internal medicine, Cardiovascular disease and National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Kalahasti's specialty interests include aortic diseases (aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection), valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease and general cardiology.

A native of India, Dr. Kalahasti received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences Sri Venkateswara Medical College in Tirupati, A.P., India, graduating with distinction. He did a rotating internship at S.V.R. R. Government General Hospital in Tirupati, A.P. India. He followed this with an internship and residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kalahasti then accepted a fellowship in cardiovascular disease from Cleveland Clinic. After that, he did advanced cardiac imaging fellowship in Echo and cardiovascular CT.

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