Ebstein's Anomaly Symposium

DaSilva Center for Ebstein’s Anomaly Symposium

For two consecutive years, the Da Silva Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has hosted the annual Da Silva Center for Ebstein’s Anomaly Symposium. Each year, more than 500 international attendees representing nearly every continent on the globe have come together to learn from our leading specialists, including Dr. Jose Pedro da Silva, pioneer of the Cone procedure.

Throughout the conference, our team of experts present comprehensive lectures on Ebstein’s anomaly, the utilization of advanced diagnostic imaging, the review of surgical technique, a new approach to staged procedural care, and post-surgical management. Attendees are provided with:

  • Education about Ebstein’s malformation - a congenital disease of the tricuspid valve, right ventricle, and right atrium - regarding embryology, anatomy, and complementary diagnostic tests, as well as contemporary indications for surgical treatment.
  • A demonstration of surgical steps of the Cone procedure, especially the repair of complex cases led by expert Jose Pedro da Silva, MD, pioneer of the Cone procedure.
  • Education about neonatal management in very sick newborns with contemporary resources and procedures available.

Watch the full 2022 symposium below:

Our team of specialists review Ebstein’s anomaly and discuss the embryology and pathology.

Our team of panelists discuss Ebstein’s anomaly in the neonate.

Jennifer Johnson, DO, is a pediatric cardiologist and serves as interim director of fetal cardiology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She discusses the fetal journey in Pittsburgh.

Victor Morell, MD, is chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2004 and co-director of the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He discusses neonatal surgical intervention.

Luciana da Fonseca da Silva, MD, is a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at the Da Silva Center at UPMC Children’s. She discusses Cone repair following the Starnes procedure.

Our team of panelists discuss Ebstein’s anomaly in the neonate.

Lizbeth Lanford, MD, specializes in pediatric cardiology and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She discusses diagnostic tips for echocardiography in Ebstein’s anomaly.

Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD, FACC, FSCAI, is co-director of the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and holds the Peter and Ada Rossin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. She discusses cardiac catheterization in Ebstein’s anomaly for diagnosis and intervention.

Tarek Alsaied, MD, FACC, MSc, specializes in Pediatric Cardiology and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He discusses MRI Predictors for Right Ventricular Dysfunction after Cone Procedure.

Jose Pedro da Silva, MD, is surgical director of the Da Silva Center for Ebstein's Anomaly within the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He discusses Ebstein’s Anomaly and the evolution of the surgical maneuvers of the cone repair.

Arvind Hoskoppal, MD, is an adult congenital and pediatric cardiologist and director of the UPMC Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. He discusses natural history/surgical indication and results for Ebstein’s anomaly in adults.

Adam Christopher, MD, is the director of cardiac MRI and CT at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He discusses diagnostic testing for Ebstein’s anomaly in the adult population.

Victor Morell, MD, and Jose Pedro da Silva, MD, conclude the symposium with final remarks and adjournment.

About Ebstein’s Anomaly

Ebstein’s anomaly is a rare congenital heart defect. Few institutions have experience regarding a significant number of patients. The clinical presentation of Ebstein’s anomaly is variable, as well the timing for surgical intervention. Many patients still postpone the surgical repair of Ebstein’s anomaly due to the fear of having a tricuspid valve replaced by a prosthesis instead of repaired.

Introduced in 1993 by Dr. Jose Pedro Da Silva, founding director of the Da Silva Center for Ebstein’s Anomaly at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the cone procedure became the standard surgical repair for this disease. The cone technique is applicable for almost all situations, however, only a few surgeons are familiar with this operation, considering the variability of anatomical presentation of this congenital heart disease.