June 15, 2015

Paper Co-authored by Phil Crooke Wins Best Manuscript Award

A paper co-authored by Prof. Phil Crooke has won a prestigious award given annually by Innovations, the official journal of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS).

The award, which includes a $2,000 prize, is given for the best manuscript from those that were submitted to the journal after being presented to the previous year’s annual meeting of the society. Crooke presented the winning paper at the 2014 annual ISMICS meeting, and the award was announced at this year’s annual meeting in Berlin, Germany on June 4, 2015.

The winning paper is entitled, “A Geometric Model of the Normal Human Aortic Root and Design of a Fully Anatomic Aortic Root Graft,” and was co-authored with L. Alan Beavan and Charles D. Griffin of BioStable Science and Engineering, Inc., Domenico Mazzitelli of the German Heart Center Munich, and J. Scott Rankin of Vanderbilt University’s Department of Cardiac Surgery. It was published in the January/February 2015 issue of Innovations (Volume 10, Number 1).

The publication included an addendum comment from the journal’s editor that describes the significance of the research: “This is an interesting report from Dr. Crooke and his colleagues on a novel aortic root graft they have designed for root remodeling procedures. The graft was based on a model they developed of the normal human aortic root from high-resolution CT angiograms of 11 normal human aortas. The design incorporated 3 anatomic sinuses and commissural symmetry and was based on average 3-dimensional geometry. The hope is this design may prove useful in restoring aortic root geometry toward normal during aortic valve repair and root reconstruction procedures. The graft is envisioned to be used with an internal geometric annuloplasty ring of similar design.”

Prof. Crooke performed the mathematical modeling used as the basis for the design of the graft. For more about his work in this area, see “Mathematical Modeling Helps Patients Take HAART,” in the Fall 2012 edition of Spectrum, the Department of Mathematics newsletter.