Angelo Auricchio, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Angelo Auricchio serves as the Director of the Heart Failure Program and Clinical Electrophysiology Unit at the Fondazione Cardiocentro Ticino in Lugano, Switzerland.
His focus is on cardiac catheterization and cardiac electrophysiology. His main areas of research are in clinical electrophysiology - mapping techniques in dilated cardiomyopathies, non-pharmacological therapy of arrhythmias - and non-pharmacological therapies for heart failure. Moreover, he serves as a Co-Director at the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology at Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He has been Professor of Cardiology at University Hospital in Magdeburg, Germany since 2008. He also serves as Scientific Director at the Fondazione Ticino Cuore. Dr. Auricchio is also a part-time professor in Cardiology at the University of L’Aquila (Italy). He was the President of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). Dr. Auricchio is the author of more than 250 peer reviewed articles, 6 books and more than 20 book chapters.
Dr. Auricchio received his medical degree from medical school in Naples (Italy) and a Ph. D. in Cardiovascular Physiology from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). He completed his fellowship in Cardiology at Federico II - University of Naples, Italy.
Roger de la Torre, M.D.
Dr. Roger de la Torre is a board-certified surgeon with the Surgical Weight Loss Institute of Kansas City. He is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.
Most recently, Dr. de la Torre served as an associate professor and director of the Bariatric Program at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and as director of the school's BioDesign and Innovation Program. He has also served on the faculty of schools including University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and St. Louis University, and on the faculty of the Advanced Laparoscopic Training Center in Atlanta. Dr. de la Torre offers his patients a wealth of experience and expertise in bariatric surgery, having worked in the field for more than 15 years. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably a U.S. News and World Report High Performing Specialty Award, along with others recognizing his surgical and overall care skills. Dr. de la Torre has been an active researcher and author, writing multiple papers, abstracts and articles detailing advances and methods in bariatric and laparoscopic surgical techniques. His level of knowledge in this area ensures patients receive the latest most advanced care in bariatric and minimally invasive procedures. In addition to his medical training, Dr. de la Torre holds over 65 patents, and was recently inducted into the National Academy of Inventors. He is the co-founder and director of Towertech Research Group, a medical technique/procedure research entity. He is listed among Who’s Who of Science and Engineering and Who’s Who of American Inventors. Dr. de la Torre's professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, and the American Society of General Surgeons.
John M. Flack, M.D.
Dr. John M. Flack is a professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Prior to joining SIU, Dr. Flack held numerous positions at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, most recently as professor of medicine and physiology. He was chair of Wayne State’s internal medicine department for 8 years. While at Wayne State, Flack served as the founding director of the Division of Translational Research and Clinical Epidemiology (TRaCE) and was principal investigator of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded Center for Urban Health. Dr. Flack serves as the Vice President of the ASH Hypertension Specialist Board. Dr. Flack is the prior President of International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) and is also past member, FDA Cardio-renal Advisory Panel. Dr. Flack is the author of more than 180 publications and 18 books and book chapters. Dr. Flack is an Associate Editor of American Journal of Hypertension and CardioRenal Medicine.
Dr. Flack received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and NIH post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at University of Minnesota.
Juan F. Granada, M.D.
Dr. Juan Granada is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and was previously the Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer of the CRF Skirball Center for Innovation.
He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Co-Director of TCT. Dr. Granada is one of the world’s foremost investigators in the field of translational research involving advanced experimental methodologies, endovascular imaging and emerging cardiovascular therapies. He has helped to develop and successfully validate several endovascular imaging and cardiovascular device technologies currently in clinical use worldwide. In addition, he is an active participant in the development of multiple innovation programs around the world.
Dr. Granada received his medical degree from the Institute of Health Sciences in Medellin, Colombia. He completed his cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He joined CRF in 2007 from the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas.
David E. Kandzari, M.D.
Dr. David E. Kandzari specializes in cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease and interventional cardiology. Dr. Kandzari is a John B. Simpson Assistant Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Genomic Sciences at Duke University.
Dr. Kandzari is the former Director of Interventional Cardiology Research at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. Before joining the Scripps faculty, he also served as Chief Medical Officer for the Cordis Corporation, a Johnson and Johnson Company. He has also served as a Medical Officer for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the FDA and currently serves as an ad hoc member of the FDAs Circulatory Devices Panel. Dr. Kandzari has held national and international leadership roles in clinical trials in cardiovascular disease and has participated in national and international program committees in cardiology. He has authored and coauthored more than 150 studies, book chapters and scientific reviews.
Dr. Kandzari received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency, as well as a fellowship in general and interventional cardiology at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Barry Katzen, M.D.
Dr. Barry Katzen is Voluntary Professor of Radiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine as well as Clinical Professor of Radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and most recently became Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
Dr. Katzen is considered a pioneer of angioplasty thrombolysis and has a particular interest in treatment of aortic (AAA, TAA) and peripheral aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia, carotid artery disease, renal vascular hypertension, and vascular malformations. He has participated in the innovation of new therapies for a number of vascular diseases. He is a program director for the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) and Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology (CIO).
Dr. Katzen received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his radiology residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, with a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Center in New York, as well as the University of Rome, Italy.
Dean J. Kereiakes, M.D.
Dr. Dean J. Kereiakes is Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center, Medical Director of the Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education at The Christ Hospital, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Ohio State University.
Dr. Kereiakes has been an original investigator for most of the interventional technologies introduced in the last two decades and has performed more than 30,000 catheterization procedures. In addition to lecturing nationally and internationally, Dr. Kereiakes is very active as a clinical and scientific investigator and has participated in over 1,300 clinical research protocols. He has published over 800 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters. He has served on the numerous editorial boards of prestigious, peer-reviewed journals, including Circulation, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). Dr. Kereiakes received his medical degree and was valedictorian of his graduating class at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. His postgraduate training included internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco, a senior residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He then completed fellowships in adult cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco and in coronary angioplasty at the San Francisco Heart Institute and the Sequoia Hospital.
Karl-Heintz Kuck, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Karl-Heintz Kuck serves as a Director of Cardiology of Allegemienes Krankenhaus St. Georg, Hamburg, Germany. His main research interests include: Clinical Electrophysiology, Valvular Heart Disease, Percutaneous Catheter Intervention, Catheter Based Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy, Cardiac Devices in Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation. Dr. Kuck serve on the advisory board of several Medical device companies.
Dr. Kuck has served as a Board Member of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) for the past 4 years and serves as EHRA President. Dr. Kuck was the president German Cardiac Society (GCS) and a board member of the European society of cardiology (ESC). Dr. Kuck is the author of more than 400 publications, many books and book chapters and scientific reviews. Dr. Kuck serves on the editorial boards of the German Journal of cardiology, the Chinese Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.
Dr. Kuck received his medical degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. He completed his internship in Department of Cardiology of the University Hospital Eppendorf (UHE) Hamburg, Germany and his fellowship at the department of Clinical Electrophysiology of the University Hospital Limburg in Maastricht, Netherlands.
Vivek Y. Reddy, M.D.
Dr. Vivek Y. Reddy is one of the nation’s premier cardiac electrophysiologists, leading a team of physician-scientists who are developing and testing advanced therapies for cardiac arrhythmias.
Dr. Reddy’s pioneering clinical research is changing the way cardiac patients are treated and cured. Under his leadership, Mount Sinai is the lead investigator on several multinational clinical trials exploring new arrhythmia procedures and technologies. Dr. Reddy is the author of more than 200 Journal articles and the author of 6 books and book chapters.
Dr. Reddy received his medical degree from the Univ. of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, his fellowship in Cardiovascular Discipline at University of Chicago Hospitals and his fellowship in electrophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
J. Stephen Scott, M.D.
Dr. Stephen Scott is a board-certified surgeon with the Surgical Weight Loss Institute of Kansas City. He is affiliated with Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
Dr. Scott offers his patients a breadth of experience and expertise in bariatric surgery, having worked in the field for more than 20 years. During that time, he has seen complications decrease ten-fold, and has played an important role in that improvement through his involvement in training, education, new techniques and technologies. Most recently, Dr. Scott served as an associate professor in general surgery for the University of Missouri at Columbia, and co-director of Missouri Bariatric Services. He has also served on the clinical faculty of schools including St. Louis University and the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, and on the faculty of the Advanced Laparoscopic Training Center in Atlanta. Dr. Scott is an active researcher, presenter and author, and possesses a level of knowledge in his field that ensures patients receive the latest, most advanced bariatric care. He recently authored 3 text book chapters on the topic. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Scott is the co-founder and co-director of Towertech Research Group, a medical technique/procedure research entity. He has served on the boards of numerous entities including the American Hernia Society, the Ethicon Endo-Surgery Institute and on advisory boards for General Surgery Innovations and U.S. Surgical Corp. Dr. Scott has been the director of the Robotic Program at American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, moderator of the robotic session at Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) forums, spoken extensively on revisional bariatric surgery at SAGES, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and surgical disruptive technologies conferences. He holds memberships in the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, the International College of Surgeons, ASMBS, the American Hernia Society, the American Society of General Surgeons, the ACS, and SAGES.
Robert S. Schwartz, M.D.
Dr. Robert S. Schwartz is Medical Director of the Minnesota Cardiovascular Research Institute and is Senior Cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute.
He was previously Director of the Center for Applied Vascular Biology and Interventions, Mayo Foundation. Dr. Schwartz has also served as Professor at the Mayo Medical School. He holds Board Certifications on the National Board of Medical Examiners in Internal Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases, and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT).
Dr. Schwartz has published over 500 articles and abstracts in peer reviewed journals dealing with various topics in Interventional Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Imaging. He is the recipient of various awards including the Andreas Gruentzig Award for Basic Research in Coronary Restenosis from the Thoraxcenter/European Society of Cardiology. He holds professional memberships as Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. Dr. Schwartz is also a member of the Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging. Dr. Schwartz received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and his doctorate from the University of Colorado-Denver and continued his internship, residency, and Fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.
Jagmeet P. Singh M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Jagmeet P. Singh is the Associate Chief of the Cardiology Division at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the Founding Director of the Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program.
Dr. Singh is the Deputy editor of the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Clinical EP, the editor in chief of Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine, was the international associate editor of European Heart Journal and is in the editorial board of: EP Lab Digest and Journal of Innovation in Cardiac Rhythm Management. Dr. Singh serves on the steering committee and scientific advisory board of numerous national and international clinical trials mainly Dr. Singh is the author of more than 250 Journal articles and the author of 4 books and book chapters.
Dr. Singh received his medical degree from B.J. Medical College, Pune University, India. He completed his Ph.D. studies at Oxford University, his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Pieter Stella, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Pieter Stella was trained as a cardiologist in the OLVG-Amsterdam and did his fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of Utrecht. Since 1997, Dr. Stella has practiced as an interventional cardiologist at the University of Utrecht, having performed more than 6,500 PCI procedures.
He has served as director of the Cat labs from 2014-2017. In 2017, Dr. Stella was appointed Research Manager for the Division of Heart & Lungs of the University Medical Center Utrecht. Dr. Stella has been involved in many trials as principal investigator and has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications. He has also been invited to be a guest-faculty at major conferences such as Euro-PCR, TCT, Asia-live, ICI, CIT, CRF, India live and has also conducted local proctoring in Europe, Asia/China and the US. Dr. Stella’s current interests include reduction of DAPT with new stents, new stent designs and Transcatheter Valve techniques. He is a visiting professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and University of Sozhou in China.
Gregg W. Stone M.D.
Dr. Gregg W. Stone is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University. He is also the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center and is a Co-Director of Medical Research and Education at The Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York, NY.
Dr. Stone is an expert in cardiovascular research. His expertise includes; design and conductance of clinical trials specifically trials related to treatment of hypertension. Dr. Stone participates in the scientific advisory board of numerous cardiovascular trials including leading device trials for the treatment of hypertension. Dr. Stone is the founder of TCTMD.com, Associate Editor, JACC Cardiovascular Imaging and on the editorial board of many cardiovascular journals. Dr. Stone served in the medical and scientific advisory board of more than 100 clinical studies. Dr. Stone is the author of hundreds of Journal articles and the author of 34 books and book chapters.
Dr. Stone received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore, MD. He completed his internship and residency, at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York City, NY; fellowship in Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA and fellowship in Advanced Coronary Angioplasty at Mid America Heart Institute St. Luke's Hospital Kansas City, MO.
Paul Teirstein, M.D.
Dr. Paul Teirstein is the Chief of Cardiology and Director of Interventional Cardiology for Scripps Clinic and Director of the Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute for Scripps Health. Dr. Teirstein joined Scripps in 1987 and is the founder and director of the interventional cardiology program at Scripps Clinic.
Through this program he is leading the way in training a new generation of interventional cardiologists. With a primary focus on complex coronary interventions and new technology development, Dr. Teirstein has played an active role in the initial development and clinical investigation of coronary stent procedures, rotablator atherectomy, transluminal extraction atherectomy, coronary angioscopy and the utilization of cardiopulmonary support. Dr. Teirstein pioneered the first effective treatment for restenosis (low dose radiation therapy) and was one of the early investigators of medicated stents. Recent areas of investigation include new technology for minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (PARTNER trial) and transcatheter treatment of hypertension (Simplicity trial).
The author of numerous publications, Dr. Teirstein has lectured throughout the world on state-of-the-art interventional cardiology techniques. He is an internationally recognized leader in cardiology and has received numerous awards for both research and clinical excellence. Dr. Teirstein completed medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine followed by internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He completed his fellowships St Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and Stanford University Hospital.
Stefan Verheye, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Verheye has been a senior interventional cardiologist at the Antwerp Cardiovascular Center, Antwerp Belgium since 2000. He serves as a member of Scientific Advisory Board of several medical device manufacturers.
He is a member of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions and a member of the Belgian Working Group on Interventional Cardiology, and has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Brussels. Dr. Verheye is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed journals (www.pubmed.com), ten book chapters, over 300 abstracts, and has led (as global principal investigator) and participated in numerous clinical (Phase I and II) and pre-clinical research studies in the field of innovative interventional cardiology (coronary and structural heart disease). He has presented at numerous major conferences such as TCT (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics), EuroPCR (European Percutaneous Course on Revascularization), AsiaPCR, AHA (Amercian Heart Association), ACC (American College of Cardiology) and ESC (European Society of Cardiology) and has directed and transmitted several coronary and structural live cases to TCT, EuroPCR and ESC. His entrepreneurial interests led to the co-foundation of Hilbert Paradox, NV, a start-up company encompassing a unique way of capturing and correlating digital health data, applying data- and knowledge engineering, which was later on acquired by a clinical research organization. Afterwards he co-founded ainthoven, NV, a start-up company dedicated to on-line cardiac signal analytics by exploring the hyperspace of learning algorithms.