Course Objective

PCI for coronary CTO has gained an increased interest over recent years although it represents one of the most challenging lesion subsets. Recently there has been a rapid and continuous evolution of CTO techniques including the retrograde approach and ADR that have driven greater procedural success. However, recanalization of some CTO lesion subsets which include complex morphology (heavily calcified lesions, heavily tortuous lesions and long lesions) is still difficult and there are some pit falls during these procedures. To overcome the difficult situation during PCI for complex CTO lesions, improvement of operator’s skill and brush-up of technique and knowledge are very important.

CTO Club has pursued the best strategy and procedure for complex CTO lesions for almost 20 years. During the last few years, the interest and knowledge for CTO intervention have been widely spread all over the world and the half of participants of CTO Club came from outside of Japan. Therefore, in the 19th CTO Club in 2018, live demonstration from AP CTO Club and IJCTO will be demonstrated in addition to live demonstration from two Japanese sites.

The purpose of CTO Club is to inform all participants useful and important technical innovations. Various issues of CTO PCI will be discussed with experts from all over the world in all scientific sessions. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 19th CTO Club in 2018.

Kenya Nasu
The 19th CTO Club Representative Course Director

Course Directors

Yasushi Asakura
(Hakujikai Memorial Hospital)

Yuji Hamazaki
(Showa University Hospital)

Yasumi Igarashi
(Tokeidai Memorial Hospital)

Eisho Kyo
(Kusatsu Heart Center)

Kenya Nasu
(Toyohashi Heart Center)

Masahiko Ochiai
(Showa University, Northern Yokohama Hospital)

Atsunori Okamura
(Sakurabashi Watanabe Hospital)

Satoru Otsuji
(Higashi Takarazuka Satoh Hospital)

Etsuo Tsuchikane
(Toyohashi Heart Center)

Takafumi Tsuji
(Kusatsu Heart Center)

Kinzo Ueda
(Rakuwakai Marutamachi Hospital)

Junji Yajima
(The Cardiovascular Institute Hospital)

Masahisa Yamane
(Saitama Sekishinkai Hospital)

Honorary Co-Directors

Osamu Katoh

Takahiko Suzuki
(Toyohashi Heart Center)



International Faculty

In Ho Chae
( Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea )

Ji Yan Chen
( Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital, Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, People's Republic of China )

Alfredo R. Galassi
( Department of Clinical & Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, Italy )

Junbo Ge
( Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, People's Republic of China )

Lei Ge
( Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, People's Republic of China )

Scott Harding
( Wellington Hospital, New Zealand )

Jonathan Hill
( King's College Hospital, UK )

I-Chang Hsieh
( Chang Gung Medical Foundation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan, R.O.C. )

Hweung Kon Hwang
( Konkuk University Hospital, Korea )

Farouc Amin Jaffer
( Massachusetts General Hospital, USA )

Hsien-Li Kao
( National Taiwan University Medical School & Hospital, Taiwan, R.O.C. )

Hee Yeol Kim
( The Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon St.Mary's Hospital, Korea )

Jae-Hwan Lee
( Chungnam National University Hospital, Korea )

Jong-Young Lee
( Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea )

Nae-Hee Lee
( Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Korea )

Pil Hyung Lee
( Asan Medical Center, Korea )

Seung-Whan Lee
( Asan Medical Center, Korea )

Jianping Li
(First Hospital Peking University, People’s Republic of China)

Soo Teik Lim
( National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore )

Shih-Chi Liu
( Shin Kong Hospital, Taiwan, R.O.C. )

Sidney Tsz Ho Lo
( Liverpool Hospital, Australia )

Adrian Low
( National University Hospital, Singapore )

Kambis Mashayekhi
( Herzzentrum Bad Krozingen, Germany )

Ashwin B. Mehta
( Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, India )

Hun Sik Park
( Kyungpook National University Hospital, Korea )

Jie Qian
( Fu Wai Hospital, People's Republic of China )

V Surya Prakasa Rao
( Apollo Hospital, India )

Nicolaus J. Reifart
( Main Taunus Heart Institute, Germany )

Seung-Woon Rha
( Cardiovascular Center, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea )

Khalid Tammam
( International Medical Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia )

Aaron Sung Lung Wong
( National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore )

Eugene Brian Wu
( Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University Hong Kong, Hong Kong )

Hongbing Yan
( Cardiovascular Institute and Fu Wai Hospital, People's Republic of China )

Robert Yeh
( Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA )

Japanese Faculty

Jiro Ando
( The University of Tokyo Hospital )

Kazuhiro Ashida
( Seirei Yokohama Hospital )

Kenichi Fujii
( Higashi Takarazuka Satoh Hospital )

Shinya Fujita
( Kusatsu Heart Center )

Ichiro Hamanaka
( Rakuwakai Marutamachi Hospital )

Keiichi Igarashi Hanaoka
( Hanaoka Seishu Memorial Cardiovascular Hospital )

Hiroaki Hirase
( Takaoka City Hospital )

Junko Honye
( Kikuna Memorial Hospital )

Fumitaka Hosaka
( Okamura Memorial Hospital )

Shingo Hosogi
( Kochi Health Sciences Center )

Yoshiaki Ito
( Saiseikai Yokohamashi Tobu Hospital )

Hiroki Kamiya
( Gifu Heart Center )

Yoshifumi Kashima
( Sapporo Cardio Vascular Clinic )

Hiromasa Kato
( Fukui Prefectural Hospital )

Kenji Kawajiri
( Matsubara Tokushukai Hospital / Nozaki Tokushukai Hospital )

Tomohiro Kawasaki
( Shin-Koga Hospital )

Nozomu Kawashima
( Sapporo Orthopaedics and Cardiovascular Hospital )

Yoshihisa Kinoshita
( Toyohashi Heart Center )

Tomoko Kobayashi
( Kyoto Katsura Hospital )

Yuichi Kobori
( Todachuo General Hospital )

Tetsuo Matsubara
( Toyohashi Heart Center )

Susumu Matsuda
( National Hospital Organization Hamada Medical Center )

Shunsuke Matsuno
( The Cardiovascular Institute Hospital )

Masatoshi Miyahara
( Mie Heart Center )

Toshiya Muramatsu
( Tokyo General Hospital )

Makoto Muto
( Saitama Prefectural Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center )

Wataru Nagamatsu
( Hokusetsu General Hospital )

Masakazu Nagaoka
( Ebina General Hospital )

Shigeru Nakamura
( Kyoto Katsura Hospital )

Yasunori Nishida
( Takai Hospital )

Yuichi Noguchi
( Tsukuba Medical Center Hospital )

Yoichi Nozaki
( Hokko Memorial Hospital )

Yuji Oikawa
( The Cardiovascular Institute Hospital )

Hisayuki Okada
( Seirei Hamamatsu General Hospital )

Masaharu Okada
( Shiga General Hospital )

Shinya Okazaki
( Juntendo University )

Masaaki Okutsu
( Kawasaki Medical School General Medical Center )

Hiroki Sakamoto
( Shizuoka General Hospital )

Masami Sakurada
( Tokorozawa Heart Center )

Yoshitane Seino
( Hoshi General Hospital )

Makoto Sekiguchi
( Fukaya Red Cross Hospital )

Takeshi Serikawa
( Fukuoka Wajiro Hospital )

Yoshisato Shibata
( Miyazaki Medical Association Hospital )

Kenichiro Shimoji
( Saiseikai Utsunomiya Hospital )

Satoru Sumitsuji
( Osaka University )

Yoriyasu Suzuki
( Nagoya Heart Center )

Tohru Takahashi
( Iwate Prefectural Central Hospital )

Yoshihiro Takeda
( Rinku General Medical Center )

Kaname Takizawa
( JCHO Sendai Hospital )

Masaki Tanabe
( Koto Memorial Hospital )

Hiroyuki Tanaka
( Kurashiki Central Hospital )

Yoshiki Uehara
( Mito Brain Heart Center )

Yoshito Yamamoto
( Iwaki Kyouritsu General Hospital )

Yoshinori Yasaka
( Himeji Cardiovascular Center )

Ryohei Yoshikawa
( Sanda City Hospital )


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Update: March 15, 2018

Call for Cases

Case Competition “My most impressive case in CTO PCI”

Poster Posting Guidelines English / Japanese

Among submitted cases, four exemplary cases will be selected as "oral presentation" at the Case Competition, and other cases with honorable mention will be selected as "poster presentation" during the 19th CTO Club. The best case of the Case Competition will receive an award and the presenter will be invited to be a CTO Club faculty member in 2019.

*Free registration for case presenters.
*Cases can be submitted in English or Japanese.


Pre-registration period: Thursday, March 1 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

*The 19th CTO Club is using a registration system of "”.
You are required to create your user account at in order to complete registration.

  Pre-registration fee (JPY) On-site registration fee (JPY)
Medical 20,000 (2-day ticket) 25,000 (2-day ticket)
Co-medical 2,000 (2-day ticket) 3,000 (2-day ticket)
Industry 20,000 (2-day ticket) 25,000 (2-day ticket)
*After the pre-registration deadline, you can make online registration with on-site registration fee.

Visa Information

You may be required a visa to enter Japan. It varies by nationality.
Please contact your local embassy or consulate of Japan and process your visa if necessary. We recommend you to have enough time for the visa procedure. You could also obtain some information about the visa to enter Japan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website (

Invitation Letter

You are requested to complete the registration first to obtain the letter of invitation.
It will be issued on request upon receipt of your payment for the 19th CTO Club pre-registration.
If you need the invitation letter and other documents for VISA application, please contact CTO Club Administration Office ( by May 20. Please note that this letter of invitation does not commit CTO Club to any financial supports with regard to your attendance at the 19th CTO Club.
*5,400 JPY per person will be charged to issue the visa application documents other than the invitation letter.



Contact: CTO Club Travel Desk
[Nippon Express Travel Co.,Ltd. Osaka Branch]

Tel: +81-6-6231-7581
1-1-6 Kitahama, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0041 Japan

Future Meetings

CTO Club

The 20th CTO Club in 2019

June 14 Fri. - 15 Sat. 2019

Complex Cardiovascular Therapeutics (CCT)

Complex Cardiovascular Therapeutics (CCT)



October 25 Thu.- 27 Sat. 2018
Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Portopia Hotel


October 24 Thu.- 26 Sat. 2019
Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Portopia Hotel