2018 Events

2018 – Barts Health NHS Trust – Aortic Dissection Awareness Day UK

Theme: Caring for the Whole Aorta

On 19th September 2018, the third AD Awareness Day UK was held in the Great Hall at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, near St. Paul’s in the City of London, where 160 people attended to network and learn from the expert faculty.  Many of the speakers were members of the Barts Aortic Multi-disciplinary Team which two years previously had saved the life of our Chair, Mr. Gareth Owens, after he dissected while on business in the City.

Hosts: Mr Harpaul Flora, Mr Sandip Sarkar & Professor Aung Oo
Sponsors: Terumo Aortic & LeMaitre Vascular


Aortic Dissection Awareness Day UK 2018 – Showreel

4 minute summary film on the day’s proceedings

Genetic Factors in Aortic Dissection: Treating the whole family

Dr. Bejal Pandya

Managing Risk Factors for Aortic Dissection: Difficult Blood Pressure

Dr. Mel Lobo

The Surveillance of Aortic Dissection patients

Dr. Kate von Klemperer

My Aortic Dissection Journey

Gareth Owens

Diagnosing Aortic Dissection in the Emergency Setting

Dr. Emma Redfern and Prof. Mark Callaway


Other events

SCTS Glasgow 2018

On the day that AD Awareness UK & Ireland was formally constituted as the national patient association, 18th March 2018, Mr. Gareth Owens, our Chair opened the Plenary Session of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in GB & Ireland Annual Meeting with a talk on the subject of teamwork in Aortic surgery.  He emphasised the need for Multi-Disciplinary teamwork in order to deliver the best outcomes for patients and set out a vision that the UK should have a network of specialist Aortic surgery centres, with no patient living more than 2 hours travel from one.

Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Plenary Session, Glasgow 2018

Addresses by Gareth Owens – A Patient Perspective on Aortic MDTs;

Dave Thornton – Enabling Teams to Work Effectively;

Graham Cooper, address as outgoing President of the SCTS

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