Doctor Teiji Akagi is Head, Professor of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan. He is the Vice President of Japanese Society of Adult Congenital Heart Disease. He graduated Kurume University, Kurume, Japan in 1984. He had research fellowship in division of cardiology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada from 1989 to 92. Since 2004, he works in Cardiac Intensive Care Center, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan. His major is catheter intervention of congenital heart disease, adult congenital heart disease. He also has many important works about Kawasaki disease, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac imaging and hemodynamics.
Guys’ & St Thomas’ and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS foundation Trust
Trained at Oxford Medical School, before junior medical rotation in Northampton and cardiology training in North-West London. Research and publications in cardiac MRI measurement of iron overload and imaging in congenital heart disease. Subspecialist expertise and interests in ACHD and multimodality congenital and non-congenital imaging including congenital echo, TOE, perioperative & critical care echo, CMR and cardiac CT.
Margarita Brida graduated from University of Zagreb School of Medicine where she also completed her specialization in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and her doctoral postgraduate study. She underwent two-year Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the University Hospital Muenster, Germany and Royal Brompton Hospital London, UK. She also graduated from Harvard, Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program. She is currently working as a Consultant Cardiologist at the tertiary Centre for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) in Croatia, and she is a Vice President of the Croatian Society of Cardiology Working Group for Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Furthermore, she holds a visiting research position at Imperial College of London and Royal Brompton Hospital. She is publishing scientific papers in high impact cardiology journals. Her main fields of interest are echocardiography and imaging, heart failure and pulmonary arterial hypertension in ACHD. Her current work is focused on further clinical and academic development of ACHD in Southeastern European region through collaboration, national, multinational data/registries, future research in the field, and scientific meetings. As a part of these on-going efforts, she was director of ESC EuroGUCH meeting in April 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia. She is also official Nucleus Member of the ESC Working Group on Adult Congenital Heart Disease.
Honorary consultant cardiologist & Clinical senior lecturer, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
Hospital: Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Babu-Narayan obtained a first class honours BSc degree in Neurosciences (1994) at University College London, before completing her MB BS medical qualification. She was awarded the Merit in Clinical Medicine (1998) and the Archibald Ferguson Prize for Personal Qualities in Patient Care (1998).
In 2001, Dr Babu-Narayan was awarded Membership to the Royal College of Physicians; MRCP (UK) after continuing her adult medicine training in Oxford. During 2005-2010, she trained in cardiology at Royal Brompton, Chelsea and Westminster, Great Ormond Street (paediatric cardiology) and the Heart hospitals. In January 2012, she was appointed as consultant cardiologist and senior lecturer.
Dr Gerhard-Paul Diller, Senior Lecturer in Heart Disease,
Munster University & Imperial College, London, UK & Germany
Chelsea Wing Royal Brompton Campus
Babu-Narayan SV, Diller G-P, Gheta RR, et al., 2014, Clinical outcomes of surgical pulmonary valve replacement after repair of tetralogy of fallot and potential prognostic value of preoperative cardiopulmonary exercise testing, Circulation, Vol:129, ISSN:0009-7322, Pages:18-27
Broberg CS, Van Woerkom RC, Swallow E, et al., 2014, Lung function and gas exchange in Eisenmenger syndrome and their impact on exercise capacity and survival, International Journal of Cardiology, Vol:171, ISSN:0167-5273, Pages:73-77
Kempny A, Dimopoulos K, Alonso-Gonzalez R, et al., 2013, Six-minute walk test distance and resting oxygen saturations but not functional class predict outcome in adult patients with Eisenmenger syndrome, International Journal of Cardiology, Vol:168, ISSN:0167-5273, Pages:4784-4789
Tutarel O, Kempny A, Alonso-Gonzalez R, et al., 2013, Congenital heart disease beyond the age of 60: emergence of a new population with high resource utilization, high morbidity, and high mortality., Eur Heart J, 0195-668X
Kempny A, Fernandez-Jimenez R, Tutarel O, et al., 2013, Meeting the challenge: The evolving global landscape of adult congenital heart disease, International Journal of Cardiology, Vol:168, ISSN:0167-5273, Pages:5182-5189
Consultant cardiologist , Professor of practice – adult congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertensionProfessor Kostas Dimopoulos is a consultant cardiologist and Professor of Practice in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH) at Imperial College London.Areas of expertiseProfessor Dimopoulos’ main areas of expertise are ACHD, including:
congenital heart defects and complex cardiovascular anatomy
invasive hemodynamic assessment
epidemiology and prognostication in ACHD.
He is also an expert in PH of all types, including:
PH related to congenital heart disease (eg Eisenmenger syndrome)
idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension
chronic thromboembolic disease
PH related to other conditions.
He is fully trained in general adult cardiology.
Professor Dimopoulos has been a senior clinician in the ACHD and PH service at the Royal Brompton Hospital since 2009. Before this, he supported the complex echocardiography service for almost two years.
He runs ACHD and PH clinics and diagnostic catheterisation sessions. He also cares for in-patients with ACHD and PH.
He supports shared care PH clinics at Southampton General Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford) and Royal Berkshire Hospital (Reading).
He has been a senior lecturer with Imperial College London since 2011 and has been heavily involved in clinical research and the education of young doctors
Title: Consultant cardiologist, Reader in cardiology, Imperial College London and Lead for electrophysiology researchHospital: Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation TrustDr Ernst is one of the pioneers of remote magnetic navigation. She has established this technique from its initiation to becoming a clinical routine procedure using state-of-the-art equipment including advanced 3D-mapping techniques. Patients with congenital heart disease, complex anatomy and arrhythmias especially benefit from the technique and form a major part in Dr Ernst’s clinical work.More recently, Dr Ernst’s research has focused on novel imaging techniques to visualise the autonomic nervous system. This aims to better understand the nervous system’s role in the development and management of cardiac arrhythmias.
Professor Gatzoulis is the academic head of the Adult Congenital Heart Centre and the Centre for Pulmonary Hypertension at Royal Brompton Hospital and a professor of cardiology, congenital heart disease at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College, London.
His research interests include congenital heart disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension and heart disease and pregnancy.
Says Professor Gatzoulis: “My key objective is to promote the needs of patients with congenital heart disease, including delivery of the best care, translationary research, training and education.”
Professor Gatzoulis is a graduate of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and completed his post-graduate training in London (including his Imperial College PhD) and in Toronto, Canada.
Professor Gatzoulis attends national and international meetings and has acted as a visiting professor at a number of international institutions including Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt Universities, the University of Athens, the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and the Japan Heart Institute.
He is the past president of the International Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease (ISACCD) the largest professional body in the field. He also holds executive or advisory board positions in other professional bodies, including the International Committee of the American College of Cardiology.
Professor Gatzoulis is director of one of the most established conferences in adult congenital heart disease, the Advanced Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult.
Professor Gatzoulis is leading one of the largest international clinical training and research programmes in this expanding cardiovascular field. He is currently the main supervisor of seven fellows, three of them completing their PhDs.
Professor Michael Gatzoulis and Dr Kostas Dimopoulos led an international master class in pulmonary arterial hypertension related to congenital heart disease at Royal Brompton in June 2013. Twenty senior cardiologists from around the world attended and joined both theoretical and practical sessions on this topic.
He has served as associate editor, guest editor or reviewer for most major journals in the cardiovascular field. He is also the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications (including papers in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and Circulation).
He has edited several cardiology textbooks and was the chief editor of Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Diagnosis and Management, the world’s best selling title in this growing cardiovascular sector.
Professor Gatzoulis was responsible for the content of the thorax section of the 40th edition of the iconic medical textbook Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice, published in 2008.
Thoraxklinik Heidelberg gGmbH at Heidelberg University
Ekkehard Grünig, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Since September 2007, he is Head of the Pulmonary Hypertension Unit of the Thoraxklinik Heidelberg gGmbH at Heidelberg University Hospital. Prof. Grünig is a member and a scientific advisor of the self-help group “Pulmonary Hypertension PH e.v.” in Germany, and is the speaker of the PH-DACH consortium of PH experts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Hong Gu currently works at the Pediatric Cardiology Departement, Capital Medical University. Hong does research in Pulmonology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology. Their current project is ‘[Inhaled iloprost during acute pulmonary vasodilator testing for preoperative assessment of surgical operability of congenital heart disease with severe pulmonary hypertension]’.
Mr J Andreas Hoschtitzky is a consultant paediatric and adult cardiac surgeon based at Royal Brompton Hospital.
Mr J Andreas Hoschtitzky studied medicine at Leiden University Medical School in the Netherlands. He then did his post-graduate training in cardiac surgery in London, Bristol and Manchester with congenital cardiac fellowships at Great Ormond Street and Evelina Children’s Hospitals in London.
Before joining the Trust, Mr Hoschtizky worked as the clinical lead for the regional Northwest of England and North Wales adult congenital heart disease programme, based in central Manchester. He also worked as an honorary paediatric cardiac surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital until 2017 when he joined the Trust.
Mr Hoschtitzky is also currently working to set up a new, self-sustainable congenital cardiac surgery service for the north-east of Brazil, in conjunction with the International Children’s Heart Foundation.
Director of behavioural cardiovascular program at Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University; over 90 peer reviewed publications; over 100 invited national/international presentations; president-elect of the International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease.
techniques and infrastructure of the research group:
→The participant’s group is experienced in cardio-pulmonary medicine, hemodynamic assessment and interpretation, vascular interventions, hemodynamic testing, pulmonary and systemic angiography, oxymetry, compliance and resistance measurements, as well as in pulmonary vascular biology. Accordingly, the applicant is providing access to a fully equipped catheter laboratory, including nitric oxide administration, soft- and hardware for upstream resistance measurement, a pulmonary vascular outpatient clinic, and a vascular biology laboratory.
Consultant in adult congenital heart disease echocardiography
Dr Wei Li is a consultant in adult congenital heart disease echocardiography based at Royal Brompton Hospital.
Dr Wei Li studied at Peking Union Medical College, where she received her MD and a PhD at Imperial College, where she was awarded the Fielding Medical Scholarship.
Since then, Dr Li has acquired over 20 years’ experience in congenital heart disease and echocardiography. She is the clinical lead for echocardiography in adult congenital heart disease and for pulmonary hypertension at Royal Brompton Hospital.
For me, the patient is of paramount importance. Non-invasive echocardiography offers unique insights that help patients in their successful long-term care.
Studied medicine in Zurich, Switzerland. Postgraduate training there and at Mayo Clinic, USA. Professor of Pharmacotherapy, Basel University, then Professor of Cardiology, Bern, then Zurich and now London. Broad clinical and research interest, highly cited scientist, editor of journals and textbooks.
Dr Fernando Riesgo Gil is a consultant cardiologist in heart failure, transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at Harefield Hospital.
Dr Fernando Riesgo Gil is a consultant cardiologist in heart failure, transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at Harefield Hospital.
Dr Riesgo Gil graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of Autonoma in Madrid, Spain, and completed his specialty training in cardiology at the Hospital Universitario de la Princesa in Madrid.
In 2015, Dr Riesgo Gil completed a two-year Fellowship in advanced heart failure at the Mazankowski Heart Institute of the University of Alberta in Canada. He then completed his one-year Fellowship in adult congenital heart disease at Royal Brompton Hospital in 2016.
Since 2016, Dr Riesgo Gil has worked as a clinical fellow, senior clinical fellow, locum consultant and consultant cardiologist in the transplant unit at Harefield Hospital. He specialises in heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He also collaborates with the Adult Congenital Heart Disease unit at Royal Brompton Hospital to assess patients that may need transplantation.
Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Programme
Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Jolien Roos-Hesselink is Professor of Cardiology at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She is director of the Department of Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Her clinical work and research involves Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic disease and Pregnancy and maternal cardiac disease.
She has authored and co-authored over 300 scientific publications and mentored 15 PhD students. She is chair of the ESC working group on Adult Congenital Heart Disease. She is PI of several studies, including a large prospective worldwide Registry On Pregnancy And Cardiac disease (ROPAC), a gender study on aorta pathology and a large prospective study on biomarkers in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Furthermore she was the co-chair of the Taskforce on ESC guidelines on Pregnancy and Cardiovascular disease.
Consultant paediatric and adult congenital cardiologist
Eric Rosenthal was appointed as consultant paediatric and adult congenital cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 1996 after training in both adult and paediatric cardiology at Guy’s Hospital.
He is the clinical lead for the congenital catheterisation laboratory and the congenital electrophysiology service.
He regularly lectures both nationally and internationally on:
pacemaker and defibrillator implantation.
He has written more than 150 journal articles and chapters in textbooks of paediatric cardiology and interventional catheterisation.
Mr Darryl Shore is consultant cardiac surgeon at the Trust. He is recognised internationally as an expert in the surgical management of adults with congenital heart disease.
In April 2013, Mr Shore was honoured with the appointment as adjunct professor at the National Heart and Lung Institute in recognition of his contribution and close working relationship with Imperial College.
He has practiced in many areas of cardiothoracic surgery, including surgery for coronary artery disease, aortic and aortic valve disease and congenital heart disease.
Mr Shore was appointed consultant cardiac surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital in 1987, after being a consultant at Southampton General Hospital.
He has held many senior management positions and is currently acting director of the heart division at Royal Brompton Hospital.
Mr Darryl Shore is the author, or co-author, on many papers on congenital heart surgery. He has delivered many lectures on this subject worldwide.
Mr André R Simon is a consultant cardiac surgeon and director of heart and lung transplantation and ventricular assist devices at Harefield Hospital.
Mr André R Simon undertook his training at:
Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany
Harvard Medical School, USA
Hannover Medical School, Germany
Once qualified in cardiac and thoracic surgery, he continued his training, completing his doctorate (Christian Albrechts University), and a Higher Doctorate of Medicine (Hannover Medical School).
At Hannover Medical School, he worked as an attending cardiac surgeon (2003-2010). He was also director of the Hannover Thoracic Transplant Program (2007-2010). He was pivotal in the clinical development of minimally invasive lung transplantation there.
Between 2009 to 2010, he was director at the European Academy for Organ Transplantation (EUCAT). This is part of the Integrated Treatment Centre, based at Hannover Medical School. The centre, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was founded in 2009.
Dr. Tobler attended medical school at University of Basel, Switzerland. He completed his cardiology training at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He did additional training in adult congenital heart disease at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). He is a staff cardiologist in Basel, Switzerland. His areas of expertise include adult congenital heart disease, heart disease in pregnancy, and echocardiography.
Consultant Paediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Cardiologist
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dr Veldtman is a congenital heart physician with now over 24 years experience. His main interests are in single ventricle physiology and the Fontan circulation as well as other form of complex congenital heart disease and pregnancy cardiology.
Dr Veldtman currently works at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh Saudi Arabia where he leads the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Team.
Consultant Palliative Medicine & Clinical Lead for the Symptom Control & Palliative Care Team and Divisional Medical Director Cancer Services
The Royal Brompton & Royal Marsden Hospitals
Dr Wood is the Clinical Lead for The Royal Marsden Symptom Control and Palliative Care Team and is also responsible for providing the Consultant level support to the Specialist Supportive and Palliative Care Team to the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Over the past 10 years, Dr Wood has worked closely with the teams based at the Royal Brompton Hospital to provide support to patients with specialist palliative care needs and has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of early integration of specialist palliative care for patients with a diagnosis of cancer, heart and lung disease.
She is also the Divisional Medical Director for Cancer Services at The Royal Marsden Hospital (NHS Foundation Trust) and is a member of both the ESMO Supportive and Palliative Care Faculty and the ESMO Designated Centres Working Group.
Consultant in pulmonary hypertension and intensive care medicine
Dr John Wort is a consultant in pulmonary hypertension and intensive care medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital.
Dr John Wort studied chemistry at St Anne’s College, Oxford before studying medicine at University College London. He qualified in 1993, and carried on with specialist training. He finished training in 2005 with a CCST in respiratory, intensive care and general medicine.
He completed his PhD at Imperial College London in 2003. He studied the pathological mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension.