Pankaj Kumar

Pankaj Kumar is consultant cardio-thoracic surgeon at the Morriston Hospital, Swansea, UK. His special interests are in structural heart disease. His interests include aortic surgery and reconstructive mitral valve surgery. He is a strong advocate of minimal access surgery for valvular heart disease and has developed vascular and venous access techniques to facilitate minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Pankaj completed his pre-clinical medicine at University of Cambridge in 1990, with a First Class Honours and subsequently obtained his medical degree from the University of Oxford, UK in 1993. His surgical training was undertaken in the London Hospitals. His cardio-thoracic surgical training was undertaken at the Royal Brompton Hospital, St Bartholomew’s, St Mary’s and the London Chest Hospital. Pankaj has a keen interest in surgical training and education. He is member of numerous surgical and professional bodies.

Thomas Schachner

Thomas Schachner received his medical degree from the University of Vienna. He went on to do his basic medical training in general surgery in Salzburg and Innsbruck. Since 2007 he is working as an Associate Professor at the University Clinic of Cardiac surgery in Innsbruck, Austria. Thomas currently serves as domain editor of the vascular chapter of the Multimedia Manual of Cardio Thoracic surgery MMCTS, and member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Cardio Thoracic surgery.

Peyman Sardari Nia

Peyman Sardari Nia is a Senior Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon in the department of cardio-thoracic surgery at Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands, where he specialises in minimally invasive cardio-thoracic surgery. Dr Sardari Nia earned his MD and his PhD from University Antwerp, Belgium, and underwent residency training in general surgery in the same city. Dr Sardari Nia was awarded the Pfizer educational prize in 2009: this prize is bestowed by the University of Antwerp on one young specialist for excellence in clinical, scientific, and surgical qualities during his or her whole residency across all the surgical specialties.  Following his residency in general surgery, Dr Sardari Nia underwent a fellowship training in cardio-thoracic surgery at St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands.

Dr Sardari Nia’s PhD research focused on prognostic factors of lung metastases and non-small cell lung cancer, particularly how tumor growth patterns can inform post-surgical outcomes. He has received multiple awards for his research, notably the American Association of Cancer Research scholar-in-training award and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Young Investigator award. His current research is focused on preoperative planning by use of 3D imaging reconstruction, 3D printing, simulation, and intraoperative navigation. He received the EACTS Techno-College Innovation Award for his invention of the high-fidelity endoscopic mitral valve surgery simulator.

Dr Sardari Nia is an all-around cardio-thoracic surgeon with special interest in surgery for lung cancer and minimally invasive adult cardiac surgery, especially endoscopic mitral valve repair and VATS lobectomy. In addition to introducing and innovating minimally invasive approaches at his home institution, he is the founder and director of the EACTS courses in minimally invasive techniques for adult cardiac surgery and endoscopic mitral valve repair, using the high-fidelity simulator that he developed. He has been an EACTS councilor and a member of various EACTS committees since 2008. He is an associate editor of European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) and a member of EACTS, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Society for the Study of Lung Cancer.

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Cesare Quarto

Mr Cesare Quarto is a specialist in cardiac surgery with experience in all areas of cardiac surgery, including some of the most complex aortic surgery. His areas of expertise include surgery of the aortic root which include valve sparing aortic root replacement, surgery of the aortic arch, surgery of the thoracic descending aorta, coronary artery bypass surgery and aortic valve reconstruction. Dr Quarto trained as a cardiac surgeon at the University of Naples in Italy where he graduated with honours. In 2007, he moved to London from Monaldi Hospital in Italy to extend his experience in aortic and general cardiac surgery, working with world-renowned cardiac surgeons at Royal Brompton Hospital. He was appointed as a consultant at the Trust in April 2013. Since June 2015 Dr Quarto and Dr Neil Moat have jointly won three international awards for presentations about their work on a world-first transcatheter heart valve implantation to treat mitral regurgitation for patients not suitable for open heart surgery. Dr Quarto gained all of his qualifications at the University of Naples and is a qualified Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Aortic Disease, he has a Diploma with Honours in Cardiac Surgery and is a Doctor of Medicine (MD) – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Honours).

Silke Schelenz

Silke Schelenz obtained her MD in 1993 from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Studied her PhD and Msc at the University of London. She is now the consultant microbiologist at the Imperial College. Silke is the chair of UK Clinich Mycology Network/PHE, assistant editor of Journal of Hospital Infection, a specialty advisory committee, RCPath representing BSMM and a council member for the British Society for Medical Mycology.

John Pepper

John Pepper is Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Head of Surgical Research and Education at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.  He has a major interest in the diseases of aortic valve, thoracic aorta and mechanical circulatory support for patients in chronic heart failure.  He has led several major international trials in aortic valve replacement and coronary artery surgery that have had a significant impact on surgical practice.  A novel prophylactic operation for Marfan Syndrome has been developed under his surgical leadership. He is Director of the Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals and has published over 370 papers in peer reviewed journals.
He has a major interest in postgraduate education, and has led research into skills assessment and its use in the selection of candidates for a career in cardiothoracic surgery. He was closely involved in the development of a permanent skills laboratory and simulation laboratory in conjunction with the Royal Marsden Hospital at the Royal Brompton Hospital.   He is a past member of the EACTS Council and also a past chair of the Acquired Cardiac Disease Domain.

Robert Klautz

Robert Klautz is a specialist in reconstructive mitral, tricuspid and aortic valve surgery and advanced heart failure treatment with over 100 publications to his name. His Centre has helped develop the current thinking in functional mitral regurgitation and tricuspid regurgitation, and is a national referral centre for all forms of mitral valve therapies. He heads the largest academic practice in his country and has an extensive experience in teaching mitral valve repair in Europe. He is a member of the Acquired Cardiac Disease Domain of EACTS.

Jolanda Kluin

Jolanda Kluin started her medical training at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1989. In June 1996 she obtained her medical degree cum laude. From August 1996 until October 1998 she worked as a PhD student on the project: “Photodynamic therapy for Barrett’s oesophagus with use of 5-aminolevulinic acid”. In December 1999 she received her PhD degree cum laude. During her last year as a PhD student she was offered a post-doctoral position at the Laser Centre of the University College London. However, her ambition led her to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Erasmus MC Rotterdam. In 2006, she finished her residency cardiothoracic surgery. From 2006 to 2014 Jolanda Kluin worked as a staff cardiothoracic surgeon at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Since 2015, she works at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam as congenital cardiac surgeon. In 2018 she became a professor in Translational cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Amsterdam. Her main interests are grown up congenital heart (GUCH) cardiac surgery, mitral valve surgery, reconstructive surgery of the aortic valve and the thoracic aorta. Next to her clinical tasks she started a new line of research in translational cardiothoracic surgery, including tissue-engineering of heart valves, valve pathophysiology and the development of a hybrid soft robotic total artificial heart. She is the chair of the EACTS Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee.

Marek Jasinski

Marek Jasinski is Full and Ordinary Professor at Wroclaw Medical University, and Chief and Chair of Cardiac Surgery. Marek graduated from Silesian Medical University and begun residency in cardiac surgery in 1990. He went through specialist registrar training between 1996 and 2000, and was granted fellowship of EBCTS (FETCS) in 1998 in Brussels. Other training includes Cleveland Clinic Foundation USA under Prof Delos Cosgrove III and Prof Frank Sabik III, Saint Luck Hospital, Brussels under Prof Gebrine El- Khoury and Sequoia Hospital Redwood City, Stanford University, California, under Vincent Gaudiani. Marek has been involved in many aspects of reconstructive surgery (both paediatric and adult), including aortic surgery with record of more than 400 stentless implantation and 450 aortic valve repair and valve sparing operations, with results presented worldwide. He has largely dedicated himself to many educational programmes in Poland, acting as postgraduate education programme and resident programme coordinator within the Polish Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons.

Laurent Haegeli

Laurent M. Haegeli studied medicine at the Universities of Basel and Paris. In 1997 he obtained his MD in Basel. From 1998 to 2004 he did his residency in internal medicine and cardiology at the Kantonsspital Aarau and at the University Hospitals Zurich, Basel and Freiburg / Bad Krozingen. After board certification he worked from 2005 to 2008 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, Canada, where he did a clinical fellowship and research in invasive electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, with a focus on device implantation and catheter ablation. Since his return to Switzerland he has a staff position in cardiology at the University Hospital Zurich where he established the atrial fibrillation ablation program. In 2012 he received associate professor degree for his scientific work in the field of interventional therapy of rhythm disorders. He is a member of the Atrial Fibrillation Competence Network / European Heart Rhythm Association Consensus Conference, a group of experts aiming to improve the management of patients with atrial fibrillation. Since 2013 he is the director of the electrophysiology programme.