Guido Tavazzi

Guido Tavazzi, graduate in 2008 at University of Pavia, specialised in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia in 2014. He has made a PhD in heart-lung interaction in extracorporeal support between University of Pavia and Royal Brompton Hospital, London UK. He is currently a consultant in ICU and assistant professor in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Department of clinical-surgical, diagnostic and pediatric sciences, University of Pavia, Italy. He is chair of the Research Section of European Society of Cardiology-Acute cardiovascular care association and part of the Committed of The European Diploma in echocardiography of European society of intensive care medicine. His area of expertise are: Cardiogenic shock, echocardiography, mechanical circulatory support, right ventricular function and acute cardiac care

Antonio Loforte

Dr. Loforte is currently staff surgeon and chair of the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) program at the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, S. Orsola University Hospital, IRCCS Bologna, Italy. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Bologna, S. Orsola Hospital (Italy), at St. Antonius Ziekenhuis, Nieuwegein (the Netherlands) and the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (Germany). He additionally joined Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant and Assist Devices, in Houston, Texas, USA. Dr. Loforte is active member of several professional organizations including the prestigious EACTS, STS, ISHLT, ASAIO, ISMCS, RHICS, ELSO, ESOT, SICCH, among others. His scientific research focuses mostly on Heart Transplantation and MCS issues. He serves as a reviewer for several international Journals and is part of the editorial board in 10 of them. He is Associate Editor for Artificial Organs ‘Implantable MCS Section’. He belongs to the ISHLT ‘Standard and Guidelines’ committee, ISHLT Cardiogenic Task Force and ISHLT MCS operative committee (co-Chair). He received a ‘European Ph.D. label’ in Organ Transplantation and several international awards in Europe and USA. Recently, Dr. Loforte has been appointed as President-elect of ISMCS (formerly ISRBP).

Yuriy Hrytsyna

Yuriy Hrytsyna graduated in 2017 as a medical doctor at the Charité Medical University Berlin. In 2018 he began his residency in the department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in German Heart Centre Berlin. His areas of interest are heart failure treatment, mechanical circulatory support and electrophysiology.

Jeffrey Keenan

Jeffrey E. Keenan graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2011, where he was elected to the AOA medical honor society.  He then matriculated to the surgery residency program at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.  He graduated from the general surgery program in 2018 and achieved certification from the American Board of Surgery in 2019.  He completed subspecialty training in cardiothoracic surgery in 2020 and achieved certification from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in 2021.  Also during his time at Duke, Dr. Keenan spent two years supported by an F32 National Research Service Award from the NIH conducting research investigating mitochondrial function and oxidative stress in the failing heart.  Upon completion of training in 2020, Dr. Keenan joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.  After two years at the University of Washington, Dr. Keenan returned to Duke as a faculty member in 2022, where he is currently an assistant professor of surgery.  He practices as an adult cardiac surgeon with a subspecialty focus in heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

Gaik Nersesian

Gaik Nersesian graduated in 2022 as a medical doctor at the Charite Medical University Berlin. Since July 2022 resident in the department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in German Heart Centre Berlin. His areas of interest are mechanical circulatory support, heart transplantation, heart failure treatment.

Zuzana Tucanova

Zuzana Tucanova graduated in 2011 as a medical doctor at the Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague. In 2018 she obtained the Certificate of General Surgery. From 2011 to now she has been working at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Institute for Clinical and Experiemtal Medicine, Prague. In 2019 she started the Doctoral study programme at Experimental surgery at the Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague. Her areas of interest are, in addition to  coronary and heart valve surgery, mechanical circulatory supports and heart transplantation.

Omer Dzemali

Omer Dzemali completed his medical degree in 2000 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He completed his residency training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery 2006 at the Wolfgang Goethe University hospital in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. After finishing his training, he obtained his venia legend for cardiac surgery and functions as lecturer at the University of Frankfurt/Main ever since. In 2009, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland as deputy chief of cardiac surgery and focus on minimally invasive mitral valve repair and root sparing aortic valve repair. Since 2014 Omer Dzemali holds an extraordinary professorship at the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje and Tetova, Macedonia and was appointed Doctor honoris causa in 2016 at the University of Tetova, Macedonia. He is currently Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the City Hospital Zurich Triemli, Switzerland and from 1st of December 2022 he will additionally be Clinic Director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland as part of the Zurich Alliance. His areas of interest are minimally invasive surgery, especially complex mitral valve surgery and reconstructive aortic valve surgery, OPCAB surgery and complex aortic surgery.

Christian H. Møller

Christian H. Møller graduated in 2004 as a medical doctor at the Copenhagen University.
In 2010 obtained PhD degree at the Copenhagen University.
Specialist in Cardiothoracic Surgery 2014.
Currently, working at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark with responsibility of Transplantation and Mechanical Assist Devices. Since 2017, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Copenhagen.
Areas of interest: Heart valve surgery, aortic surgery, mechanical circulatory support and transplantation

Christian Schulze

Prof. Schulze is Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine I and Division of Cardiology at the University Hospital Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany.

Prof. Schulze received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Leipzig, Faculty of Medicine, Germany. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University and a Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Schulze trained as a postdoctoral fellow in Cardiovascular Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and served as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Until 2015, he was Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, one of the largest heart failure, mechanical assist device and cardiac transplant centers in the US. Dr. Schulze is board-certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography.

Prof. Schulze’s research interest focuses on cardiac and systemic metabolism in advanced heart failure, the role of ventricular assist devices for bridging patients to cardiac transplantation and outcome parameters of patients with acute and chronic heart failure. Further, his studies have identified novel outcome parameters of patients with advanced heart failure, patients on LVAD support and after cardiac transplantation.

His projects are supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, the Else-Kröner-Fresenius Foundation, the American Heart Association, the German Research Foundation, the German Ministry of Research and Education as well as intramural funding. Prof. Schulze has published more than 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts and currently serves as an editorial board member of the journal Circulation. Prof. Schulze is a member of the EUROTRANSPLANT advisory board, reviewer for the heart failure specialist certification of the German Cardiac Society and member of the Commission on Clinical Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society.

Svetlana Novikova

Svetlana Novikova: Cardiac surgeon, Head of cardiac surgery unit #2 and Heart Failuгe program, PhD, Health High achiever of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

I graduated from Tomsk State Medical Institute, research student at the Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery after E N.Meshalkin (Novosibirsk); specialized at the University of Minnesota “Heart and Lung transplantation”, participation in master classes with professionals from America, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia.