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Alain Carpentier, MD, PhD
Alain Carpentier, M.D., Ph.D
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Alain Carpentier, MD, PhD

Alain Carpentier, M.D., Ph.D

Hon. FACC, Hon. FACS, Hon. FASA, Lasker Award
Chairman Emerite, Département de Chirurgie Cardio-Vasculaire, Hopital Broussais, Paris
Professeur Emerite, Universite de Paris Descartes
Consultant Emerite, Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou, Paris
Assistance Publique- Hopitaux de Paris

Dr. Alain Carpentier received his Doctorate in Medicine in 1966 from the University of Paris and in 1975 he received his PhD in chemistry from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Paris. He was appointed as a member of the cardiac surgery staff of Hopital Broussais in 1968 before being named the Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in 1982. He has also been appointed Adjunct Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Professor Alain Carpentier has authored more than 500 scientific publications and ten books. He is the recipient of many scientific distinctions and awards including the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award in 2007, the Grand Prix Mondial Cino del Duca in 1996 and the 5th Scientific Achievement Award of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 2005. He is an honorary member of several prestigious international scientific societies and universities and was elected President of the French Academy of Sciences in 2011. He has developed numerous teaching programs worldwide, and founded the Vietnam Heart Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, regarded by the World Heart Organization as the most successful program in transferring technology and responsibility to developing countries.

Regarded as the father of modern valvular surgery, Alain Carpentier developed the first artificial biological valve used in clinical practice. He also pioneered techniques of reconstructive valve surgery and introduced the concept of annular remodeling using prosthetic rings. Currently more than 250,000 patients with valvular heart disease benefit from these treatments each year. Other scientific original contributions include the development of dynamic cardiomyoplasty, surgical techniques for the treatment of complex cardiac malformations, and mini-invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. Recently, his research team developed and implanted the first successful artificial bronchus to avoid pneumonectomy in lung cancer.

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Dr Albert Starr
Albert Starr, M.D.
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Alain Carpentier, MD, PhD

Albert Starr, M.D.

Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Surgery
Oregon Health and Science University

An internationally-acclaimed surgeon, scientist, inventor, and teacher, few individuals have had such a profound and enduring effect on the practice of medicine and healing of the human heart as Dr. Albert Starr.

Dr. Starr is currently the Director of Academic Affairs and the Medical Director, Bioresearch and Development for Providence Health & Services, Oregon. In these capacities, he oversees the support, development and continued advancement of patient care through clinical research and education throughout the Providence Centers of Excellence, representing a broad swath of disciplines, including cardiac and vascular, cancer, neurosciences and aging.

In 1960, Dr. Starr and Portland engineer Lowell Edwards teamed up to invent the world's first successful artificial mitral valve, which Dr. Starr used when performing the world's first clinically successful mitral valve replacement surgery later that same year. The mitral valve version was followed with an aortic model and, in 1963, Dr. Starr performed the world's first successful triple valve replacement at Oregon Health & Science University during his tenure there as chief of cardiopulmonary surgery. In 1985, he performed the first heart transplant in Oregon and initiated the state's heart transplantation program. Through his work with the Starr-Wood Cardiac Group, Dr. Starr introduced open-heart surgery to the western United States, for both adult and pediatric cases, contributing many refinements to this now-common procedure and influencing cardiovascular surgeons in major centers around the world.

Dr. Starr is also a pioneer in outcomes research. Since 1960, Dr. Starr and Gary Grunkemeier, Ph.D., have tracked and studied the long-term results of Dr. Starr's heart surgeries, using annual updates on nearly 20,000 patients. The findings have enhanced treatment in Oregon and far beyond, through hundreds of scientific journal articles and presentations at medical symposia around the globe.

Additionally, Dr. Starr has taught advanced surgical techniques to heart specialists throughout the world. His students have included more than 250 cardiac fellows from 25 countries.

A native of New York, Dr. Starr earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia University (formerly Columbia College) and his medical degree from Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons. After an internship at Johns Hopkins, he completed his General and Thoracic Surgical Residencies at Bellevue and Presbyterian Hospitals in New York City. He was recruited to Oregon in 1957 to head a new heart surgery program at the University of Oregon Medical School.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Dr. Starr has garnered numerous awards and honors. Most recently, he shared international accolades with Dr. Alain Carpentier as co-winners of the prestigious 2007 Albert Lasker Award in the category of Clinical Medical Research, for the development of prosthetic mitral and aortic valves, which have prolonged and enhanced the lives of millions of people with heart disease.

A sampling of Dr. Starr's many other awards includes the prestigious 2008 Phoenix Hall of Fame Innovators Award in recognition of his contributions to cardiac surgery and the development of prosthetic mitral and aortic valves. In 2001, he received the Croix de Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, in recognition of his contributions to cardiac surgery and collaboration with the French scientific community. Presented by President Jacques Chirac, the Legion d'honneur is France's highest civil merit award, created by Napoleon Bonaparte more than 200 years ago to acknowledge uniquely courageous military service and recognize civilian recipients who have made exceptional contributions to France. In 2000, Dr. Starr received the International Heart Pioneer award from the Societe de Chirurgie Thoracique Cardio-Vasculaire de Langue Francaise, one of only 11 American surgeons to have received this honor. He was the second American to receive the Leriche Award from the International Vascular Society, and in 1988, he became the sixth U.S. physician and the first cardiac surgeon to receive the American College of Cardiology's Distinguished Scientist Award.

Dr. Starr is an active member in a variety of international and national professional societies and organizations. Among his many memberships and positions held, he served as president of the American Society of Thoracic Surgeons from 1985 to 1986, as well as chairman, Thoracic Advisory Board for the American College of Surgeons. He holds numerous honorary degrees and has garnered honors from various prominent universities and organizations, including Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon; Columbia University in New York; University of London; the American College of Surgeons; the Western Thoracic Surgical Association; and the Society of Transpercutaneous Valve Replacement.

 Members (Click on the portrait to view biography)

Dr BERREBI Alain, Joseph
Alain Berrebi, M.D.
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Dr BERREBI Alain, Joseph

Alain Berrebi, M.D.

Senior Consultant, Cardiologist
Department of Cardio-Vascular Surgery
Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, Paris
Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou,Paris


1980 - 1987 MD - Medical Faculty Broussais-Hôtel-Dieu, Paris VI
1987 Certificat de synthèse clinique et thérapeutique (CSCT)
 Medical Faculty Broussais-Hôtel-Dieu, Paris VI

DEA de Physiologie et physiopathologie des appareils
respiratoire et circulatoire (option:circulation) - Paris V

1991 Cardiologist
1992 University Diploma of Echocardiography- Paris XII


1992 Chef de clinique des universités - Paris VI


1987-199 Interne des Hôpitaux de Paris (Residency):
Chirurgie Cardiaque (Service du Pr Carpentier - Hôpital Broussais)
Médecine Interne (Service du Pr Rulliere - Hôpital Broussais)
Chirurgie Cardiaque (Service du Pr Carpentier - Hôpital Broussais)
Médecine Interne - HTA (Service du Dr Priollet- Hôpital St Joseph)
Année-recherche: Laboratoire Inserm U 256 
(Pr Peronneau Hôpital Broussais)        
Cardiologie médicale (A et B)
(Service des Pr Guize et Pr Guermonprez,  Hôpital Broussais)
Cardiologie médicale (Service du Pr Guérin - Hôpital Cochin)
1992-1996 Chef de Clinique - Assistant des Hôpitaux de Paris
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
 (Pr A.Carpentier, Hôpital Broussais)
Avril 1996 3D Echocardiography fellowship
New England Medical Center - TUFTS University
 (Pr Natesa Pandian - Boston - USA)
September 2008 Real Time 3D Echocardiography fellowship
Chicago Medical Center
(Pr Roberto LANG)


  Cardiologist - Consultant
Head of the Echo-lab of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
(Pr Fabiani-Deloche-Carpentier)
Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


  Titular member of the French Society of Cardiology
Member of the Working Group of  Echocardiography of the European
               and French Society of Cardiology
Member of the working group of Valvular Disease of the European and                French Society of Cardiology
Member of the American Society of Echocardiography


   Head of  Echo sessions of  “Le Club Mitrale” and
Heart Valve Club (Pr A.Carpentier)
Course director of Master of Valve Repair Programm

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Dr Carabello
Blase A. Carabello, M.D.
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Dr Carabello

Blase A. Carabello, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Vice-Chairman, Department of Medicine
The W.A. "Tex" and Deborah Moncrief, Jr.
Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Care Line Executive
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Director, Center for Heart Valve Disease
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's

BORN: August 5, 1947, Reading, Pennsylvania
1969 B.A. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
1973 M.D. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cum Laude
1973-1975 Resident in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1975-1976 Senior Resident in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1976-1978 Fellow in Cardiology, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1978-1979 Cardiologist, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1979-1981 Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia
1981-1985 Director of Diagnostic Cardiology, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Physiology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
1985-1999 Professor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, and the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina, Charles Ezra Daniel Professor of Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina W.A. "Tex" and Deborah Moncrief, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
1999- Medical Care Line Executive, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas
2008-9 Acting Chief of Staff MEDVAMC
2009 Acting Medical Center Director, MEDVAMC
1972 Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society
1972 Babcock Honorary Surgical Society
1979 Fellow, American College of Cardiology
1982 American Federation for Clinical Research
1990 American Society for Clinical Investigation
1994 Association of University Cardiologists
1994 Horace Smithy Research Award, South Carolina American Heart Association
1998 Temple University Distinguished Alumnus Award
1998- Best Doctors in America
1998 Laennec Society Invited Lecture, American Heart Association, 71st Scientific Sessions, Dallas, Texas
1999 Society for Heart Valve Disease Founding member, counselor
1999-present Who's who in America
2002 Society for Heart Valve Disease – President Elect Temple Alumnus of the Year Award President, Society Heart Valve Disease
2008 President, Association of University Cardiologists
2009 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award (Basic Domain) American College of Cardiology
1983 Class of 1984 Yearbook Dedicatee
1984 1984 Russell P. Moses Award for Excellence in clinical teaching
1985 1985 American Heart Association Medical Teaching Awards
1986 "Excellence in Teaching" Award, MUSC
1986 Golden Apple
1987 "Excellence in Teaching" Award, MUSC
1988 Pearl's Lecture, MUSC
1988 Oath Ceremony Participant, MUSC Graduation
1989 Pearl's Lecture, MUSC
1990 Principal Speaker, Oath Ceremony, MUSC Graduation
1990 Pearl's Lecture, MUSC
1991 "Excellence in Teaching" Award, MUSC
1993 Principal Speaker, Oath Ceremony, MUSC Graduation
1994 Pearl's Lecture, MUSC
1995 Oath Ceremony Participant, MUSC Graduation
1996 Oath Ceremony Participant, MUSC Graduation
1997 Principal Speaker, Oath Ceremony, MUSC Graduation
1998 Principal Speaker, Oath Ceremony, MUSC Graduation Auget Largiendo Award, Outstanding Teacher, Department of Medicine, MUSC
1999-Present BCM Service Chiefs ineligible for most teaching awards at Baylor Laughlin Alumnus of the Year Award, Temple University Outstanding Faculty Member, Medical Education, Baylor College of Medicine Baylor College of Medicine, 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award
June, 1977, American Board of Internal Medicine
June, 1979, Certification Cardiovascular Diseases
1981-1985 Member, S.E. Pennsylvania Heart Association Research Committee
1982-1985 Member, Admissions Committee, Temple Medical School
1985-present Member, MUSC Animal Research Committee
1992 Member, NIH Task Force on Congestive Heart Failure; Eugene Braunwald, Chairman
1993 Member, Search Committee for Physiology Department, MUSC
1998-1998 Member, American Heart Association, South Carolina Affiliate, Research Committee
1994-1999 House staff Education Committee,Department of Medicine,MUSC
1994-1999 Medical Student Education Committee,Department of Medicine,MUSC
1997 University Space Committee, MUSC
1997 University, Tenure Committee, MUSC
1997 Education Policy Committee, School of Medicine, MUSC
1984-present American Heart Association (National) Council on Circulation Fellow (1984- Chairman, Credentials Committee (1993 – 1995) Member, Executive Committee (1993 – 1997) Council on Clinical Cardiology Vice Chairman, Committee on Cardiac Catheterization (1990-1992) Chairman, Committee on Cardiac Catheterization (1992-1996) Member, Nominating and Awards Committee (1991-1993)
1998-present AHA Scientific Sessions Committee Member, Program Committee (1998-2007) Vice Chairman, Program Committee (2000-2003) Chairman, Program Committee (2003 - 2007)
1999-present Member, Clinical Executive Board, Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center (HVAMC)
2001-present Chairman, P&T Sub-Committee on Cost Reduction, HVAMC
2001-present Member, Resource Management Board, Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center
2001-2005 Member, Cardio Renal Advisory Committee, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville Maryland
2003-present Chairman, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee HVAMC
2003-present Member, VISN16 Formulary Subcommittee Councilor, Association of University Cardiologists
2004-present Vice President/Programs & Education, Heart Valve Society of America
2007 Vice President/Association of University Cardiologists
2007 Member, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Review Committee for Internal Medicine
2009 Member, Institute of Medicine Committee on Social Security Cardiovascular Disability Criteria
Dr Chitwood
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., M.D. FACS, FRCS (England), FACC
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Dr Chitwood

W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., M.D. FACS, FRCS (England), FACC

Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Distinguished Chair
Director, East Carolina Heart Institute
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

Dr. Chitwood graduated from Hampden-Sydney College (1968) and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia (1973). He completed the ten-year general and cardiothoracic surgical residency (1984) at Duke University under David C. Sabiston, Jr., M.D. His NIH sponsored research training there was under the direction of Andrew S. Wechsler, M.D. In 1984 he was recruited by the East Carolina University School of Medicine to begin the cardiac surgery program. From 1984 until 2003, he was the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and from 1995 to 2003 was Chairman of the Department of Surgery. After founding the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI), a 250 million dollar construction project, he was promoted to ECHI Director and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor: Health Sciences. He planned the development of the new integrated Department of Cardiovascular Sciences (cardiology, cardiac surgery, and vascular surgery). The ECHI Robotic Clinical and Training Center was the first of its kind and led the two FDA-Intuitive Surgical clinical trials that eventuated in approval for robotic mitral valve surgery. The center has trained over 350 surgeons world wide and mentors from there have helped start robotic cardiac surgical programs in 13 countries. Currently, the ECHI and Department are involved in clinical trials associated with the NHLBI Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network

Dr. Chitwood is a member of 25 professional societies and colleges, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology, The American College of Surgeons, the American Heart Association, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He peer reviews for seven scientific journals. His scientific articles number over 200 and he has written 75 book chapters. His other honors include: election to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1983), O. Max Gardner Award (2004) from the University of North Carolina Board of Govenors, National Phi Kappa Phi Scholar (2005) Award, National Mended Hearts: Dwight Harken Award (2005), Honorary Doctor of Science from Hampden Sydney College (2005), and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2009). In 2007 he was named the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Distinguisher Chair, the largest endowed chair in the University of North Carolina System. He is a past President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society for Heart Valve Disease, and the Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.

His recent scientific interests relate to advancing mitral valve and coronary artery surgery, through new innovative approaches and multi-diciplinary techniques that will provide both the best evidence-based and least invasive outcomes for patients. Having performed nearly 700 robotic mitral valve repairs, he wants to perfect imaging methods that can model and simulate mitral repairs for both intraoperative planning and team training. The largest gap to not having more patients undergo a mitral repair, instead of a replacement, resides in limited experience of individual surgeons, inadequate valve exposure and visualization, impeded ergonomics, and inability to formulate dynamic reconstructions, preoperatively.
Lawrence H. Cohn
Lawrence H. Cohn, M.D.
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Dr Cohn

Lawrence H. Cohn, M.D.

Virginia and James Hubbard Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Division of Cardiac Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn was born in San Francisco, CA. He received his baccalaureate from the University of California, Berkeley with honors and his M.D. from Stanford School of Medicine (AOA). He received his graduate training at Boston City Hospital, National Heart Institute, University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. He has been on the staff of the Brigham and Women's Hospital since 1971. Dr. Cohn has been a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School since 1980 and in 2000 was awarded the first endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery at Harvard Medical School, the Virginia and James Hubbard Chair in Cardiac Surgery. He is the past Chair of the Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization. Currently, he serves as Physician Director of Medical Device Technology for Partners HealthCare Systems and is the Chair of the Physician and Scientist Fundraising Group at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Cohn was awarded an honorary Masters of Medicine from Harvard in 1989 and a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Paris in 1992. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Paul Dudley White Award, the highest award given by the American Heart Association.

Dr. Cohn has performed over 10,000 cardiac surgical operations and is a world-renowned expert in the field of valve repair and replacement surgery and minimally invasive heart valve surgery. He has published over 440 original scientific articles, 105 book chapters and 12 books, including Cardiac Surgery in the Adult, 2nd and 3rd Editions, the most referenced text book in adult cardiac surgery today. He has given more than 750 lectures worldwide. Dr. Cohn has held or holds office in The American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery of which he was President. He has also been the President of the American College of Chest Physicians and Chairman of the Board of the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. He is immediate Past-President of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. He is a member of 20 other professional organizations, including honorary membership in four international organizations. He has served on the Editorial Board of 14 prestigious journals. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the most referenced Journal in the field of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Cohn has trained more than 150 residents and fellows at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Children's Hospital Medical Center Cardiothoracic Residency Program. Graduates of this program occupy responsible positions at major medical centers worldwide, including approximately 30 surgeons who are division chiefs or department chairs.

Dr. Cohn's clinical and research interest span the entirety of adult cardiac surgery including reconstructive valve surgery and minimally invasive technology. He also directed the Cardiac Surgery Laboratory from 1971-2001, which has a long interest in myocardial protection, cardiac transplantation and angiogenesis.

Dr. Cohn has had many non-medical consulting activities. He is a Board member of the Boston Public Library Foundation, an active member of the Museum of Fine Arts and recently retired as a Trustee of Massachusetts Financial Services (1989-2010), a mutual fund company.

Dr. Cohn resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is married to Roberta, has 2 daughters, Leslie Bernstein and Jennifer Cohn, two granddaughters, Carly and Rachel and son-in-law Stephen Bernstein. Dr. Cohn enjoys history, tennis, golf, skiing, fishing and sailing.

Jean-Noël Fabiani
Robert A. Dion, M.D.
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Dr Fabiani

Robert A. Dion, M.D.

Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery
Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Genk, Belgium
Guest-Professor and part-time surgeon in the Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
University Hospital Gasthuisberg (KUL), Leuven, Belgium

Robert Dion obtained the degree of Doctor in Medicine 'cum magna laude' in 1971 at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and General Surgeon at the same University in 1977. In 1979, he qualified as a cardio-thoracic surgeon and worked at the University Hospitals of Leuven (Belgium), Rotterdam and Utrecht (The Netherlands). In 1984 he was elected Deputy Head of the Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). In 1992, he became Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Catholic University of Louvain and in 1995, Head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University Hospital of the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels. In January 2000, he was appointed Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and Chairman of the Department of Cardio-thoracic Surgery at the Leiden University Medical Center. As from 2007, he is Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg in Genk (Belgium) and Guest-Professor and part-time surgeon in the Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at the University Hospital Gasthuisberg (KUL) in Leuven (Belgium).


1986, French Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; 1993, The European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery; 1995, Founding Member of the Belgian Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery; 1998, Fellow of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons; 1998, Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery; 2000, Associate Editor of The European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery; 2000, Member of the Heart Failure Society of America; 2000 – 2006, Chairman of the Membership Committee of the European Society of Cardio-thoracic Surgery; 2001 – 2006, Member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Annals of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery; 2001, Active Member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery; 2002 – January 2011, Member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery; 2003, Member of the Society for Heart Valve Disease; 2004, Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; 2006, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Journal of Heart Valve Disease; 2011, Member of the Membership Committee of the AATS.

He has published more than 220 original scientific articles and book chapters and has delivered more than 250 invited lectures worldwide. He has participated in the jury of 25 PhD-theses.

Between 2002 and 2009, he was a Course Director in the European Master of Valve Repair and since 2011 he is Course Director in a Master of Valve Repair Program for Middle-East, Africa and Turkey featuring lectures and operative demonstrations.

In May 2011 he participated in the Program Committee of the first Mitral Conclave in New York.
Michel Pellerin, M.D., FRCSC
Maurice Enriquez- Sarano, M.D.
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Michel Pellerin, M.D., FRCSC

Maurice Enriquez- Sarano, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Valvular Heart Disease Clinic
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN




01/1991 - 06/1996 Assistant Professor of Medicine Mayo Medical School
07/1996 - 12/2000 Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School
12/2000 - present Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine


(1956-1968) Lycée Carnot Tunis, TUNISIA
Lycée de Montgeron, FRANCE Baccalaureate in Science 1968
MEDICAL SCHOOL University of Paris VI, School of Medicine
(1968 - 1974) Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris



Interne des Hôpitaux de Paris (1974)
Competitive Award; Rank 80/2078

  Medical degree (1980)
Thesis: Quantitative left ventricular angiography in mitral valve disease
Silver medal of Paris University

  Research Award (1997)
American Heart Association
grant-in-aid Research Award
"Left Ventricular Remodeling and Heart Failure in Mitral Regurgitation"

  Research Fellowship Award: American Society of Echocardiography (1998) AJ Basmadjian
"Quantitative Assessment of Mitral Regurgitation: Impact on Outcome" (MES-Mentor)

  Research Fellowship Award (1997): French Foundation of cardiology CT Tribouilloy
The French paradox in patients with Valvular Regurgitations (MES-Mentor)

  Research Fellowship Award: Astra-Zeneca Corporation: Michael Bellamy
"Angiotensin-Blockade in Mitral Regurgitation" (MES-Mentor)

  Angiotensin-II Blockade in Mitral Regurgitation (MIRABELE study) Four-year Research Grant funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (HL-64,928). M Enriquez-Sarano, Principal Investigator.

BOARD CERTIFICATION                       

1981 Certificate in "Special cardiology studies" (equivalent to Cardiology board certification in the USA)

1989 Foreign medical graduate examination in the medical sciences (FMGEMS)

2006 Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine (IM)

2007 Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Sub-specialty)

France State of Minnesota                             1980-90 1991 to present


12/1974-5/1976 Fellow in Cardiology (as a French cooperative fellow)
Department of Cardiovascular diseases
Ernest Conseil Hospital, Tunis, TUNISIA

6/1976 - 10/1980 RESIDENCY in Internal Medicine with specialization in Cardiology practicing as
"Interne des Hôpitaux de Paris" in University Hospitals in Paris

(equivalent to assistant professor in the USA)
including clinical and teaching responsibilities,
department of Cardiology (Professor ACAR)

10/1984-11/1990 Practicing Cardiologist attached to the Department of Cardiology (Professor ACAR)

1/1991 -12/1992 Special Clinical Fellow in Cardiology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota

Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, Minnesota

1/1994 - Present CONSULTANT
Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

1999-Present DIRECTOR, Valvular Heart Disease Clinic, Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN



Member, French Society of Cardiology
Member, American Society of Echocardiography

Member of the Research Committee, American society of Echocardiography
Member of the Echocardiography Quantification Writing Committee, American Society of Echocardiography

Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
Fellow American Heart Association
Fellow European Heart Association
Editorial Consultant of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2000-2002
Editorial Board Member, Clinical Cardiology, 2002
Editorial Board of Heart, Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society, 1999-2006
Editorial Board, Current Science, Section Editor of Current Cardiology Reports, volume 4-2: Valvular Heart Disease
Section Editor, Current Cardiology Reports, 2001 / Volume 5-2, March 2003: Valvular Heart Disease
Advisory Council, Edwards Lifesciences Endovascular Heart Valve Therapy, December 2003
Advisory Board Member, International Academy of Cardiology, 2004-Present
NHLBI Strategic Planning Chair, 2006
NHLBI Study Section Review, 2006
Board member and executive vice-president Heart Valve Society of America
American College of Cardiology 2012, program committee, chair section valve diseases
Heart Valve Society of America and Society of Heart Valve disease joint scientific meeting, program committee 2009, 2010, 2011, co-chair program committee 2012



Decision Support System-Steering Committee
Mayo Foundation
January 1997-December 1997

Editorial Board Member, Mayo Clinic Proceedings
January 1, 1995-Dec 1998

Course Director: "Valvular Heart Diseases: New Strategies for the Third Millenium",
Rochester June 4-6, 1999

Course Director: "Valvular Heart Diseases: New Strategies for the Third Millenium",
Rochester June 6-8, 2000

Course Director: "Valvular Heart Diseases: New Strategies for the Third Millenium",
Rochester June 8-10, 2002

Course Director: "Valvular Heart Diseases: New Strategies for the Third Millenium",
Rochester June 10-12, 2004

Director, "Valvular Heart Disease Clinic" Mayo Clinic Rochester, 2000 to present

Co-chair of Valvular and Congenital Diseases Committee for the NHLBI strategic planning process, 2006


Mayo Clinic Proceedings: 1995-1998
Journal of the American College of Cardiology: 1998-2002
The Heart (London) 1999-present
Clinical Cardiology 2003-present
Cardiology 2006
The American Journal of Cardiology 2006
The Open General and Internal Medicine Journal 2007
Scientific Committee of the Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases 2007

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Jean-Noël Fabiani
Jean-Noel Fabiani, M.D.
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Dr Fabiani

Jean-Noel Fabiani, M.D.

Professor and Chairman
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Hopital Europeen Georges Pompidou

Dr. Jean-Noel Fabiani is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris. Currently he is the president of the board of administration of Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou.

He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Paris. He completed his internship and residency in general and cardiovascular surgery in Paris hospitals. Subsequently, he was appointed Chef de Clinique at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris. Later, he was appointed professor of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Hôpital Broussais in Paris. He is a member of the National Academy of Surgery in France.

Pr. Fabiani is the recipient of many scientific distinctions and awards including the "Young Investigator Award" from the European Society of Cardiology in 1976, Grand Prix de la Fondation GPA and Medaille de la Fonction Athena from Institut de France in 1986, and Victories of Medicine in 2006. He received the Croix de Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, France's highest civil merit award.

Pr. Fabiani has published more than 330 Pubmed articles with a special emphasis on the subjects of myocardial protection, valvular heart surgery, and aortic arch surgery. He is a co-editor of French Medico-Surgical Encyclopedia. He has published four books including two best-sellors.

Biography in French

Docteur en Médecine.

Ancien Interne des Hôpitaux de Paris. Ancien Chef de Clinique à la faculté.

Professeur de Chirurgie Thoracique et Cardiovasculaire (classe exceptionnelle).

Chef du service de chirurgie cardio-vasculaire de l'Hôpital européen Georges Pompidou, Paris 75015.

Président du Comité Consultatif Médical de l'HEGP.

Membre du Conseil de l'Ordre des Médecins de la ville de Paris.

Membre de l'Académie Nationale de Chirurgie.

Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.

Premier Prix du "Young Investigator Award", Société Européenne de Cardiologie, Amsterdam, 1976.

Lauréat de l'Académie des Sciences, Grand Prix de la Fondation GPA, 1986.

Médaille de la Fonction Athena - Institut de France 1986.

Prix des Victoires de la médecine 2006.

Responsable de l'enseignement de l'histoire de la médecine à la faculté.

Articles scientifiques référencés PubMed : 333. Travaux portant sur la protection myocardique, la chirurgie valvulaire, la chirurgie du polyartériel et la chirurgie de l'arche aortique.

Livres : La chirurgie des vaisseaux, tome 1 aspects fondamentaux, Arnette Ed, 1998, Paris. La chirurgie des vaisseaux, tome 2 aspects cliniques, Arnette Ed, Paris 1998. La cuisine de vos artères. Albin Michel Ed, Paris 2004. Ces histoires insolites qui ont fait la médecine, Plon Ed, 2011.
Farzan Filsoufi, M.D.
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Farzan Filsoufi, M.D.

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, New York

Dr. Farzan Filsoufi is a Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is a cardiac surgeon involved in both research and clinical practice.

Dr. Filsoufi received his medical education at the Faculty of Medicine of Paris- University Rene Descartes. He completed his training in general and cardiothoracic surgery under world renowned Professor Alain Carpentier in Paris. He then joined the Faculty of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Broussais hospital and worked directly with Alain Carpentier. From 1999 until 2001, he performed an advanced clinical and research fellowship at Brigham and Women's hospital and Harvard Medical School under the direction of Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn. He was named Instructor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 2001 and joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2002.

Dr. Filsoufi's clinical interests include the surgical management of valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease and cardiac arrhythmias. He has special expertise in mitral valve reconstructive surgery, reoperative surgery, complex coronary artery revascularization and cardiac surgery in high risk patients.

Dr. Filsoufi's research has focused on the early and late outcomes of valvular surgery in patients with mitral, tricuspid and aortic valve diseases. He has extensively published in the field of cardiac valve prostheses and reconstructive valve surgery. In 2006, he received a patent for a novel system for minimally invasive mitral valve reconstruction. He is a co-author with Professor Alain Carpentier of the reference textbook, "Carpentier's Reconstructive Valve Surgery", which was published in 2010. He is the co-editor with Professor Alain Carpentier of the upcoming textbook, "Perioperative Care in Cardiac Surgery." He has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters in major cardiology textbooks. He has been on the editorial review board for prestigious journals in the field of cardiovascular surgery. He has been invited to present his research at medical symposia, national and international conferences.

Dr Filsoufi is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Society of Heart Valve Disease and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

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Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D
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Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D

Director, Mount Sinai Heart
Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health
Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor
The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Fuster serves The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Fuster was the President of Science and is now the General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid, Spain.

Among the seemingly countless positions of distinction that he holds are Past President of the American Heart Association, Past President of the World Heart Federation, Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences where he serves as Chair of the committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, former member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council, and former Chairman of the Fellowship Training Directors Program of the American College of Cardiology. Twenty-six distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him Honorary Doctorate Degrees.

Dr. Fuster is the recipient of two major ongoing NIH grant. To date, he has published more than 870 Pubmed articles on the subjects of coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and thrombosis, and he has become the lead Editor of two major textbooks on cardiology, 'The Heart' (previously edited by Dr. J. Willis Hurst) and "Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease" (with Dr. Eric Topol and Dr. Elizabeth Nabel). Dr. Fuster has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Nature journal that focuses on cardiovascular medicine (Nature Reviews, Cardiology, April 2009) and he is the Editor of the new "AHA Guidelines and Scientific Statements Handbook", which compiles all the latest information.

Dr. Fuster is the only cardiologist to receive the two highest gold medal awards and all four major research awards from the four major cardiovascular organizations: The Distinguished Researcher Award (Interamerican Society of Cardiology, 2005 and 2009), Andreas Gruntzig Scientific Award and Gold Medal Award (European Society of Cardiology, 1992 and 2007 respectively), Gold Medal Award and Distinguished Scientist (American Heart Association, 2001 and 2003 respectively), and the Distinguished Scientist Award (American College of Cardiology, 1993).

In addition, he has received the Lewis A. Conner Memorial Award by the American Heart Association, the James B. Herrick Achievement Award from the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association, and the 1996 Principe de Asturias Award of Science and Technology (the highest award given to Spanish-speaking scientists). In 2008, Dr. Fuster received the Kurt Polzer Cardiovascular Award from the European Academy of Science and Arts. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Teacher Award of the American College of Cardiology and then later that year, the prestigious International Arrigo Recordati Award for his Scientific Achievement in the development of Cardiovascular Imaging. Finally this June, Dr. Fuster received the Lefoulon Delalande Grand Prix, from the Institut of France, which is considered the most prestigious award given in the field of cardiovascular research.

After receiving his medical degree from Barcelona University and completing an internship at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Dr. Fuster spent several years at the Mayo Clinic, first as a resident and later as Professor of Medicine and Consultant in Cardiology. In 1981, he came to Mount Sinai School of Medicine as head of Cardiology. From 1991 to 1994, he was Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He returned to Mount Sinai in 1994 as Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and most recently, he has been named the Director of the Mount Sinai Heart.
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W. Bruce Fye, M.D., M.A.
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W. Bruce Fye, M.D., M.A.

Consultant, Cardiovascular Diseases
Professor of Medicine and History of Medicine
College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Bruce Fye was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing a medical residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, he returned to Hopkins for his cardiology fellowship. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar when he received a master's degree from the Institute of the History of Medicine.

In 1978, Dr. Fye joined the Marshfield Clinic (in Wisconsin), where he established the echocardiography laboratory and was chief of cardiology from 1981 to 1999. He joined the cardiovascular division of the Mayo Clinic in 2000 and is a Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine. He has been director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Medical History since 2006. Dr. Fye is a past president of the American Osler Society (1988-1989), the American College of Cardiology (2002-2003), and the American Association for the History of Medicine (2008-1010).

Dr. Fye is the author of more than 200 historical and biographical papers and two books. His first book, The Development of American Physiology: Scientific Medicine in the 19th Century was published in 1987. His 1996 book, American Cardiology: The History of a Specialty and Its College, won the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine. He has edited six books, including William Osler's Collected Papers on the Cardiovascular System, published in 1985. He is completing a book entitled The Mayo Clinic and Cardiology: Specialization in the 20th Century.

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Randall B. Griepp, M.D.
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Randall B. Griepp, M.D.

Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Randall B. Griepp was born in Marshall, Minnesota in 1940, and was educated in a series of public and military schools, growing up throughout the USA and Western Europe as his family followed his father's work as an Army Chaplain. He received his B. S. in biology at the California Institute of Technology and his M. D. at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His medical internship was at Bellevue Hospital where he met his wife Dr. Eva Botstein Griepp. He returned to Stanford completing his surgical training and joining the faculty in 1974.

Under the tutelage of Norman Shumway he and his fellow resident and faculty colleague Edward Stinson established the most successful cardiac transplantation program in the world writing the papers that put surgical technique, postoperative immune management, and long term care of transplant patients on a firm scientific base. His first personal heart transplant was on 1/1/70: the patient lived for 26 years.

From 1977 to 1985 Dr. Griepp served as Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and also as Interim Chief of Surgery from 1977-79 at SUNY Downstate Medical in Brooklyn. His primary focus was the establishment of a cardiac transplantation program and the introduction of neonatal cardiac surgery.

In 1985 Dr. Griepp joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as Professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In 1988 the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery was established and Dr. Griepp served as its first Chairman until he stepped down in 2001 to devote fulltime to clinical surgery, teaching, and research. Cardiac Transplantation was established at Mt. Sinai in 1987, and as part of the building of the congenital heart surgery program Dr. Griepp performed the first successful arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries and the first successful complete correction of hypoplastic left heart syndrome in the New York area , both in 1987.

Dr. Griepp has had a lifelong interest in surgery of the aorta and his 1975 paper on Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest for Aortic Arch Surgery was selected as one of the twenty seminal papers in the development of the field of cardiac surgery. He has written and lectured extensively in the field, and in 1988 he and Steven Lansman established the Biennial Aortic Symposium recognized as the preeminent forum in the world for Thoracic Aortic Surgery. Dr. Griepp has enjoyed 20 years of continuous NIH funding for his work on brain and spinal cord protection during aortic and cardiac surgery.

Dr. Eva Botstein Griepp is a pediatric cardiologist at NYU and a partner in Dr. Griepp's research. His son Matthew is a third year medical student.

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Albert A. Hagege, M.D.
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Albert A. Hagege, M.D.

Professor of Cardiology, Paris Descartes University
Head Cardiology Department,
Hôpital Européen G Pompidou, Paris, France



(if applicable)



Paris Descartes University



Medicine, Cardiology

Paris Necker Medical School




Paris Descartes University

Research Director


Imaging & Heart Failure

Paris Descartes University



Cell therapy in Cardiology

Positions and Honors

Positions and employments

  • Medical residency, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (AP/HP) (1980-86)
  • Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School & Mass. General Hospital, Boston, USA (1986-88)
  • Senior fellow, AP/HP, and Instructor in Cardiology, Paris Descartes University (1988-92)
  • Full staff physician, Cardiology Department, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris (1992-2000)
  • Director of Research “Ecole Doctorale Biologie-Biotechnologie ” Paris VII University (1995-)
  • Member INSERM EMI-0016, Necker Faculty of Medicine, Paris (1997-2004)
  • Member INSERM Unit 633, Paris Descartes University, Paris (2004-)
  • Professor (1st class) (2001-) & Head (2011), Cardiology Department, Hôp. Européen G. Pompidou, Paris

Other experiences and professional memberships

  • Member, INSERM 4902010 & 4R009B Networks (1993-98) and of the European BIOMED I Network (genetics of cardiomyopathies) (1994-96)
  • Harvard Alumni Medical Association and Paul Dudley White Society, Cambridge, USA (1888-ongoing)
  • Expert for Medical Imaging, French Ministry of Health & AP/HP (1992-1996)
  • Member of the scientific council of the “Association Française contre les Myopathies” (AFM) (1996-2000) and Member (2008-2010) & President (2011-) of the Cardiovascular Diseases Committee of the “Fondation de France”, Member of the scientific council of the Fundation “Maladies rares” (2012-)
  • Fellow (FESC) (1993-) & Member of the Credential Committee (2011-) of the European Society of Cardiology
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) (2011-)
  • Vice-President of the National Professional Council of Cardiology (CNPC) (2012)
  • President of the French Society of Cardiology (2012-) & Vice-President (2010-2011), General Secretary (2008-2009), Scientific Secretary (2004-2008) & Member of the board of the French Society of Cardiology (2000-)

Grant supports

  •  Non-invasive studies of myocardial infarction: Lavoisier Grant, French Ministry of Health (1986); Squibb Laboratory (1987); Fédération de Cardiologie d'Ile de France (1988)
  • Phenotype-genotype correlations in familial HCM – French Society of Cardiology (1995)Cell therapy in murine cardiomyopathies – European Society of Cardiology (1996)
  • Three-dimensional echocardiography of the mitral valve – Cino Del Duca (1996)Myocardial effects of the kallikrein-kinin system in murine models – GIP-Aventis/INSERM (2001)
  • Cardiac Progenitors Transatlantic Alliance – CaPTAA Transatlantic Leducq Network (Associate member - 2005-2010)        
  • Cell therapy for ischemic MR – NIH R21 HL723 Grant (2002-2005) ;
  • Myoblast transplantation in ischemic cardiomyopathy – AP/HP & French Ministry of Health Phase I National clinical study (Co-PI) (1999-2001) & Phase II International clinical study (MAGIC Study, Co-PI and Director of the international Echocardiographic Core laboratory) (2001-2007)
  • PHRC - Clinical study of autologous myoblast transplantation in post-infarction ischemic heart failure (Co-Investigator): Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, French Ministry of Health (Phase I 1999-2001 & Phase II 2001-2007)
  • Mitral Valve Disease: From Genetic Mechanisms to Improved Repair MITRAL Transatlantic Leducq Network (European Coordinator, 2007-2012)
  • Cell Therapy in Cardiac and Vascular Diseases – French Ministry of Research (GIS “Cell-CV”) (Director, 2007-2011)
  • INTENSE, Initiative Nationale Technologique d’Envergure pour une NeuroStimulation Evoluée, Pôle de compétitivité OSEO-Programme Innovation Stratégique Industrielle –Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche (Partenaire, 2012-2016)

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Dr Kini
Annapoorna S. Kini, M.D., MRCP
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Annapoorna S. Kini, M.D., MRCP

Director Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
Associate Professor Medicine, Cardiology
Associate Director Cardiac Cath Lab & Intervention
The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York

Dr. Annapoorna Kini performs over 1,000 coronary interventions annually (the highest number by a female interventionalist in the United States) with an extremely low complication rate of < 0.3 percent. In August of 2009 and February 2010, a New York state report named her as the safest operator among 350 other physicians in the state of New York. She is highly regarded for performing the complex coronary interventions especially in chronic total occlusions for patients with advanced heart disease with utmost safety and excellent long-term results. She has become the national expert on heart assist devices, including Tandem Heart and Impella, which are crucial for many of these high-risk cases. Dr. Kini also specializes in the non-coronary interventions of mitral and aortic balloon valvuloplasty, and alcohol septal ablation for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Kini has been the recipient of many honors and awards including: First place in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology and Anatomy, at Mangalore University, Gold medal for best outgoing student in the Final MBBS class of 1990, Young Investigator Award of American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (AACIO) in 1999, "Rock Star of Science," award from American Heart Association, New York in 2011 and the "Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2011.

Besides being a superb interventionalist, Dr. Kini is an excellent teacher, educating both cardiology and interventional fellows on various aspects of cardiac catheterization and coronary interventional techniques. She continuously stays involved in various teaching activities including, directing and teaching coronary anatomy to Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellows, conducting Journal Club to Interventional Cardiology Fellows at Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as carrying out cardiac catheterization lab research meetings. From 2002, Dr. Kini along with Dr. Samin Sharma have directed the annual Live Symposium of Complex Coronary and Vascular Cases and currently host a monthly live webecast which is broadcasted on www.heart.org and www.ccclivecases.org every third Tuesday of the month at 8am EST. The live webcast is watched by over 3,000 physicians world-wide per month.

Dr. Kini has authored >150 Abstracts, 7 book, chapters and invited contributions and 65 peer reviewed publications and 6 non-peer reviewed publications along with lecturing and Grand Rounds on interventionist various topics. Dr. Kini's procedural excellence contributed to the success of the New York State Department of Health report in January 2011 which stated that Mount Sinai Medical Center's Cardiac Catherization Laboratory achieved the highest safety rating among coronary intervention (PCI). No other center has achieved this level of safety rating for both emergency and non-emergency cases since public reporting of PCI results began in 1994. Dr. Annapoorna Kini's clinical interests include; general cardiology, interventional cardiology, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, chronic total occlusions, and valvular heart disease.
A. Sampath Kumar, M.D.
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A. Sampath Kumar, M.D.

Senior Consultant (Cardio Vascular Surgery),
Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, Ghaziabad(NCR), UP, India
RETD. Professor & Head, Department of CTVS
Chief, CT Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences


M.B.B.S. 1963-1967 December
Bangalore Medical College
Bangalore University
M.S. (General Surgery)   1970-1973 (May)
All India Institute of Medical Sciences  
M.Ch. 1974-1976 (May)
All India Institute of Medical Sciences  


1) Internship
  March 1968 – March 1969
  Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore

House surgeon

                  (a)     July 1969 - December 1969
                           Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
                           All India Institute of Medical Sciences                                   
                  (b)    January 1970 - July 1970       
                           Department of Surgery
                           All India Institute of Medical Sciences


Registrar (General Surgery)

                           July 1973 - September 1974
                           Department of Surgery                                                 
                           All India Institute of Medical Sciences


Registrar (Senior Resident)

                           October 1974 - January 1978
                           Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery               
                           All India Institute of Medical Sciences


1)      Lecturer, Dept. of CTVS, AIIMS
                           January 1978 - June 1981                                            

2)      Assistant Professor, Dept. of CTVS, AIIMS                                              
                           June 1981 - June 1987

3)      Associate Professor (Additional Professor), Dept. of CTVS, AIIMS         
                           June 1987 - April 1992

4)      Professor, Dept. of CTVS, AIIMS,                          
                            April 1992    

5)      Prof and head, Dept of CTVS, Chief CT Centre                                               
                           Apr 2007- Sep 2009 (Retd)



                           Senior consultant (Cardio vascular Surgery),
                           Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital,
                           Ghaziabad( NCR ), UP

                           RETD. Professor & Head, Department of CTVS
                           Chief, CT Centre
                           All India Institute of Medical Sciences


                           General Surgery 1970 - 1974                              
                           Cardiovascular Surgery 1974 - current                         


                           Fellow Cardiovascular Surgery
                           Milwaukee Heart Surgery Associates,  Milwaukee U.S.A.
                           October 1979 - September 1980
                           mentor Dr. Dudley W Johnson


                            Life member – Association of Surgeons of India
                            Life member :  Association of Thoracic &  Cardiovascular Surgeons of India
                            International Member Society of Thoracic Surgeons – USA
                            Member – Society for Heart Valve Disease, UK
                            Member -  Donald Ross Society
                            Member -  Asian Society Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons (ASCVTS)
                            Member – American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)


Examiner M.Ch (Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery)
                          Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences
                          National Board of Examinations
                          Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
                          Delhi University
                          Bangalore University
                          SGPGI, Lucknow
                          PGI, Chandigarh

Staff Selection Committee
                          Union Public Service Commission
                          Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
                          Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences
                          PGI, Chandigarh
                          Lucknow University


Feb. 1990 Annual Meeting of the Japanese  Association of                              Cardiovascular Surgery, Okayama
Nov. 1991 10th Biennial  Asian Congress on Thoracic Cardiovasc
Surgery, Bali, Indonesia. Valvular Heart Surgery in India
Aug 1996  University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Mitral Valve  Concepts & Controversies
Feb.1998 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Workshop on Prosthetic & Heart Valves
Nov. 1998 Workshop on  Biomaterials,
Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute, Trivandrum, India
August 1999 48th Scandinavian Association of Thoracic Surgery meeting, Aalborg, Denmark
Sept. 1999 L.R.G. Naidu Endowment Lecture, Coimbatore
March 2000 C.S. Sadasivan Oration,  Association of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons, India, Bombay
Sept 2003 Professor Arthur C Guyton lecture, Dept. of Physiology,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Sept 2003 Brig. Mazumdar Memorial Oration, Institute of Nuclear
Medicine and Allied Sciences, New Delhi
Feb.2006 Asian masters program, Bangkok, Thailand
April 2008 Conducted Live Surgery Wokshop organised by Jayadeva
Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore
May 2008 Invited to and attended the launch of the WHO surgical safety
list at WHO Headquarters, Washington
Oct 2008 Invited to and delivered lecture at the 10th National Congress of
Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery at Turkey
Oct 2008 Sri Jayadeva Surgical Oration, Indian College of Cardiology, Kerala
Nov 2008 Invited as a guest speaker in the 7th International Cardiovascular
Conference 2008 (ICC2008) at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mar 2009 Attended 17th Annual Meeting of Asian Society for
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Taipei and delivered lecture on mitral valve reconstruction
Mar 2009 Attended 1st Rheumatic Mitral Valve summit at Bangkok,
Thailand  and delivered a lecture and demonstrated technique on   mitral valve repair.
May 2009 Lecture on surgical treatment of rheumatic heart disease at the University of Chicago.
June 2009 Invited lecture on surgery for rheumatic heart disease the
Children's Hospital, Philadelphia



                          Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences,  Hyderabad
                          Care Hospital, Hyderabad
                          Jayadeva Institute, Bangalore
                          Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore
                          Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology
                          Sonam Norboo Memorial Hospital, Leh
                          GKNM Hospital, Coimbatore
                          DN Mangeshwar Hospital, Pune
                          R & R Hospital, Delhi
                          Apollo Hospital, Madurai
                          Apollo Hospital, Indore
                          LPS Institute of Cardiology, Kanpur


                          Rajvithi Hospital Bangkok, Thailand
                          National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases – Dhaka, Bangladesh
                          Chest Disease Institute, Bangkok, Thailand


                          Design for aortic valve substitute
                          Design for mitral valve substitute


Member, Editorial board of Annals of Thoracic Surgery  

                          Indian Heart Journal
                          Indian Journal of Medical Research
                          Asian Cardiovascular Thoracic Annals
                          Annals of Thoracic Surgery
                          Journal of  Heart Valve Disease


                          Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals - Since 2011


                          Indian journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2000-2011


                          Vishist Kannadiga Award, Delhi Kannada Sangha 1997
                          CS Sadasivan oration – Indian Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Feb 2000
                          Visiting Professor - Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences,  Karnataka
                          Distinguished alumnus, Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, August 2009.
                          AATS  Career Achievement Award, March 2012


Chapters in textbooks
                          1)      Textbook of Surgery for undergraduates
                                    Ed. Dr. IK Dhawan/VP Khanduri/Ananthakrishnan
                                    B.I. Churchill 1994
                          2)      Textbook of surgery
                                    Ed. Dr. M.M. Kapur
                                    CBS Publishers/distributors 1995

 Text book

                          1)      Techniques in Valvular Heart Surgery
                                   CBS Publishers, 2006.
                          2)      Techniques in Valvular Heart Surgery -  Second edition 2009
                          3)      Guidelines for patients undergoing CABG/Valve Surgery free booklet for distribution

Extramural publications

                          Capital punishment
                          Journal of Indian Law Institute : 30;386-391, 1997

                          Patient's Rights
                          Hemkunt Publishers Dec.2001

                          Thoracic Park (musings of a Heart Surgeon)
                          Abhinav Publication January  2006

E-learning resource
                          Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery- Computer based E-Learning Module 2006.

Publications in

                          International Medical Journals

                          121 publications in indexed journals

                          Indian Medical Journals
78 publications in Indian journals

                          33 surgical videos on cardiovascular procedures at the CTSnet.org

 International listings

                          Marquis Who's Who
                          Asian American Who's Who
                          American Biographical Institute's International directory of Distinguished Leadership
                          Biography International

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Roberto M. Lang, M.D.
Roberto M. Lang, M.D. FASE, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FRCP
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Roberto M. Lang, M.D. FASE, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FRCP

Professor of Medicine and Radiology
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Roberto Lang is currently the Director of the Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging Laboratories at the University of Chicago and Associate Director of the Cardiology Fellowship training program. He is a Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has published more than 550 manuscripts on cardiac imaging and physiology during his career. Dr Lang has been a pioneer in the development of three dimensional transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography. He serves as a manuscript review consultant for most cardiology peer-reviewed journals and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Echocardiography, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging and Journal of Echocardiography, the official journal of the Japanese Society of Echocardiography. Lang's major research interests are the clinical utility of noninvasive techniques in assessing left ventricular contractile state/myocardial perfusion and Three Dimensional echocardiography. He was the president of the American Society of Echocardiography and has recently given the Edler Lecture in the last Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography.
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Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Professor of Health Evidence and Policy
Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials,
The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York

Roxana Mehran, M.D., FACC, FACP, FCCP, FESC, FAHA, FSCAI is a professor of medicine (cardiology) and health evidence and policy and director of interventional cardiovascular research and clinical trials at The Zena and Michael A. Weiner Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Dr. Mehran completed her training in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut, where she also served as chief medical resident before continuing with fellowships in both cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Mehran is internationally recognized for her work in multicenter, multinational clinical trials, specializing in complex data analyses. She has developed several risk scores for bleeding and acute kidney injury to identify patients at risk for these complications. Previously (2004-2010), Dr. Mehran was an associate professor of medicine and director of outcomes research, data coordinating and analysis at the Center of Interventional Vascular Therapies at Columbia University, where she led a variety of projects focused on outcomes of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). She is renowned for her vast experience working with regulatory agencies to design and conduct clinical trials. Currently, she is one of several lead investigators who collaborate with the FDA to develop standard definitions for clinical trials in cardiovascular disease. Her research interests extend from mechanisms of restenosis to treatment and prevention of acute kidney injury in cardiac patients, outcomes research, as well as the advancement of pharmacologic and interventional treatments for acute coronary syndromes and acute myocardial infarction. In addition to founding a highly regarded academic research organization at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, where she has served as the chief scientific officer for the past 12 years, she is widely published and frequently invited to speak at both national and international scientific conferences. She has also served as the course co-director of the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting for the last 15 years and is a member of the editorial boards of multiple peer reviewed journals, including Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, Circulation Research, and Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. She has served on the board of trustees of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the program committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions, as well as the writing committee of the ACC/AHA PCI guidelines. She is currently a member of the board of directors for Harboring Hearts and the program chair for SCAI-Women in Innovation (-WIN) Initiative. Dr. Mehran is a practicing interventional cardiologist and enjoys teaching and mentoring fellows in the cardiology program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
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Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, M.D., Ph.D
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Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, M.D., Ph.D

Professor and Chairman
Heart Center Leipzig
University Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany

Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr, born in 1951, studied medicine in Berlin, Bonn and Sydney.

Since 1994 he is Professor and Chief of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Leipzig and Medical Director of the Leipzig Heart Center. He is a member of numerous national and international societies and editorial boards. Professor Mohr is currently President of the German Society of Thoracic and Cardio Vascular Surgery, International Director of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Past Congress President of the German Society of Cardiology.

Since 1996 Professor Mohr and his team have worked to develop the technique of minimal-invasive cardiac-surgery, in particular mitral valve repair. He is now one of the leading experts in this field.

He developed standardized Gore-Tex Loops for the replacement of chordae tendineae, which is a technique that is now used in cardiac surgery centers around the world.

Under his leadership the Leipzig Heart Center has also become one of the world's leading centers for transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI).

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Michel Pellerin, M.D., FRCSC
Michel Pellerin, M.D., FRCSC
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Michel Pellerin, M.D., FRCSC

Michel Pellerin, M.D., FRCSC

Cardiac Surgeon,
Department of Surgery,
Montreal Heart Institute,
Michal & Renata Hornstein Chair of Cardiac Surgery,
Professor of Surgery,
University of Montreal.

Academic Qualifications

Degree/Certification Date Institution, Country
MSc surgical biology & artificial organs 1993-1995  University of Paris VI, France
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
(Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery)
1991-1993  University of Montreal, Canada

Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
(General Surgery)

1986-1990 Laval University, Quebec Canada
License from Medical Council of Canada 1985-1986 Laval University, Quebec Canada
MD, medicine  1981-1985  Laval University, Quebec Canada

Current and Previous Relevant Positions Including Academic Appointments

Dates Title Institution/Company, Country
2012 President Quebec, Association of Cardiovascular
and Thoracic Surgeons
2005 Professor of Surgery University of Montreal 
2004 Michal & Renata Hornstein 
Chair in  Cardiac surgery
Montreal Heart Institute and
University of Montreal, Canada
2003- 2012   Department Head  Department of Cardiac Surgery
Montreal Heart Institute
2000- 2005 Associate Professor Department of Surgery
University of Montreal, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1996-… Director of Prospective Follow-up Montreal Heart Institute, Canada
Heart Valves Clinic
1995-… Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Montreal Heart Institute, Canada
1995-2000 Assistant Professor Department of Surgery
University of Montreal, Canada

Brief Summary of Relevant Clinical Research Experience:

  • Michel Pellerin is professor of surgery at the university of Montreal, where he also serves as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at the Montreal Heart Institute. He was Head of the Department Surgery from 2004 to 2012 and he is the actual Director of the Prospective Heart Valves Clinic.
  • Dr Pellerin graduated in medicine at University Laval in 1985, then in General Surgery in 1990. He subspecialized in Cardiovascular surgery at the University of Montreal in 1993. He has completed a Master in Science in surgical biology and artificial organs at the University of Paris VI under the leadership of Pr Alain F Carpentier MD PhD as a scholar of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of  Canada.
  • Dr Pellerin has authored and co-authored more than 130 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed publications. He has also written several book chapters and multimedia surgical videos.
  • Dr Pellerin is a frequently invited lecturer and his most recent topics of discussion are: mitral valve repair, surgical technology, long term outcomes after valve surgery, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

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Samin K. Sharma, M.D., FACC, FSCAI
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Samin K. Sharma, M.D., FACC, FSCAI

Director of Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Co-Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York

Dr. Samin K. Sharma performs over 1500 complex coronary interventions annually (the highest in the country) while achieving an extremely low complication rate. According to New York State Department of Health reports (1994-2002, 2006-2008), has the highest angioplasty success rate (lowest mortality < 0.2%) for an interventional cardiologist in NY state since 1994, receiving prestigious **Star designation (statistically significantly lower then expected mortality). Under Dr. Sharma's leadership, Mount Sinai Hospital has become one of the best and busiest centers in New York, providing excellent care for all types of simple and complex high-risk heart patients. In addition to coronary interventions, Dr. Sharma specializes in the non-surgical treatment of mitral and aortic stenosis and percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Dr. Sharma serves on the Cardiac Advisory Board of the New York State since 2004 for coronary interventions that advises the health department and the Governor on issues of health policies and supervision, safety and appropriateness of the heart care by various hospitals in New York. Dr. Sharma received the Governor's Award of Excellence (2006), for his outstanding contribution to Medicine.

Dr. Sharma also has passion for teaching and fellows enjoy learning from his expertise, so much they awarded him the Simon Dack best teacher in cardiology division in 2000. Dr. Sharma travels to India 4-6 times a year to teach the art of angioplasty to Indian cardiologists. He is the vice-president of the Rajasthan development foundation and donated medical equipment worth one lack Rs/month for six years (2001-2007) to the Chief Minister relief fund to help Rajasthan's people in need. In addition to various academic awards, Dr. Sharma also received numerous awards from non-academic societies such as the "Rajasthan Gaurav," given by the Sanskriti organization of Rajasthan and the Rajive Gandhi Memorial Award.

Under the directorship of Dr. Sharma, The Live Symposium of Complex Coronary & Vascular Cases (www.cccsympsoium.org) started in 1998 and has had overwhelming every year (attended by >500 delegates). Major emphasis of the live course has been the technical aspects of safely performing complex coronary interventions. In July 2009, Dr. Sharma launched a monthly live web series, (www.ccclivecases.org), a revolutionary teaching tool in interventional cardiology globally. Dr. Sharma started this interactive experience for the viewer by providing streamed real-time procedures with a concurrent on-line discussion in which questions submitted via email are answered live. This program focuses on helping the audience understand the complexity of interventional disease management. Dr. Sharma partnered with Medscape/TheHeart.org in September 2010, to enhance this live webcast globally and widen his audience and is now attended by >5000 registrants per webcast.

A regular fixture on international, national and local TV stations, newspapers and magazines, Dr. Sharma has been the focus of news stories for outlets like; The Today Show, TV Asia, ITV, CBS, NBS, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Businessweek, Business Pulse, India Abroad, India Today, Barron's, Forbes, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Newsday, New York Post, New York Sun, Earthtimes, India Today.

Dr. Sharma has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence to the medical society and the community, to name a few recent ones: 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2011 American Heart Association, Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine Award, 2011 American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), 2010 Association of Indians in America (AIA) for excellence in Medicine, 2010 Honored by AAPI forum of Tri-state area for academic excellence, 2003-2007 Best Doctors, 2008-2011 Super Doctors, 2007 Jacobi Medallion Award at Mount Sinai Hospital, 2007 Physician of the Year at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Sharma received his medical degree from S.M.S. Medical College in 1978, Jaipur, India, where he was ranked the number one student in his medical school having received eight gold medals and five honors. In 1983, he came to New York to undergo residency in Internal Medicine at the NY Infirmary-Beekman Downtown Hospital (1983-1986), fellowship in Cardiology in Elmhurst Hospital (1986-1988), and interventional training at Mount Sinai Hospital (1988-1990). He was then appointed as an attending at Mount Sinai Hospital in 1990 where he is currently the Director of Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (since 1996), and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Institute (2004), and is the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Professor of Medicine, Cardiology (2002). He has authored over 130 articles, 300 abstracts, 12 book chapters and two books to his credit.