Klinikum Karlsburg, Germany
PD Dr. med. Alexander Kaminski Direktor Klinik für Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie am Klinikum Karlsburg Herz- und Diabeteszentrum MV
Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
Dr Porta-Sánchez graduated in Medicine at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2007 and did the residency in Cardiology at Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona (2008-13). After completing his residency, he received a Post-graduate training grant of "la Caixa" Banking Foundation and pursued further clinical and research training in Arrhythmia at the University of Toronto (Canada) from 2014 until 2017. In December 2017 he obtained his Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiolgy title from University of Toronto and decided to come back to his country of origin to pursue an Academic career in Cardiology. He obtained his PhD on Ventricular Tachycardia at Universitat de Barcelona (cum laude) in 2019 and after 4 years leading the Arrhythmia Unit at Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid and teaching as assistant professor of Medicine at Universidad Europea de Madrid, he moved in early 2022 to Hospital Clínic de Barcelona where he works as staff in the Arrhythmia Unit. He is since late 2017 a research fellow at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid in the Molecular Cardiology Laboratory led by Prof Silvia Priori.
UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, London, UK
Dr. Andrew Cook is Associate Professor and leads the Centre for Cardiac Morphology at the Institute of Cardiovascular Science / Great Ormond Street Hospital Institute of Child Health, London, UK. He has an international reputation for providing education, training and expertise in the structural architecture of the heart including major textbooks on surgical anatomy of the heart and fetal cardiology. He is founder of the website www.cardiacmorphology.com and advises companies on anatomy for device design and simulation. During this work he has developed specific expertise in correlating cardiac structure with imaging from fetus to adult. Current areas of research are: micro-imaging and 3D printing of structural heart disease using micro-computed tomography and phase-contrast synchrotron imaging; and deep-phenotyping of heart defects in mutant mouse embryos using high throughput, high-resolution 3D imaging.
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals
Barbara Casadei is a British Heart Foundation Professor and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She is also the President of the European Society of Cardiology. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians since 2001 and a Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford since 2006. She was awarded a BHF Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2012, which she still holds, and was elected to the Fellowship of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2013. As an outstanding leader in the field of cardiovascular medicine, she has been invited to give many keynote lectures and received several awards, including most recently the William Harvey Lecture on Basic Science and Silver Medal of the ESC in 2013. Barbara a passionate supporter of the career of women in science, both locally and within the ESC, placing a lot of effort on establishing initiatives aimed at supporting the career of young clinicians and scientists across Europe.
St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Bart van Putte graduated medical school in 2002 at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). In 2003 he successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Utrecht on experimental lung surgery (isolated lung therapy with gemcitabine for the treatment of lung metastases). In 2010 he finished his residency and became cardiothoracic surgeon. From 2011-2013 he worked as staff member in Amphia hospital Breda, Netherlands). Since 2013 he is practicing in the St. Antonius hospital Nieuwegein (Netherlands) and is responsible for the residency training program since 2017. His current clinical and scientific focus is minimally invasive mitral and AF surgery including left appendage management resulting in several (finished and ongoing) PhD theses. As a proctor for thoracoscopic AF ablation he trained more than 25 centers worldwide since 2012. Bart was taskforce member of the 2016 and 2020 ESC/EACTS guidelines for atrial fibrillation.
German Heart Center Berlin, Germany
Dr. Christoph Starck is a Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at the German Heart Center in Berlin, Germany. He covers the complete cardiac surgical spectrum & has a special focus on arrhythmia & cardiac device surgery. Prof. Starck is renowned for his large clinical experience in transvenous lead extraction procedures, conducts several lead extraction workshops annually & is the founder of the International Lead Extraction Expert Meeting (ILEEM), established in 2012. His research activities in the field of lead extraction procedures focus on improving patient safety as well as extraction tools and techniques. He has further research projects focusing on the development of innovative technologies in assist device therapy, as well as the optimization of extracorporeal circulation technologies & techniques. He is Fellow Member of the European Heart Rhythm Association (FEHRA) & member of the following societies: EACTS, ESC, DGTHG & SGHC.
Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Pereda completed medical School at the University of Barcelona and his residency in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. After his residency he completed two clinical fellowships at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MD) and Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, MD) before joining the staff at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona in 2011. His main areas of interest are minimally-invasive valve surgery, particularly mitral repair both thoracoscopic and robotic, and surgery of congenital heart defects in the adult.
University of South Florida, Department of Neurology, Tampa Florida, USA
Dr. David Z. Rose (@DrStroke on Twitter) is a Vascular Stroke Neurologist at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida, USA, and Co-Medical Director of the 32-bed Neuro-ICU at Tampa General Hospital. He is the author of a fun review book entitled “Laughing Your Way to Passing the Neurology Boards” and many peer reviewed articles on Neuro-Cardio topics. He completed an Internal Medicine internship and residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Neurology residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Stroke Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.
Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Quintana is a Cardiovascular Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Barcelona Medical School – Hospital Clínic. He is a teacher and coordinator in the Biomedical Engineering Degree at the University of Barcelona. He is currently in charge of the Cardiovascular Surgery and Postoperative Critical Care fellowship and residency programs. He is a Board Member, Secretary and Examiner of the European Board of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Exam of the EACTS. His main clinical interests are aortic and vascular surgery, surgery for infective endocarditis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, valve repair, arrhythmia surgery and cardiovascular surgery critical care.
Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, USA
Dr. Cox is best known for his work in the field of cardiac arrhythmia surgery and the development of the Cox-Maze Procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation completing the first “Maze” procedure in 1987.On January 1, 2017, Dr. Cox was appointed Professor of Surgery and Surgical Director of the Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Cox was the 81st President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), is a member of the Editorial Board of over 20 scientific journals, Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, a member of the Surgical Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, and a Founding Member of the following boards: Board of Directors of CTSNet, Board of Directors of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgical Education. He was elected to the Russian Academy of Science in 2005.
Tampa Cardiac Specialists, Florida, USA
Dr. Makati is a cardiologist board certified in general cardiology and electrophysiology. He completed his residency at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish hospital and specialty and subspecialization at Tufts University in Boston. He elected to further learn AF ablation under pioneer, Michel Haïssaguerre, in Bordeaux, France after training. Dr. Makati has served on the founding board for the BayCare Physician Partners network, Rhythm Section Chairperson, Cardiology Steering Committee, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Committee. In addition to clinical practice, he holds an Associate Professorship at University of South Florida and was a clinical instructor at Washington University and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Makati serves as an invited editor/reviewer for JACC, and JICRM. He is active in research as a site principal investigator on multi center trials involving AF ablation, defibrillator therapy, and advanced mapping techniques and co-international investigator of the Hybrid Convergent AF ablation post approval study as well as section editor for several textbooks. Dr. Makati and colleagues in Tampa, Florida were among the first investigators to publish outcome data supporting the use of cryotherapy with Convergent Hybrid ablation over a decade ago. He continues to research the role of hybrid therapies in the treatment of advanced forms of AF and appendage management with his fellow colleagues and lectures internationally on this unique and emerging field.
St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Dr. Lucas Boersma graduated from Medical School in 1996 at the University of Maastricht. In the same year he finished his PHD on Ventricular Tachycardia in the Rabbit Heart. He completed his Cardiology specialty training in 2000 at St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, and his subspecialty training in Electrophysiology in 2001 at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. Since then he is a staff member and Electrophysiologist at St.Antonius Hospital in The Netherlands. He was Head of the Cardiology Department from 2008-2016, as well as Medical Manager of the Cardiovascular Unit from 2011-2017. He was chairman of the Netherlands Heart Rhythm Society from 2011-2016, and is now chairman of the Committee for Science& Innovation of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology NVVC. In between he was Treasurer of the Netherlands Cardiovascular Data Registration. In 2017 he was appointed as a special Professor of Cardiology at the University of Amsterdam.
Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
Manuel Castella is a cardiovascular surgeon, Head of the Cardiovascular Surgery Department at the Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona. The Department is a national referral for complex mitral repair including robotic, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and grown-up congenital heart disease. Among all types of cardiac surgery, Manuel Castella’s main interest and fields of research are atrial fibrillation surgery and pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. Manuel Castella has co-leed trials in thoracoscopic AFib ablation and he has been member of the ESC/EACTS Committee for the development of the Guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation Management in 2016 and 2020. Since 2018, Dr. Castella is the Chairman of the Arrhythmia Surgery Task Force of EACTS. Other interest are port-access mitral repair and other types of minimally invasive surgery.
University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium
Dr. La Meir is Chair and Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Head of the Cardiac Surgery Department at the University Hospital Brussels and consultant at the Maastricht University Medical Center (The Netherlands). He earned his medical degree in 1992 and completed his PhD on hybrid treatment of atrial fibrillation in 2012. He has a special interest in the concomitant and stand-alone treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Since 2005 he developed hybrid approaches for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, inappropriate sinus nude dysfunction, premature ventricular contractions and Brugada syndrome. He is board member of the Arrhythmia Task Force of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.
Schüchtermann Klinik, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany
Since April 2020 Nicolas Doll holds the post of Medical Director of Heart Surgery at Schüchtermann Klinik, Bad Rothenfelde, Germany. Previously, Prof. Doll was Medical Director and Head of Department of Cardiac Surgery at Sana Heart Center Stuttgart, Germany. His fields of interest include surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation, pacemaker, defibrillator, biventricular stimulation, OPCAB surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, and diving medicine.
Central Teaching Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior, Warsaw, Poland
Head of the Cardiac Surgery Clinic of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw. Member of the prestigious group Cardiovascular Nucleus, European Society of Cardiology. Prof. Piotr Suwalski, as the author of over 200 publications in national and foreign journals, is a valued cardiac surgeon, committed scientist and a teacher devoted to scientific work. Honored with many awards, including the NOW POLSKA NOW Award for cardiosurgical treatment with the use of minimally invasive techniques, recently, together with the Team of the Department of Cardiac Surgery of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which he managed, contributes to the popularization of this method in other centers in Poland and brings relief to dozens of patients.
University of California, San Francisco, USA
Dr. Randall Lee is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist whose research focuses on cardiac arrhythmias and vascular regeneration. Lee is interested in improving outcomes for patients who have catheter ablation to treat complex arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and ventricular tachycardia. Specifically, he is active in devising tools and techniques to better treat arrhythmias and prevent strokes. Working with his cardiovascular surgery colleagues, he has developed hybrid procedures combining epicardial and endocardial ablation that can work for patients with persistent A-fib when previous catheter ablation has failed. He has pioneered devices for stroke prevention, including the LARIAT device, and initiated UCSF programs providing device-based therapies for lowering stroke risk. In addition to these endeavors, he has a cardiac tissue engineering laboratory focused on heart muscle repair and reconstruction to treat heart failure and arrhythmias. Lee earned his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he also obtained a doctorate in pharmacology. After completing a residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, he completed a cardiology fellowship and postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry and molecular biology at Stanford University, where he earned physician-scientist and young investigator awards in cardiology. During a second fellowship at UCSF, he subspecialized in cardiac electrophysiology, the study of heart rhythm disorders.
McMaster University Medical School, Hamilton, Canada
Dr. Richard Whitlock is a Canadian cardiovascular surgeon and a Professor of Surgery at McMaster University Medical School. Whitlock joined the Department of Cardiac Surgery as an assistant professor in 2012. He also became a P.I. at the Population Health Research Institute at the same time. He is most well known for being the principal investigator of the SIRS (Steroids in Cardiac Surgery) trial and the LAAOS III (Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Study) trial, a trial to determine the effectiveness of left atrial appendage occlusion during cardiac surgery in patients with atrial fibrillation.
University of Brescia Medical School, Brescia, Italy
Dr. Benussi has been in practice since 1991 and worked for many years as leading surgeon at S. Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy. He was founder of the Arrhythmia Task Force of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and since 2015 he has been chief of arrhythmia surgery and cardio stimulation at USZ Zurich, Switzerland where he is responsible for surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and VAD implants. He also performs OPCAB and valve repair surgery, mainly through minimal invasive approaches.
Cardiac Surgeon, Stuttgart, Germany
Timo Weimar works as cardiac surgeon based in Stuttgart, Germany. He is specialized in the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and was trained at Washington University in St. Louis by Ralph J. Damiano, MD. Besides the different types of concomitant ablation techniques, he also performs standalone procedures, including minimally invasive biatrial Maze IV procedures, endoscopic left atrial ablations and endoscopic LAA management.