Morton Plant Mease Hosts Health Seminar, "Advances in Heart Valve Surgery"

April 14, 2014
Morton Plant Mease Hosts Health Seminar, “Advances in Heart Valve Surgery”

New Treatment Option for Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis 

CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 14, 2014) - Morton Plant Mease invites the community to attend a seminar on the latest technology available for heart valve surgery, including the breakthrough treatment, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). 

Cardiovascular surgeon Joshua Rovin, MD, will present on “Advances in Heart Valve Surgery” from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday May 16 at the Cheek Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion, Community Room, Second Floor, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

TAVR is an option for patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a disease process that affects the aortic valve. Symptoms can include chest pain, breathlessness, and weakness. One in three patients cannot tolerate open-heart surgery. In late stages of the disease, the valve does not open and close properly. This causes the heart to work harder to push blood through the calcified aortic valve and eventually the heart’s muscles weaken, increasing the patient’s risk of heart failure.

Dr. Rovin is a physician member of the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic team. He also will explain who might be a candidate for certain procedures and how people can learn more.

For seminar pre-registration, call (727) 953-6877. For information on the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic, call (855) 448-2583 or log on to

Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic 
Morton Plant Hospital’s TAVR program is coordinated through the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic, a multi-disciplinary team of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, and cardiac anesthesiologists focused on working together to determine the best medical or surgical options for each patient. In 2012, Morton Plant Hospital was the first in the Tampa Bay area to perform an advanced surgical procedure for severe symptomatic aortic stenosis called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Since then, the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic Team has continued to participate at a national level on advances in TAVR treatment including:

  • First hospital in Tampa Bay to use both the transapical (small incision between the ribs of the lower left chest) and transaortic (small incision on the upper chest) approaches instead of a groin incision for TAVR.
  • Participated in TAVR PARTNER II Clinical Trial to study second generation Edward’s SAPIEN valve and delivery system designs.
  • Morton Plant Hospital currently is participating in the PARTNER II SAPIEN 3 intermediate risk clinical research trial involving the third generation Edwards replacement valve and delivery system. This nonrandomized study is evaluating the S3 valve in the intermediate risk patient population (patients with an STS risk of 4-8).
  • Completion of more than 200 TAVR procedures with excellent outcomes documented over two years.
  • First hospital in Tampa Bay to offer both the Edwards Sapien and the Medronic CoreValves to treat patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis.
The team includes: Michael Barry, MD; Gregory Girgenti, MD; Todd Kovach, MD; Lang Lin, MD; John Ofenloch, MD; Joshua Rovin, MD; Douglas Spriggs, MD; and Saul Tuchman, MD. 

Patients receive their surgery and recover in Morton Plant’s Morgan Heart Hospital. For more information about the Morton Plant Hospital’s Valve Clinic, call (855) 448-2583 or log on to to learn more about TAVR procedure outcomes. 

About Morton Plant Mease
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. 

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at