Cardiovascular Innovations Foundation is offering a live, hands-on physician-led training workshop focused on increasing the competence in CT planning for transcatheter mitral valve interventions. These include valve in valve transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), valve in ring and valve in mitral annular calcification planning. In addition to state of the art lectures, participants will learn interactively, how to perform all the necessary steps in the planning and follow up for these procedures. This will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, the day before CVI 2022 Annual Meeting.



  • Understand the mitral valve anatomy/physiology and CT image acquisition pertaining to TMVR.
  • Employ skills in CT image analysis for TMVR procedures and assess patient candidacy.
  • Discuss in detail the necessary CT image analysis steps for the follow-up of patients who received TMVR.


Cardiologists and radiologists (imaging and interventional) involved with and/or interested in learning about structural imaging, advanced practice providers working in structural imaging, industry (engineers, project managers, R&D, clinical research teams)


Dr. Vinnie Bapat joined the Valve Science Center team at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in June 2020, bringing his extensive expertise as a cardiothoracic surgeon and innovator in treatment of heart valve disease. He also works directly with patients as a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Minneapolis Heart Institute®.

Prior to joining the team, Dr. Bapat was a cardiac surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital and professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. He also previously served as professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and continues to hold that position as visiting professor.

Dr. Bapat earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgeon degrees, followed by Master of Surgery and Master of Cardiothoracic Surgery degrees, at the University of Bombay in India and King Edward Memorial Hospital. He completed his Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) in cardiothoracic surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, U.K. He also completed an internship, three residencies and two fellowships at various institutions, including King Edward Memorial Hospital and University of Mumbai, Toronto General Hospital in Canada, and as part of rotations at institutions in the United Kingdom, including Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Royal County Sussex Hospital in Brighton, U.K.

In addition to his clinical accomplishments, Dr. Bapat has been a collaborator among his peers in the world of transcatheter valves through the creation of two apps that are downloadable on mobile devices – Valve-in-Valve (VIV) Mitral and VIV Aortic. The apps provide imaging and clinical information, such as dimensions and characteristics of the various valve repair technologies and have been downloaded in 132 countries. Through these apps, physicians access data and clinical insights to determine the technology options based on their individual patient needs, including guidance and insights on the implant procedure. Notably, the apps are free to download and are updated every year to provide up-to-date guidance.

Professional Interests:
Complex valve surgery
Aortic surgery
Novel transcatheter interventions

Dr. João L. Cavalcante is the Director of Cardiac MRI and Structural CT Labs of Minneapolis Heart Institute at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the largest cardiology practice in the Twin Cities, and Director of MHI Foundation Cardiovascular Imaging Research Center and Core Lab. His passion for multimodality Imaging and focus on valve and structural heart disease has lead to training of international scholars, > 140 peer-reviewed original investigations, book chapters, training workshops, national and international lectures. He is the Associate Editor for the European Heart Journal, and for the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Dr. Cavalcante is a Member of the SCCT and SCMR Board of Directors, and Program Chair for the upcoming 2023 SCMR Scientific Sessions.

Dr. Kliger is an Interventional Cardiologist who specializes in the care of adult structural and congenital heart disease patients. After completing fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology at New York University Medical Center and later in Structural and Congenital Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Heart and Lung – Northwell Health, he joined the faculty at Northwell Health. He was appointed Director, Valve and Structural Heart Center in 2015. Dr. Kliger has been actively involved in clinical work, providing treatment for patients afflicted with basic and complex, acquired and congenital heart disease with a focus on valvular heart disease, interventional imaging, and 3D printing.

Dr. Sorajja is the Roger L. and Lynn C. Headrick Family Chair of the Valve Science Center at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, and a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute® where he serves as the Director of the Center for Valve and Structural Heart Disease. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School, and completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. During 1998-99, he was a clinical research fellow in myopathy at St. George’s Hospital in London, UK. Dr. Sorajja joined the Mayo Clinic staff in 2006, achieving the rank of Professor of Medicine in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Sorajja joined the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Dr. Sorajja’s expertise is interventional cardiology, with a focus on bringing the latest innovative technologies to patients with valvular and structural heart disease. He was part of the team that performed the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) in the US, and has the largest worldwide experience with the therapy. Dr. Sorajja currently serves as a national investigator for TMVR and also for clinical trials in percutaneous treatment for tricuspid regurgitation. He has served on several national practice committees for valvular heart disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Sorajja has published more than 250 manuscripts and several books. He routinely lectures at national and international medical conferences, and has received awards for his expertise in medical education. Dr. Sorajja is also highly active in developing intellectual property in these areas.

Professional Interests:
Heart valve disease (e.g., mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, tricuspid regurgitation)
Structural heart disease and interventions
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Coronary atherosclerosis
Percutaneous coronary intervention

Dr. Scherer is the director of Cardiac CT and Structural Heart Imaging at Atrium Health Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. He was a finalist for the Atrium Health Pinnacle Award. Dr. Scherer is board certified in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and cardiovascular computed tomography. He is skilled in evaluation and treatment strategies for coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation, as well as less common cardiac disorders through diagnostic imaging and intraprocedural imaging guidance. He is fascinated by cardiovascular disease processes and has learned through his career there are many opportunities in the field of cardiology to improve quality of life for patients. Dr. Scherer’s passion in diagnostic and procedural imaging helps him diagnose a broad range of patients’ problems and collaborate with other doctors and healthcare providers to provide treatment plans. He is also involved in training other providers within his field and in clinical trials requiring imaging for structural heart and catheter-based therapies and coronary artery disease.

Dr. Scherer received his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his cardiovascular disease fellowship at Rush University in Chicago.


Registration cost: $500*
*$100 discount if you also register for FULL CVI 2022

Fee includes:

  • One day of interactive imaging training with internationally renowned experts in the field
  • 30-day license for Pie Medical Imaging’s 3Mensio software for use during and after the course
  • Technical assistance with installation and system requirements before and during the course