Ben Davies

Ben Davies qualified in Nottingham and trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery in the UK, also undertaking research in Melbourne. He is now a consultant paediatric cardiac surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK. Ben is a EACTS congenital subcommittee member.

David Barron

David Barron has been a consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital since 1999. He trained at St Thomas’ Hospital, Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. He is the lead for Congenital Cardiac Training in the UK and sits on the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC), National Appointments Committee for Cardiothoracic Surgery and on the Steering Committee for the National Cardiac Audit. David is a trustee of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and is the Chair for Congenital Heart Surgery in the UK. He also sits on the Clinical Advisory Panel for the National Review of Congenital Cardiac Services (NHS England) as the Surgical Representative, and is the Senate Representative on the CRG for congenital cardiac services. David is also a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth, University Hospital Birmingham for Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department of Child Health, University of Birmingham. His interests include Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Congenitally Corrected Transposition and Complex Pulmonary Atresia.

Rashmi Yadav

Rashmi Yadav is an adult cardiac surgeon with special interest in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, mitral valve surgery and transcatheter therapies. Her clinical interests also include total arterial sequential grafting using bilateral internal mammary artery and endoscopic conduit harvesting. Rashmi is part of the minimally invasive atrial fibrillation ablation programme and currently involved in a research project comparing endoscopic surgical with catheter-based ablation for atrial fibrillation. She works closely with surgical colleagues to deliver a successful endoscopic atraumatic coronary artery bypass programme, which is one of its kind in the UK.  Rashmi also has a keen interest in leadership, human motivation and emotional intelligence at work and its impact on teamwork, work culture, and patient experience and safety. She is also involved in mentorship programmes for school students with an interest in a career in medicine.

Hugo Vanermen

Hugo Vanermen is a globally renowned expert on mitral and tricuspid repair, and a pioneer of minimally invasive survery via endoscopic approach. Founder of EACTS Techno College, he has authored over 71 publications. Dr Vanermen is co-inventor of the Contour 3D tricuspid valve and is dedicated to educating young surgeons around the world on minimally invasive repair techniques. He practices at AZ Brussels, Belgium; Klinik im Park, Zürich, Switzerland; European Hospital, Rome, Italy and the Institut Mutualist Montsouris, Paris, France.

Thomas van Brakel

Thomas van Brakel is a cardio-thoracic surgeon with special interests in arrhythmia surgery, aortic surgery and oncologic pulmonary surgery. He completed his medical training in Maastricht, The Netherlands, followed by a PhD on ‘Epicardial Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation’ at the department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Physiology. Part of this research he performed at the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Greenville, US. He completed his training as a cardio-thoracic surgeon at the Radboud Universitair Medical Center Nijmegen in 2014. Since October 2014 he is a staff surgeon at the Leiden University Medical Center.

Marta Sitges

Marta Sitges completed her Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the Autonomous University in Barcelona in 1993. She also visited the Cardiovascular Imaging Centre at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA, during a 1 year fellowship and in 2003, she obtained her PhD degree from the Universitat de Barcelona. She is been working as a non invasive cardiologist in Hospital Clinic at the University of Barcelona since 2001 focusing on the field of expertise on echocardiography and valve disease. Her main research interests are in cardiac imaging, resynchronisation therapy, valve heart disease and cardiac remodelling, as well as sports cardiology. She has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers, presented over 150 lectures and provided more than 400 abstracts in national and international meetings. She is also referee for most of the principal cardiovascular journals. Since 2011 she has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona. She has been Chief of the Cardiac Imaging Section and is currently Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Hospital Clinic, Barcelona.

Jose L Pomar

José Luis Pomar, born in Palma de Mallorca, graduated in 1971 at the University of Navarra. Did his housemanship at the Radcliffe Infirmary of Oxford University and the training at the University Clinic of Pamplona with Carlos M.G. Duran. After some time in the University of Cantabria, spent three years as Chief Resident and Fellow at the Montreal Heart Institute. In 1983 after short additional stays in USA and Canada, went to Barcelona where with time he became Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery of the Barcelona University Medical School and Deputy Director of his Institute at the Hospital Clinic.  He is Past President of the Catalan Society for Cardiac Surgery, The Spanish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Society of Cardiac Surgeons and the Society of Heart Valve Diseases. After serving as Treasurer and Chairman of the Adult Cardiac Surgery Committee became vice-president and President of EACTS. Has organized more than 20 masters on valve repair and currently, he is President of the Board of the Consortium of Management Hospital Clinic, Senior Consultant Barnaclinic (Hospital Clinic), Cardiovascular Coordinator of the Guangzhou-Barcelona Programme, Chairman of the International Cooperation Committee at EACTS and Senior Advisor of The Heart Valve Society.

Daniel Pereda

Daniel Pereda is a consultant cardiovascular surgeon at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, Spain. After finishing his cardiovascular surgery residence in Barcelona, he completed his training as a Cardiovascular Surgery Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and later as an Adult Cardiac Surgery Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.  He is involved in most of the fields in adult cardiac surgery with a special focus in minimally invasive mitral repair.

Meindert Palmen

Meindert Palmen graduated from Medical School at Maastricht University in 2001 (cum laude) and finished his PhD thesis on “Growth Factors in Myocardial Ischemia” in 2003. He started his residency in cardio-thoracic surgery at the Maastricht University Medical Centre in 2003 and was registered as a cardiothoracic surgeon in 2009. He moved to Leiden University Medical Centre in 2009, and works as a consultant in cardiothoracic surgery under the auspices Professor Robert Klautz. His main surgical fields of interest are mitral valve reconstruction, mechanical circulatory support and transcatheter valve therapies.

Paul Diprose

Paul Diprose is a consultant cardiac anaesthetist and intensivist at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Trust. Following initial experience in surgery and emergency medicine he trained in anaesthesia in hospitals in the south of England and at the Green Lane cardiac unit in Auckland, New Zealand.  He has been the lead for peri-operative echocardiography since his substantive consultant appointment in 2006. He was appointed as a medical panellist to the Medical Practitioner Tribunal service in 2012.