Professor Christopher Aldo Rinaldi
MBBS, MD, FRCP, FHRS, Cardiologist, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, England
Professor Christopher Aldo Rinaldi

Professor Aldo Rinaldi is a Consultant Cardiologist at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in Medicine at King's College Hospital becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1993 and subsequently a Fellow in 2006. He undertook his training in Cardiology at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals with dual accreditation in Cardiology & General Medicine. He undertook his Research at the University Hospital of Wales and the Hammersmith Hospital gaining his MD in 2001. He became a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society in 2013. In 2014 he was promoted to Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Devices at King’s college London. He practices as an Interventional Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist specializing in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. electrophysiology/radiofrequency ablation and complex pacing. He has a special interest in Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy for heart failure, laser lead extraction and treatment of atrial fibrillation. He leads the Cardiac Device service at St Thomas’ Hospital and the Cardiac Device Research Programme. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.

Professor Lumens
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) of Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Professor Joost Lumens

Joost Lumens is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering working in the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) of Heart+Vascular Center/Maastricht University Medical Center. He leads the CircAdapt Research and Education Team. His research focuses on cardiac electro-mechanics and circulatory hemodynamics in the normal and the diseased cardiovascular system. As of August 2018, he will be the Chairperson of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on e-Cardiology. His research approach typically combines computer modeling/simulation with experimental and clinical data to gain mechanistic insight in cardiac diseases and their treatments (e.g. cardiac resynchronization therapy). Importantly, translation of novel mechanistic insights into diagnostic, therapeutic and educational advancements is always pursued.

Dr. Meine
MD, Cardiologist, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Mathias Meine

Mathias Meine has studied medicine at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany from 1986 to 1992. In 1994 he successfully defend his thesis “Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) for detection of luminal and transmural vessel morphology - three dimensional reconstruction and histopathologic correlation” and became doctoral degree in medicine. After finishing his training in cardiology and fellow ship electrophysiology at two University Hospitals of the Ruhr-University Bochum (Bergmannsheil and Marienhospital) he became consultancy with responsibility for device-therapy. Since 2005 he is working at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and responsible for ICD, CRT, and pacemaker therapy. During his research activities about ICD and CRT in heart failure patients he expanded his collaborations through Europe and the US by participating and setting up of MCRT. Because of his expertise in device therapy and research he is chairman of the device committee of the Netherland Heart Rhythm Association and member of the ethics committee of the UMCU.

Dr. Vanessa van Empel
MD, Cardiologist, Heart+Vascular Center/Maastricht UMC+, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Dr. Vanessa van Empel

Dr. Vanessa van Empel is a clinical cardiologist at the Heart+Vascular Center/Maastricht UMC+. Her clinical work has been dedicated to heart failure, with special attention to HFpEF, pulmonary hypertension and cardiomyopathy. Her research focus is on HFpEF, she initiated the new MUMC HFpEF clinic, which started in 2015 and is responsible for the Maastricht HFpEF cohort. After finishing her cardiology training in 2011 Vanessa was rewarded the ICIN fellowship, which enabled her to become a postdoctoral fellow in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked with Prof David Kaye. She obtained grants from the Health Foundation Limburg, and the Dutch Heart Foundation allowing her to continue her research on HFpEF, with a special focus on cardiovascular imaging and microvascular dysfunction.

Dr. Bas Bekkers
MD, cardiologist, Heart+Vascular Center/Maastricht UMC+, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Dr. Bas Bekkers

Dr. Sebastiaan (Bas) C.A.M. Bekkers was born in 1967 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. He graduated from secondary school in 1985 (Stedelijk Gymnasium, ‘s-Hertogenbosch). From 1986 until 1994 he studied medicine at Maastricht University. He started his cardiology training in 1997 in Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC), the Netherlands. He was a research fellow in the field of angiogenesis/arteriogenesis at Krannert Institute, IUPUI, Indianapolis, USA. He obtained a PhD degree at Maastricht University for investigating the characteristics of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in acute and chronic myocardial infarction. From 2003 he is working as a clinical cardiologist with a sub-speciality in echocardiography and CMR at the Heart+Vascular Center/Maastricht UMC. His research is mainly focused on the role of cardiovascular imaging in acute coronary syndrome. He is chair of the working group CMR, CT, and nuclear cardiology of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology and Deputy Head of the Department of Cardiology.

Prof. J. Nielsen
Professor, MD, PhD, DMSc, FESC, FEHRA, Consultant Electrophysiologist, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Professor Jens Cosedis Nielsen

Born 1964 in Denmark, Jens Cosedis Nielsen studied medicine at Aarhus University and obtained his MD in 1991. Worked as a fellow in internal medicine and cardiology at Danish hospitals until 2004. After one year in Herzzentrum Leipzig he had a position as associate consultant at the Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, and since 2007 has been a consultant cardiologist in the same department. Appointed professor of electrophysiology at Aarhus University, Denmark in 2011. His research group focuses on device therapy, cardiac resynchronization therapy, device complications and outcome after device therapy, and furthermore catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.


Dr. M. Rienstra
MD, PhD, FESC, FAHA, Associate Professor, Cardiologist, and Clinical Director, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
Dr. Michiel Rienstra

Research focuses atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF), to improve treatment, understand contemporary epidemiology, unravel underlying genetics, and improve risk prediction. Graduated medicine (cum laude) at the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2003. PhD at the University of Groningen in 2007. Cardiology training at the University Medical Center Groningen. Post-doc (NWO-Rubicon grant) on population genetics and epidemiology of AF at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Framingham Heart Study. Personal grants for genetics and big data research (NWO Veni and ESC grant). Work package leader of 2 CVON projects: RACE V and RED-CVD. Steering committee member/PI of multiple investigator-initiated clinical studies regarding AF and/or HF (RACE, CONVERT, RACE II, RACE3, RACE4, RACE V, MARC, VIP-HF, ACWAS, DUTCH-AF, AF-RISK, Young-AF, Biomarker-AF).

Prof. Leyva
Professor of Cardiology at Aston Medical School, Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
Professor Francisco Leyva

Prof Francisco Leyva is Professor of Cardiology at Aston Medical School and a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK. His specialist interests include cardiac device therapy, heart failure and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. He has been a clinical advisor to NICE on guidelines for Heart Failure and Cardiac Devices. He has published extensively in the field of cardiac device therapy, cardiovascular magnetic resonance and cardiomyopathies.


Dr. Archie Rao
Consultant Cardiologist at The Liverpool heart and Chest Hospital
Dr. Archie Rao

Dr. Archie Rao is a consultant Cardiologist at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, a tertiary Centre providing for a catchment of almost 2 million. She has a special interest in Heart Failure and Device therapy and is involved in the management of heart failure and implantation and follow up of implantable defibrillators and bi-ventricular pacemakers. She also does system revisions and lead extractions for a wider population and have recently started a Venoplasty service for vein occlusions and patients with access issues. She is passionate about training and education and she believes it is an investment in our future.



 Prof. Bulent Gorenek
MD, FESC, FACC. Eskisehir Osmangazi Cardiology Department
Professor Bulent Gorenek

1983-1990 Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara-Turkey
1991-1995 Eskisehir Osmangazi University Cardiology Department, Eskisehir-Turkey
1996-1997 Maastricht University Cardiology Department, Maastricht-the Netherlands (Electrophysiology)

Number of scientific papers published in SCI/SCI-E journals: 131 | Number of citations (without self-citations): 9688 times in SCI/SCI-E journals | Member of the ESC Congress Program Committee (2016-) | Member of the ACC EP Leadership Council (2014-) | Member of the ESC Education Committee (2012-2016) | Co-chair of the ESC Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Scientific Documents Committee (2013-2017) | Member of the EHRA Scientific Initiatives Committee (2017-) | Member of the EHRA Education Committee (2007-2011) | Co-director and speaker, EHRA PM-ICD-CRT Courses, (2007-2011) | Co-director and speaker, EHRA Daily Arrhythmia and Device Practice Courses, (2007- 2011) | Executive board member and the treasurer of ACCA (2012- 2014) | Secretary and Nucleus Member of the ESC Acute Cardiac Care Working Group (2010-2012) | Nucleus Member of the ESC Acute Cardiac Care Working Group (2008-2010)

Prof. Cecilia Linde
Senior Professor, at Karolinka University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet
Professor Cecilia Linde

2002 –2004    Head of Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 - 2012    Head of Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna and Huddinge (2 hospitals), Sweden
2012- 2017     Professor, consultant Department of Cardiology
2017-ongoing  Senior Professor, consultant Heart and Vascular theme

Dr. Alexander Maass
MD, Cardiologist UMC Groningen, the Netherlands
Dr. Alexander Maass

Studied medicine at the Universities of Bonn, Germany, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA and University of Texas, Houston, TX, USA. He completed training in Internal Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology from 1995-2006 at the Department of Medicine, University of Würzburg, Germany with a break for postdoctoral research at the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA from 1999-2001. Since 2006, he is working as a staff cardiologist at the Department of Cardiology, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands and responsible for the cardiac device implantation and follow-up program.

His clinical expertise lies in the whole spectrum of cardiac device implantations and follow-up in addition to his function as the supervisor of the cardiology training program. His research interests are CRT optimization as well as basic science including cellular and molecular mechanistic studies.

Prof. Valentina Kutyifa
Associate Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, USA
Professor Valentina Kutyifa

Valentina Kutyifa is an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA. Dr. Kutyifa holds a PhD in cardiac electrophysiology, a Masters' degree in health care management, and a certificate in clinical research from Harvard Medical School, and has a research interest in cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Her research work encompasses a wide array of studies related to diabetes, implantable cardioverter–defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy, echocardiography, and technology innovations including the wearable cardioverter–defibrillator, subcutaneous ICD, and left ventricular assist devices. Her ultimate goal is scientific excellence and saving lives from cardiac disease.
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Pramod Deshmukh
Guthrie Healthcare System, Director of Electrophysiology Sayre, USA
Dr. Pramod Deshmukh

Dr. Pramod Deshmukh is the Director of Electrophysiology Services at the Guthrie Health System in Sayre, Pennsylvania USA.  He established the program in 1990 and has performed over 25,000 procedures, including the implantation of more than 10,000 devices.  Dr. Deshmukh is devoted to educational and research activities which has contributed to the high-quality health care offered within the Guthrie System.  He has been a pioneer in the field of electrophysiology, especially in the field of pacing, and was the first to implant a pacemaker using a His bundle approach 1995.  He added third criteria (all-or-none) to define His bundle pacing that forms the basis for selective vs. nonselective pacing in current literature.   Dr. Deshmukh is dedicated and delighted to share his expertise and experiences with others around the world. 


Dr. M. Stockburger
MD, head of internal medicine and cardiology at Havelland Kliniken, Nauen, Germany
Dr. M. Stockburger

Dr Stockburger is the head of internal medicine and cardiology at Havelland Kliniken, Nauen (Germany) since 2012. From 2001 to 2011 he led the CIED department at Charité. He is a lecturer and internationally renowned researcher at Charité - University Hospital Berlin since 2001 and has published multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers. He has extensive experience in cardiac pacing, ICDs, and cardiac resynchronisation (CRT), but also in interventional cardiology. Two international RCTs on cardiac pacing/CRT (ANSWER, Prevent-HF) have been led and published by Dr. Stockburger. In addition, he is an international collaborator of several European groups and the MADIT study group at Heart Research Follow-up Program, Rochester, NY (USA). Being vice president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Myocardial Infarction Registry (B2HIR), he is also committed to improve care for patients with acute MI and to conduct related research at the Berlin-Brandenburg area.

Dr. Jonathan Behar
MD, Cardiologist Barnet, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
Dr. Jonathan Behar

Dr Jonathan Behar is a senior electrophysiology and devices fellow at Barts Heart Centre in London. He qualified from the Royal Free and University College London Medical School in 2006 and undertook post graduate training in internal medicine, obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2009. His recent PhD from Kings College London investigated the role of advanced cardiac imaging in guiding lead placement for heart failure patients undergoing cardiac resynchronisation therapy. This work in collaboration with groups from biomedical engineering and Siemens Healthcare led to the development of a purpose built software platform, enabling analysis, processing and fusion of cardiac MRI derived data with procedural X-Rays in real-time, to guide LV lead placement. This platform has a registered European patent and was a finalist at the EHRA Inventor Award in Vienna, 2017. Jonathan has a passion for addressing unmet clinical needs through translational and innovative solutions and was selected to be a NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow for 2017-2018. He is currently leading a number of innovative projects at the new Cardiovascular Devices Hub at Barts, Queen Mary University of London.

Prof. Romain Eschalier
MD, PhD, Director of the Cardiac rhythm management in Clermont Ferrand University Hospital
Professor Romain Eschalier

Professor Romain Eschalier is the director of the Cardiac rhythm management unit in Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital (1,2 millions of persons area). He is ESC and EHRA fellow. His topics are cardiac device therapy, heart failure, post-TAVI conduction disturbances and left atrial appendage occlusion. He studied cardiology in Clermont-Ferrand and spent one year in Nancy (Profs F Zannad and P Rossignol, HF clinical trialists specialists) and one year in LIRYC Bordeaux Institute (Profs M Haïssaguerre and P Bordachar) with specific topics on CRT response using Cardioinsightã, ventricular arrhythmias in HF management and knowledge on PM, ICD and CRT algorithms. He works with Stimuprat Editions ( in order to develop free teaching and sessions on cardiac device functioning.

Dr. Francesco Zanon
MD, cardiology, Santa Maria della Misericordia General, Italy
Dr. Francesco Zanon

Dr. Francesco Zanon is director of Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Unit at Santa Maria della Misericordia General Hospital, Rovigo, Italy. He treats a wide variety of arrhythmias from cardiac devices to ablations of AF/VT. Main investigation fields are CRT, LV lead placement optimization, multipoint pacing and His bundle pacing. Fellow of ESC since 2007, fellow of HRS since 2011, fellow of EHRA since 2017, fellow of ANMCO since 2003, fellow of AIAC since 2017. Reviewer: PACE, JICE, HeartRhythm, CirculationA&E, International Journal of Cardiology, European Journal Echocardiography, Europace, Journal Cardiovascular Medicine, JACC.  Invited speaker/chair in many international congresses as ESC and EHRA congresses and HRS meeting. Published more than 60 manuscripts and more than 300 abstracts in international congresses.





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