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Translational research and surgical science - task force

Members

Juan B. Grau

ACQUIRED CARDIAC DISEASE DOMAIN

Member 2021-2024

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Juan B. Grau is the Director of Cardiac Surgery at the Valley Hospital in alliance with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Professor of Surgery at The University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Dr. Grau completed his residency in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at New York University School of Medicine. He has served as a cardiothoracic surgeon and faculty member at NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University system, and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. His clinical interests include advanced coronary revascularization using arterial grafting and off-pump approaches with non-touch technique of the ascending aorta, advanced aortic and mitral valve repair techniques, surgery for the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and adult congenital surgery. Dr. Grau has developed several translational research programs and institutional biobanks that have been funded by the National Institute of Health by blending clinical knowledge and expertise with the tools of basic science to find new approaches to clinically relevant programs. He is currently the co-chairman of AATS Foundation Research Committee and Chairman of EACTS Translational Research and Surgical Sciences Task Force.

Translational Research and Surgical Science - Task Force

Chair 2021-2024

Payam Akhyari

BIOGRAPHY

Payam Akhyari graduated as MD at the Hannover Medical School, Germany in 2003, accomplished his training in cardiac surgery at the University Hospitals of the Hannover Medical School, University of Heidelberg, University of Jena and University of Duesseldorf (Germany), including training in general and vascular surgery at academic hospitals in Hannover. He accomplished experimental studies on tissue engineered myocardium at Hannover Medical School in parallel to his studies for the medical program in 1999 and 2000 and was a stipend fellow of the Biomedical Science Exchange Program at the University of Toronto, Cardiovascular Research Center in Toronto Canada (academic year 2000

Translational Research and Surgical Science - Task Force

Member 2021-2022

Giovanni Ferrari

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Ferrari is Associate Professor of Surgery with a secondary appointment in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. He is leading the Cardiothoracic Research Program and The Columbia Biobank for Translational Science for the Department of Surgery. He leads a translational research program aimed at understanding the physiology and mechanobiology of valve disease, myocardial injury, aortic diseases, and biomedical devices. His diverse team of scientists includes PhD student (in BME), postdoctoral fellows, and general or cardiothoracic surgery residents. Dr. Ferrari is chair of the Early Career Development and Mentorship Committee for the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB). He is a voting member of the Columbia Medical Center Faculty council. He serves as a standing member, on the MPPA NIH Study Section and on several national and international agencies. His research is supported by multiple NIH R01s from NHLBI.

Translational Research and Surgical Science - Task Force

Member 2021-2022

Lara Gharibeh

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Gharibeh is a Translational Science Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Canada. Her research interests focus on understanding the molecular and genetic basis underlying heart valve (aortic valve calcification and stenosis, bicuspid aortic valve disease) and heart vessel diseases (coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, aortic dissection aneurism,), in the hope of developing better diagnostic and prognostic tools for these diseases. Dr. Gharibeh is the recipient of many national and international scholarships and awards with the most recent being the Canadian Institute of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is a member of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) Early Career Editorial Board, a member of various national and international associations

Translational Research and Surgical Science - Task Force

Member 2021-2022

Bernd Niemann

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Bernd Niemann is the senior physician in charge of cardiac surgery at the Clinic for Cardiac, Children's Heart and Vascular Surgery. From the clinical focus on heart failure therapy and myocardial dysfunction, he addresses translational research projects in myocardial remodeling and therapeutic reverse remodeling. Here, the application and multicenter international evaluation of the clinical results of mechanical cardiac support systems on the one hand, and direct myocardial therapy addressing on the other hand, are a special focus. Aging itself, metabolic dysregulation, obesity and diabetes mellitus as well as pathogenic organ interactions offer therapeutic additive approaches that can improve the perioperative outcome of cardiac surgery patients. The working group includes clinical university physicians and natural scientists. Dr. Niemann is a member of the DGHTHG, the DGK and the EACTS, editor of The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon reports and supports the promotion of young talent through course management on behalf of the DGTHG and within the framework of the DGTHG-DFG junior academies. His research is supported by industrial funding, DFG-funding and funding of the German Heart Foundation.

Translational Research and Surgical Science - Task Force

Member 2021-2022

Marten Szibor

BIOGRAPHY

Marten Szibor, MD (male, b. 1971) is a clinician scientist with strong expertise in molecular genetics and physiology, particularly mitochondrial biology, and the use of alternative respiratory enzymes such as alternative oxidase (AOX) to challenge disease paradigms. After completing his doctorate in 2001 and postdoctoral fellowships in Germany and Switzerland, he was appointed as a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany. In 2013, Marten moved to Helsinki, Finland, to join Howy Jacobs' lab as a senior researcher to further expand the field of AOX research based around mouse models he had created in Bad Nauheim. In 2019, Marten relocated to Germany and has since been a researcher at the Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Jena University Hospital. Marten is an active member of the German Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics (DGGG), the German Physiological Society (DPG), the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the German Cardiac Society (DGK).

Translational Research and Surgical Science - Task Force

Member 2021-2022

Piergiorgio Tozzi

BIOGRAPHY

Piergiorgio Tozzi, MD, works at the Lausanne University Hospital and School of Medicine (CHUV-UNIL), Switzerland as senior cardiac and vascular surgeon, professor of cardiac surgery and director of the laboratory for surgical research and surgical education. His research interests are end-stage heart failure and artificial heart, mitral repair, aortic dissection and new educational tools for teaching cardiac surgery.

Translational Research and Surgical Science - Task Force

Member 2021-2022