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The Advanced Revascularization Techniques and Technology Program

contact: John P. Demoleas
telephone: (718) 226-6462

contact: Richard Clarke
telephone: (212) 545-7400
cell: (917) 868-1407

For Immediate Release


The Advanced Revascularization Techniques and Technology Program sponsored by The Heart Institute at Staten Island University Hospital. The Program consists of a 1½-day course that will attract some of the most accomplished physicians from around the country. They will have the opportunity to learn advanced Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass techniques and Hybrid revascularization procedures, developed at The Heart Institute by Joseph McGinn, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Staten Island University Hospital.


Thursday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. and Friday, March 25, 10:00 a.m.


Regina M. McGinn Memorial Education Center, Staten Island University Hospital: The Heart Institute
475 Seaview Avenue, 3rd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10305


Advanced Practicing Physicians seeking additional experience in MICS CABG and Hybrid Revascularization Procedures.

• Previous MICS CABG procedure experience
• Currently performing limited number of MICS CABG proceduresInterest in multi-disciplinary
approach to Hybrid revascularization


The McGinn Technique — minimally invasive cardiac bypass surgery/coronary artery bypass grafting, or MICS CABG — was first performed on January 25, 2005 at The Heart Institute at Staten Island University Hospital (formerly The Heart Institute of Staten Island). The procedure was developed and first performed by Joseph McGinn, MD, and his team of highly trained heart experts.

This technique, where proximal grafts were anastomosed to the mammary artery, was performed for two years, with favorable outcomes. After taking this procedure to Japan and listening to feedback from his peers, Dr. McGinn felt the procedure could be improved. Today, surgeons can have direct visibility of the aorta through the window incision, allowing for proximal anastomoses to be performed on the aorta. Medtronic, Inc., in collaboration with Dr. McGinn, worked to develop the retractor known as the Thoratrak®, which is used in every minimally invasive cardiac bypass procedure. Today, they continue to work together to improve upon the instruments beneficial to performing MICS CABG.

Advantages of The McGinn Technique include:

• Less pain (no broken bones)
• Lower risk of wound infection (0 infections to date)
• Fewer restrictions, including no driving restrictions
• Faster recovery; many patients discharged from the hospital within two to three days and can
return to work within two weeks
• Improved cosmetic outcome (No breastbone incision)


The Heart Institute — opened in 2001 and jointly operated by Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center — is one of the nation’s leading heart hospitals, known for its pioneering techniques in heart surgery and angioplasties, for its most advanced diagnostic technologies, post-surgical outpatient care, and cardiac prevention programs. Procedures include coronary bypass operations, heart valve repair/replacements, angioplasties and cardiac catheterizations.