Heart Research Open Journal

Editorial Board

Heart Research - Open Journal


Giuseppe De Luca, MD, PhD

Aggregate Professor of Cardiology
Chief Interventional Cardiology
Eastern Piedmont University
C.so Mazzini 18, 28100
Novara, Italy

Dr. Luca is Chief of Interventional Cardiology at the Azienda Ospedaliera-Universitaria “Maggiore della Carità” in Novara, Italy. Having performed over 3,000 coronary angioplasties, Prof. De Luca is a major worldwide expert in the setting of acute myocardial infarction. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Association of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (EAPCI) and the recipient of several prestigious international scientific awards, including the Thomas J. Linnemeier Spirit of Interventional Cardiology Young Investigator Award. An author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, Prof. De Luca is Aggregate Professor of Cardiology at Eastern Piedmont University. He is Director of the University’s Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology, where he is currently conducting several studies on pharmacogenomics, genetic predisposition to atherosclerosis, no-reflow phenomenon, and left ventricular remodeling after STEMI.

               Associate Editors

Anastasios (Tassos) Lymperopoulos, BPharm, MSc, PhD, FAHA

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
Nova Southeastern University
3200 S. University Dr
Health Professions Division (Terry) Bldg/Room 1338
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328, USA

Dr. Lymperopoulos’s career started by earning MSc in Medicinal Chemistry followed by PhD in Pharmacology, after graduating from the School of Pharmacy of the University of Patras, Greece. Its major turning point was in 2004, when he joined the lab of Dr. Walter Koch, a former postdoctoral fellow of Nobel laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitzs lab at Duke University. In addition, he has been a post-doctoral research fellow of the AHA for a total of three years in the past, and, in fact, his postdoctoral fellowship application with AHA in 2007 got an unusual 1-year extension based on its exceptionally high score. He has also been a finalist for the AHA-sponsored Melvin L. He holds two (provisional) research patents, and as a research grant reviewer for AHA. In addition, he is elected Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and its Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS).

Majid Kalani, MD, PhD

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist
Department of Cardiology
Danderyd University Hospital and Karolinska Institute
Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Kalani is Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Danderyd University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, and Director of Cardiac Cath Lab at Ygia Polyclinic in Cyprus. Dr. Kalani completed his PhD in the field of Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes Microangiopathy, and currently he is Senior Researcher at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm leading several research projects in the field of diabetes macro- and microangiopathy, and myocardial perfusion in interventional cardiology.

Muralidhar Padala, PhD

Director and Assistant Professor
Structural Heart Research & Innovation Lab
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Emory University
380B, Northyards Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

• Aug 2014 to present: Program Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
• May 2010 to present: Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Director, Structural Heart Disease Research & Innovation Lab, Emory University School of Medicine
• Jan 2003 - Apr2004: Intern, Hypersonic Propulsion Division, Indian Defense Research and Development Organization, Hyderabad, India


• Feb 2012 - Dec2012 Postdoctoral research fellowship [Funded by a competitive career development award from Leducq Fondation in Paris], Heart Science Center, Imperial College London, UK
Thesis: Molecular mechanisms of mitral valve prolapsed Aug 2004 May
• 2010: Ph.D. in Bioengineering [Funded by a fellowship from the American Heart Assoc], Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Thesis: Mitral valve mechanics after surgical repair
• Aug 2006 - May 2008: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Woodruff Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Major: Mechanics Minor: Biomaterials
• May 2000 - May2004: B.E in Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, GPA: 4.0/4.0, Highest honors
Thesis: Computational modeling of nonpremixed combustion in supersonic rocket engines

Zhonghua Sun, PhD

Associate Professor | Medical Imaging Discipline
Department of Imaging and Applied Physics
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987 Perth WA 6845

Prof Sun is a Professor of medical imaging at Curtin University, Australia. He gained his M.B and PhD degrees in clinical medicine and medical imaging, respectively, from Harbin Medical University in China and University of Ulster in UK. He worked as a radiologist in the department of radiology at Peking Union Medical College Hospital for 9 years prior to taking up one-year medical fellowship during 1998-1999 in Japan. His research interests include diagnostic imaging, 3D medical image visualization and processing, hemodynamic analysis of cardiovascular disease and 3D printing in medicine. He has published 3 books, 9 book chapters, and over 190 refereed journal papers in medical/medical imaging journals. He is a Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.


Pranav M. Patel, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Chief of Cardiology
Department of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
California, 92868-4080, USA

Dr. Patel is currently the interim Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the University of California, Irvine. He has also been appointed as the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Director of the CCU and the Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also served in the past as the Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology fellowship programs at UC, Irvine.
Dr. Patel is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the fields of Internal Medicine (2003) and Cardiovascular Disease (2006) and Interventional Cardiology (2007). He received his medical degree from the St. Louis University, School of Medicine (1999); his degree was conferred with distinction in research.
Dr. Patel performed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals of Cleveland (1999-2002). From 2002-2006 he completed his General Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at the Brown University, School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. He then received further advanced training as a clinical and research at the Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, before joining the faculty at UC, Irvine. He presented at national and international cardiology meetings. He has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has authored multiple chapters in medical textbooks.

Brian C. Cooley, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Faculty Director, Rodent Advanced Surgical Models Core Lab
McAllister Heart Institute
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA

Dr. Cooley is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina and the Faculty Director of the McAllister Heart Institute Surgical Core Lab. Prior to this he worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin for nearly 3 decades, involved in a number of studies on a variety of topics, which included rodent models of heart transplantation. He runs a Core Lab at UNC that provides a wide variety of experimental surgical procedures to collaborators, from standard models of coronary artery-based ischemia/reperfusion and vascular injuries, to murine organ transplantation (heart, kidney, small bowel, composite tissue transfer), to many unique and custom-designed surgical manipulations. His main areas of research are thrombosis and vascular biology. He has developed novel models for inducing thrombosis and for intravital fluorescence imaging of thrombus development. Recent applications of these models and evaluative measures have explored the roles of a number of thrombosis-associated factors in augmenting or inhibiting clot formation: tissue factor pathway inhibitor, polyphosphate, surface-exposed collagen, elevated prothrombin, and several standard and new anti-platelet agents and anticoagulants. Continuing studies are exploring related thrombus-modulating factors and novel approaches to preventing thrombosis. In vascular biology, he has been focusing on a major complication of bypass vein grafting, the development of neointimal thickening and inward remodeling of the graft that leads to vein graft stenosis. The sources of cells within the neointimal layer as well as the causative factor(s) for neointimal development are still not well characterized. He has recently reported a novel finding, that endothelial cells originating from the vein graft undergo transdifferentiation into a smooth muscle phenotype within the developing neointima upon grafting into an arterial environment. This endothelial-mesenchymal transdifferentiation process is mediated by TGF-beta, following a Smad2/3-Slug cell signaling pathway and contributes prominently to neointima-based vein graft stenosis.

Jun Feng, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Manager of Cardiothoracic Surgery Lab
CVRC, Rhode Island Hospital
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Coro West 5th Floor, Room 5.2351 Hoppin Street
Providence RI 02903, USA

Dr. Feng is a graduate of Henan Medical University with special training in cardiovascular surgery in China. Dr. Feng then received his PhD in Physiology from University of Montreal, Canada and finished his postdoctoral training at Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Feng was then recruited as Research Assistant Professor of Surgery at School of Medicine, University of Miami, as Instructor of Surgery at BIDMC, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Feng is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and at Department of Surgery, Cardiovascular Research Center, Rhode Island Hospital.
Dr. Feng serves as PI and co-investigator on grants funded by the Rhode Island Foundation and National Institute of Health. He has published more than 100 peer-review/editorial articles/book chapters and more than 110 abstracts as first authors and co-authors. He has served as editorial member and peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals in cardiovascular and surgical research.

Emilia Mikolajewska, PhD

Physiotherapist and Senior Assistant
Rehabilitation Clinic
Military Clinical Hospital No. 10 and Polyclinic
Bydgoszcz, Poland

Dr. Mikolajewska is a Physical therapist and scientist, author of 8 books, 40 book chapters, and 200 articles in journals covering topics of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, inventor in the area of rehabilitation, memeber of international research team Interdoctor. Selected postgraduate training and clinical practice covers NDT-Bobath, Cyriax, Kinesiology Taping methods, use of rehabilitation robots and biomedical engineering solutions in rehabilitation.


Private practice of Cardiology, Boca Raton, FL.
Founder and Director of Clinical Development, VitalRemedyMD, Inc.
Founder, Foundation for Preventive and Integrative Medicine (FPIM)
7900 Glades Road, Suite 400 Boca Raton, FL 33434, USA

Dr. Baum, a graduate of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and Electrophysiology. He has directed the Cardiac Catheterization laboratories at both Boca Raton and North Ridge hospitals, where he also founded the Electrophysiology laboratories. Dr. Baum has worked extensively in Integrative Cardiology, directing the Harvard affiliated Mind/Body Medicine Institute, Boca Raton division, lecturing nationally to physicians and the lay public, and teaching a graduate level course in Integrative Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. In 2002, Dr. Baum established The Foundation for Preventive and Integrative Medicine, a non-profit entity devoted to charity, education and research in preventive medicine.
In 2007, he formulated VitalOils1000, the first omega-3 oil to meet the AHA specifications of 1,000 mg of combined EPA+DHA in a single soft gel.
Dr. Baum is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the National Lipid Association. He is a Founding Physician/Scientist Member of the Society for Cardiovascular CT and is board certified in Cardiovascular CT. He lectures extensively in the fields of Lipidology, Preventive cardiology, and Integrative Cardiology. Deeply involved in the field of Omega-3 fatty acids, Dr. Baum served four years as treasurer of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL). In July of 2011, Dr. Baum was appointed Director of Women’s Preventive Cardiology at The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Center, Boca Raton Regional Hospital. His responsibilities include both developing and overseeing this program. He is also the Treasurer of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). Annually, Dr. Baum chairs the ASPC’s Conference on CVD Prevention. Dr. Baum sits on the American Heart Association’s Council for Epidemiology and Prevention, the Interdisciplinary Council for Prevention, and the Prevention Science Committee representing the Epidemiology & Prevention (EPI) Council. He is also on the Board of Directors of the FH Foundation. He has written numerous peer reviewed papers as well as two books, The Total Guide to a Healthy Heart, and Age Strong, Live Long; Lessons from my Patients. In 2013 he was awarded the Cleveland Heart Lab’s annual “Heart Award” for his lifelong dedication to Preventive Medicine. On faculty at FAU Medical School and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Baum has a practice in Boca Raton, Florida that is devoted to Clinical Lipidology– he is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology - and Cardiovascular Prevention. Dr. Baum also runs the only LDL-Apheresis program in southeast Florida.

Wilbert S. Aronow, MD

Cardiology Division
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY, USA

Dr. Aronow is Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College. He contributed to the 2010 update of the American Medical Directors Association guidelines for heart failure in the long-term care setting. He was Co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association 2011 expert consensus document on hypertension in the elderly and is currently a member of the writing group for the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Society of Hypertension scientific statement on treatment of hypertension in the prevention and management of ischemic heart disease. He has been a consultant to the American College of Physicians Information and Educational Resource (PIER) on the module of aortic stenosis. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and a member of the American College of Chest Physicians Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Surgery Network Steering Committee. He has been a member of 95 editorial boards of medical journals.

Abdelali Agouni, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Cardiovascular Biology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
School of Biosciences & Medicine | Department of Biochemistry & Physiology
University of Surrey
The Dorothy Hodgkin Building, Office 2AY02
Guildford, GU2 7XH, England, UK

Dr. Agouni started his academic career with medical studies in Algeria, and then he graduated in 2005 with an MSc (distinction) in Pharmacology from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg (France). He then pursued his PhD studies in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology at the prestigious laboratory of Neurovascular Integrated Biology (CNRS 6214-INSERM 771), University of Angers (France). After graduating with his PhD in 2008, he joined the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen (Scotland) as a post-doctoral Research Fellow. In October 2011, he joined the University of Surrey (England) as Lecturer in Cardiovascular Biology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The University of Surrey is ranked 8th in the UK (Guardian League table 2014). Dr. Agouni is a fellow of higher education academy (FHEA) since 2013. At Surrey, Dr. Agouni has built up a research group to investigate the molecular mechanisms underpinning cardiovascular complications associated with metabolic disorders. Dr Agouni has published in the area of cardiovascular research over 20 publications, many in leading international peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Diabetes, Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med, Diabetologia, FASEB Journal, Am J Pathol, J Immunol, and J Pathol).

Burton M. Altura, PhD

Professor of Physiology, Pharmacology & Medicine
State University of New York- Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Ave., MSC-31
Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA

Dr. Altura is a Professor at Suny Downstate Medical Center in USA. He received his PhD from Newyork University School of Medicine in the year 1964. He serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer and also reviewer for various journals and funding organizations.

Yiru Guo, MD, FAHA

Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Physiology and Biophysics
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, the Murine Research Laboratory
Leader, the NIH-funded Murine Surgery, Physiology and Transgenic Core
Institute of Molecular Cardiology, University of Louisville
511 S Floyd Street, MDR Building Room 128D
Louisville, KY 40202, USA

Dr. Guo is a Professor of Medicine/the Division of Cardiology at University of Louisville. He has been the Director of Murline Research Laboratory since 1997. He is also the Director of Surgery and Transgenic core in the NIH PPG. In 2007, he was elected as the Fellow of the national AHA(FAHA) because of his major and productive contributors to the cardiovascular basic science. His research has been supported by several NIH grants including R01, PPG and CAESAR grants. He has been co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters, and has been invited to speak at several international scientific meetings and research institutes/universities.

Lorna R. Fiedler, PhD

Research Fellow
Program in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
8 College Road
169857, Singapore

Dr. Fiedler has 12 years experience in the cardiovascular field (specifically in cell biology, therapeutics and protein biochemistry) in both an academic and industrial environment. Following 2 years working for a small biotechnology company in Cambridge (cell signalling and complement therapeutics, 2001-2003) she studied for a PhD in extracellular matrix biology signalling and angiogenesis at Cardiff University (2003-2007). She continued to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease in an academic environment (Cardiff University, UCL and Imperial College London, with secondments in Cambridge and Germany), which has recently led to initiation of a drug discovery programme in collaboration with industrial partners at MRC-Technology and Domainex.Her international reputation and visibility is increasing through regular selection to present at national, international conferences and internal seminars and is reflected in invitations for conference participation and to serve on editorial boards. Her work has also been recognised by a number of awards (for oral and poster presentations), most recently at the BSCR meeting in Reading this year (best poster prize). In addition, in 2013 she was invited to edit a book (Springer publications) and since 2010, have been listed in Whos Who.

Mazin Al Salihi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (MEST)
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta
Georgia 30322, USA

Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Al Salihi was an attending cardiac surgeon at Ibn Al Bittar Cardiac Surgery in Baghdad; held several positions at the Iraqi Center for Heart Diseases, including general director; and worked as a cardiac surgeon at Al-Issra General Hospital in Amman, Jordan. Upon arriving in the states in 2008, he studied for the three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and recertified his credentials at Kaplan Institute, Akron, Ohio. He then joined the Cleveland Clinic as a clinical associate staff surgeon while completing fellowships in cardiac surgery and heart and lung transplantation. He joins Emory as its first surgeon dedicated primarily to heart and lung procurement for transplantation. His clinical interests also include minimally invasive valve surgery and VATS thoracic surgery, and his research focus is ex vivo lung perfusion.

Abass Alavi, MD, MD(Hon), PhD(Hon), DSc(Hon)

Professor of Radiology and Neurology
Director of Research Education
Department of Radiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
4283, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA


• MD (Medicine) University of Tehran School of Medicine, (1964)

Post-Graduate Training

• Rotating Intern, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, (1966-1967)
• First Year Resident in Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, (1967-1968)
• Second Year Resident in Medicine, Veterans Administration Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, (1968-1969)
• Fellowship in Hematology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, (1969-1970)
• Resident in Radiology, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, (1970-1971)
• Fellowship, Nuclear Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,(1971-1973)

Academic Experience

• (1982-present) Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
• (1987-2000) Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
• (1977-1982) Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA

Arman Qamar, MD

Cardiovascular Division
Department of Medicine
Brigham and Womens Hospital
Harvard Medical School
75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Dr. Qamar is a fellow at the cardiovascular division, at Brigham and Womens Hospital of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he was awarded the Maurice F. Attie senior and junior resident teaching award for excellence in medical education and the Frederick F. Samaha award for excellence in cardiovascular research.

Xiaowen Liu, PhD

Department of Cardiology
Boston Childrens Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA 02115, USA


• Aug 2009- March 2014 Departments of Pharmacology and Dermatology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Sep 2006- July 2009 Institute of Zoology, ChineseAcademy of Sciences
• Sep 2002- July 2006 College of Life Science and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology


• March 2014-present Department of Cardiology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Gustavo S. Masson, PhD

Heart and Vascular Center
Brigham and Womens Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Education and Training

• (2003-2008) BSc (Physical Education and Sports; Rio de Janeiro State University - Rio de Janeiro/Brazil)
• (2008-2010) MSc (Cellular and Molecular Biology; Oswaldo Cruz Institute-Rio de Janeiro/Brazil)
• (2010-2014) PhD (Human Physiology; University of Sao Paulo-Sao Paulo/Brazil)
• (2013-2014) Research Associate (Comparative Biomedical Science Department-Louisiana State University)
• (2014-Present) Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Brigham and Womens Hospital-Harvard Medical School)

Tommaso Poggioli, PhD

Department of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Womens Hospital
Boston, MA, USA


• (Oct 2010-March 2014) PhD in Cardiovascular Science (Fellowship from the British Hearth Foundation Centre of Excellence), Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
• (Oct 2009-Oct 2010) M Res in Biomedical Sciences (with distinction), National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
• (Feb 2006-May 2008) MS in Molecular Biology and Genetics (110/110 cum laude), Biology Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Biology, University of Roma Tre, Italy
• (Sept 2003-Sept 2004) Erasmus international exchange programme in biology, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
• (Sept 2001-Feb 2006) BS in Biology Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Biology, University of Roma Tre, Italy


• (March 2014-Present) Postdostoral Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Womens Hospital Boston, MA.

Mahazarin Ginwalla, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

Dr. Ginwalla is currently an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Ginwalla obtained her M.B.B.S. degree from Lokmanya Tilak Medical College in Mumbai, India. She completed her Masters in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She subsequently completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and Cardiovascular diseases fellowship at Case Western Reserve University/Metrohealth Medical Center. Following this, she completed her Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.

Yunusemre Ozkanlar, DVM, PhD

Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Director of the Veterinary Hospital
Ataturk University
Erzurum, 25240, Turkey

Dr. Ozkanlar is currently a Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Director of Veterinary Hospital in Ataturk University Erzurum, Turkey. Dr. Ozkanlar obtained his DVM and PhD degree from Ankara University, Turkey. He has studied for his post-doctoral researches at the Ohio State University USA. He has attended a training program for tissue Doppler and Strain analysis at the Emory Hospital in Atlanta, USA. He has conducted experimental researches at the Cardiology Lab with the cardiology researchers in College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Veterinary Cardiology in the Ohio State University USA.

Mohamed Shehata, MD, FESC, FSCAI

Lecturer and Consultant of Cardiology
Ain Shams University
Khalifa El-Maamoun St, Cairo
Cairo Governorate 11566, Egypt

Dr. Shehata was graduated from Ain Shams University medical school, Cairo, Egypt. He went through the academic cascade till being assigned as a Lecturer of Cardiology in the same institute. His duties included supervision of the Adult Cardiac Intervention Cath Lab & the Coronary Care Unit in Ain shams University hospital.

Ayman Khairy Mohamed Hassan, MD, PhD, FESC

Lecturer of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Cardiology
Assiut University Hospitals
Assiut 71526, Egypt


• July 2010: MD in cardiovascular medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
• January 2009: PhD in cardiovascular medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Leiden University , the Netherlands
• May 2004: Master Degree (M.Sc) in Cardiovascular medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
• September 1999: M.B.B.Ch in medicine and surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt.

Employment History:

• 9/2012-Present: Vice-director of Assiut University Hospitals, Chief of Health Care Quality Unite (HCQU), Assiut University Hospitals
• 9/2010- Present: Lecturer of cardiology, Assiut University
• 6/2009 - 9/2012: Executive Director of Assiut university catheterization laboratory, Assiut University
• 11/2004 to 8/2010: Associate lecturer, Assiut University
• 3/2004 - 11/2004: Demonstrator, Assiut University
• 3/2001 - 3/2004: Resident in Cardiology Department (Registrar), Assiut University Hospitals
• 3/2000 to 2/2001: House officer, Assiut University Hospitals

Hany Younan Azer Girgis, MD

Associate Professor of Cardiology
Fayoum University
Tawfik El-Hakeem, Al Fayoum, Fayoum Governorate, Egypt

Dr. Girgis acquired his Doctorate (MD) degree of Cardiology (April 2004) and Master Degree of Cardiology (May 1999) from Ain Shams University, Egypt and Bachelor Degree of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) from Al-Minia University, Egypt (December 1992).
He has a work experience as Associate Professor of Cardiology, Fayoum University, Egypt from 28/7/2010 till present; Visiting Consultant of Cardiology: Alseef hospital-Kuwait; Consultant of Echocardiography: ALFA Scan imaging centers, Cairo, from 28/9/2009 till 4/7/2011 and Consultant of Echocardiography: Cairo Scan imaging centers, Cairo, from April 2007 till April 2009. He is a Fellow of Cardiology: Helwan University Hospital, Cairo, from 16/1/2005 to 25/2/2006 and specialist of Cardiology from 16/8/2000 to 15/1/2005; Resident of Cardiology: National Heart Institute, Cairo, from 14/1/2000 till 15/8/2000 and Resident of Cardiology and I.C.U: Dar El-Shefa Hospital, Cairo, from 4/11/1996 till 13/1/2000.
He published more than 20 papers in international journals. He is also involved in several international conferences where he presented many posters and case presentations.

Sadeer G. Al-Kindi, MD

Department of Medicine
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Louis Stokes VA Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
11100 Euclid Av, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

Dr. Al-Kindi received his MD with honors in research and academic distinction from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. He is currently pursuing his medical residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Internal Medicine, the International Journal of Internal Medicine Research, Cancer Research Journal, and the American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. He has reviewed manuscripts for many international journals including Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, and Bio Med Central Cancer.

Ragab Abdelsalam Mahfouz, MD

Department of Cardiology
Faculty of Medicine
Zagazig University
Al Modir Street, Markaz El-Zakazik
Ash Sharqia Governorate 44516, Egypt


• MBBCH: December 1985
• Master Degree in Cardiology: December 1989
• MD degree in Cardiology: November 1994

Professional Experience

• Resident of cardiology in cardiology department Zagazig University Hospital: 11/3/1987-30/9/1990
• Assistant lecturer of cardiology: 31/8/1991-17/4/1995
• Lecturer of cardiology: 18/4/1995- 29/5/2000
• Assistant professor of cardiology: 29/5/2000-2/5/2005
• Professor of cardiology: 3/5/2005-Present

Şevket Balta, MD

Gulhane School of Medicine
Tevfik Saglam St
06018 Etlik-Ankara, Turkey

Sevket Balta has completed his MD at the age of 31 years from Akdeniz University and postdoctoral studies from Gulhane Medical Faculty, School of Medicine. He is MD of Gulhane Medical Faculty. He has published more than 450 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of some journals. Also, he has been serving as reviewer for more than 50 journals. His research and clinical work focuses on inflammatory diseases, inflammatory markers hypertension and acute coronary artery diseases.

Gaetano Santulli, MD, PhD

Columbia University Medical Center
1150 St. Nicholas Ave - Suite 513
New York, NY 10032

Dr. Santulli, MD, PhD is a principal investigator currently working at Columbia University. A physician-scientist, he received his MD and PhD at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’. Dr. Santulli completed his postdoctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, supported by an American Heart Association (AHA) fellowship and a Scientist Development Grant. Dr. Santulli’s expertise comprises both clinical he is a cardiologist and basic research topics, including hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, arrhythmias, vascular disease, micro RNA, and mitochondrial pathophysiology. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous medical journals and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular Disease (JCvD). He authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and edited several medical books. He recently published ‘Adrenal Glands: From pathophysiology to clinical evidence’ and ‘micro RNA: From Molecular Biology to Clinical Practice’


• (2005) MD, Degree in Medicine and Surgery, summa cum laude at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Italy
• (2005-2005) Fellow: University of Lisbon, Portugal - Department of Cardiology
• (2005-2010) Clinical Fellow; Department of Medicine and Cardiovascular Sciences, ‘Federico II’ University
• (2007-2007) Visiting Scientist: Medical College - Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia (PA), USA
• (2010) Residency/Fellowship in Cardiology, summa cum laude at the ‘Federico II’ University.
• ( 2013) PhD in Translational Medicine, summa cum laude – ‘Federico II’ University.
• ( 2011-Present) Research Scholar, Columbia University Medical Center, New York (NY), USA.

Patrizio Lancellotti

Professor of Cardiology
University of Liège
CHU Sart Tilman, Liège Belgium

Present Position

Professor of Cardiology at University of Liège, CHU Sart Tilman, Liège Belgium
Director of the Cardiologist Intensive Unit at University Hospital of Liège
Head of the Echocardiography Laboratory and the Heart Valve Clinic
Director of the GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences Research Programme at the University of Liège, Belgium

Training and Education

University of Liège, Doctor of Medicine. 1995
Internship License at University Hospital of Liège 1998
Cardiologist License at University Hospital of Liège 2000
Licensed in Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital of Liège 2002
Training in heart transplantation 2001

Post Graduate Degrees

Thèse de Doctorat, PhD Thesis at University Hospital of Liège 2002
Thèsed’ Agrégation del’ Enseignement Supérieur 2005
Clinical Professor at University Hospital of Liège 2007
Professor of Cardiovascular imaging at University of Liège:2010