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Alessandro Frigiola

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Dr. Alessandro Frigiola: Cardiac Surgeon, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery of the IRCCS Policlinico San Donato and founder of the Cardiopathic Children in the World Association.

Co-Head of the Cardiac Surgery Department, Head of the 1st Division of the Paediatric and Adult Cardiac Surgery Unit, at Policlinico San Donato Research Hospital.

Prof. Frigiola is one of the leading experts in cardiac surgery for congenital and acquired heart diseases both for children and adults. He performed over 10,000 procedures.

He is specialized in surgical repair of the mitral and aortic valves (over 1.000 operations). He is one of the most experienced Italian and European Surgeon for Ross Intervention.

For over 25 years, he has been engaged in international cooperation activities for the development of cardiac surgery in 18 countries worldwide.

Hashim Abdul-Khaliq

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Prof. for Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology bei Saarland University, Saarbruecken

Haina, Hesse, Germany

Hashim Abdul-Khaliq is Director of the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Saarland University Hospital

After studying and doing his doctorate at the Hannover Medical School, Hashim Abdul-Khaliq initially worked for three years in the neonatology department of the Auguste Viktoria Hospital in Berlin and then for twelve years at the German Heart Center Berlin in the Clinic for Congenital Heart Defects – Pediatric Cardiology, most recently for six years as senior physician.

His habilitation at the Berlin Humboldt University was followed in 2005 by a call to pediatric cardiology at the Saarland University Hospital.

Hashim Abdul-Khaliq is a member of the German Society for Pediatric Cardiology (DGPK), the German Society for Cardiology (DGK) and the Association for European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC). As a member of the medical-scientific advisory board of Marfan Hilfe (Germany) e. V. and on the advisory board of the Bundesverband Herzkranke Kinder e. V., the pediatric cardiologist also advises the patient associations.

Hashim Abdul-Khaliq is a member and chairman of the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects e. V. He is a member of the steering committee of the research association.

Mario Carminati

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Chief of Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease in Adults.

Policlinico San Donato-IRCCS

Academic Qualifications:

First class degree in Medicine and Surgery , University of Pavia                             1976

Specialization in Cardiology,  University of Pavia                                                    1979

Specialization in Pediatrics , University of Milan                                                     1995

National qualification as Cardiology Head Physician.


Published more than two hundred papers and book chapters.

Markus Khalil

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He is Professor Doctor of Medicine, Consultant for Pediatrics- Department for Pedriatic Cardiology at the University Clinic Giessen

He Born and raised in Germany, His Medicine Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz And Internships abroad, e.g. at the University of Dijon, France. His Further professional internships: Chicago, USA, London, Great Britain, Paris, France, Valencia, Spain, Guadalajara, Mexico.

He has an Experience in September 2000: Assistant Doctor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the University of Heidelberg, focus on: pediatric cardiology and adults with congenital heart defects. Then in August 2018: Professor Doctor medicine at University Clinic Giessen specializing in Pediatric Cardiology.

Giuseppe Isgro

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Chief Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit presso IRCCS Policlinico San Donato for 12 years. 2009 –  present

Milan, Lombardy, Italy.


–  Università degli Studi di Milano

Medicina e Chirurgia

–  Università degli Studi di Milano

Medicina e Chirurgia

His latest publications: Anti-Factor Xa–Based Anticoagulation during Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Potential Problems and Possible Solutions

Paolo Guccione

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primary cardiologist

Head of the Complex Structure of Cardiology of the CCPM.

Degree in Medicine with honors in 1980.

Specialization in diseases of the Cardiovascular System and Pediatrics.

Educational experiences:

At iIChildren’s Hospital in Houston, Philadelphia and Boston.

Professional experiences:

Since 1985 at the MedicoChrurgico Department of Pediatric Cardiology

of the Bambino Gesù Hospital, as director of the laboratory of

Departmental hemodynamics from 2000 to 2011. He teaches Cardiology

Pediatrics at the University’s School of Specialization in Pediatrics

degli Studi di Perugia and is the author of over 120 scientific publications.

Sector of interest: –

Trans-catheter treatment of congenital heart defects

Ornella Milanesi

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Head of the UOS of Pediatric Cardiology of the SDB Department of the University of Padua from 1/11/1989 to 9/11/2014 and director of the UOC of Pediatric Cardiology of the same Department from 10/11/2014 to 30/09/2019

Clinical activity consisted in inpatient and outpatient assistance for patients with congenital heart disease, in performing diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, echocardiographic, transthoracic, transesophageal, intraoperative and fetal evaluations. The volume of work was about 500 hospitalizations a year, 8000 outpatient visits, 220 cardiac catheterizations, 800 fetal echocardiographs

Under the guidance of the UOC of Pediatric Cardiology of the SDB Department of the University of Padua, it has become the Center for Pediatric Cardiology of North East Italy, also weaving collaborations with the Children’s Hospital of Boston, with Evelina Hospital in London and with Herzzentrum in Munich.

Ender Ödemiş-Çocuk Kardiyolojisi

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Koç University Hospital

Department of Pediatric Cardiology

Non-surgical treatment of congenital heart diseases.

-He completed his pediatric cardiology residency at Fatih University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Cardiology.

-Dr. He received the title of associate professor in 2008 and professor in 2013 from Siyami Ersek Hospital, Department of Pediatric Cardiology.

-He has 140 articles published in international and national scientific journals.

– member of The Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology, National Pediatric Association and Turkish Pediatric Cardiology Association.

Gianfranco Butera

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Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust · pediatric cardiology


Senior lecturer at King’s College London, St Thomas’ Hospital and Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Worked at Policlinico di San Donato

Former Doctor (Dr) at ospedale san donato milanese

Former Doctor (Dr) at policlinico san donato irccs

Went to Université René Descartes – Paris V Faculté de médecine

Studied at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Sede Di Roma

Went to Liceo Scientifico Galileo Galilei

Cardiologist consultant

Gianfranco Butera, Italian cardiologist, consultant. Achievements include patents pending for new tools for treatment of congenital heart diseases. Recipient Premio Marsico, SICP, 1996-1997, 1999. Member of Europan Society Cardiology, European Association Pediatric Cardiology, Society Catheterization Augural and Interventions, Society Italiana Cardiologia Pediatrics (board member since 2007).

Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi

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Consultant paediatric cardiologist

pediatric cardiologist

Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi, British Pediatric cardiologist. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; consultant pediatric cardiologist. Major Army Medical Corps, Pakistan Army, 1983-1985. Member Association European Paediatric Cardiologists, British Paediatric Cardiac Association (honorary secretary 1991-1993), British Cardiac Society.


  • Born

March 20, 1952

Kotli, Azad Kashm, Pakistan


Professor Qureshi’s achievements include interventions in congenital heart disease and co-invention of a balloon used widely for interventions (Tyshak balloon). He has been involved in many studies evaluating devices and interventional techniques and PI for CE study currently on the percutaneous pulmonary (Venus) valve.

He is Chairman of the Medical Board of Chain of Hope (UK charity) and undertakes missions in developing countries.

Howaida El-Said

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Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. Howaida El-Said is the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego. She is one of only two ABIM-certified adult congenital heart disease specialists in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties.

Dr. El-Said completed her pediatrics residency, pediatric cardiology fellowship, imaging fellowship and interventional pediatric cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She trained under the founder and father of interventional pediatric cardiology, Dr. Charles Mullins, which gave her vast exposure to the most complex adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) cases.

After completing her medical training in 2000, Dr. El-Said became an associate pediatric cardiologist at Baylor before coming to San Diego. She performs close to half of the diagnostic and interventional procedures at the Rady Children’s cardiac catheterization laboratory. Thirty percent of her cardiac catheterization procedures are ACHD cases, including percutaneous valve implantations.

She remains an active clinical researcher, having authored almost 50 publications.

Mark Galantowicz

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Mark Galantowicz, MD, is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. And also a Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and is the recipient of the Murray D. Lincoln Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Galantowicz was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to conduct molecular biology research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is certified in both Pediatric and Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery.

His clinical interests are in the areas of the surgical treatment and repair of newborns with congenital heart defects and cardiopulmonary transplantation. His research interests focus on the development of innovative, less-invasive strategies for the management of cardiopulmonary disease.

Sawsan Awad

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Dr. Sawsan Awad, MD is a pediatric cardiology specialist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Awad completed a residency at University of Toledo Medical Center. She currently practices at Rush Center for Congenital & Structural Heart Disease and is affiliated with Rush University Medical Center. She accepts multiple insurance plans. Dr. Awad is board certified in Pediatric Cardiology.

Zahid Amin

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Dr. Zahid Amin joined our group from Children’s Hospital of Georgia, where he was endowed chair and section chief in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. His primary focus is on interventions in pediatric and adult structural heart disease, hybrid procedures and percutaneous valve replacement, and the periventricular technique for septal defect closure that he helped pioneer. In 2017, he was awarded the title of Master Interventionalist by The Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).

Ziyad Hijazi

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Prof. Hijazi has nearly 40 years of experience in Congenital Cardiology and has pioneered several ground-breaking Interventional procedures in the field. He is an internationally recognized leader in the nonsurgical repair of congenital and structural heart defects in children and adults and in the development of novel trans-catheter devices. Prof. Hijazi joined Sidra Medicine in 2014, during which time he established the hospital’s Department of Pediatrics and world-class Heart Center; staffed by some of the top pediatric specialists and healthcare professionals from across the globe.

Ziyad M. Hijazi, MD, MPH is Sidra Medicine ACMO, the Executive Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, the Director of Sidra Medicine’s Heart Center, a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and the clinical lead of Sidra international office

Alessandro Giamberti

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Alessandro Giamberti, Md, is a Professor in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Cardiac Surgery School, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. He graduated in Medicine ‘cum laude’ in 1986 from University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy and became a specialist in Cardiac Surgery ‘cum laude’ at University of Bologna, Italy. He worked at Policlinico San Donato, San Donato M.se, Italy in the Cardiac Surgery Unit from 2000-2015, becoming Head of Congenital Cardiac Surgery Unit in 2015 He has received awards in Cardiac Surgery. His main interests are in neonatal cardiac surgery, Fontan operation, surgery of arrhythmias, adults with congenital heart disease and paediatric cardiac surgery, and cardiology in developing countries.

Radwa Bedair

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Dr Bedair is the clinical lead for the adult congenital heart disease services and has worked at the Bristol Heart Institute since 2014. She qualified and trained in cardiology at Cairo University, completing Masters and Doctorate degrees before moving to the United Kingdom for further training in 2007. After obtaining specialist registration in 2013, she gained more experience in congenital interventional procedures through a one-year interventional fellowship at Evelina London children’s hospital. Her sub-specialty interest is diagnostic and interventional congenital cardiac catheterisation. She is also responsible for regional training in adult congenital heart disease and has experience in clinical governance leadership.

Giovanni Di Salvo

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Dr Giovanni Di Salvo qualified in Italy in 1996, going on to obtain his certificate of perfection in Medical Emergencies and to specialise in cardiology. He gained master’s degree in medical imaging in 2002 at the Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium, and his PhD in cardio-respiratory physiopathology and associated biotechnologies in 2004.

Dr Di Salvo has worked across the globe in a variety of institutions, including Naples and Saudi Arabia, before joining the Trust in 2016 as a lead consultant in paediatric echocardiography. In July 2017, Dr Di Salvo became the lead for paediatric cardiology research at Royal Brompton Hospital, and in October 2016 became an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College, London.

His goal is to provide excellent care for infants, children and adults with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease.

Ravikumar Ratnagiri

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Dr. Ravikumar is a well-known interventional cardiologist with an experience of over 20 years in performing interventional cardiology procedures such as primary and elective Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCIs), Second generation stents, Valvuloplasties, to name a few. With the special interest in End-stage Heart Failure management, Dr Ravi has undergone special training and obtained fellowship in heart failure from European Society of Cardiology.

Majeed Jawad

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Dr Majeed Jawad, Consultant Paediatrician at Spire Gatwick Park private hospital in Horley, Surrey offering private appointments to patients in Surrey and Sussex in our clean and comfortable private hospital.

Dr Jawad has been a Consultant Paediatrician since 1992. He is the lead for Paediatric Cardiology and safeguarding children at SASH. Dr Jawad also is a founder member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and he is currently the Strategic Lead for Training and Examination for ME&NA at the RCPCH. Dr Jawad is a founder of the South Thames Paediatric Respiratory Group which he chaired for 10 years between 1993 and 2003. Dr Jawad is a senior examiner for the MRCPCH Paediatrics and has contributed to two major textbooks in Paediatrics. Dr Jawad special interests are cardiology, respiratory and allergies.


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Dr K R Balakrishnan, Chairman – Institute of Cardiac Sciences | Director – Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare, is one of India’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons and heart-lung transplant specialists with over 30 years of experience in his expert hands.

A graduate from KEM Hospital, University of Bombay, Dr K R Balakrishnan has mastered an evidence-based approach to healthcare practices and refined clinical expertise in surgery. His areas of expertise include end-stage heart failure management (heart transplant & VAD implant), paediatric cardiac surgery, lung transplant, and heart and lung transplant. He has received numerous awards for his work and his work has been published in some of the highest-ranking medical journals.

Nikalaus Haas

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Prof. Dr. Med. Nikolaus Haas is a reputed Pediatric Cardiologist and has been treating children with congenital heart defects and cardiovascular disorders for +20 years.

During 1984-90, he completed his medical studies at the University of Heidelberg. Till 1996, he worked as Resident doctor at the pediatric cardiology departments of the universities of Heidelberg, German Heart Center, Berlin and also served as a medical faculty at Mannheim.

He is an expert at performing surgeries pertaining to congenital heart defects including hybrid interventions, ventricular septal defect closure, patent ductus arteriosus closure, atrial septal defect closure, embolisation in hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and treatment of aortic coarctation