Navigating the Maze (16th Edition) – 19-20 November, 2021

19 November, 2021 - Barcelona, Spain

After successful 15th editions and having gathered hundreds of arrhythmia physicians over the last decade, the Navigating the Maze is back!

This 2 day (19-20 November 2021) International Atrial Fibrillation program is for physicians interested in concomitant ablation and minimally invasive hybrid AF therapies. From patient selection to the latest clinical evidence, this dynamic program presents techniques and outcomes for catheter and surgical ablations. The faculty of leading experts will highlight specific cardiac surgery and minimally invasive hybrid therapies for AF patients through live surgeries and engaging presentations.  The agenda will include sessions on the latest evidence on LAA management and the Hybrid AF therapies following recent publications on these fields.

Cardiac surgeons and electrophysiologists who want to implement an AFib program and want to optimize their current ablation strategy.


The program starts at 08:30 on Friday November 19th and runs till 13:00 on Saturday November 20th. All sessions details and faculty are included below and a pdf version of the program is available for download.

Friday 19 November 08:30-13:00: Surgical Concomitant AF
Friday 19 November 14:00-17:00: LAA Management
Saturday 20 November 08:30-13:00: Hybrid AF therapies

Participants who cannot travel to Barcelona will have the opportunity to watch the video recordings on-demand after the event.
Link to virtual platform:

Program Director
Dr. Manuel Castellà

Program supported by European, American and Asian faculty

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
Carrer Villarroel 170
08036 Barcelona, Spain

Hotel bookings will be allocated on an individual basis and you will receive a reservation confirmation by email. Please check your travel details tab in your AF Connect dashboard for your details. Accommodation will be provided for Thursday November 18th and Friday 19th.

Day 1

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Atrial Fibrillation and its implication in heart failure and stroke - Kevin Makati, MD

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Why treat AF: the evidence behind ablation strategies - James Cox, MD

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Live Case: Maze IV with RF and Cryo and LAA clip exclusion through sternotomy - Eduard Quintana, MD

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Live Case: AF ablation and clip exclusion in a mitral procedure via port‐access (3D) - Daniel Pereda, MD

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Surgical AF indications: views from inside a Heart Team - Mark La Meir, MD

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Worldwide Practice Update - Takashi Nitta, MD

11:50 am - 12:10 pm

Pitfalls and near misses in AF surgery - Manuel Castellà, MD

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm

Grand Round table: Do we have to personalize a Maze?

• James Cox, MD
• Manuel Carnero, MD
• Mark La Meir, MD
• Kevin Makati, MD

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

James Cox Lecture: Lessons from the LAAOS 3 landmark trial - Richard Whitlock, MD

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Evidence of LAA closure in isolated AF - Xavier Freixa, MD

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

LAA Management and rhythm control strategies - Sandeep Panikker, MD

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm

Video Sessions:

• Ministernotomy in AVR - Manuel Castellà, MD
• Port‐access AtriClip implantation in mitral procedure - Manuel Castellà, MD
• Standalone thoracoscopy LAA Management - Piotr Suwalski, MD

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Grand Round table: The Who, When and How of LAA management

• Richard Whitlock, MD
• Xavier Freixa, MD
• Randy Lee, MD
• Thorsten Hanke, MD

Day 2

8:30 am - 9:00 am

AF Hybrid Therapy: indications for the most challenging AF cases - Kevin Makati, MD

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Live in a Box case: Convergent hybrid ablation - Thorsten Hanke, MD

9:50 am - 10:20 am

Latest evidence in hybrid surgery - Bart Maesen, MD

10:20 am - 11:00 am

More than 10 years of thoracoscopic AF ablation with bipolar RF: video case, techniques and results - Bart van Putte, MD

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Atrial functional mitral regurgitation - Manuel Castella, MD

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

How to start a hybrid AF program: needs, round tables and hybrid rooms - Massimo Mariani, MD

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Grand Round table: The best interaction between EPs and surgeons

• Massimo Mariani, MD
• Lluís Mont, MD
• Kevin Makati, MD
• Bart Maesen, MD