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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 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.
Dr Taweesak Chotivatanapong is now The Chairman of International Academic Institute Program and Senior Consultant at Central Chest Institute of Thailand.
He is now also serving as a PCU Director of Cardiovascular Surgery of Bangkok Heart Hospital, BDMS Hospital Network, Bangkok, Thailand. He is a councillor member of the ASCVTS, active member of AATS and International Fellow Member of STS and ANZSCTS.
During the last several years, he set up the Heart Care Foundation that he serves as the President of the foundation. The main activities of this foundation are to provide operations for valvular heart patients in the long waiting list and training for young surgeons under "Train the Trainer" program throughout Thailand and the region. Several Centre of Excellence for valve repair is now successfully established under this program.
He also serves as Chairman COE of National Cardiovascular and Thoracic Disease Ministry of Public Health. After received his training for CVT surgery in Thailand, he got his further training in Australia and the USA. He is the immediate Past President of Society of Thoracic Surgeons of Thailand.
Most of his research focused on Mitral Valve Repair, Ross operation for infective AV and especially in Rheumatic Valve Repair.
Dr Grace Lin is a Consultant Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at the Mayo Clinic and subsequently joined the faculty. Dr Lin specializes in echocardiography and Advanced Heart Failure and is currently the Director of Heart Failure Services at Mayo Clinic and a member of the American College of Cardiology Heart failure and Transplant Council. She is a member of the Mayo Echo Core Laboratory, which provides echocardiographic analysis for both national and international clinical trials. Her research and clinical interests are in imaging for heart failure and arrhythmias, cardiac amyloidosis and cardio-oncology. Dr Lin also directs the expansion of the Mayo Clinic Tutorials series, which creates enduring materials for both continuing medical education and fellows in training.
Dr Vuyisile Nkomo is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant at the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic and a 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), a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) and an American Heart Association (AHA) volunteer expert.
Véronique L. Roger, MD, MPH graduated from France Medical School and the Minnesota School of Public Health. She is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She is a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and outcomes researcher. With an interest in the occurrence and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases.
Dr Roger has served on the Mayo Clinic’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees and was the founding Director of the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science in Health Care Delivery, which focuses on the science of best practice. She is actively involved in initiatives relevant to the research use of clinical data.
Dr Roger has also served within. the American Heart Association as well as the National Heart, Lung and Blood (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr Sarano is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine with a long-standing interest in valvular heart diseases, outcomes and imaging. He was Director of the Mayo Heart Valve Clinic for over ten years. Dr Sarano’s research has focused on all types of valve diseases from the macroscopic mechanistic point of view to quantitative imaging to outcomes and criteria for intervention with a specific focus on studying the physiology and mechanisms of mitral regurgitation. Over the years, Dr Sarano’s work has provided him with extensive experience in cardiac imaging; leading to the publication of more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts related to human cardiac valve disease.
Studied Medicine at University of Bonn, Germany, after having worked as a nurse for 2 years. House officer jobs in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Anaesthetics.
MD thesis on late results after VSD closure in 1988. Initial training in paediatric cardiology in Bonn before research fellowship in cardiac ultrasound at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, NL in 1989. Development of intraoperative epicardial ultrasound and paediatric transoesophageal echocardiography which led to PhD thesis in 1991.
Training in neonatology and paediatric cardiology in Edinburgh and Birmingham, UK. Senior clinical research fellowship in interventional cardiology at Hospital Necker, Paris, France in 1996. Appointment as Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 1996 (ongoing).
The focus of work shifted more towards interventional catheter across the whole range of congenital heart disease. Development of departmental database system from 1998. Design and build of state-of-the-art biplane catheter theatre and single plane hybrid theatre at BCH in 2010.
Lead in Interventional cardiac catheterisation and hybrid therapies at BCH since 2011. Development and refinement of numerous interventional techniques in the management of the univentricular heart circulation and initial palliation of complex cyanotic congenital heart disease. Senior cardiologist for the complex cardiac surgical program (Norwood/Fontan, AV discordance and PAVSD with MAPCAs).
Ongoing dedicated support to develop congenital heart disease programs in emerging countries.
He has been a pioneer and protagonist of this "cutting edge technology" and has trained numerous surgeons and anaesthesiologists in this field of cardiac surgery around the world.
Dr Murali has 28 years-experience in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, including 19 years as Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon. He has performed over 7500 open-heart surgeries with more than 4500 of them on beating heart for coronary artery bypass surgery with a mortality of less than 0.5%. He has only one conversion to the pump in the last 4000 odd OPCAB (Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass) surgeries.
Dr Murali has been one of the few surgeons in the world, performing 100 percent of his OPCAB surgeries over the last 10 years without any conversion to the Heart Lung Machine and has performed three Heart transplantations in 2015 of which one of them has survived nearly 3 years - a first of its kind in north Kerala.