Progress of ECMO in Lithuania. 3rd conference

Welcome letter

Dear All,
We’re delighted to welcome you to the “Progress of ECMO in Lithuania” 3rd Conference, to be hosted in Vilnius, Lithuania!

This great event will be a dynamic forum with comprehensive program for all intensive care specialists, cardiologists, cardiac and thoracic surgeons, nurses, perfusionists and other health professionals with an interest in critical care or emergency medicine to discuss and share knowledge about the latest news and progress of ECMO in Lithuania.

This year conference will be hosted in Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos in order to bring you an exciting meeting with well known experts from USA, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Come and join us in Vilnius in September 2019!

Robertas Samalavicius
Chairman of the “Progress of ECMO in Lithuania” 3rd Conference

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Conference schedule

9:00 – 9:20 Opening ceremony
9:20 – 10:00 ECMO: past, present, future - Robert Bartlett (Michigan University, Chicago, US)
1st 10:00 – 12:00 ECMO in Cardiogenic Shock
Chairs: R. Bartlett (US), R. Samalavicius (LT), P. Serpytis (LT).

VA ECMO in MI associated cardiogenic shock

Orinta Kviatkovske (Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS, Harefield, UK)
10:00 – 10:20

Pitfalls in cannulation

Igor Kornilov (Meshalkin National Medical Research Center, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation)
10:20 – 10:40

Role of left ventricle unloading during VA ECMO

Liana Shestakova (Republican Scientific Practical Centre “Cardiology”, Minsk, Belarus)
10:40 – 11:00

Long term outcomes in patients treated with ECMO for cardiac failure

Ieva Norkiene (Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Vilnius, Lithuania)
11:00 – 11:20

ECMO experience review in Latvia

Kaspars Setlers (Stradins University, Riga, Latvia)
11:20 – 11:40

ECMO in cardiogenic shock and CPR

Maria Rubini Gimenez (Heart center Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany)
11:40 – 12:00
12:00 - 12:10 Q&A
12:10 - 12:30 Coffee break
2st 12:30 – 14:30 eCPR and Organ Protection
Chairs: E. Sirvinskas (LT), J. Arrens (G), O. Kviatkovske (UK).

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support of donor abdominal organs in non‐heart‐beating donors

Marius Berman (Royal Papworth hospital, Cambridge, UK)
12:30 – 12:50

ECPR in Tartu University hospital

Olavi Maasikas (Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia)
12:50 – 13:10

Role of near-infrared spectroscopy in management of patients on ECMO (Sponsored by Medtronic BV)

Robertas Samalavicius (Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Vilnius, Lithuania)
13:10 – 13:30

Salvage peri-procedural ECMO during transapical catheter-based mitral paravalvular leak closure

Aleksejus Zorinas (Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Vilnius, Lithuania)
13:30 – 13:50

Conditioning of donor hearts during transportation with the organ care system.

Rymbai Kaliev (National Cardiac Research Center, Nur-Sultan, Kazakstan)
13:50 – 14:10

Experience with PulsCath device

Marcus Wiemer (Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany)
14:10 – 14:30
14:30 - 15:30 Lunch break
3st 15:30 – 17:30 ECMO in Respiratory Failure, Education and Research
Chairs: I. Norkiene (LT), K. Palmer (S), I. Kornilov (RU)

ECMO for the treatment of respiratory failure

Kenneth Palmer (Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden)
15:30 – 15:50

Current research approaches in the field of lung assist systems

Jutta Arens (Aachen University, Aachen, Germany)
15:50 – 16:10

Cytokine removal in patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Carlos Mestres (Zurich University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland)
16:10– 16:30

Cardiogenic shock and microcirculation

Rokas Serpytis (Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Vilnius, Lithuania)
16:30 – 16:50

Simulation for the ECMO training

Maximilian Halbe (Zurich University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland)
16:50 – 17:10

ECMO in the peripartum period.

Aleksandr Skopec (Krasnodar Cardiac Surgery Center, Krasnodar, Russian Federation)
17:10 – 17:30
17:30 – 18:00 Q&A Discussion. Closing remarks

Chairmen of the Conference

Robertas Samalavicius (Lithuania)

CO – Chairmen of the Conference:
Robert Bartlett (United States)
Pranas Serpytis (Lithuania)

International Faculty:
Robert Bartlett (United States)
Jutta Arens (Germany)
Marius Berman (United Kingdom)
Maria Rubini Gimenez (Germany)
Maximilian Halbe (Switzerland)
Rimbay Kalijev (Kazakhstan)
Orinta Kviatkovske (United Kingdom)
Igor Kornilov (Russia)
Olavi Maasikas (Estonia)
Carlos Mestres (Switzerland)
Kenneth Palmer (Sweden)
Kaspars Setlers (Latvia)
Liana Shestakova (Belarus)
Aleksandr Skopec (Russia)
Marcus Wiemer (Germany)

Local Faculty:
Robertas Samalavicius
Pranas Serpytis
Rokas Serpytis
Ieva Norkiene
Aleksejus Zorinas

Local Organising Committee Members:
Margarita Broslavskyte
Ingrida Dudoniene
Modestas Gudauskas
Indre Ignataviciute
Agne Jankuviene
Monika Kazlauskaite
Julija Kurilova
Petras Navickas
Kristina Pugaciauskaite
Lina Puodziukaite
Beatrice Rasciute
Ieva Marija Saule
Nadia Scupakova
Karolis Urbonas
Paulina Zikaite


Benefits of conference

Famous Speakers

  • Well known experts from USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia.
  • Keynote lecture delivered by Robert Bartlett, the father of ECMO and founder of ELSO

Exclusive Information

  • Discuss relevant clinical topics 
  • Assess the scientific evidence
  • Compare information amongst specialists involved in the practice of ECLS
  • Excellent learning opportunities


  • Specialists interested in advanced intensive care sharing knowledge and experiences with refractory haemodynamic and respiratory clinical states.
  • Opportunity to discuss the impact of new technologies on healthcare systems


Congress venue:
Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos
Santariskiu St. 2
LT-08661 Vilnius, Lithuania

Progress of ECMO in Lithuania 3rd organizers contacts

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