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NEW CIM Associate Member Dr. Renzo Cecere

last modified 2009-10-25 17:37

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Renzo Cecere has recently been accepted as a new Associate Member of CIM.

Dr. Cecere is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He trained in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at McGill University and did his fellowship training at Loma Linda University and Stanford University in heart failure, transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He is the surgical director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Centre at the McGill University Health Centre and the Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support program. Through many clinical trials, Dr. Cecere has brought multiple new technologies to the MUHC. His research interests include new technologies and treatments for the management of heart failure.

Dr. Cecere is currently collaborating with CIM members Professors Jorge Angeles and Jozsef Kovecses, and PhD candidate Toufic Azar to develop percutaneous techniques for mitral valve repair. Their novel procedure relies on a highly manoeuverable catheter, fitted with an anchoring mechanism, intended to reshape the entire perimeter of the mitral-valve annulus to dimensions suitable for the effective support of the valve leaflets. The focus of the research is the development of an instrument, to be placed at the catheter distal end, that will sequentially insert, around the valve annulus, a set of anchors supporting a wire; tension supplied to the latter, similar to a purse-string, would reduce the lumen of the valve until regurgitation is fully stopped.