Malakh Shrestha

Malakh Shrestha is currently working as Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Director of Aortic Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Division of Cardio-thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at the Hannover Medical School (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover) in Germany.

He is also the Program Director of Cardiac Surgical residency and involved in the surgical training of the Residents. Hannover Medical School has the largest series of Aortic valve repair (David Re-implantation technique) with more than 700 patients. He will be joining the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA as the Director of Aortic Surgery Program from October, 2022.

He has more than 130 original papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of AATS, EACTS, ISMICS, GSCTVS, GCS and NMA. He has done pioneering work in the field of Sutureless Aortic Valve Prosthesis as well as Frozen Elephant Trunk Prosthesis. He has given more than 150 presentations at international meetings and hospitals.

He is a visiting professor in several universities in different countries of the world: University of Barcelona (Spain), Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu (Nepal). He has been part of the faculty of the EACTS academy (UK) for the past decade.

Filip Casselman

Filip Casselman has been trained in General and Cardiac Surgery at the University of  Leuven, Belgium.  He continued his training with a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and at the St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.  Since 2001 he is working  in the department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the OLV Clinic in Aalst, Belgium.  His interests include minimally invasive surgery (robotic and videoscopic), valvular reconstructive surgery, percutaneous valve replacement and arrhythmia surgery.  Filip is the Chair of the EACTS Acquired Cardiac Disease Domain and is actively involved in cardiac clinical research.  He has participated in multiple multicenter trials (including Syntax trial, Partner and Prevail trial, etc). He is (co)author of more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 250 presentations at international meetings.

Bart van Putte

Bart van Putte received his medical degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2002 and his PhD from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2003. Bart is a cardiothoracic surgeon at the St Antonius hospital, The Netherlands and Principal investigator at the AMC Heart Center, Amsterdam.