Pavel Zacek

Pavel Zacek, MD, PhD, graduated from Faculty of Medicine Hradec Kralove, Charles University, Czech Republic, in 1984. He started his career in cardiac surgery in 1987. Currently, he is Professor and Vice-Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at University Hospital Hradec Kralove. His fields of interest are heart valve surgery, namely valve-sparing surgery, coronary surgery. Besides many papers, he is a co-author of several monographs on cardiac surgery.

Marion Durand

Marion Durand M.D Ph.D is a cardio thoracic surgeon working in Paris. She is the head of thoracic surgery department in Hôpital Privé d’Antony where she started robotic thoracic surgery in 2014. She has developed a high volume robotic surgery program concerning mainly lung resection but also mediastinal tumors, œsophagus surgery and diaphragm plication. Since then, Durand has performed more than 1000 robotic major surgeries, focusing on advanced procedures such as complex lobar and sublobar resections, sleeve resections among others. She has signed numerous publications and communications about these topics. Since 2017, her department is Intuitive Surgical European Epicentre. She also started and supports the first European pediatric robotic thoracic program in Necker Enfants Malades Paris University Hospital. She has been volunteering for more than ten years in a franco-cambodian program at Phnom Penh public hospital.

Sudhakar George

Sudhakar George graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005. He gained an MD after a period of research in Brighton on the role of patent foramen ovale in organ dysfunction. He completed cardiology training in the West Midlands before a fellowship in percutaneous coronary intervention in Auckland, New Zealand. He specialises in coronary angioplasty at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Bernhard Voss

Bernhard Voss completed his medical studies in 1993 at the University of Heidelberg. In 1994 he began his cardiac surgery training at Heidelberg University Hospital under the supervision of Prof. Siegfried Hagl. In 1999 he started working at the German Heart Center Munich under the supervision of Prof. Rüdiger Lange, where he qualified as a specialist in cardiac surgery in 2003 and became a consultant in 2006. Since 2010 he has been the senior consultant cardiac surgeon at the German Heart Center Munich. He is an associate professor at the Technical University of Munich. For over 20 years he has specialised primarily in minimally invasive mitral valve reconstruction.

Guillaume Geuzebroek

Dr. Guillaume Geuzebroek started his training as a CTS in 2010 at the Sint Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. In 2012 he finished his PhD in the field of atrial fibrillation. In 2016 he became a consultant at the Radboud university hospital in Nijmegen. There he specialized in complex aortic surgery, TAVI and surgery for atrial fibrillation. Recent years he’s focusing on aortic valve repair and staged, hybrid, aortic repair.

Gloria Faerber

Gloria Färber started her surgical training in Freiburg (Chairman: Friedhelm Beyersdorf) and Leipzig (Chairman: Friedrich Mohr). In 2010, she was board certified in cardiac surgery and promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Jena (Chairman: Torsten Doenst). Throughout her career, she actively pursues basic and clinical research focusing on minimally invasive surgery and heart failure. Currently, Gloria Färber is the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital of Jena, Germany. She is leading the program for minimally invasive valve surgery and heart failure surgery including mechanical circulatory support and transplant.

Mark Thomas

Dr Mark Thomas is an Associate Professor of Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist working at the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The main focus of Mark’s work is translational research that has the potential to benefit patients with coronary artery disease. He is particularly interested in improving antithrombotic treatments and using data science/AI to optimise the treatment of patients who have had heart attacks. His clinical practice focuses on complex pharmacology, preventative cardiology and cardiac CT, in addition to acute/general cardiology.

Nick Freemantle

Nick Freemantle is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, in the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology, University College London. He directs UCL’s Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit which undertakes trials in all clinical areas from phase 1 to phase 4, including clinical trials of investigational medical product, advanced medical products and devices.

A skilled methodologist, Nick has published methods for the use and interpretation of composite outcomes in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which were taken up by the US Food and Drug Administration in their practice. He has undertaken a number of major trials and meta analyses which have influenced clinical practice. He has also undertaken many real world non randomised studies and has considerable expertise and experience in undertaking observations studies using methods such as propensity scores.

Nick is a widely cited author with a Web of Science H Score of 76. Nick is an experienced and committed PhD supervisor, who has supervised 12 students to successful completion.

Theodoros Kratimenos

Born in Athens, Greece in 1968, graduated in Medical school of Verona University, Italy in 1995, served as medical doctor in Hellenic military force from 1995-1997 and after completing residency and post graduate studies I have been working in private sector hospitals for 4 years. Since 2006 I practice as Consultant Interventional Radiologist of the Interventional Radiology Unit of “EVAGGELISMOS” General Hospital of Athens, the biggest public hospital in Greece (1100 beds) where more than 1500 patients/year are operated and more than 2000 interventional procedures/year are performed providing 24/7 availability. I have a special interest in endovascular aortic procedures and perform as first operator about 160-170/year aortic endovascular procedures (standard, fenestrated and/or branched). I regularly participate as faculty member or invited speaker in various national and international congresses every year and participate as member in different national and European medical societies. I am also elected member of the Council of Greek Interventional Radiology Society where I serve as Treasurer since 2014, national delegate for IR in UEMS since 2017, elected member of the Council of Evaggelismos hospital as medical’s personnel delegate since 2021.

Yves d’Udekem

Yves d’Udekem, M.D., Ph.D., joined Children’s National Hospital as Division Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Children’s National Heart Institute in September 2020.

Dr. d’Udekem is Belgian-born with Canadian and Australian citizenship and received his early training in cardiac surgery in Belgium and Toronto. He worked as a cardiac surgeon in Belgium, operating on both adults and children with congenital heart disease. Dr. d’Udekem then worked with internationally-recognized heart surgeon Professor Marc de Laval and others in London to train in congenital heart surgery at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.

From there, he was recruited as a pediatric heart specialist to The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, an institution that has been a leader in advancing the field of congenital heart disease. In Melbourne, Dr. d’Udekem built an outstanding reputation for clinical excellence and an exceptional academic career. He has over 300 publications and is highly cited and respected for his work in pediatric cardiovascular surgery. Dr. d’Udekem obtained more than 7 million dollars in grant funding in the past five years as he created and became a recognized leader for the highly touted Fontan Registry. He was also named The Baier Family Distinguished Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Children’s National Hospital, which is a prestigious honor that will advance the field of pediatric cardiac surgery for kids with special hearts.

He is committed to working together with our multidisciplinary team. As well as providing excellent patient and family experience throughout a patient’s course from outpatient visits to inpatient stay, to the operating room and back again. Dr. d’Udekem also serves as a professor at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.