Webinar: Implementing Robotic PCI — Why and How to Start a Successful Program

DAIC Webinar Series, supported by an educational grant from Philips Healthcare


May 8, 2014

This webinar, "Implementing Robotic PCI — Why and How to Start a Successful Program," defines optimal strategies for launching a successful robotic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) program.

The live webinar took place June 12, 2014. To view an archive version, register for this webinar.

The presentation is part of the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Webinar Series — supported by an educational grant from Philips Healthcare


Statement of Purpose/Need
To define optimal strategies for launching a successful robotic PCI program.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the value robotics can bring to the cath lab
  • Define the key components of a successful robotic PCI program
  • Explain the learning curve for robotic PCI
  • Summarize the timeline and commitment required for a successful program
  • Describe methods for preparing techs/staff to participate in robotic PCI cases
  • Discuss experience of launching a robotic PCI program at USCD
  • Assess feasibility of implementing a robotic PCI program in your institution

Intended Audience
This webinar is intended for interventional cardiologists, cath lab staff and cath lab administrators

Presenter: Ehtisham (Shami) Mahmud, M.D.
Shami Mahmud is chief of cardiovascular medicine, director of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, director of interventional cardiology. He is board-certified in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology, and has extensive experience in complex coronary, renal, lower extremity and carotid interventions. 

Under Mahmud’s leadership, the cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology programs at UC San Diego are among the largest academic programs in the western United States. Mahmud also directs the interventional medicine clinical trials center and his research interests include investigational devices and pharmacotherapies used in cardiovascular interventions. He is an international leader in using robotic-assisted coronary angioplasty and stenting for physician training and patient care. 

He completed fellowships in coronary and peripheral vascular interventions at Emory University in Atlanta and cardiovascular medicine at UC San Diego. He completed his internal medicine residency at UC San Diego and earned his medical degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

Dr. Mahmud is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Society of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, serves on the Interventional Scientific Council of the American College of Cardiology, and is the Co-chair of the Education Committee of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He has been voted as one of the top physicians in San Diego by the San Diego county medical society and among the top 1 percent of interventional cardiologists in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.