100th Anniversary of Cutler's First Mitral Valvuloplasty at Brigham & Women's Hospital

Boston, MA US
October 20, 2023

This all-day event will promote the collaboration and interprofessional discussion regarding current innovative techniques and treatments. It will address the current debate surrounding approaches to the mitral valve: catheter-based procedures vs. open heart surgery. While there is some resistance to the use of catheter-based procedures in the treatment of mitral valve disease, this is mostly due to an existing stigma that assumes the old way is the best way. Historically, mitral  valvuloplasty has been primarily treated with open heart surgery, but advancements in technology over the last century have allowed us to apply new techniques for disease treatment. The ongoing debate of which treatment is better (surgery or catheter based) is present in both fields. By the end of the event, attendees will be able to distinguish between the different approaches to the management of mitral valve disease and utilize procedures from both cardiac surgery and cardiology to better their practice in the future.

Please note that there are varying tuition prices:

Registration TypeTuition Fee
Nurses & PAs$100
Fellows, Trainees & Learners $50

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, and any other interested Physicians, Nurses, and Physician Assistants.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the history of the mitral valvuloplasty.
  2. Contrast the different mitral valve procedures.
  3. Evaluate the future innovations of the procedure.
  4. Compare and contrast the different approaches to treating mitral valve disease, and how their practice could improve using different procedures.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 6.00 ABS MOC II
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 6.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/20/2023 - 7:30am EDT
Event ends: 
10/20/2023 - 4:00pm EDT
TimeTopic & Speaker
8:00 AM

Mark J. Cunningham, MD, Robert S.D. Higgins, MD & Thoralf M. Sundt III, MD


History of Mitral Valve Interventions / Mitral Valve Management
(Evolution of Mitral Valve Treatment in Humans)

Patrick O'Gara, MD


Malignant Arrhythmia Syndrome
David Adams, MD


Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement / TEER 
Pinak Bipin Shah, MD




Braunwald Video
Eugene Braunwald, MD


Cutler Procedure
Mark J. Cunningham, MD


Mitral Valvuloplasty Procedure
Tirone David, MD

12:00 PM

Lunch Break


Multi-Modality Imaging
Stanton Shernan, MD

Endoscopic Mitral Valve Repair
Tommaso Hinna Danesi, MD



History of Mitral Valve Repair at BWH: A Personal Journey
Richard Shemin, MD

3:15Concluding Remarks
Gerard Doherty, MD
3:30 PMAdjournment
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
United States

(In Order of Appearance)

Mark J. Cunningham, M.D. - Course Director
Cardiac Surgery
Interim Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Robert S.D. Higgins, M.D., M.S.H.A.
Cardiac Surgery
President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Executive Vice President, Mass General Brigham

Thoralf Sundt, III., M.D.
Cardiac Surgery
Director, Cardiac Surgery Service Line
Mass General Brigham

Patrick T. O’Gara, M.D.
Cardiovascular Medicine
Watkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiology
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Pinak Bipin Shah, M.D.
Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Eugene Braunwald, M.D.
Cardiovascular Medicine
Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chairman Emeritus, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Tirone David M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
Cardiac Surgery
Chief of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto
Melanie Munk Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre

Stanton K. Shernan, M.D., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.E.
Cardiovascular Medicine
Benjamin G. Covino Professor of Anaesthesia
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Tommaso Danesi, M.D.
Cardiac Surgery
Vice-Chief of Cardiac Surgery
AULSS 8, San Bortolo Hospital

Richard J. Shemin, M.D.
Cardiac Surgery
Robert & Kelly Day Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of California, Los Angeles

Gerard M. Doherty, M.D.
Crowley Family Distinguished Chair, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 6.00 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
Mass General Brigham has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 6.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation

Lifelong Learning Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirement of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 6.00 ABS MOC II
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 6.00 Participation


Please login or register to take this course.
Registration TypeTuition Fee
Nurses & PAs$100
Fellows, Trainees & Learners$50

Cancellation Policy:
Registrations cancelled on or before October 6, 2023 will be refunded, less a $15 administrative fee. Registrations cancelled after October 6, 2023 will not be refunded.