Dr Mario Gaudino is the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine - New York Presbyterian. He completed his undergraduate studies and earned his medical degree in Rome, Italy at the University of Rome, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in 1994. He subsequently completed his residency in 1999 at the same University and joined the faculty there in 2000 where he remained until 2014, when he joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. He completed an Advanced Cardiovascular Aortic Aneurysm Surgery Fellowship in 2016 and was recruited to stay on staff as Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In 2017, he was elevated to the position of Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Gaudino is currently the Director of Translation and Clinical Research in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Gaudino has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles along with numerous book chapters. He is currently the lead investigator of an international, randomized, controlled trial which aims to determine the optimal strategy for coronary artery bypass surgery (the ROMA trial). He has given expert presentations at national and international meetings to share his exquisite knowledge of coronary artery bypass surgery and the use of multiple arterial grafts. He currently serves as the Chair of the Coronary Artery Surgery Task Force of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Stephen Fremes completed medical school at the University of Toronto in 1979 and then entered surgical residency in 1979 at the University of Toronto. Dr. Fremes completed general surgery residency in 1986 and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency in 1988. Dr. Fremes was a Research Fellow of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada from 1982 to 1984 during residency (MSc awarded 1984) and from 1988 to 1989 following residency, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Weisel. Dr. Fremes has been a staff surgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 1989 and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto since 2001. His primary research interest has focused on improving patient outcomes following coronary surgery. Methodologies include clinical trials, large observational studies, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, guideline development and modelling.
Sigrid Sandner graduated from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, in 1999. Following a research fellowship in transplant immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School from 2000 to 2003, Dr. Sandner completed her clinical training in cardiac surgery (2011) and vascular surgery (2016) at the Medical University of Vienna. Currently, Dr. Sandner is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna and Director of the Coronary Revascularization Program at the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Vienna General Hospital - Medical University of Vienna.
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