Leslee Shaw, New York, USA
Leslee J. Shaw, PhD, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), Master of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (MASNC), Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (FSCCT) and Professor of Medicine at Cornell University, Dr. Shaw is a leading cardiovascular outcomes researcher, whose major focus is clinical diagnosis and management of stable ischemic heart disease. She is among the top 1% of clinical researchers who have the most highly cited publications in clinical medicine over the past decade (awarded by Thomson Reuters). Based on her scientific contributions, Dr. Shaw’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including for publications cited ≥1,000 times.
Andrew Einstein, New York, USA
Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, New York, USA. Graduated from Princeton University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Einstein is the author or coauthor of numereous papers, abstracts, and book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for various medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Rob Beanlands, Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada
Division Head of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Beanlands has served on several committees/advisory boards for government, industry and professional organizations, impacting healthcare policies and practice guidelines. He serves as Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. From 2012-14, he served as vice-Chair, and as of 2014, he has served as the Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) Scientific Review Committee VIII. Dr. Beanlands’ research applies imaging to understand cardiovascular disease and treatment. His interests include metabolism, cellular function, viability and blood flow of the heart, and more recently development and investigation of novel probes for evaluation of proteins, transporters and receptors and other parameters to help advance understanding of cardiovascular disease, diagnostic capabilities and optimize management to improve patient care and outcomes.
Erick Alexanderson, Instituto de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez, Mexico
Erick Alexanderson Rosas is president of the Medical Society at the National Institute of Cardiology Ignacio Chavez and the Mexican Society of Cardiology.Graduate from Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous Universityof Mexico (UNAM). Rosas is the director of over 12 international courses inCardiology, winner of more than 15 awards for his work and researches, heis the author of over 130 articles and abstracts, three books and 38 chapters, also is a member of the editorial board of several publications, including JACC Cardiovascular Imaging. He is also serves as a visiting scientist at the UCLA Medical Center, the Central Hospital of the University of Turku Finland and the University of Erlangen, Germany.
Adel H. Allam, Cardiologist, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
Dr. Adel Allam is a professor of Cardiology at Al-Azhar University, in Cairo, and medical consultant of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE). As the medical consultant of the NBE, he created the acute coronary syndrome registry, which provides clinical, management, and outcome information for acute coronary syndrome in Egypt. His other projects include enhancing hospital operation and health care delivery in public sector hospitals. His research areas include atherosclerotic disease and his latest findings have involved the presence of the disease in mummies, which demonstrates the presence of atherosclerosis in the ancient Egyptian.
Richard Underwood, Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, England
Professor Richard Underwood graduated at Oxford University. Since 1985, he has worked at Royal Brompton Hospital, London, been part of its academic wing, the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College School of Medicine.
Nathan Better, Cardiologist, University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor of Cardiology in Melbourne, Australia. Completed his training at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He works currently as a cardiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Stephen Stowers, Cardiologist, MidCentral Health, New Zealand
Stephen Stowers is a Cardiologist and Consultant Cardiologist at MidCentral Health in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He is active in promoting research to use coronary calcium as an important tool in the prevention of premature cardiovascular mortality.
Keiichiro Yoshinaga, Cardiologist, Chiba, Japan
Dr. Yoshinaga received his Medical Degree from Kagoshima University in 1992, and training at Hokkaido University. Currently, he is director at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences. Dr. Yoshinaga has been awarded the Imura Clinical Research Award in 2012.
Prem Soman, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Prem Soman completed his education with fellowships in Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Imaging at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. In the University of Pittsburgh, Soman is associate professor of Medicine (Division of Cardiology) and Clinical and Translational Science. He is founder and director of the amyloidosis clinic. Soman’s research focuses on the use of radionuclide-based imaging techniques in cardiac diseases. He has co-authored several original research papers, invited editorials, book chapters, national guidelines and appropriate use criteria (American College of Cardiology), president ASNC 2017-2018.
Salvador Borges Neto, Duke University (USA)
Salvador Borges Neto is a Brazilian cardiologist who emigrated to the United States 30 years ago and nowadays is Professor of the University of Duke. He is a respected physician, very active in American scientific societies, and has developed one of the largest databases of nuclear cardiology in the United States, at Duke University.
Tirone David, University of Toronto (Canada)
Worldwide known cardiovascular surgeon. Awarded cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the Melanie Munk Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, also in Toronto. Graduated from Universidade Federal do Paraná (Federal University of Parana), in Curitiba, Brazil, 50 years ago, when he was still starting his profession, he emigrated to Canada, where he works until today. He is known for “the David procedure” to preserve the aortic valve and other procedures for treatment of valve disease and aortic aneurysm. His research continues to focus on heart valve disease, aortic root aneurysms, and mechanical complications of myocardial infarction. David is Past President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and an honorary member of several other academies and associations.
Diana Paez, IAEA (Austria)
Since 2013, Diana Paez is the Head of the Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging Section (MDI) within the Division of Human Health, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations. Paez focuses her work on strengthening the competences of diagnostic imaging professionals of Member States of IAEA, particularly by using information and communication technologies for educational purposes. She is graduated in Colombia and post-graduated at the St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York. She acquired a Master’s Degree in Communication and Education from the Autonoma University, in Barcelona.
Ganesan Karthikeyan, All India Institute (India)
Ganesan Karthikeyan, a clinical and interventional cardiologist and professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, focuses his research mainly on cardiovascular diseases affecting low and middle-income countries, particularly rheumatic heart disease (RHD). He is the editor-in-chief of the international scientific journal BMJ Heart Asia. He trained in research methods at McMaster University, Canada, as a recipient of the CIHR-Canada HOPE Scholarship, under the supervision of Professor Salim Yusuf. Karthikeyan serves as an honorary consultant to the Human Health Division of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is a member of the RHD Expert panel of the Global Burden of Disease Study Group, and Chair of the Advisory Board of Rheumatic Heart Disease, Evidence, Advocacy, Communication, Hope (RhEACH).
Maurizio Dondi, University de Brescia (Italy)
Maurizio Dondi a professor of Medicine at the University of Brescia, Italy. For 12 years, he was the head of the Medicine Section of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. He has a special focus on supporting developing countries to implement quality services involving imaging technologies such as CT and nuclear cardiology. In 12 years, he has dealt with governments in almost all the 171 IAEA member states on all continents. During Dondi’s tenure, more than 200 million of dollars in equipment and transfer of technology and information were invested to developing countries for health. He has been very focused on projects involving the Quality Management Audits in Nuclear Medicine program (Quanum). Launched in 2016 by IAEA, Quanum covers all aspects of nuclear medicine practices, such as clinical practice, management, operations, and services, aimed at introducing a culture of systematic, results-based, comprehensive patientoriented quality audit processes. The program is being implemented worldwide.
Fernando Mut, Uruguay
Fernando Mut studied Medicine in Uruguay and is post-graduated in Clinical Research at UCLA (University of California). His research involve cardiac physiology and risk stratification and published several articles in these fields, notably in the United States and Europe. Recently, Mut’s interest has been the athophysiological interaction between the brain and the heart, and how emotions impact cardiac functioning. A collaborator of Doctors Without Borders, the Uruguayan serves as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency since 2000.