Sidra Medicine to participate at Virtual Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS)

QF entity to broadcast live cardiac procedures from Qatar to delegates from all over the world

18 August 2020, Doha – Sidra Medicine, a member of Qatar Foundation, will be participating at the 23rd Annual Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS) from 11th to 13th September 2020. PICS-AICS is one of the largest cardiac symposia dedicated to the latest breakthroughs in the treatment of patients with congenital and structural heart diseases.

More than 2000 healthcare professionals are expected to virtually sign in to join PICS-AICS this year. Sidra Medicine will also transmit (via broadband WIFI) two live interventional cardiac procedures from its brand new state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at its Heart Center, to the PICS-AICS delegates on the 13th of September 2020.

Commenting on Sidra Medicine’s participation, Prof. Ziyad M. Hijazi, who is the founder of PICS-AICS as well as the Acting Chief Medical Officer at Sidra Medicine said: “I am very proud to see the Sidra Medicine banner flying high at international symposiums and showcasing our world-class expertise and teams from Qatar conducting complex procedures. Our virtual presence at PICS-AICS this year is part of our commitment to optimizing healthcare for patients and playing a key role in advocating for cutting edge therapies to care for children and adults with congenital heart disease.”

“Despite the current pandemic, we have quickly adapted to bringing the symposium online as we firmly believe that the need to network and educate within the clinical fraternity is an ongoing process. The live transmissions are also a testament to our focus on medical education and the sharing of best practice methodologies with peers from all over the world,” continued Prof. Hijazi.

The live interventional cardiac procedures relayed from Sidra Medicine’s Heart Center in Qatar will be conducted on two patients born with congenital heart defects. The procedures will be led by Prof. Hijazi, who is also the Executive Chair of Medicine and the Medical Director the Heart Center and Dr. Younes Boudjemline, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Dr. Hesham Al-Saloos, Medical Co-Director of the Heart Center.

The Sidra Medicine Heart Center provides preventative, medical, and surgical care for patients with congenital heart disease (including adults) or acquired heart conditions in children and young people. The Center boasts a world-renowned team, cutting edge facilities and a best-in-class model that delivers comprehensive “one-stop” care for patients and their families.

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