CRF Will Host Scientific Meeting on Latest Breakthroughs and Techniques for Chronic Total Occlusions on February 25-26, 2016 in New York City


The CTO Summit 2016 is a two-day course featuring the latest research and state-of-the-art technologies for chronic total occlusions. The agenda is now available online at:

This year’s conference will emphasize advanced techniques, evidence-based medicine, and live case transmissions featuring the world’s leading experts in CTO stenting. Sessions showcasing the latest research on CTOs will focus on procedural outcomes, registry updates, and new stent technologies. Among the highlights are:

The EXPLORE Randomized Trial

Jose P.S. Henriques, MD

Academic Medical Center

European Registry Update

Georgios Sianos, MD

AHEPA University Hospital

Progress CTO Registry Update

Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD

VA North Texas Health Care System and UT Southwestern Medical Center

OPEN CTO Registry Update

James Sapontis, MD


Successful Compared to Failed CTO PCI: New Data From a Large Korean Registry

Seung-Whan Lee, MD

Asan Medical Center

A Japanese Registry Update: J-PROCTOR 2

Etsuo Tsuchikane, MD

Toyohashi Heart Center

UK CTO Registry

William M. Wilson, MD

Royal Melbourne Hospital

BVS in CTO’s: A Look at the Future

Yaron Almagor, MD

Shaare Zedek Medical Center


A complete blockage in the coronary artery lasting more than three months, or chronic total occlusion (CTO), has historically been one of the most challenging types of blockages to treat with an interventional procedure. This meeting is aimed at helping interventional cardiologists treat CTOs. With advanced techniques, leading practitioners of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) can achieve success rates greater than 90%.


February 25-26-2016


New York Marriott Marquis

1535 Broadway

New York, NY


The course directors for the CTO Summit 2016 are:

Aaron Grantham, MD

University of Missouri Kansas City and Mid America Heart Institute

Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD, PhD

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Martin B. Leon, MD

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Jeffrey W. Moses, MD

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Masahiko Ochiai, MD

Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital

Gregg W. Stone, MD

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Gerald S. Werner, MD

Klinikum Darmstadt


Media may apply for registration by emailing For those unable to attend in person, reporters are eligible for access to Virtual CTO which provides live and on-demand viewing of the meeting sessions.

Press Contacts

Irma Damhuis
Director, External Relations
Tel: 646-434-4690

Judy Romero
Senior Manager, External Relations
Tel: 646-434-4608