Faculty

  • Marc Gillinov

    Cleveland Clinic
    USA

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  • Tirone E. David

    University of Toronto
    USA

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  • Jereon Bax ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

    Jeroen J. Bax

    Immediate Past President
    European Society of Cardiology
    The Netherlands

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  • Robert Levine ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

    Robert A. Levine

    Harvard Medical School
    USA

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  • Gregory Schwartz ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

    Gregory Schwartz

    VA Medical Center & University of Colorado
    USA

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  • Amir Lerman ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

    Holger
    Thiele

    Heart Center Leipzig, University of Leipzig
    Germany

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  • Amir Lerman ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020 ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

    Amir
    Lerman

    Mayo Clinic
    USA

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  • Robert J. Siegel ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020 ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

    Robert J. Siegel

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA
    USA

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  • Karen Sliwa ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

    Karen
    Sliwa

    President
    World Heart Federation
    South Africa

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Marc Gillinov

Cleveland Clinic USA

Biography

Marc Gillinov, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He holds the Judith Dion Pyle Chair in Heart Valve Research.ย ย  He is also Chair of the NIH-funded Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network.ย ย  In addition, he is Surgical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at Cleveland Clinic.

In response to patientsโ€™ questions, Dr. Gillinov worked with Dr. Steven Nissen to write Heart 411: The Only Heart Guide You Will Ever Need. The goal of the book is to help people learn about heart health and live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Specialty interests:ย Mitral valve repair, robotic mitral valve surgery, robotic heart surgery, aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive heart surgery, heart valve surgery, heart valve repair.

Number of Procedures Performed:ย Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. All Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons complete between 300-400 cardiac cases per year.ย  The majority of Dr. Gillinovโ€™s procedures are heart valve procedures, especially mitral valve surgery. Dr. Gillinov performs more mitral valve surgeries each year than any other surgeon in the world.

Success Rates:ย Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1995.

Education and Training:ย  A Cleveland native and graduate of Hawken School, Dr. Gillinov first worked at Cleveland Clinic in 1978. After a close family memberโ€™s successful heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gillinov became interested in learning more. He spent his summers during high school at Cleveland Clinic, working as a researcher and assistant in the cardiac surgery operating suite.

After graduating summa cum laude from Yale University, Dr. Gillinov entered Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he ranked first in his class. Dr. Gillinov received his clinical and advanced training in general surgery and cardiac and thoracic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After completing his education and training, he returned to Cleveland Clinic and joined the cardiac surgery staff in 1997.

Publications and Speaking:ย Dr. Gillinov is a recognized expert in mitral valve repair surgery, robotic heart surgery and in the study and treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. He has been instrumental in the development of new, less invasive treatment approaches for patients with mitral valve disease and atrial fibrillation. He has been invited to give hundreds of lectures at hospitals, academic meetings and seminars in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Gillinov has written more than 400 publications, eight continuing medical educational films and contributed over 30 chapters to medical/surgical textbooks. He has been granted patents for several innovations, including a patent disclosing new techniques for valve repair for which he received a Cleveland Clinic Award for Innovation.

Dr. Gillinov is a current or past member of 10 scientific societies, and he has been invited to join the editorial review board or act as an editorial reviewer for 15 scientific periodicals. He is the medical editor of Cleveland Clinicโ€™s Cardiac Consult, and has served on the editorial boards of e-Cleveland Clinic, The Heart Surgery Forum, Innovations, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Journal of Cardiac Surgery.

Tirone E. David

University of Toronto USA

Biography

Doctor Tirone E. David is a Professor of Surgery at theย Universityย ofย Toronto, attending cardiac surgeon at Toronto Generalย Hospital, and the holder of the Melanie Munk Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery. He was born inย Brazilย and educated in his native country,ย United States and Canada.ย  His postgraduate training in surgery was at the State University of New York, Cleveland Clinic, andย Universityย ofย Toronto.ย  He joined the academic staff of the University of Torontoย andย has become oneย  of the leading cardiac surgeons in the world.ย  Hundreds of heart surgeons from around the globe visit his operating theatre every year.

Doctor David has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 42 chapters in medical textbooks as well as 5 surgical textbooks.ย  He has developed numerous operative procedures to treat patients with heart valve disease, complications of myocardial infarction, and thoracic aneurysms. One of these innovative procedures has been named after him, The David Operation, designed to preserve the aortic valve in patients with aortic root aneurysms. He has been a member of the editorial board of several surgical and medical journals. He was President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 2004-2005.

Doctor David is a member and honorary member of numerous surgical and medical societies.ย He received the Order of Ontario in 1993 and the Order of Canada in 1996. He was elected University Professor in 2004, the highest honor the University of Toronto bestows its professors. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery conferred him the Scientific Achievement Award in 2016 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Jereon Bax ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

Jeroen J. Bax

Immediate Past President
European Society of Cardiology
The Netherlands

Biography

Prof.dr. Jeroen J. Bax, FESC (Leiden, Netherlands)
ESC Immediate Past-President (2018 โ€“ 2020), Jeroen Bax is Director of non-invasive imaging and Director of the echo-lab at the Leiden University Medical Center. His main interests include clinical cardiology, heart failure, cardiac resynchronization therapy and the application of all different imaging modalities to these clinical fields. Professor Bax has authored numerous papers and holds several positions in national and international scientific organizations, as well as serving on the editorial boards of many different journals.

Robert Levine ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

Robert A. Levine

Harvard Medical School USA

Gregory Schwartz ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

Gregory Schwartz

VA Medical Center & University of Colorado USA

Biography

Gregory G. Schwartz, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine (Division of Cardiology) at the University of Colorado. He is also Chief of Cardiology at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado (USA).

Dr Schwartz graduated from Brown University in Providence, RI with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and then received PhD and MD degrees from Duke University in Durham, NC. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado and fellowship in Cardiology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where he served on the faculty as Assistant and Associate Professor before assuming his present position.

Dr Schwartzโ€™ clinical research has focused on trials of lipid and metabolic interventions in coronary heart disease, including the placebo-controlled cardiovascular outcomes trials that established the efficacy of intensive statin treatment (MIRACL, 2001) and PCSK9 inhibition (ODYSSEY OUTCOMES, 2018) after acute coronary syndrome. Among current activities, Dr Schwartz is Chair of the VA Cooperative Study โ€œVA-IMPACTโ€ testing the cardiovascular efficacy of metformin in pre-diabetes. In basic research, Dr. Schwartz directs a swine physiology laboratory that investigates translational questions in myocardial energy metabolism and ischemic protection.

Amir Lerman ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

Holger
Thiele

Heart Center Leipzig, University of Leipzig Germany

Biography

Holger Thiele is the Medical Director of the Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiology at the Heart Center Leipzig at University of Leipzig which is one of the largest heart centers in Europe. He is full professor of cardiology at the University of Leipzig.

His main research interests are acute myocardial infarction, acute heart failure, cardiogenic shock, mechanical circulatory support, acute cardiovascular care, interventional cardiology and structural heart disease.

Professor Thiele has published over 500 articles in international scientific journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, JAMA, Circulation, JACC, and the European Heart Journal with a cumulative impact factor of >4000. He has received multiple awards from the German Society of Cardiology and other organisations.

Amir Lerman ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020 ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

Amir
Lerman

Mayo Clinic USA

Biography

Amir Lerman, MD. Is an endowed named Barbara Lips professor of medicine and a consultant in the department of cardiovascular disease at the Mayo graduate school of medicine. Dr. Lerman serves as an associate chair of the department of Cardiology and the Director of the cardiovascular research center at Mayo Clinic and the medical director of the chest pain and coronary physiology clinic. Dr. Lerman serves as the Director Mayo-Israeli start-up companies initiative and on the faculty member of the Merage Institute for medical innovation. ย Dr. Lerman graduated from the Technion school of Medicine in Haifa Israel and completed his training in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and invasive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Leman interest is coronary physiology and imaging, regenerative medicine, innovative technologies and digital health. Dr. Lerman published more than 650 manuscripts, book chapters and reviews; the NIH, AHA, and several foundations support his research.

Robert J. Siegel ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020 ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

Robert J. Siegel

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA USA

Biography

Internationally recognized as one of the leading experts in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound, Robert J. Siegel, MD, specializes in cardiovascular ultrasound, including transthoracic, transesophageal and intravascular methodologies.ย  Siegelโ€™s research interests include valvular heart disease, therapeutic applications of ultrasound energy, 2D and 3D transesophageal echocardiography for the guidance and monitoring of percutaneous procedures such as mitral valve repair and aortic valve replacement, and intraoperative echocardiography.ย  In addition, he is involved with clinical research studies related to the diagnosis, assessment and management of patients with Marfan syndrome and other aortopathies as well as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and pericardial and valvular heart disease.ย  Siegel is on the editorial board of two cardiovascular journals.ย  He has edited three textbooks on ultrasound-related topics, and he is a reviewer for more than a dozen cardiovascular journals.ย  Siegel has authored over 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers related to cardiovascular medicine.ย  He is also a contributing author to more than 20 cardiovascular textbooks.ย  Siegel is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, and has previously served as the President of the California Chapter.ย  He is also a co-chair of the American College of Cardiology 2014 annual meeting, co-chair of the National Marfan Foundation 2013 annual meeting and a previous president of the Los Aneles Society of Echocardiography.ย  He has been active in numerous cardiovascular societies, including the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Karen Sliwa ืžืจืฆื” ืื•ืจื— ื‘ื›ื ืก ื”ืื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ืงืจื“ื™ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ 2020

Karen
Sliwa

President
World Heart Federation
South Africa

Biography

Karen Sliwa is widely recognised as a world expert in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), with a particular interest in reducing mortality in women with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in maternity. She has contributed to better understanding on the pathophysiology, treatment options and awareness of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a global disease particularly prevalent in African populations.

She leads several inter-Africa research projects, which have had a major impact for creating knowledge about CVDs common in Africa, leading to changes in policy.ย  ย Her considerable experience in setting up simple, cost-effective registries and web-based data entry platforms have had a major impact on planning several innovative research projects and has facilitated the training of physicians from several African countries, including Mozambique, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda and Tanzania. Her research from bed-to-bench-to-bedside population studies have led to a much better understanding of CVDs in pregnant women and to improved care.

Professor Sliwa leads several high-profile special interest groups including a dedicated EORP Working Group on PPCM of the Heart Failure Association of European Society of Cardiology. Over her distinguished career she has served in many notable roles, including that of President of the South African Heart Association (2014-2016) and, currently, as President of the World Heart Federation (2019-2020).

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