ReCross – When Two Worlds Meet

Published: 18 May 2021

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Through the case experience of an international faculty of CTO PCI experts, the emerging understanding of the everyday efficiency of the unique ReCross dual OTW lumen microcatheter is demonstrated.


The experts consider their personal CTO PCI algorithms, and how they believe ReCross’s versatility allows the device to contribute to antegrade success in the widely recognised EuroCTO Club and Hybrid algorithms respectively. 

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the versatility of the unique ReCross dual OTW microcatheter in CTO PCI
  • Discover, via case demonstrations, how the ReCross device creates a bridge between commonly used CTO PCI algorithms, for example EuroCTO and Hybrid
  • Learn from CTO PCI experts how, in their experience, there is a potential to increase antegrade success rates with this device
  • Learn how the accessible versatility of ReCross has the potential role for operators expanding their skill set from Antegrade Wire Escalation to parallel wiring and ADR


  • Dr Farouc Jaffer
  • Dr Alexandre Avran
  • Dr Andrew Lucking
  • Dr Emmanouil Brilakis
  • Dr Elliot Smith
  • Dr Roberto Garbo
  • Dr Ajay Kirtane
  • Dr Margaret McEntegart
  • Dr Gabriele Gasparini

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Faculty Biographies

Emmanouil S Brilakis

Emmanouil S Brilakis

Director of the Center for Complex Coronary Interventions

Dr Emmanouil Brilakis, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FSCAI is Director of the Center for Complex Coronary Interventions at the Minneapolis Heart Institute.

Dr Brilakis graduated from Lycee Leonin de Patissia and received his medical degree from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He trained in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. He also completed a Masters in Clinical Research at the Mayo Clinic and a PhD in Clinical Research at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He served as director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at VA North Texas Health Care System from 2004-2016. 

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Elliot Smith

Elliot Smith

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Smith qualified in 1994 from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. He trained in general & interventional cardiology at the Manchester Heart Centre (Manchester Royal Infirmary) and The London Chest Hospital.

Dr Smith was appointed as a consultant in 2008 and works at Barts Heart Centre (Barts Health NHS Trust) and Royal Free Hospitals Foundation Trust as an interventional Cardiologist. He has a strong interest in the training and education of future heart specialists, and is a founder and Director of the Cardiovascular Training Institute at Barts Health NHS Trust.

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Roberto Garbo

Roberto Garbo

Interventional Cardiologist

Dr Roberto Garbo is an Interventional Cardiologist at Maria Pia Hospital, Turin, IT. He has been an Interventional Cardiologist since 1999.

He was Head of the Cath Lab at San Giovanni Bosco Hospital from 2005- 2020, director of the CTO PCI, CHIP and complex PCI programmes over the last 15 years.

He has operated more than 2,200 CTO PCI, of which 1,100 with retrograde approach.

Proctor for CTO PCI programmes in Italy, Europe (France, Poland, Romania, Czeck Republic, Russia) and Middle East (Egypt, Saudi Arabia). 

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