Gilles Dreyfus has been the Head of the Cardiothoracic Center of Monaco since 2010. He graduated from the Medical Faculty of Paris and went on to work at the Hôpitaux de Paris and the Broussais Hospital. Gilles trained at the University of Stanford to specialise in heart and lung transplantation. In 1986, Alain Carpentier and Gilles Dreyfus performed the first artificial heart implantation in Europe. He was one of the founding members of the Master of Mitral Valve Repair programme over 15 years ago and is on the programme committee for the AATS Mitral Conclave.
Q: Which part of the meeting are you most looking forward to?
A: Undoubtedly, I’m looking forward to the live cases – these are most useful as they allow attendees to see what happens in the real world. Attendees want to see what problems can arise, and how they can be solved. These live cases really make a difference in additional to the theoretical lectures.
Q: What do you believe will be the big change in treating mitral valve disease over the next 10 years?
A: There is an irreversible trend that people do not want to be operated on and if they are, they want the smallest incision possible. There is still a debate about the benefits of this type of surgery for mitral valve repair. However, with whichever technique, you should be able to achieve the same goals, including good immediate and long-term result and maintenance of leaflet mobility. Minimally invasive surgery could be endoscopic or robotic. I think that robotic techniques will become popular and robotic techniques appear to be very close the results for open chest, but currently there are no dedicated robots in Europe due to cost.
Q: What is your favourite thing about Paris?
A: Paris has something that no other city has. It is a unique place – an easy going city with history and culture.
Quote for Carpentier French Correction feature
“The French Correction was a huge paper as it described almost everything. Of all the experts today, I don’t think any of us have invented anything in mitral valve repair that Carpentier has not described. This paper has had a tremendous influence, although it took many years for its importance to be fully recognised. What is exceptional is that not only it described all the lesions and how to treat them, but that it has stood the test of time and it is still a modern paper.”