Abdulla Shehab - United Arab Emirates

Abdulla Shehab is President of the Emirates Society of Cardiology, chairman of the Arab board cardiology fellowship training and examination committee in Arab countries
2010-till present and Associate Professor of Medicine at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) University, Al Ain, UAE, and a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Al Ain and AlNoor Hospitals.
Abdulla Shehab is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, Royal college of physicians UK, American college of physician, Society of cardiac of angiography and intervention, society of cardiac CT and Gulf Heart Association
Professor Shehab has published numerous articles within the area of acute coronary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Abdullah Alnaeemi - United Arab Emirates

Consultant interventional Cardiologist working in Zayed Military Hospital. Chief of Medical Division. Graduated in 1991 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Did me Medical and Cardiology training in Dublin. Did my MRCP UK and MSc in Cardiology from Trinity College Dublin 1996. Did my Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology from Calgary Canada in 2001. I have adjunct appointment in UAE University as Assistant Professor. My interest mainly is interventional Cardiology with wide experience in Complex Radial PCI. Used to do wide number of non Cardiac Interventios like peripheral, carotid and venous interventions. Also has some experience in Pacemaker implantation..Interested in Community outreach programs and does lots of different talks to the public. Lately developed strong interest in Functional Medicine in which more emphasis on the aetiolgy of disease and how to rectify their causes compared to ou traditional medicine in which emphasis is more on differional diagnosis and management of downstream outcomes.

Abdulmajeed Al Zubaidi - United Arab Emirates

Dr. Abdulmajeed Al Zubaidi is a consultant Interventional Cardiologist at SKMC and is currently occupying the position of Chief Medical Officer in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City since 2012. Dr. Al Zubaidi manages acute and chronically ill cardiac patients as part of his routine daily practice and has particular expertise in all aspects of Cardiac well-being. He is a fellow of the Royal college of physicians (Canada). Fellow of the American college of Cardiology. Member of the American college of physicians. Member of the American heart association, Member of the society of cardiac CT and Member of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention.

Ahmed Elsayed - Sudan

Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon trained in the UK who returned to help in the reestablishment of the specialty in Sudan in 1999. I have since been very active clinically and have also held many posts including Academic Secretary of the Sudan Heart Society, Vice-head of Research committee and Council member of the African Heart Network(AHN), Convener of the Cardiac Surgery committee of the Pan African Society of Cardiology( PASCAR), Vice President of PASCAR (2009 to 2013),Member of National Blood Transfusion Committee Sudan, Member of Sudan Medical Council Professionalism task force, Convener of Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Board, SMSB, Sudan
I have always had a keen interest in research and since 2011 joined Alzaeim Alazhari university and have now got 14 ongoing research projects in different stages with 17 publications (9 in the last year) and 15 guest lectures and more than 40 presentations in international, regional and local conferences

Alaa Khalil - Egypt

Consultant none invasive cardiology at IMC ( International Medical Center ) in Jeddah

Fellowship in cardiology Saudi council December 2010

National Board of Echo American college of cardio October 2010

Cardiology fellowship April 2011. Arab board

AMERICAN BOARD OF CT ANGIO SEPT. 2013

Alessandro Frigiola - Italy

Head of Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease in adults - IRCCS Policlinico San Donato
Co-Director of Cardiac Surgery Area and Head of International Cooperation
It is one of the leading experts in cardiac surgery for congenital and acquired heart diseases both for children and adults.

Alfredo Galassi - Italy

Alfredo Galassi is Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Catania, Italy, and Senior Consultant in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

He gained experience of treating CTOs abroad under the guidance of ‘master’ operators from around the world such as the Japanese Osamu Katoh and Masahiko Ochiai, and has devoted much of his time to disseminating knowledge and procedural practice – particularly new ways of recanalization by ante and retrograde techniques. His research over the last decade has been widely published and has made him an in-demand speaker and commentator at global conferences.

He was also one of pioneers who came togetherin the early years of the millennium to share knowledge and expertise on CTOs founding the EuroCTO Club, an association devoted to: promoting high–quality cardiovascular interventional care through training, education, and scientific research amongst leaders in the field; assessing new technologies and strategies for CTO recanalization, providing information from a dedicated registry; issuing state- of- the- art guidelines and recommendations to develop training curricula for complex PCI interventions for workshops and courses.

His handbook Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for Chronic Total Occlusions; Galassi’s Tips and Tricks is now in its second edition.

Ali Oto - Turkey

Dr Ali Oto is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society. He has served on the Board and Committees of the several International Medical societies and organizations, including ESC (as a Board Member and Vice President), the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology (Past President), and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (Heart Rhythm Society), ACC and AHA and currently serving on the Global AF Alliance Board of Trustees. Dr Oto is a founding member and Past President of the Mediterranean Association of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (MACCS). Currently he is the Vice President of the Heart and Health Foundation of Turkey. He has served as a Steering Committee member for the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialisés-Cardiology Section and currently he is the Vice President. Dr. Oto has also been honored as the President of the Turkish Society of Cardiology for two consecutive terms. He is a recipient of the MACCS Excellence in Cardiology award, the Professor İhsan Doğramacı High Honor Award, and also is an honorary member of the San Marino Society of Cardiology and honorary Professor of Belgrade University Medical Faculty. He has edited 25 books and he is the Author of more than 300 scientific papers. Currently he is the Chairman, Department of Cardiology in MHG, Memorial Ankara Hospital.

Ali Toure Ibrahim - Niger

After M'y Baccalauréat at National HIGH SCHOOL. I went to Medical SCHOOL for général medicine in Dakar (Senegal‎). Residency in Dakar médical SCHOOL and in Montpellier teaching SCHOOL. And Bordeaux teaching school.Consultant CARDIOLOGIST teaching hospital of LAMORDE NIGER.Assistant Professor médical school in NIger.Graduation of Maitre de Conférence Agrégé inParis 1990 .Training in New England Institute of EPIDEMIOLOGY in Boston (USA).DIRECTOR of Teaching Hospital of LAMORDE UNTILL 1994.Elected Dean 1994 in Medical school of Niamey (Niger capital city).Chairman of cardiovascular Département and Internal Medicine departement.Full Professor in Cardiologyof CAMES(Conférence Africaine Malgache pour l'enseignement Superieur:High Commission for High éducation of African french Speaking countries).Special médical ADVISOR of Minister of Health and Président of Niger republic from 2000 to 2010.Associate Member of FRENCH Cardiac society.FESC AHA/ASA Profesional Membership.President of Niger cardiac Society. DEPUTY General SECRETARY of Pan African Society of Cardiology.Member of CAMES JURY for HIGH Education board in Medicine. Field of Publications HIGH BLOOD pressure,Congenital Heart diseases,Ischemic Heart diseases,Heart failure.Member Quality Assurance in Medical Education Board for African french speaking countries.(CAMES)
‎Distinction:chevalier des Palmes academiques(Niger)
Chevalier des Palmes Academiques Internationales du CAMES.High Officier of National Merite of Niger Republic.Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (France).

Training at ImBaba cardiac Institute in Cairo in 1994.Iniitiator and Responsable of coopération between Cairo and Ain shams University médical schools and Niger médical school from 1994 to 1998.

Antoine Lafont - France

Professor of Cardiology HEGP
Professor cardiology hôpital Georges Pompidou, Founder ARTERIAL REMODELLING TECHNOLOGIES
Medical School In Paris
Post Doc Cleveland Clinic
Past President Esc Wg Of Interventional Cardiology Esc Cofounder Eapci
Research Inserm Director For 13 Years
Head Interventional Cardiology Hegp
Founder 2 Startups : Art (Bioresorbable Stent Ce Marquage 2015) Scarcell Therapeutics (Cell Therapy In Regenerative Medicine)

Arif Al Nooryani - United Arab Emirates

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist
Chief Executive Officer & Head of Cardiac Centre at Al Qassimi Hospital Sharjah

Dr. Al Nooryani is Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Chief Executive Office & Head of Cardiology at Al Qassimi Hospital Sharjah, UAE. Dr. Al Nooryani is graduate of the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences (ULM-Germany). He is German Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Dr. Al Nooryani is an expert interventional cardiologist with a large experience in coronary stenting, peripheral vascular interventions and treatment of structural heart disease including TAVI and Mitral Interventions. He has established and structured the Invasive Cardiology Unit where more than 15000 heart patients have undergone Various Invasive Procedures including Diagnostic coronary angiograms, a wide range of complex Percutaneous coronary interventions. Awarded with Sheikh Hamdan Excellence Award for Medical Service (2011-2012) and Pride of Nation, UAE (2012).His goal is to develop new treatment techniques and be involved in international researches as well of further skills development including the healthcare administration part.

Arvind Bhimaraj - United States of America

Dr. Bhimaraj earned his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College and completed his Masters of Public Health at Kansans University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Drexel University College of Medicine, cardiology fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and his advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bhimaraj is American Board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure and transplantation. In addition, he holds Board Certification for Nuclear Cardiology and Adult Echocardiography.

He is a member of the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston Methodist Hospital and is a part of the division of Advanced Heart Failure Cares for the entire spectrum of heart failure patients from new onset disease to advanced heart failure. He is also a member of the J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, Houston Methodist Hospital where he cares for patients with mechanical assist devices and heart transplants.

Dr. Bhimaraj is the Director for the Heart Failure Disease Management Program and participates in executive oversight of quality efforts related to Heart Failure at Houston Methodist Hospital. He also co-directs the Heart Failure Translational Research Laboratory leading many research projects.

Colin Barker - United States of America

I am an interventional cardiologist at Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. My clinical interests are both general cardiology and interventional cardiology, including complex percutaneous interventions (left main disease, multi-vessel disease, and total occlusions), structural heart disease and percutaneous valve replacement and repair (TAVR and Mitral Clip). My research centers on clinical trials investigating novel devices to treat heart disease as well as pre-clinical studies evaluating innovative technologies in the cardiovascular space.
My background as a practicing interventional cardiologist and as a clinical researcher affords me the advantageous capacity to share first-hand insights as an end user and researcher of multiple novel nano-based therapies for to manage cardiovascular disease.

Debabrata Dash - United Arab Emirates

Dr Debabrata Dash, MD ( Medicine), DM ( Cardiology), FICC, FCCP, FAPSC, FSCAI (USA)
Fellowship Complex Coronary Angioplasty at Toyohashi Heart center, Japan. Fellowship Interventional Cardiology at Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
Current Designation: Interventional Cardiologist, Thumbay Hospital, Ajman, UAE. Honorary Professor of Cardiology, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Beijing.Professor of Medicine, Tan Tao Medical School, Vietnam
Expertise: Vast experience of performing coronary angioplasty in India and abroad (nearly 25500). Expert in doing angiogram and stenting through radial route, CTO, bifurcation, graft, LMCA, renal angioplasty, IVUS, OCT, Virtual histology. Has many publications in scientific journal and books. Represented India in teaching course in Japan, Korea, China on Coronary Bifurcation and LM stenting.
Invited faculty in USA, Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Latin America. Awarded by World of Great Faces for best service in Cardiology in India (2010). Awarded the Excellent Interventional cardiologist of year 2012 in India.

Dipan Shah - United States of America

Dr. Dipan Shah is the founder and medical director of the cardiovascular MRI (CMR) Laboratory at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, Texas. Since its inception in 2008, the laboratory has grown to become one of the largest CMR laboratories in the United States. Dr. Shah also holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. His clinical interests are in advanced cardiac and vascular imaging. His research interests focus on establishing the role of cardiovascular MRI in the evaluation and management of heart failure, valvular heart disease, and vascular diseases.

Dr. Shah has authored over 90 original articles and book chapters. He has given more than 100 presentations at national and international cardiology and radiology scientific meetings and is a frequent invited speaker at the scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association, and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). He has received over $2 million in extra-mural funding for his research. He has served on numerous committees for the ACC and SCMR, and was a member of the guidelines writing group of the American Society of Echocardiography on “Recommendations for Noninvasive Evaluation of Native Valvular Regurgitation. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Eberhard Grube - Germany

University Hospital Bonn, Germany
Prof. Grube is Professor of Medicine, Head, Center of Innovative Interventions in Cardiology (CllC)University Hospital Bonn,Germany and Consulting Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his first degree in Medicine at the Rheinische Friedrich-WilhelmUniversity in Bonn. His cardiology training was completed at University of Wisconsin, Medical School and University of Bonn, Medical School. He received his Board Certification in Internal Medicine, in Cardiology and in Angiology from the North Rhine Chamber of Medical Doctors and his postdoctoral lecturing qualification “Internal Medicine” from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Bonn. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Angiology and the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions. His research interest include drug eluting stents, distal protection devices, debulking devices, restenosis and in stent restenosis.

Eleni Kletsiou - Greece

Eleni Kletsiou: RN, BSc, MSc, PhD, in charge of the continuous nursing educational programmes of the Nursing Administration at University General Hospital “Attikon”
Professional experience: 10 years, clinical nurse in critical units (2002-2004) and in intensive cardiac care unit (2004-2012) of the University General Hospital “Attikon”. Member of the Hellenic National Nurses Assosiation and past chair of the Education Committee of Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Currently member of the ESC Education Committee.
Many publications in abstract books of international and Hellenic scientific meetings and congresses and publications in peer review national and international journals. 2 grants and 6 awards. Member of the Editorial Board of the Hellenic Journal of Nursing, Reviewer in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing journal. Invited speaker in many Hellenic and International scientific meetings and congresses.

Elijah Ogola - Kenya

Prof. Ogola graduate with an M.B Ch.B from the University of Nairobi in 1979. He subsequently undertook residency at the the same institution leading to a masters in medicine in internal medicine in 1985. He was a visiting cardiology fellow at the Case Western University/University hospitals of Cleveland in 1989 to 1990. He was engaged as a lecturer at the department of Medicine, University of Nairobi in 1986, a department where he still serves as a professor of internal medicine and cardiology. He was the chairman of the department from 2000 to 2008. He served as the chairman of the Kenya cardiac society between 2000 and 2004. He has been an active member of the Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR). He was elected vice president for the east African region in 2004 and served until 2017. He is currently the secretary general. He was elected in 2016 as the first governor of the African Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. His main research interests are hypertension, emerging cardiovascular risk factors in Africa and heart failure, fields in which he is extensively published. He is also a dedicated clinical teacher. He has acted as an external examiner in various institutions in the region.

Faiez Zannad - France

Faiez Zannad, MD, PhD, FESC , Professor of Therapeutics at the University of Lorraine and Director of the Inserm Clinical Investigation Center at “Institut Lorrain du Coeur et des Vaisseaux”, Nancy, France. He is a cardiologist and heart failure (HF) specialist with a PhD in clinical pharmacology (Oxford, UK). He pioneered and/or made significant contributions to biomarker research and to evidence-based therapy for HF (mainly mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists and beta-blockers as well as for major comorbid diseases in HF (such as sleep disordered breathing, autonomic nervous dysfunction, diabetes, hyperkalemia, chronic kidney diseas, and thrombosis.
He served as Chairman of the French Society of Hypertension, Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Working Group on pharmacology and drug therapy, and board member of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC. He is the founder of, and is currently organizing, the Global CardioVascular Clinical Trialists (CVCT) Forum and Workshop; an annual international think tank dedicated to the science of clinical trials, with meetings in Paris and Washington DC, and in the Middle East and Asia. Professor Zannad has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers, and several books and book chapters. He was awarded the 2014 European Society of Hypertension Paul Milliez Award and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the HFA of the ESC.

Fakhr Al Ayoubi - Saudi Arabia

Fakhr Zohair Al Ayoubi has a master degree in clinical pharmacy, & residency in clinical poisoning management. I work at the University hospital Cardiac Center as well as diabetic center, at the College of Medicine. My responsibility is critical care areas like CCU as well as the cardiology wards and cardiology ambulatory care clinics.
I was in charge of Drug Information and Poison Center at the King Khalid University Hospital (which is the oldest poison center in KSA) for a number of years before I joined the Cardiac Sciences Department.
I am Interested in clinical research and patient care. I teach the undergraduate pharmacy students as well as training Resident and Master degree students from Riyadh Taief , Jeddah and other Saudi Arabia regions. I participated in several gulf conference as well as meddle east to represent the Saudi experience in pharmacy field and am happy to chair my experience with you this time. I have been elected as the president of Saudi Cardio clinic pharmacist Group at the Saudi Heart Association

Francesco Giannini - Italy

Interventional Cardiology Unit, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy

Galal Elkilany - United Arab Emirates

Ass. Clinical Professor of Cardiology , SHU , UAE
Consultant Cardiology and Chairman of Cardiology Department , Medcare Hospital , Sharjah , UAE [United Arab Emirates]

Distinguished Fellow : International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound [ISCU], USA

President ISCU [international society of cardiovascular ultrasound] Middle East Chapter

President [elected] ICC [International College of Cardiology] 2018-2019

Fellow of European Society of Cardiology , France 2003

Associate Editor, Journal of Molecular and Translational Research , "JMTR", Creighton University School of Medicine, USA

Editor of World Heart Journal [WHJ] , NY , USA
Editor in Chief of International Journal of Cardiology .

Grace Lin - United States of America

Fellow Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency Program, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Habib Gamra - Tunisia

Head of Cardiology A Department at Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital - Monastir, Tunisia
Chairman of the Pan African Course on Interventional Cardiology (PAFCIC) that is held annually since 2000 (www.pafcic.org)
Past President of the working group on interventional cardiology of the Tunisian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
President of the Tunisian Heart Foundation
President of the African Heart Network

Hadi Abu Hantash - Jordan

dr.abu -hantash was born in tulkarem in the west bank.he obtained his medical diploma from the university of Alexandria in Egypt. he then completed a masters degree in cardiovascular physiology at the university of Illinois in USA afterwhich he spent one year of cardiovascular research at Cleveland clinic in USA where he also completed his three year internal medicine training and went on to join the George Washington university hospitals for advanced cardiovascular fellowship.
he then joined an academic group based in Pittsburgh USA .
dr.abu-hantash is currently an assistant professor at the university of Jordan and is running his own busy private practice.
dr AbuHantash has been active teaching fellows and conducting cardiovascular research locally and globally.he sits on advisory boards for major international pharmaceuticals companies as well as interventional cardiovascular companies.he serves as a faculty in various cardiovascular meetings locally and regionally and internationally.

Hossam El Gendi - United Kingdom

Dr Hossam El Gendi MD, FRCP is a consultant invasive cardiologist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in London where he performs his routine cardiac catheters and pacemaker implants, He started stress echo service in West Essex 2009, he has been lead for the echolab since then, introducing contrast and strain analysis in day to day clinical practice, Dr El gendi is also consultant cardiologist at the Essex cardiothoracic Centre where he does regular advanced imaging sessions. He has started his cardiology career in St Mary’s Hospital in London , he was awarded his MD in Cardiology from The University of London at the Imperial college, Appointed lecture in cardiology at St Mary’s hospital in London, completed higher cardiology training in west Midlands and He was appointed as Senior Lecturer and consultant Cardiologist at Birmingham before moving to his current post in London . Dr El Gendi is a Royal college representative for consultant posts in UK, He has multiple international publications as well as pioneering and running training program in Stress ECHO and 3D Transoesphgeal ECHO and CT coronary angiogram in the UK and overseas.

Ihab Ghaly - Kuwait

Cardiologist in Kuwait Heart Center/ Chest Disease Hospital
Cardiologist in Alexandria University.
Graduated from Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University in 1996 with Honour.
Spent my cardiology residency in cardiology department faculty of medicine Alexandria University.
Fellow of St.Louis University-USA.
Certified Speaker for British Hypertension Society guidelines as well as European society cardiology hypertension guidelines.
My field of interests are Delaying Atherosclerosis and dyslipidemia management.
International investigator of many trials and registeries which were published in reputable journals.
Current Main investigator of local clinical trials in kuwait as well as international registeries.
Member of guidelines steering committee in chest disease hospital- kuwait Heart Center.
Local and international speaker and chairperson for Pfizer, Amgen, Novartis, MSD, Merck, Algorithm and Bayer.
Obtained many trophies and certificates diplomas from governmental bodies in kuwait for promoting health.

Imad sheiban - Italy

Imad Sheiban was born in Rama , August 9, 1951.
1976 : Graduated from the Medical School at the University of Padua (Italy)
1979: Completed his Postgraduate School in Cardiology at the same University . and then joined as researcher Department of Cardiovascular & Internal Medicine at the University of Verona and acted till 1995 as Director of Interventional Cardiology
1996-1998: Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology at the Division of Cardiology at Istituto Scientifico , San Raffaele Hospital in Milan and as Associated Director of Interventional Cardiology ( with Dr A. Colombo ) in 1998-1999.
1999-2011: Director of Interventional Cardiology Unit - Division of Cardiology at the University of Torino and from 2003 as Assoc Prof of Cardiology
From January 1st , 2012 he acts as Director of Interventional Cardiology at Pederzoli Hospital in Pechiera del Garda (Verona ).From 1989 til now, he performed more than 16000 procedures of Interventional Cardiology including coronary , structural and peripheral procedures
His intensive clinical reaserch activity is easily testified by the 296 PubMed articles, over 500 abstracts and articles in conference proceedings and 5 book chapters.
Dr Sheiban frequently acts as invited Faculty , Course co-director and speaker in several International and National Meetings and as as Reviewer for several international scientific journals

Jack C. Lewin - United States of America

Jack Lewin MD is the President and CEO of the Manhattan-based Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), a very highly respected global enterprise focused on pre-clinical science, human clinical trials, and cutting-edge education in the interventional cardiology (IC) space. He is also National Coalition on Health Care in Washington DC. Prior to this, Lewin had a innovative tenure as CEO of the 45,000 member American College of Cardiology from 2006 through 2012. Prior to coming to ACC, Lewin was CEO of the 35,000-member California Medical Association, and he was Hawaii’s Director of Health from 1986-1994, overseeing 6500 employees and a $1+ billion budget. He has been an advisor on health policy to President Clinton and President Obama. Lewin received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and his M.D. from the University of Southern California.

Jaroslaw Kasprzak - Poland

Head, Chair and Dept. of Cardiology at Medical University of Lodz

Julia Grapsa - United Arab Emirates

Dr. Julia Grapsa is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She also serves as staff physician at CCAD. Previously she performed her residency and first consultant jobs in London, United Kingdom. She completed her PhD on idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension and follow up with 3-dimensional echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance. Her expertise is on cardiovascular imaging, heart failure and valvular heart disease. She is a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. She is leading ESC clinical case gallery, under ESC education. She has 47 publications to date and participation to national and international meetings. She is also an associate editor for European Heart Journal- Case Reports as well as a member of the editorial board for JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging. She is also a reviewer for international journals and an author of book chapters

Khaled El Faraydi - Saudi Arabia

President of Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society ( SACIS )
February 2013 – Present

Director of Medical administration at King Fahad Military Medical Complex
November 2012 – Present

Director of KFMMC Cardiac Center
January 2009 – Present

Khalid Alnemer - Saudi Arabia

Consultant cardiologist.
- certified nuclear cardiologist.
-certified interventional cardiologist.
- Certified Cardiac CT imaging cardiologist.
-certified consultant internist.
-Vice Dean faculty of medicine AL-Imam Muhammed Ibn Saud university2015-2017
-board member of Saudi society of sport medicine
-member of Saudi registration committee in Saudi food and drug association
-member of the high committee of training and education in AL-Imam university.
-Head of nuclear cardiology Lab in PSHC, KFMC.2006-2009
-programme director of internal medicine residency programme SFH.2011-2012
-head of cath lab at security forces hospital.2009-2013
-Professor of cardiology ,ALIMAM Mohhammed Ibn Saud University.
-member of drug vigilance and surveillance committee in Saudi FDA.
-Moderator of Riyadh chapter of Saudi interventional cardiology society. 2006-2011
-chairman of continuous professional education committee in Saudi heart association. 2006-2012
-founder and chairman of imaging committee of Saudi heart association.2009-2013
-advisory board member of Saudi heart association.2007-2015

Khalid Fayez Alhabib - Saudi Arabia

• Associate Professor of Medicine, Interventional cardiology consultant, King Fahad Cardiac Center, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
• President of the Saudi Heart Association.
• Board member of the Gulf Heart Association.
• Fellow of the ESC and the ACC.
• PI of several first-of-their kind registries in Saudi Arabia: acute coronary syndrome (SPACE registry), coronary angiography/PCI (CARES), heart failure (HEARTS), and the 2nd phase of the ACS registry in 6 Arab Gulf countries (Gulf RACE-2). Several manuscripts were published in local and high-impact international peer-reviewed journals.
• Current PI of the 3rd phase of the ACS registry in the Arabian Gulf (Gulf RACE-3Ps).
• Co-PI of Gulf CARE (the first multinational heart failure registry in the Arab world).
• PI of the PURE study in Saudi Arabia (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological study): in collaboration with Prof. Salim Yusuf (PHRI, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada).
• PI of the International Heart Failure registry (Inter-HF) in Saudi Arabia: in collaboration with Dr.Hisham Dokainish and Prof. Salim Yusuf (PHRI, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada).
• Stent for Life Country Champion in Saudi Arabia, a joint initiative by the EAPCI (a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology) and EuroPCR.
• Recruitment site PI: CLARIFY, SYMPLICITY, and ABSORB registries.
• Involved in the Emerging Leaders initiative by the World Heart Federation that aims toward reduction of premature deaths from CVS diseases by 25% by 2025

Khalid Tammam - Saudi Arabia

Khalid Tammam, MD, FSCAI
Consultant interventional cardiology and Director invasive department in international medical center, Jeddah, KSA since 2010
He completed general cardiology training in National Heart institute, Cairo - Egypt.
Completed Fellowship period in the Hemodynamic and Interventional Cardiology department of Clinique Pasteur in Toulouse. 2008-2009 as Award of EAPCI grant 2008.
He has received training of TRI and CTO for in South Korea and Japan 2004- 2005.
Master degree from saint Etienne University France, visiting research fellow for PhD in Tokai University Japan .
PhD Tokai Univeristry .
His main areas of interest are complex coronary interventions and chronic total occlusion.
He has been actively involved in many new technologies and devices in the field of interventional cardiology.
He is funder of IMC live CTO summit course in Jeddah, KSA since 2011.

Khusrow Niazi - United States of America

the Director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions at Emory University, Atlanta, USA. He treats patients with coronary artery, carotid artery, peripheral arteries and chronic venous disease. He is actively involved in clinical research and teaches nationally and internationally.

Layth Mimish - Saudi Arabia

American Board and Canadian Fellowship certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology Toronto 1986-1989
Previous Director of Cath Lab, and Director of Cardiology Fellowship Training Program KFSH and RC Riyadh, KSA 1990-1996
Medical director / The Cardiovascular Consultants Group clinics, Jeddah, KSA 1996 till now
Member of The Board of Directors, Saudi Heart Association 1992-2005

Member of The Scientific Committee of The Saudi Commission For Health Specialists for the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program in KSA From 31 January 2013 Till 31 December 2016

Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Assistat Professor, and Director of Saudi Cardiology Fellowship Training Program in King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah KSA , September 2011-May 2016

Lee Samuel Wann - United States of America

Dr. Samuel Wann graduated from Indiana University Medical School, where he also received training in internal medicine and cardiology, specializing in echocardiography, publishing early papers in stress echocardiography, infective endocarditis and pericardial diseases. Dr. Wann joined the faculty at Indiana, later moving to the Medical College of Wisconsin, and served a sabbatical in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at the Brompton Hospital in London. He is also experienced in cardiac CT and nuclear cardiology, including SPECT and PET. He has served on the Board of Trustees of American College of Cardiology, serving as chair of advocacy and guideline committees and as a Delegate to the American Medical Association. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed scientific papers.

Magdi El Omar - United Kingdom

Magdi Saba - United States of America

Dr. Saba joined St. George’s Hospital and University of London as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Electrophysiology in 2010. He previously served as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, in the division of Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology for four years. After receiving his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University, Egypt, Dr. Saba completed a residency and obtained his M.Sc. in Cardiovascular Disease at Cairo University Hospitals. Subsequently, he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY at Syracuse, New York, and The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. He completed his fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, USA, where he was the recipient of the 2005 Charles B. Moore Research in Car diology Award, and subsequently a sub-fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dr. Saba is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Dr Saba's research focuses on ventricular tachyarrhythmia mapping and ablation, with a special interest in efficient site of origin localization. is founding Chairman of the Annual London VT Symposium.

Mamas Andreas - United Kingdom

Professor Mamas Mamas is the Professor of Cardiology at Keele University and is the Clinical Director of the NIHR and MRC funded Centre for Prognosis Research at Keele University, and a consultant interventional cardiologist at the Royal Stoke Hospital. Professor Mamas qualified at the University of Oxford and trained at Oxford, Royal Brompton and Hammersmith Hospitals in London and undertook his interventional cardiology training in Manchester. Professor Mamas's research interest focus around the use of routinely collected electronic healthcare data to inform clinical outcomes (prognosis) of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Professor Mamas and his team have used national data from the National Institute of Cardiovascular Outcomes and Research (NICOR), Primary care datasets and international datasets derived from the United States with over 100 million in hospital patient episodes to study outcomes in a variety of cardiovascular conditions and has published over 220 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. His group have contributed to the development of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) risk model used for public individual operator reporting for interventional cardiology as part of the national transparency agenda, and are leading the development of similar risk stratification tools for TAVI procedures. Professor Mamas is the associate editor for Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions

Michael Henein - United Kingdom

Graduate gf Alexandria university in 1981
MSc in Internal Medicine from Benha University 1986
PhD in Cardiology, Imperial College London 1997
Consultant in Cardiology and Echocardiography, Royal Brompton Hospital 2001
Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Umea Heart Centre, Sweden 2008
Professor of Cardiology at Umea University Sweden since 2010
Professor of Cardiology (visiting) to St George's University, London and Brunel University since 2015

Specialty, non-invasive cardiology
Published over 300 paper in peer reviewed journals and 4 textbooks
Have written two chapter 'heart valve disease and pericardial disease' in the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

Supervised 17 PhD and 65 MSc theses

Current research activities:

Calcific coronary artery disease and the role of disturbed biochemistry and genetic profiling
Heart Failure with preserved ejection fraction
The role of stress echocardiography in managing patients with heart failure and atypical symptoms
Left atrial function contribution to overall cardiac performance

Mohammad Kurdi - Saudi Arabia

Experienced Head with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled
in Vascular, Coronary, Epidemiology, Medical Devices, and IVUS. RDN therapy .
Cardiovascular medicine focused in Interventional Cardiology, finished initial training in Canada
(Residency Program from Halifax and Ottawa University.)
Experience
Parttime Consultant at Dr. Sulaiman AL Habib Medical Group
May 2017 - Present
Interventional Cardiologist at Self-employed
May 2017 - Present
Head of Cardiac centre at Dr. Sulaiman AL Habib Medical Group
April 2012 - May 2017 (5 years 2 months)
Consultant Interventional Cardiology
Chairman of Cardiology & Founder at Kingdom Hospital & Consulting Clinics
February 2010 - February 2012 (2 years 1 month)
Consultant Interventional Cardiology at King Saud University
August 2003 - February 2012 (8 years 7 months)
Chairman& Co-Founder of Department of Cardiology at King Fahad Medical City - KFMC
December 2006 - February 2010 (3 years 3 months)
FRCPC cardiovascular medicine, Interventional Cardiology Residency Program, 1999 - 2003
Dalhousie University
FRCPC ( Internal Medicine ) , Internal Medicine Residency Program, 1996 - 1999
King Saud University
MBBS, medicine, 1985 - 1991

Mohammad Shenasa - United States of America

Currently, he is in the Department of Cardiovascular Services at O’Connor Hospital, and is the founder of Heart and Rhythm Medical group. He is the senior editor of Cardiac Mapping; the 5th edition is in preparation for 2017. He is a guest editor of Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics for the September 2016 issue, and also for December 2017.

Mohammad Zubaid - Kuwait

Mohammad Zubaid is currently Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University. He heads the division of cardiology at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital and serves as a consultant interventional cardiologist at the Chest Diseases Hospital. Professor Zubaid obtained his MB, ChB from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1986, and completed internship and assistant registrar posts in internal medicine at Amiri Hospital in Kuwait. He went on to do internal medicine residency at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada from 1988 to 1991 and cardiology residency at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from 1992 to 1994. He pursued his research career with a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada from 1994 to 1996

Mohammed Adel Abdel Fattah - Saudi Arabia

Consultant Cardiology at International Medical center , Jeddah, KSA
Former Lecturer of cardiology , Ain Shams university
MD cardiology 2005
American board of Echo (ASCexam)
American board of intraoperative TEE
European certification of TTE, TEE, Congenital Echo
European certification of cardiac MRI 2014
Certification board of cardiac CT
Certification board of nuclear cardiology
graduated from Ain shams university
Residency of cardiology Ain Shams university
Assistant lecture of cardiology Ain shams university
Lecturer of cardiology Ain Shams university since 2005
Trained in 4D TEE during mitral valve repair at George Pompidu hospital, Paris, France
ECAVI membership
ECAVI certification TTE
ECAVI certification TEE
ECAVI certification Congenital Echo
Trained in Cardiac MRI AT Methodist hospital (Debakey heart centre)
Trained cardiac CT at Edinburg University
Level 2 certification in cardiac CT from Edinburg university
Advanced cardiac CT training at Imperial collage London, UK.

Neal Kleiman - United States of America

Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Program Director of the Interventional Cardiology training program at Houston Methodist Hospital. Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories for the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center. Dr. Kleiman is recognized internationally for his expertise in interventional cardiology. As Principle Investigator of multiple clinical and device studies, he has published more than 300 peer reviewed papers and his laboratory is recognized nationally as a select site for platelet research and is recognized as one of the top recruiting centers for the TransAortic Valve Replacement (TAVI/TAVR) study.

Oscar Mendiz - Argentina

Chief Cardiology & Cardiovascular Institute. Favaloro Foundation University Hospital
Chief Cardiology & Cardiovascular Institute
Chief Interventional Cardiology Department
Board of Director
Favaloro Foundation University Hospital
Board of Director Favaloro University
TCT Associated Director
SCAI Board of Trustees Member
SOLACI ex-President

Panoraia Rammou - Greece

Fellow of European Society of Cardiology (2017).
Nurse Fellow of ESC (2007 - 2016).
Military Nursing Academy, Greece (1986).
Army Registered Nurse Officer (1987 - 2010).
Specialization in Hyperbaric Nursing, USA (Scholarship by Hellenic Army Forces, 1998 - 1999).
Postgraduate Studies in Public Health (MPH), National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Nursing, Greece (2005 - 2007).
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Instructor (2003 to date), & ALS Instructor Trainer (2007 to date).
Course Organizer of BLS-AED Courses/ERC (2007 to date).
ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor Course, Greece (2014 to date).
Director of Nursing Services, Hygeia Hospital Tirana, Albania (2011 to date).
Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (Nosileftiki, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing).
Reviewer in international peer-reviewed scientific journal (European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing).
Reviewer in Scientific Program Committees Conferences (ESC, CCNAP, Acute Cardiovascular Care Association).

Patricio Lopez - Colombia

Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo was born in Quito, Ecuador, 10 February 1953. He is Medical Doctor by the Universidad Central del Ecuador in 1978, Endocrinologist by the Colegio Medico de Pichincha, Federacion Medica del Ecuador in 1984, PhD in Pharmacology by the Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirao Preto, Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1987. Dr Lopez-Jaramillo has worked in Wellcome Research Laboratories, London, UK, with Sir Salvador Moncada in 1987-1990, participating of the discovery and characterization of the L-Arginine-Nitric Oxide Pathway in the vascular endothelium. In 2004 received the title of Specialist in Clinic Hypertension by the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico and the Latin America Society of Hypertension. Actually is the Research Director of the Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes Clinic in the Fundacion Oftalmologica de Santamder (FOSCAL), Research Institute, Medical School, Universidad de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and Visiting Professor of the Eugenio Espejo Medical School of the Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial in Quito, Ecuador. Is a Member of the Lancet Commission on Hypertension and the National Lider in Colombia of the PURE study. Have published more that 170 articles in hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors, with 25 articles in the 3 top medical journals: New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and JAMA.

Petar Seferovic - Serbia

Present Position and Address
• President-elect Heart failure Association of the ESC
• Corresponding member of Serbian Academy of Sciencies and Arts
• Head, Heart failure Department, University Medical Center Belgrade
• Chair of internal medicine, Belgrade University School of Medicine
• President, Heart Failure Society of Serbia

European Society of Cardiology Activities
• President-elect Heart failure Association of the ESC
• Member of the HFA Board
• Member of the Executive Committee of HFA Board
• Task Force in charge of Guidelines “Management of Pericardial Diseases”
• Task Force in charge of Guidelines “Management of Acute and chronic heart failure”
• Task Force in charge of Guidelines “Diabetes and cardiovascular disease”

Other International Scientific Committee Participation
• Member, Task Force Myocardial revascularization Guidelines 2018
• Member, Task Force Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease Guidelines 2013
• Scientific Chairperson, Heart Failure Association Annual Meeting 2012
• Chairman, Committee on Heart failure National Societies (Heart failure Association of ESC) (2010-)
• Member, Task Force Heart Failure Guidelines 2012
• Member, Task Force on Pericardial Disease and Interventional pericardiology (2010-2012)
• Member, Task Force Peripartum Cardiomyopathy 2010

Peter Aziz - United States of America

Dr. Aziz completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2010 and continued his training there in pediatric electrophysiology. During his fellowship, Dr. Aziz was awarded a training grant under the National Institute of Health (NIH) to investigate genotype and phenotype correlations in pediatric patients with long QT syndrome. Dr. Aziz also acquired skills in catheter ablation of pediatric arrhythmias and device (pacemaker and ICD) implantation. Following his fellowship, Dr. Aziz joined the Cleveland Clinic as a pediatric electrophysiologist. He is active in the training and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, an activity that continuously inspires him. Dr. Aziz is also quite active in research and was the recent recipient of the SADS 2011 Young Investigator Award for his work on long QT syndrome. He currently serves as the Director of the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic and the Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr Aziz acquired skills in Catheter Ablation of pediatric arrhythmias and device implantation which is a regular part of his clinical practice.

Petr Kala - Czech Republic

Interventional cardiologist since 1994 involved in the diagnostics, treatment and research in STEMI and non-STEMI, complex PCI, coronary imaging, functional revascularization and structural interventions (PFO, ASD, LAA closures, MitraClip and TAVI programmes). Garantee of the Czech TAVI Registry, past president of the Czech Association of Interventional Cardiology, member of the Czech Society of Cardiology Executive Board since 2012, member of the EAPCI Executive Board 2014-2016 and its Committees since 2006, chairman of Stent for Life Initiative 2012-2016, member of the ESC Congress Programme Committee 2016-2018. Current position - Head of Cathlab and Deputy Director of the University Hospital Brno. Author/co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, over 1500 citations with the Hirsch index of 18, editor of 2 books and author of 9 book chapters. Founder of the educational web for public www.kardio.tv. Director of several annual interventional workshops, TCT Interventional Advisory Council member etc.

Ramesh Daggubati - United States of America

The Acting Chief of Cardiology and a Clinical Professor at Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University and serves as the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. In addition, he leads as the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Co-Director of the Structural Heart Disease Service Line at East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in India. His post-graduate training continued at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center as an Internal Medicine Resident, Winthrop University Hospital as a Cardiology Fellow, and Yale University-Bridgeport Hospital as an Interventional Cardiology Fellow.

Ramiro Sanchez - Argentina

Head of Hypertension and Metabolic Unit (Favaloro Foundation).

President Latin America Society of Hypertension (LASH)

Associate Professor Internal Medicine Favaloro University, Argentina

Rima Bader - Saudi Arabia

Robert George - United Kingdom

Clinical Responsibilities:
I am a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at the University College London Hospitals.

I am an expert in minimally invasive thoracic surgery of where I perform more than 90% of the procedures using Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS).

I have a large practice in thoracic surgery. I specialise in all aspects of thoracic surgery, including, but not limited to:
• Lung resection for benign and malignant diseases (most procedure are performed using VATS)
• Malignant and benign pleural diseases (100% VATS approach).
• Mediastinal diseases including nodal biopsies, benign and malignant thymic tumours such as thymomas
• Chest wall and rib reconstruction following trauma and excision for benign and malignant diseases
• Flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, airways biopsy and stenting
• Lung volume reduction surgery

I lead on different multi-disciplinary team meetings (MDTs) in lung cancer and COPD.

Rosalinda Madonna - Italy

1. Associate Professor, University Cardiology Division “G. d’Annunzio” University – Italy; 2. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Cardiology Division University of Texas Medical School in Houston – TX; 3. Visiting Research Scientist (Assistant Professor equivalent, from october 2009) Texas Heart Institute Houston – TX; 4. Visiting Lecturer at Postgraduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), University of Texas, Houston (from 2009); 5. Head, Pulmonary Hypertension Center, University hospital “SS. Annunziata”, Cardiology Division, Chieti Scalo – Italy (2013-present); 6. Group Leader of Experimental Cardiology Unit of the Center of Excellence on Aging at the “G. d’Annunzio” University, Chieti Scalo – Italy (2012 – present); 7. President Elect of Working Group “Cellular Biology of the Heart” European Society of Cardiology (Vice-Chairperson years 2016-2018; Chairperson years 2018-2020; Past Chairperson years 2020-2022; 8. Lecturer at Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Lecturer at Faculty of Dentistry, Lecturer at School of Cardiovascular Perfusion, “G. d’Annunzio” University – Italy (2012 present); 9. Lecturer at School of Cardiovascular Perfusion, University of Brescia – Italy (2016 present); 10. Consultant Cardiology, University Cardiology Division, “SS. Annunziata” University Hospital, 66100 Chieti Scalo (2014 – present)

Saad Al Kassab - Saudi Arabia

Samih Lawand - Saudi Arabia

Senior Interventional Cardiologist
Head of IVUS Laboratory
Head of Coronary Care Unit Prince Salman Heart Center

Stephan von Haehling - Germany

Consultant Cardiologist
Universitätsmedizin Göttingen Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Sundeep Mishra - India

Dr Sundeep Mishra, MD, DM, FACC, FSCAI is the Professor of Cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi. He did his DM in Cardiology from AIIMS and did his Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology from Washington Hospital Center, USA. He is the Hon. Editor of Indian Heart Journal and in past has been Guest Editor of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions Journal. He is former Chairman of National Intervention Council of CSI. He is a Board of Trustees of SCAI, USA. He is the Course Director for TCT India, EuroCHORUS, SCAI Advanced Course and SIM. He is voting selector of MSCAI Nominating Committee. He was awarded “Young Leader Award” by Cardiovascular Revascularization Therapeutics (CRT), Washington DC, USA and has been awarded Sujoy B Roy “Young Investigator Award” and KL Chopra Award by CSI. He is Winner of National Cardiology Quiz at the Annual CSI Meeting 2013 at Bangalore. He was the first person to do Virtual Histology, Experimental Angiogenic Gene Therapy in India and he developed the Rat Hind Limb Ischemia Model for the first time in India. He has more than 200 Manuscripts, Abstracts and Book Chapters to his credit and has delivered several orations.

Takashi Akasaka - Japan

Dr. Akasaka graduated from Wakayama Medical University in 1982 and finished his residency at Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital. He had been clinical fellow at Harefield Hospital in United Kingdom in 1987. From 1989, he had done clinical research work in the field of coronary physiology using flow wire, pressure wire and echocardiography extensively at Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital as a director of cardiac catheterization laboratory for 8 years. After he moved to Kawasaki Medical School as associate professor, he started OCT in addition to coronary physiology for 5 years. And then, he became Professor of Wakayama Medical University in 2005 and he has been devoted to the clinical research work using OCT and coronary physiology. He has published the many papers regarding pathophysiology of ACS or DES healing process using OCT in collaboration with his colleagues in addition to coronary physiology research. Based on his clinical and research work, he has been the executive board members in various cardiology societies and the course co-directors of several coronary live-demonstration courses in the world.

Tarek Helmy - United States of America

Tarek Helmy, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Dr. Helmy is a Professor of cardiology and director of the J. Gerard Mudd Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis Missouri.


Dr. Helmy is a 1991 graduate of Cairo University, Egypt. In June 2000, he completed his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at New England Medical Center Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. He has served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, and Professor of Medicine, Director of the interventional cardiology fellowship program, and director of the cardiac Catheterization Lab at the University Of Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently Dr. Helmy is a Professor of cardiology and director of the J. Gerard Mudd Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis Missouri.

Dr. Helmy has published several peer reviewed articles and has lectured both nationally and internationally. He has been involved in Clinical Teaching of general and interventional cardiology fellows since 2002.

Tyrone J. Collins - United States of America

Dr. Collins earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. followed by his residency and a fellowship in cardiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, also in Washington, D.C. Dr. Collins is a Fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI), the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the American Heart Association (FAHA), and a member of the Association of Black Cardiologist. He has been on the faculty at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans since 1989. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. He is the Section Head of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and the Program Director for the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute.

Dr. Collins served as an Associate Editor for Catheterizations and Cardiovascular Interventions journal from 2000 to 2010 and currently serves as an Editorial Board Member. He has authored more than 100 manuscripts, 100 abstracts, and 25 book chapters. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), is chairman of the Carotid Interventional Committee and a member of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Committee, and Fellows in Training Committee, the American Heart Association Peripheral Vascular Disease Council, and American Heart Association’s Stroke Council. His current research interests involve coronary stents to prevent heart attacks, carotid stents to prevent stroke, and non-surgical (keyhole) heart valve replacement to avoid open heart surgery. He is an investigator on approximately 12 clinical research studies.

Dr. Collins expertise includes complex coronary, renal, lower extremity, and carotid stents. He is skilled in diagnosing and treating aortic and mitral valve stenosis. He is also an expert in intracranial arterial stenting and acute stroke intervention. Dr. Collins maintains an active clinical referral practice performing more than 300 invasive procedures per year.

Valeri Gelev - Bulgaria

1990 – 1991 General Practitioner-Kostenetz

1991 – 2001 Cardiologist in Emergency Hospital Pirogov- Sofia, Bulgaria

August 2001 – 2009 National Heart Center – Interventional cardiologist- Cath Lab Sofia, Bulgaria

April 2009 – March 2013 - Head of Interventional Cardiology Department - University Emergency Hospital “ N.I. Pirogov” Sofia, Bulgaria

From March 2013 till now - Director of Cardiology Clinic -Tokuda Hospital Sofia, Bulgaria

Wadea Tarhuni - Canada

Dr Tarhuni is an exemplary cardiac leader in Canada, as well as internationally. This is reflected in his certification by the Canadian Certified Physician Executive Program (CCPE), Fellow of American Society of Echo (FAHA).
He established the first Canadian Out Patient Facility that has been fully accredited by Accreditation Canada and Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (AIC). This attests that he has the leadership capabilities, knowledge and skills needed for successful performance and, more important, to direct, influence and orchestrate change in Canada’s complex heart care system.
Dr Tarhuni in Board Director of Heart and Stroke Foundation Saskatchewan and the American Society of Echocardiography guidelines.
Dr Tarhuni is considered as international expert in congestive heart failure, and has participated in recent heart and stroke foundation “Congestive heart Failure” Report. Six other Canadian experts in heart failure.
He has also established he first and only Accredited Canadian Arrhythmia Monitoring Centre through 24/7 live monitor program using award winning real time Cardiophone Loop Monitor and Mobile Cardiac Telemetry Monitors.
Dr. Tarhuni is very active in clinical research in early Atrial fibrillation detection and stroke prevention in Canada using wireless live Cardiac Monitoring.

Ziad Ali - United States of America

Ziad Ali is the Victoria and Esther Aboodi Cardiology Researcher, Louis V Gerstner Jr Scholar, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) where he serves as the Director of Intravascular Imaging and Physiology and Director of the Cardio-renal program. He is also the Director of the Angiographic Core Laboratory at Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
His clinical research interests focus on the use of intravascular imaging and physiology technologies such as optical coherence tomography, intravascular ultrasound and flow wire assessment to optimize coronary interventions. Dr. Ali is the Global PI of the International Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trials ILUMIEN III and IV, a comparison of optical coherence tomography to angiography to guide PCI and improve clinical outcomes. Dr. Ali pioneered techniques to perform diagnostic angiography with ultra-low contrast volumes and perform interventions without contrast administration, protecting patients with advanced kidney disease from need for dialysis.