Davide Pacini graduated from the University of Bologna in 1993. He completed his Cardiac surgery residency training at the same University in 1998. Since 2000, he has been a staff surgeon at the S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna. He is mainly interested in cardiac and aortic surgery. In 1998 he was the recipient of the C Walton Lillehei Award and in 2009 he received the Hans Borst Award. He is a Councillor of the Italian Society of Cardiac Surgery and an author of over 70 scientific papers and 4 book chapters. He is an active member of the Italian Society of Cardiac Surgery, the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is Full Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna and Chair of the Cardiac Surgery Department in Bologna (S.Orsola Hospital).
Julia Dumfarth graduated in 2008 as a medical doctor at the Medical University Vienna. In parallel to residency in cardiac surgery at the Medical University in Vienna and later on Medical University Innsbruck, she obtained a PhD in cardiovascular medicine and spent a research year at the Yale New Haven Aortic Institute. Currently she works as academic staff surgeon at the Medical University Innsbruck and is specializing in aortic disease as well as heart transplantation. Her scientific focus lies in aortic disease, especially aortic dissection. As a member of VASCERN genetic aortopathies are another area of scientific interest.
Alessandro Leone graduated in 2005 as a medical doctor at the Bologna University. In 2010 he graduated as a Cardiac surgeon. After finishing his residency in cardiac surgery, Alessandro completed his training focused on thoracic aortic surgery, aortic arch procedure and minimally invasive surgery at the Hannover University Hospital. Currently, he is a staff member of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Bologna University Hospital. His areas of interest are trans-catheter valve replacement, complex aortic arch surgery, aortic reconstructive surgery.
Prof. Andreas Martens, born 1975, studied medicine at Hannover Medical School and graduated in 2002. He finished his cardiovascular residency at the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at Hannover Medical School in 2011. He undertook a research fellowship at the Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs (LEBAO) between 2008 and 2010 with a focus on cardiac stem cell therapy. He is currently a senior consultant at the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery with a focus on adult cardiac surgery and thoracic aortic surgery. He is associate professor at Hannover Medical School. His main scientific interests are aortic root repair, aortic arch surgery, cardiovascular stem cell research and surgical training.