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Plenary Speakers

We are delighted to introduce our prestigious plenary speakers


Uniting cardiovascular disease specialists with other disciplines to network, share knowledge, and build innovative solutions for patients and populations across the world

Friday, 6 December

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub - Bringing cardiac surgery to the people

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Founder and Director of Research at the Magdi Yacoub Institute at Harefield Heart Science Centre, Founder and President of the Chain of Hope and Founder and Director of the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation which created the Aswan Heart Centre.


Born in Egypt and graduated from Cairo University Medical School in 1957 he trained in London and held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Chicago. A former British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery for over 20 years and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Harefield Hospital from 1969-2001 and Royal Brompton Hospital from 1986-2001, Professor Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world at Harefield Hospital where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed. He has developed novel operations for several complex congenital heart anomalies.


Research led by Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub include tissue engineering heart valves, myocardial regeneration, novel left ventricular assist devices and wireless sensors with collaborations within Imperial College, nationally and internationally. He has also supervised over 20 higher degree (PhD/MD) students and authored or co-authored more than 1,400 published papers and numerous book chapters on topics including Transplantation, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Aortic valve surgery.


He has a passion for readdressing inequalities in global healthcare delivery with a focus on developing cardiac services in many countries including Egypt, The Gulf region, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Mozambique Burundi and Uganda. Here his teams at Chain of Hope link experts together around the world to bring life-saving treatments to children in developing and war-torn countries.


Continuing his desire to make healthcare accessible to all his Centre in Aswan offers state-of-the art medical services free of charge to all patients regardless of color, religion, or gender and trains a generation of young Egyptian doctors, nurses, scientists, and technicians at the highest international standards. Advancing basic science and applied research is an integral component of the program and he oversees over 60 scientists and students in the areas of Heart Valve Biology and Tissue Engineering, Myocardial Regeneration, Stem Cell Biology, Mechanisms and treatment of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension in his Centres.


Among his honours he was awarded Knighthood for his services to medicine and surgery in 1992 and awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list. He was awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and Fellowship of The Royal Society in 1999. A lifetime outstanding achievement award in recognition of his contribution to medicine was presented to Professor Yacoub by the Secretary of State for Health in the same year. In 2011 was awarded the Order of the Nile for Science and Humanity and the prestigious Lister Medal in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to surgical science.


Professor Jeroen J. Bax - Putting Guidelines in Clinical Context

Jeroen J. Bax, MD, PhD, is Professor of Cardiology and Director of Noninvasive Imaging at Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands, where he received his medical degree (1992) and performed his cardiology training (1996-2002). Dr. Bax received his PhD from the Free University in Amsterdam (1996), on the topic of “Detection of myocardial viability with I8F-Fluorodeoxyglucose and single photon emission computed tomography”.


Since then, he supervised more than 40 PhD fellows, on different topics related to the use of non-invasive imaging in clinical cardiology.


He serves currently as President of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC, 2016- 2018). Dr. Bax has long served the ESC in numerous capacities, including chair of the Cardiology Practice Guidelines Committee, Chair of the Scientific Program, Chair of the Press Committee, Co-Chair of two International Conferences on Nuclear Cardiology (ICNC), and Co-Editor of two ESC books on cardiac imaging. He is a Fellow of the ESC as well as the American College of Cardiology. In 2008, Dr. Bax was honored with a Silver Medal from ESC and the Douglas P. Zipes Award from the American College of Cardiology.


Currently an Associate Editor of the European Heart Journal and a Section Editor for UptoDate, Dr. Bax sits on the editorial boards of many professional journals and previously was an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Widely published, Dr. Bax’s major research interest is in applying various noninvasive imaging techniques in clinical cardiology, including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and heart failure.

Friday 7 December

Professor Salim Yusuf - Myths about diet and CVD

Salim Yusuf, D.Phil, FRCPC is a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, Director of the Population Health Research Institute, and is Chief Scientist at Hamilton Health Sciences. He holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Chair, was a Senior Scientist of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (1999-2004), and has received (among others) the Lifetime Research Achievement award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Paul Wood Silver Medal of the British Cardiac Society, the European Society of Cardiology gold medal, the American Heart Association Clinical Research Award, and over 35 other international and national awards for research, induction into the Royal Society of Canada, and appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has led over 25 major trials and several of them have changed medical practice. He has published over 800 articles in refereed journals, rising to the second most cited researcher in the world for 2011. He is President of the World Heart Federation, where he is initiating an Emerging Leaders program in 100 countries with the aim of halving the CVD burden globally within a generation.

Dr Nanette Wenger - The Past, Present, and Future of CVD in Women

M.D., M.A.C.C., M.A.C.P., F.A.H.A., Dr. Wenger is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a Consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center and Founding Consultant, Emory Women’s Heart Center. Coronary heart disease is one of Dr. Wenger’s major clinical and research interests. Dr. Wenger has had a longstanding interest in geriatric cardiology and was Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology for more than 15 years.

Dr. Wenger has participated as an author of several American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Practice Guidelines. She serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and is a sought after lecturer for issues related to heart disease in women, heart disease in the elderly, cardiac rehabilitation, coronary prevention, and contemporary cardiac care. She is listed in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Wenger has authored or coauthored over 1600 scientific and review articles and book chapters.

Saturday 8 December

Professor Thomas F. Lüscher - Managing Acute Coronary Syndromes: From Eisenhowers Heart Attack to the Future of Cardiology

Training and Current Position

Professor Lüscher studied medicine at the University of Zurich and obtained the board certification in internal medicine and cardiology. He trained in cardiovascular research and in echocardiography at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA and was later Pro-fessor of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Basel, then trained in interventional car-diology and became Professor of Cardiology at the University of Berne, before as-suming a position as Professor and Chairman of Cardiology and Director of the Uni-versity Heart Center at the University Hospital Zurich and Director of the Center for Molecular Cardiology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is now Director of Research, Education & Development and Consulting Cardiologist at the Royal Bromp-ton & Harefield Hospital Trust and the Imperial College in London.


Clinical Competence and Activity

Professor Lüscher is an active general and interventional cardiologist with a broad clini-cal scope and large experience in prevention, coronary and valvular heart disease, per-cutaneous interventions and heart failure. He has sucessfully taken care of cardiac patients for several decades from many countries.



Professor Lüscher has been a mentor of numerous physicians and scientists. His re-search is translational in nature and focuses on vascular disease, specifically on the role of endothelium-derived mediators in the regulation of vascular tone and structure, platelet-vessel wall interactions, coagulation in aging, hypertension, lipid disorders and atherosclerosis. More recently, inflammatory pathways in these conditions and particu-larly in acute coronary syndromes has been at the center of his interest. He has published extensively, authoring or co-authoring over 500 original research articles and more than 200 reviews, book chapters and monographs including the ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine.


Recognition and Awards

By the Institute for Scientific Information he has been rated as one of the 0.5% most cited scientists worldwide. He has obtained numerous research prizes and prestigious lecturerships worldwide. He is a member of many editorial boards and was Associate Editor Europe of Circulation from 2004 to 2008. Since 2009 he is chairman of the publi-cations committee of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and an ex-officio member of the ESC board as well as editor-in-chief of the European Heart Journal.

Professor Jonathan Carapetis - Eliminating acute rheumatic fever in the world – could this be a reality?

Professor Carapetis is the Director of the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia. He holds separate qualifications as a medical practitioner (MBBS), specialist paediatrician (FRACP Paediatrics), specialist infectious diseases physician (FRACP Infect Dis), and specialist public health physician (FAFPHM), as well as a PhD.


His research interests include Rheumatic fever and Rheumatic heart disease, other group A streptococcal diseases, Vaccine-preventable disease, Indigenous child health, Child development and education, Youth health and education and Skin sores and scabies.


Professor Carapetis undertook his medical training at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospitals. Previous positions include Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, Director of the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne, and Theme Director at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.


He is an infectious diseases consultant physician at the Perth Children’s Hospital and is a Professor at the University of Western Australia.

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