Dr. Wouter Schievink and Dr. Sharo Raissi have published a new paper: Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension in Patients with Bicuspid Aortic Valve.Pictured above presenting at a BAF Conference, Dr. Schievink has previously published on BAV. He is a vascular neurosurgeon, and serves on the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, which is Chaired by Dr. Raissi. The Bicuspid Aortic Foundation is deeply grateful to Dr. Schievink for his interest in those with BAV.
Creating a Climate of Hope, an Atmosphere of Caring, and Information for All
Dr. Jason Sperling Joins BAF Scientific Advisory Board
Pictured (l to r) above are Dr. Sharo Raissi, BAF co-founder and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Arlys Velebir, BAF President, and Dr. Jason Sperling, BAF Scientific Advisory Board member.Dr. Sperling is the Subspecialty Director of the Thoracic Aneurysm Bicuspid Aortic Valve (TABAV) Program at Valley Heart in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Welcome, Dr. Sperling, and thank you for all you do to help those with BAV and TAD.
September 15, 2013 Road Race
The 5K for Conquering Aortic Disease
Pictured above is Charles “Chuck” Doherty, running in the Mohawk Hudson River race in 2010. The unthinkable happened when this young, active man lost his life suddenly on April 15, 2012, due to complications related to his bicuspid aortic valve.In his memory, a road race was held on September 15, 2013, in Burlington, Massachusetts. The Bicuspid Aortic Foundation is deeply grateful to all those who made this run such a success.
Review Article Discusses Gaps in Current Knowledge of BAV
Although the bicuspid aortic valve was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci centuries ago, there is still a great deal that is not understood. Authors at University Hospital and the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario have published a review article about BAV and ascending aortic aneurysms that highlights both current knowledge and questions that exist. The full text of this article is freely available: Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease and Ascending Aortic Aneurysms: Gaps in KnowledgeWhen aortic valve repair is not possible, a decision about which type of prosthetic valve to use must be made. This paper describing the options available may be helpful: Prosthetic Heart Valve.
Dr. Simon Body Joins Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Simon Body, pictured at right above, is Associate Professor, Harvard
Medical School, and practices anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s
Hospital in Boston. Dr. Body takes a special interest in bicuspid aortic
valves, and through his efforts a large collaborative effort has formed to
study the genetics of BAV populations internationally. This is the first effort of this magnitude to address this very large population, estimated at 1 in 50 people. Pictured with Dr. Body above are Dr. Sharo Raissi, BAF Scientific Advisory Chairman, Dr. Arturo Evangelista, who leads the European arm of this effort, Arlys Velebir, BAF President.Read more at this BAF Blog post, and visit BAV-Genetics for more information.
Conference on BAV and TAD
The Bicuspid Aortic Foundation is currently making plans for our next conference. If you would be interested in attending, please contact us and mention your interest. It will be an opportunity to meet others with thoracic aortic disease, and receive leading edge information. Pictured above is a lunch time group from a previous conference. A great opportunity to network and share! We hope you can join us! Check back for more details.