Eric Dominic Roessner graduated in 1999 as a medical doctor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. After graduation he moved to the University Medical Center in Mannheim, Germany and started his surgical training. In 2005 he took the German board for general surgery. Subsequently he started his training in advanced abdominal surgery with a focus on upper GI surgery. He interrupted his training in 2007 and started his Thoracic surgery training. In 2009 2010 he changed to start a senior fellowship in the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK. In 2010 he returned to Mannheim and was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon for Thoracic and General Surgery. In 2014 he took the European Boards of Thoracic Surgery and completed his GI training in 2017 and took the German Boards for Advanced Abdominal Surgery. His academic activities in the field of tissue engineering lead to his appointment as an assistant professor in 2014, in 2018 he was appointed as a full professor now focusing in the field of hybrid operating technologies. In 2019 he was appointed as the head of Thoracic Surgery in the University Hospital Mainz, Germany, and became the Speaker of the Steering Committee of the Department of Cardio- Thoracic Surgery. He clinical focus is the minimal invasive treatment (uniportal VATS) of lung cancer, thoracic sarcoma and tumours of the mediastinum with a focus on robotic surgery.
Dean of Medical faculty of St. Petersburg State University Director of St.Petersburg State Research Institute of Phthisiopulmonology Dr. Piotr Yablonskiy is a general thoracic surgeon, he performs all operations on the lungs and mediastinal organs, including reconstructive-plastic and thoracoscopic, owns the technique of general surgical, vascular and cardiac surgical interventions. He has experience in lung transplantation, robot-assisted surgical interventions. He was the first surgeon in the Russian Federation who performed the robotic surgery on the thorax. Since then he performed more than 250 RATS in thoracic surgery on Da Vinci surgical system. He developed and performed the first RATS in patient with pulmonary TB in the world. Piotr was born in Moldova. He attended medical school at the medical University of Kishinev. Then he moved to St.Petersburg, where he had made a large breakthrough in his surgical and scientific career at the State Scientific Research Institute of Pulmonology. In 1994 he founded and leaded the St.Petersburg Center of pulmonology and thoracic surgery, which became one of the best in the Russian Federation. Since 2005 Piotr is a Chief Surgeon of St. Petersburg and since 2010 – the Chief Thoracic Surgeon of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation. Piotr is the author of more than 500 scientific papers on pulmonology, thoracic surgery and TB surgery. In addition, he is the co-author of the national guideline on respiratory diseases, author of the monograph “Mediastinoscopy and other invasive methods of N-staging of lung cancer”, co-author of the “Surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. Complex Pleuropulmonary Infections: European Respiratory Society Monograph”. Internationally recognized for his expertise in TB surgery, mediastinal tumors and lung cancer surgery. He is founder and President of the Russian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, also President of National Phthisiatrists Association. He is a member of the ERS, ESTS, EACTS, ISMICS and a member of WCTS Steering committee. Above all he is a founding editor of Journal Medical Alliance и St. Petersburg State University Journal of Medicine.
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