Faculty

INVITED FACULTY

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    Dr David Barron (UK)
    Dr Barron is the Senior Cardiac Surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK. He was trained at St Thomas’ Hospital London and his cardiothoracic training was at Papworth, Southampton, Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street. His MD was from Imperial College , London.

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    Dr David Barron (UK)

    Dr Barron is the Senior Cardiac Surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK. He was trained at St Thomas’ Hospital London and his cardiothoracic training was at Papworth, Southampton, Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street. His MD was from Imperial College , London.

    He has been a consultant surgeon in Birmingham since 1999 where his special interests are Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, congenitally corrected transposition and MAPCA surgery in complex pulmonary atresia.  He has published over 120 papers on surgical topics as well as in developing risk adjustment scores and national database development in congenital cardiac surgery. He has been honorary invited surgeon to 11 different hospitals in 6 countries. He has written 14 book chapters and has delivered over 100 invited national and international lectures.

    He was the inaugural chair of the UK congenital heart surgeons body and has been the national representative in the NHS review of congenital cardiac services. He has sat on the executive of both the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and the British Congenital Cardiac Association and is the lead for Congenital Cardiac training in the UK.  He is also on the congenital domain of the European Association and is on the Editorial Board of the European and World Journals. A lifelong Newcastle United fan, his loyalty has taught him how to cope with disappointment.

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    Dr Resham Baruah (UK)
    Dr. Baruah is currently a consultant cardiologist working at Chelsea and Westminster and the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trusts with a specialist interest in heart failure and imaging.

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    Dr Resham Baruah (UK)

    Dr. Baruah is currently a consultant cardiologist working at Chelsea and Westminster and the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trusts with a specialist interest in heart failure and imaging.

    She graduated from Imperial College with Distinction in clinical practice, and a first class honours BSc in cardiovascular sciences. She completed her PhD in periodic breathing and heart failure at Imperial College in 2010. 

    She is currently undertaking an MSc in Health economics, outcomes and management in cardiovascular sciences at the London School of Economics, which supports her work at the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) where she has just been a specialist technical advisor on the 2018 chronic heart failure guideline update.

    She is a mother to two boisterous young boys and in her spare time she volunteers as a school governor at a local secondary school.

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    Professor Jeroen J. Bax (The Netherlands)
    Jeroen J. Bax is Professor of Cardiology and Director of non-invasive cardiac imaging, at the Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands.

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    Professor Jeroen J. Bax (The Netherlands)

    Jeroen J. Bax is Professor of Cardiology and Director of non-invasive cardiac imaging, at the Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands.  He has been working intensively with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and is currently serving as President of the ESC.  He has been Associate Editor of the American College of Cardiology and is currently Associate Editor of the European Heart Journal.  He has co-authored numerous scientific articles, has guided many PhD fellows and his main interests of research include imaging in heart failure, stable coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation.

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    A/Professor Ralf Birkemeyer (Germany)
    Ralf Birkemeyer is an interventional cardiologist at the Herzklinik Ulm and Universitätsklinik Ulm, Germany. He graduated from medical school at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen and completed a two-year research scholarship as an undergraduate which was funded by the German Scholarship Foundation.

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    A/Professor Ralf Birkemeyer (Germany)

    Ralf Birkemeyer is an interventional cardiologist at the Herzklinik Ulm and Universitätsklinik Ulm, Germany.

    Dr. Birkemeyer graduated from medical school at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. He completed a two-year research scholarship as an undergraduate which was funded by the German Scholarship Foundation.

    After specialist training in internal medicine, cardiology and intensive care medicine he became deputy head of cardiology at the Schwarzwald Baar Klinikum, where he set up a comprehensive interventional service and regional primary PCI network.

    In 2011 he joined the structural heart team at the University Hospital of Rostock. In 2014 he became partner at the Herzklinik Ulm and joined the structural heart team at the University Hospital of Ulm where he is also an Associate Professor of Cardiology.

    His main research interests are primary PCI and coronary device development. Dr. Birkemeyer has been involved in more than 40 cardiology trials and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He is a member of several professional associations, including the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) of the European Society  of Cardiology, German Cardiac Society (DGK) and the Working Group Interventional Cardiology (AGIK) of the German Cardiac Society.

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    Professor Volkmar Falk (Germany)
    Medical Director and Director of the DHZB Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Deutsches Herzzentrum, Berlin & Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Charité Berlin

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    Professor Volkmar Falk (Germany)

    Professor Volkmar Falk is medical director and director of the DHZB Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery of the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin and Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Charité Berlin. After successfully completing his preliminary studies and his doctorate at the University of Bonn he began his basic surgical training at the University in Göttingen and completed his residency at the Department of Cardiac Surgery of the Herzzentrum Leipzig. From 1998 - 2003 he held the position of a senior surgeon, with an interruption of his clinical work for one year as a research fellow at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. In 2001 he completed his “Habilitation” (German post-doctoral university teaching qualification) and in 2003 he became a senior consultant. From 2009-2014 he was appointed professor and director of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital in Zurich. In 2014 he was appointed Professor and Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Charite Berlin and became the medical director and director of the DHZB Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery of the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin. His main areas of clinical and academic research are in the field of endoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery and image guided transcatheter therapies. He was co-founder of the Innovation Center for Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS) at the University of Leipzig funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF). During his time in Zürich he established numerous collaborations with the ETH Zurich and among other projects initiated the “Zurich Heart” Project, an interdisciplinary project at the interface of medical engineering and surgery for the development of mechanical circulatory assist systems. He is currently PI of the project which received intense funding over the last 3 years. Professor Falk is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific publications (listed in Pubmed, Hirsh-Index 51) and serves in various functions (Board member, president, Committees) in numerous international professional societies (EACTS, ESC, DGTHG, SGHC, ISMICS and others). He is on the editorial board of a number of journals in the field, among the  European Heart Journal (IF 14,5). Recently he has served on a number of International Guideline-Committees and is Coauthour of the current ESC ESC/EACTS Guidelines on myocardfial revascularization, valvular heart disease and heart failure.
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    Professor Marc Gewillig (Belgium)
    Professor Marc Gewillig is Paediatric cardiologist at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is author of more than 320 articles in peer reviewed journals and wrote several chapters on paediatric cardiology.

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    Professor Marc Gewillig (Belgium)

    Professor Marc Gewillig is Paediatric cardiologist at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

    He is an author of more than 320 articles in peer-reviewed journals and wrote several chapters on paediatric cardiology. He has been invited a speaker on several topics in all continents.

    Since his thesis on the Fontan circulation in 1991, he maintained a special interest in the physiology and treatment of complications of this complex circuit. He was a co-founder of the European  Working group on Interventional Cardiology (AEPC) and is currently proctor/instructor in Europe.

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    Professor Ganesan Karthikeyan (India)
    Dr Ganesan Karthikeyan is a clinical and interventional cardiologist and a Professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in India where he completed his training in Cardiology.

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    Professor Ganesan Karthikeyan (India)

    Professor Ganesan Karthikeyan is a clinical and interventional cardiologist and a Professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in India where he completed his training in Cardiology. He trained in research methods at McMaster University, Canada, as a recipient of the CIHR-Canada HOPE Scholarship. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor of Medicine and is now an International Fellow of the Population Health Research Institute, at that University.

    His research is mainly focused on cardiovascular diseases affecting low and middle-income countries, including valvular heart disease, particularly rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

    Dr Karthikeyan is a member of the RHD Expert panel of the Global Burden of Disease Study Group, and Chair of the Advisory Board of Rheumatic Heart Disease, Evidence, Advocacy, Communication, Hope (RhEACH). He played a central role in the design and conduct of the Rheumatic Heart Disease Global Registry (REMEDY) and is one of the key leaders of the ongoing INVICTUS trial for stroke prevention in RHD. He serves as an honorary consultant to the Human Health Division of the International Atomic Energy Agency, providing advice in identifying, designing and implementing research protocols in resource-poor settings.

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    Dr Azeem Latib (Italy)
    Dr Azeem Latib is an interventional cardiologist at San Raffaele Hospital and EMO-GVM Centro Cuore Columbus in Milan Italy. He started his career in South Africa and obtained his specialisation in internal medicine and cardiology at Groote Schuur Hospital in the University of Cape Town where he is now honorary senior lecturer.

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    Dr Azeem Latib (Italy)

    Dr Azeem Latib is an interventional cardiologist at San Raffaele Hospital and EMO-GVM Centro Cuore Columbus in Milan Italy. He started his career in South Africa and obtained his specialisation in internal medicine and cardiology at Groote Schuur Hospital in the University of Cape Town where he is now honorary senior lecturer. In 2008 he obtained his masters in interventional cardiology in Milan, at San Raffaele Hospital where he is now co-director of research and structural heart disease. Azeem has dedicated his efforts in maintaining both a research and a clinical approach to interventional cardiology. He has published over 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. His interests and experience include complex coronary interventions, structural heart disease and new device innovation. He is actively involved in pre-clinical animal work for coronary and structural interventions. He has also performed a number of first-in-man procedures and is principal investigator in numerous CE-mark and multi-center studies.

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    Professor Mandeep R. Mehra (USA)
    Dr. Mehra serves as Medical Director of the BWH Heart and Vascular Center and as Executive Director of the Collaborative Center for Advanced Heart Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he is Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

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    Professor Mandeep R. Mehra (USA)

    Dr. Mehra is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Center and Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Heart Disease at Brigham Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, he is Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Prior to joining Brigham and Women’s Hospital in January 2012, Dr. Mehra served as the Dr. Herbert Berger Endowed Professor of Medicine, Head of Cardiology and Assistant Dean for Clinical Services at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an expert in Advanced Heart Failure with special expertise in mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation.

    He has authored and published over 400 book chapters, manuscripts, editorials and abstracts focusing on all aspects of advanced heart failure. One important area of his interest is in developing international guidelines for care of the heart transplant candidate and process enhancement for improving performance measure adherence in heart failure.

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    Professor Philip Moons (Belgium)
    Professor of Healthcare and Nursing Science at the Academic Center for Nursing and Midwifery at the KU Leuven – University of Leuven, Belgium, and visiting professor at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Currently, he is program director for the Master in Nursing and Midwifery of the KU Leuven – University of Leuven

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    Professor Philip Moons (Belgium)

    Dr. Philip Moons is Professor of Healthcare and Nursing Science at the Academic Center for Nursing and Midwifery at the KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium, and visiting professor at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Currently, he is program director for the Master in Nursing and Midwifery of the KU Leuven - University of Leuven.

    Philip Moons has published more than 250 articles in international, peer-reviewed journals; and presented over 280 abstracts at national and international conferences. He is mainly involved in outcome and quality of life research in congenital heart disease, and developed and implemented the role of advanced practice nurse in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program of the University Hospitals of Leuven. Furthermore, he co-ordinated large-scale implementation projects on discharge management. The spearhead of Philip Moons' research is ‘Transition and Care’.

    For his work, Philip Moons received Martha N. Hill New Investigators Award 2004 from the American Heart Association and the Atie Immink New Investigators Award 2008 from the European Society of Cardiology. He is fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and the European Society of Cardiology (NFESC). In 2014, he was inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), which is a prestigious recognition for his work and his contribution to nursing.

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    Professor Jagat Narula (USA)
    Dr Jagat Narula is a Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Professor of Cardiology at the Zena & Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief of the Division of Cardiology of St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals of Mount Sinai, Director of Cardiovascular Imaging for the Mount Sinai Health System, and Associate Dean of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai.

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    Professor Jagat Narula (USA)

    Jagat Narula is a Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Professor of Cardiology at the Zena & Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief of the Division of Cardiology of St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals of Mount Sinai, Director of Cardiovascular Imaging for the Mount Sinai Health System, and Associate Dean of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai.

    Dr. Narula’s major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine have included the description of the phenomenon of heart muscle cell suicide (apoptosis) in CVD, identification of vulnerability of atherosclerotic plaques to rupture causing acute coronary syndromes, and developing recommendations for cardiovascular disease prevention in low- and middle-income countries. He is a rare investigator who has the distinction of publishing in the best basic science and the best clinical medicine journals including Science, Nature Medicine, PNAS, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet, with 1500 original research publications or presentations and about 50 books or journal supplements edited.

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    Dr Vuyisile T Nkomo (USA)
    Dr Vuyisile Nkomo is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, and Director of the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic.

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    Dr Vuyisile T Nkomo (USA)

    Dr Vuyisile Nkomo is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, and Director of the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic. His areas of interest include echocardiography and valvular heart disease epidemiology.  Dr. Nkomo received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, and completed Internal Medicine and Cardiology Fellowship training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.  He also received his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minnesota, as part of his Cardiology Fellowship.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE).

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    Professor Mark Petrie (UK)
    Mark Petrie is Professor of Cardiology at the University of Glasgow.  He worked as a clinician with a sub-speciality interest in heart failure, advanced heart failure and interventional cardiology before accepting a formal academic role 2 years ago. 

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    Professor Mark Petrie (UK)

    Mark Petrie is Professor of Cardiology at the University of Glasgow.  He worked as a clinician with a sub-speciality interest in heart failure, advanced heart failure and interventional cardiology before accepting a formal academic role 2 years ago.  He is also on the steering and executive committees of many trials (including intravenous iron, various interventional heart failure therapies, trials of coronary artery disease and HF (STICH and REVIVED) and others).  He was an author of the ESC NSTEMI guidelines and a senior author of the ESC Position Statement on Diabetes and Heart Failure.   He is involved in ongoing trials of diabetes therapies in cardiovascular disease and heart failure. One of his major interests is peripartum cardiomyopathy (member of the Executive Committee and Steering Group of the ESC Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Registry).  Mark is the UK Lead for PARADISE-MI and Dapa-HF and has also served on the Clinical Events Committee of over 30 trials including EMPA-REG OUTCOME, TRUE-HF, ASCEND, the original HARMONY programme, CARMELINA and CAROLINA amongst many others.  

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    Professor Fausto J. Pinto (Portugal)
    Immediate Past-President of European Society of Cardiology (2016-18), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon (2015-2018), Head of Cardiology Department at Santa Maria University Hospital.

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    Professor Fausto J. Pinto (Portugal)

    Immediate Past-President of European Society of Cardiology (2016-18), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon (2015-2018), Head of Cardiology Department at Santa Maria University Hospital, CHLN, E.P.E. in Lisbon, Portugal, Head of Heart and Vessels Department, University Hospital of Santa Maria/CHLN, Lisbon, Portugal (since 2016), Full Professor of Cardiology and Chair of Cardiology Clinic at Lisbon University Medical School in Lisbon, Portugal, Director of the Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute, President of the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine. 

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    Dr Sorin V. Pislaru (USA)
    Dr Sorin Pislaru completed medical school at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, and received his PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

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    Dr Sorin V. Pislaru (USA)

    Dr Pislaru completed medical school at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, and received his PhD. from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He then continued his training at Mayo Clinic Rochester, where he completed his residency and cardiology fellowship, as part of the combined clinician-investigator track.   Upon his graduation, Dr. Pislaru joined the Mayo Clinic faculty, dividing his time between the Echo Lab, Valve Clinic, and research.

    He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine, and Chair for Research in the Division of Cardiovascular Ultrasound. He directs the Echocardiography and Vascular Physiology Research Unit which affords advanced training in echocardiographic research to over 20 fellows/trainees annually. Dr. Pislaru has presented both nationally and internationally and has authored over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests are focused on valvular diseases, myocardial elasticity, and development and imaging guidance of percutaneous valvular interventions.

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    Dr Charanjit S. Rihal (USA)
    Charanjit S. Rihal, M.D., is an academic interventional cardiologist and an expert in the field of coronary and valve and structural cardiology. He frequently lectures on therapies for heart disease, particularly heart valves and coronary arteries.

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    Dr Charanjit S. Rihal (USA)

    Charanjit S. Rihal, M.D., is an academic interventional cardiologist and an expert in the field of coronary and valve and structural cardiology. As the principal investigator on multiple research grants, Dr. Rihal oversees studies focusing on valvular and structural heart disease (for example, percutaneous aortic valve therapies), clinical trials in coronary artery disease, and developing novel genetic approaches to anti-thrombotic therapy. His research has been funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; industry sources; and Mayo Clinic, and his research findings have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

    As a cardiologist, Dr. Rihal specializes in interventional cardiology, with a focus on new device therapies, the treatment of valve and structural heart conditions, and acute myocardial infarction. He frequently lectures on therapies for heart disease, particularly heart valves and coronary arteries.

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    Professor Lars G Svensson (USA)
    Lars Georg Svensson is the Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute as well as Staff Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

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    Professor Lars G Svensson (USA)

    Lars Georg Svensson is the Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute as well as Staff Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He is also Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Svensson is board-certified in general, vascular, thoracic and cardiac surgery. He specialises in aortic valve surgery, aortic valve and bicuspid valve repair, cardiac surgery, complex aortic aneurysm, endovascular aorta treatment, heart surgery of patients with Marfan Syndrome, modified David’s reimplantation procedure, percutaneous treatment of patients with valve disease, minimally invasive heart surgery, Marfan syndrome and connective tissue disorders. He obtained his medical degree in 1978, a MSc in 1983 and a PhD in 1986 from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his Cardiology, General and Vascular Surgery training at the Johannesburg Hospital, followed by Cardiovascular Surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio), and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) including Cardiothoracic Surgery residency. He was Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center and worked with Drs. DeBakey and Crawford at Baylor College of Medicine. He was Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and then Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tufts University, and Instructor at Harvard Medical School while working at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Boston. In 2005 he was made King James IV Professor of Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is on numerous committees, including the Society of Thoracic Surgery, American Association for Thoracic Surgery Government Relations Committee, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Cleveland Clinic Surgery Committee. His interests are minimal invasive valve surgery, percutaneous cardiovascular surgery, and brain and spinal cord protection during cardiovascular surgery.

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