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First Annual Ebstein’s Anomaly Symposium At UPMC Children’s

March 19, 2021

A Successful International Workshop

The Da Silva Center for Ebstein’s Anomaly in the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh hosted its first annual Ebstein’s Anomaly Symposium on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Ebstein’s malformation is a rare congenital heart disease that very few institutions worldwide have significant experience in repairing. The clinical presentation of Ebstein’s anomaly is variable, as is the timing for various therapies, including surgical intervention. Many patients still undergo surgical repair of Ebstein’s anomaly late in life, mostly postponed due to fear of ending with a tricuspid valve replacement by a prosthesis. Valve replacement as opposed to repair has significant implications long term for patients and implies the need for many future reinterventions over the patient’s lifespan. Introduced in 1993 by José Pedro Da Silva, MD, the Cone procedure became the optimal and standard surgical repair approach for this disease, being applicable in almost all situations.

The symposium was designed to provide information about Ebstein’s anomaly, the utilization of advanced diagnostic imaging, review of surgical technique, new approaches to staged procedural care, and postsurgical management. This CME-accredited course consisted of a series of lectures in each section, with time for open discussion with the audience at the end of each section. Co-directors of the symposium were Victor O. Morell, MD, and Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD, FACC, FSCAI.

Close to 500 individuals registered for the course representing 42 countries from around the world. The Heart Institute and Da Silva Center partnered with The Congenital Heart Academy to live stream the symposium via YouTube from their platform as well. 

To view an archived recording of the symposium and various lectures, please visit

More About the Da Silva Center for Ebstein’s Anomaly

Founded in 2016, the Da Silva Center for Ebstein’s Anomaly at UPMC Children’s provides world-class care for children and adults who have congenital defects of the heart valves, including Ebstein’s anomaly.

Referring physicians may contact the Da Silva Center for Ebstein’s Anomaly for a referral or consultation by calling the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s at 412-692-5540.