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Aortic Disease and Treatment
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Tara Mastracci, MD

  • Staff Vascular Surgeon

Eric Roselli, MD

  • Staff Cardiac Surgeon

The aortic valve and aorta work together to supply oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. The valve is responsible for making sure blood flows out of the heart to the aorta and the aorta is the main artery that blood flows through from the heart to the rest of your body. When the aorta and/or aortic valve are affected by a disease or condition it can increase your risk for life-threatening events. It has been reported that between 43,000 and 47,000 people die annually in the United States from diseases of the aorta and its branches and this number continues to increase.

It is crucial to know and understand the latest treatment options available if you have been diagnosed with a condition related to the aortic valve or aorta. Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute cardiologists and surgeons have vast experience at treating the aorta and aortic valves and performing surgeries on this crucial area of the heart. Diseases affecting the entire aorta to the aortic valve are managed at Cleveland Clinic with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. In addition to conventional surgical therapies, there are minimally invasive and endovascular approaches for almost every type of aortic disease.

Take this opportunity to learn more about aortic disease and have your questions answered by vascular surgeon Tara Mastracci, MD and cardiac surgeon Eric Roselli, MD from Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

Tara Mastracci, MD, is on the staff of the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She also is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Mastracci has co-authored more than 30 articles on aortic disease, including complex endovascular surgery, repair of aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm repair. She also has five textbook chapters to her credit as co-author. She has lectured on endovascular repair for aneurysms and aortic dissection at several notable medical conferences, including the Society for Vascular Surgery 2009 Annual Meeting in Denver, Charing Cross Vascular Conference in London, England, the VEITH Symposium and as an invited lecturer at many international symposia.

Her specialty interests include endovascular surgery, aortic aneurysm repair and aortic dissection.

Eric Roselli, MD, is a Staff Surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and on the teaching faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Roselli's specialty interests include adult cardiac surgery, thoracic aortic surgery, endovascular stent graft therapy, minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, high-risk valve surgery, endovascular stent and prosthetic valve research, and surgical education.

He has authored or co-authored several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on root, arch, and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, endovascular aortic surgery, reoperative cardiac surgery, aortic valve disease, cardiac tumors, cardiac CT, atrial fibrillation, and transcatheter aortic valve development. Dr Roselli participates in the peer review process as a reviewer for prestigious medical journals.

Dr Roselli's research is focused on thoracic aortic dissection and aneurysms, and aortic valve and multi-valve disease. Specifically, his projects are directed at improving and developing safer and less invasive approaches to treat these problems. He is regularly invited to present his research at medical and surgical conferences worldwide

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