About the conference

We welcome you to participate in the 69th Annual Conference, which will take place at the Tel Aviv Expo Convention Center on May 25-26, 2022.

We look forward to offering you the a vibrant program including leading international keynote speakers, parallel and satellite sessions on the latest research in our field, a chance to connect with sponsors and exhibitors and the ability for meaningful collaboration to reflect and connect with colleagues from Israel and across the Globe. 

For our international visitors we will offer ample opportunity to tour our exceptional country and enjoy its heritage, exceptional views and culture.

2022 Faculty

  • Stephan Achenbach

    President
    European Society of Cardiology
    Germany

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  • Stefan
    Anker

    Charite Campus Virchow Clinic
    Germany

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  • Itzhak Zachi
    Attia

    Mayo Clinic
    USA

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  • Ron
    Blankstein

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    USA

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  • Alida
    Linda Patrizia Caforio

    University of Padua
    Italy

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  • Danny Dvir

    Jesselson Integrated Heart Center, Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, Hebrew University
    Israel

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  • Marc
    Gillinov

    Cleveland Clinic
    USA

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  • Jonathon
    A. Leipsic

    St. Paul's Hospital
    Canada

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  • Amir Lerman מרצה אורח בכנס האיגוד הקרדיולוגי 2020 מרצה אורח בכנס האיגוד הקרדיולוגי 2020

    Amir
    Lerman

    Mayo Clinic
    USA

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  • Iris Shai

    Professor , Ben Gurion University, Israel .Adjunct Professor, Harvard University, USA. Honorary Professor, University of Leipzig, Germany
    Israel

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  • Philippe Gabriel Steg

    Hôpital Bichat
    France

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  • Bradley
    Strauss

    University of Toronto
    Canada

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Stephan Achenbach

President
European Society of Cardiology
Germany

Biography

Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Achenbach is the Chairman of the Department of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Erlangen, Germany. His main clinical interests are Interventional Cardiology, General Cardiology as well as Cardiac Imaging. His research is focused on cardiac interventions and cardiac imaging with a special focus on computed tomography of the heart and the use of imaging to support coronary and structural procedures. Stephan Achenbach was the Founding President of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He has been on the Board of the European Society of Cardiology since 2012, serving as Councillor (2012-2014), Vice President (2014-2016), Chairman of the Congress Programme Committee (2016-2018) and President-Elect (2018-2020). He is the President of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) for the mandate 2020 to 2022.

Stefan
Anker

Charite Campus Virchow Clinic Germany

Biography

Professor of (Tissue) Homeostasis in Cardiology & Metabolism at Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Germany

Dr Stefan D Anker is a Professor of (Tissue) Homeostasis in Cardiology & Metabolism at Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT), Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin.

Anker has been a member of the German Cardiac Society and of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) since 1995. He is currently Vice President of the ESC in charge of National Cardiac Societies and Communications. He has been serving on the board of the ESC since 2012. In addition, he has been serving on the board of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC since 2006. He was HFA President between 2012 and 2014 and he currently chairs the HFA committee on regulatory affairs.

Anker is the Founding President of the International Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD).

In his research field at BCRT, Stefan Anker investigates the mechanisms of tissue metabolism leading to sarcopenia and cachexia in chronic diseases as well as cardio-oncological issues in patients with advanced tumor disease. The development of novel treatment concepts is in the foreground, on the one hand to avoid weight loss of the chronically ill with buildup of muscle and adipose tissue, and on the other hand to develop cardiological therapies for tumor patients.

Itzhak Zachi
Attia

Mayo Clinic USA

Biography

Zachi Attia, PhD, is a co-director of Artificial Intelligence for Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Attia joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in March 2018 and holds the academic rank of an assistant professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.
Dr. Attia earned his M.Sc. and B.Sc summa cum laude in electrical engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel and his PhD from the university of Minnesota.
As a co-director of Artificial Intelligence in Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Attia direct a team of AI research scientists and work with physicians to leverage our large digital vaults of stored ECGs, echocardiograms, stress tests, nuclear images, angiograms and other big data sets to develop new tools to advance the field and the care of people with heart disease.
Dr. Attia has experience in managing large medical digital data sets and preparing them for use by neural networks; with the design and architecture of many forms of neural networks including convolutional, recurrent, and generative networks; and working efficiently in a medical environment and closely with subject matter experts to create AI tools that produce medically meaningful outputs. He has six patent filings in the field of health monitoring and biomedical algorithms for disease detection and prediction. He has given presentations on his research both nationally and internationally and has authored journal articles, abstracts and other written publications. His work on detection of systolic dysfunction was presented in Nature Medicine, as part of the “Medicine in the Digital Age,” 25th anniversary special edition and his work on detection of atrial fibrillation from normal sinus rhythm in “Lancet”.
Dr. Attia is a member of the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Ron
Blankstein

Brigham and Women’s Hospital USA

Biography

Dr. Ron Blankstein is the Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Program, Director of Cardiac Computed Tomography, and a preventative cardiology specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In addition, he is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Dr. Blankstein is the immediate Past-President of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology.   He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College. He completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Blankstein then completed an advanced fellowship in cardiac imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, and cardiovascular computed tomography.

His clinical interests focus on methods to identify and treat early stages of coronary heart disease, prevention of cardiovascular disease, and diagnosis and treatment of cardiac sarcoidosis. Dr. Blankstein is an expert in the use of multi-modality imaging for the assessment of cardiovascular disease. This includes acquiring and interpreting non-invasive cardiovascular imaging tests—such as cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, nuclear cardiology, and exercise treadmill testing. The author of over 400 publications, Dr. Blankstein’s research compares the results of different imaging techniques as well as the impact of these tests on the patient management and outcomes. Dr. Blankstein frequently lectures on topics ranging from preventive cardiology and risk assessment to how to use the results of cardiovascular imaging in patient management decisions.

Alida
Linda Patrizia Caforio

University of Padua Italy

Biography

Associate Professor in Cardiology, Dept of Cardiac Thoracic Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padova, Italy. Fulfilled National Scientific requirements for Full Cardiology Professor. Education:- Medicine and Surgery Degree (honours), and Specialist Diploma (honours) in Cardiology, Pisa University; Ph.D. in the Faculty of Medicine, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. Memberships/Committees: Italian Society of Cardiology-Member; ESC-Fellow; ANMCO-Fellow 2000; SIC -Nucleus Member 2008-2012 and SIC –Chair of the Working Group on: ” Myocardial and pericardial disease” 2010-2012; ESC-Nucleus Member and Treasurer of ESC Working Group on “Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases ” 2010-12 and Task Force on “Myocarditis”, Nucleus Coordinator, 2010-2012; ESC Chair, Working Group on “Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases ” 2014-16;ESC EORP)-Long-term cardiomyopathy and myocarditis (LT-CMY) Registry Chair 2018 and current. H-index 44 (scopus author ID 7005166754).

Danny Dvir

Jesselson Integrated Heart Center, Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, Hebrew University Israel

Biography

Danny Dvir has large experience in structural heart interventions. He is internationally recognized as an expert in evaluating and treating prosthetic heart valves, including valve-in-valve therapy, BASILICA and many others. Dr. Dvir worked extensively and specialized in non-invasive strategies for the treatment of heart valves in the Center for Heart Valve Innovation in Vancouver, BC and in University of Washington in Seattle. He is the president of the board of the Institute of Valvular Research.

Marc
Gillinov

Cleveland Clinic USA

Biography

Marc Gillinov, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He holds the Judith Dion Pyle Chair in Heart Valve Research.   He is also Chair of the NIH-funded Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network.   In addition, he is Surgical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at Cleveland Clinic.

In response to patients’ questions, Dr. Gillinov worked with Dr. Steven Nissen to write Heart 411: The Only Heart Guide You Will Ever Need. The goal of the book is to help people learn about heart health and live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Specialty interests: Mitral valve repair, robotic mitral valve surgery, robotic heart surgery, aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive heart surgery, heart valve surgery, heart valve repair.

Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. All Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeons complete between 300-400 cardiac cases per year.  The majority of Dr. Gillinov’s procedures are heart valve procedures, especially mitral valve surgery. Dr. Gillinov performs more mitral valve surgeries each year than any other surgeon in the world.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1995.

Education and Training:  A Cleveland native and graduate of Hawken School, Dr. Gillinov first worked at Cleveland Clinic in 1978. After a close family member’s successful heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gillinov became interested in learning more. He spent his summers during high school at Cleveland Clinic, working as a researcher and assistant in the cardiac surgery operating suite.

After graduating summa cum laude from Yale University, Dr. Gillinov entered Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he ranked first in his class. Dr. Gillinov received his clinical and advanced training in general surgery and cardiac and thoracic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After completing his education and training, he returned to Cleveland Clinic and joined the cardiac surgery staff in 1997.

Publications and Speaking: Dr. Gillinov is a recognized expert in mitral valve repair surgery, robotic heart surgery and in the study and treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. He has been instrumental in the development of new, less invasive treatment approaches for patients with mitral valve disease and atrial fibrillation. He has been invited to give hundreds of lectures at hospitals, academic meetings and seminars in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Gillinov has written more than 400 publications, eight continuing medical educational films and contributed over 30 chapters to medical/surgical textbooks. He has been granted patents for several innovations, including a patent disclosing new techniques for valve repair for which he received a Cleveland Clinic Award for Innovation.

Dr. Gillinov is a current or past member of 10 scientific societies, and he has been invited to join the editorial review board or act as an editorial reviewer for 15 scientific periodicals. He is the medical editor of Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Consult, and has served on the editorial boards of e-Cleveland Clinic, The Heart Surgery Forum, Innovations, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Journal of Cardiac Surgery.

Jonathon
A. Leipsic

St. Paul's Hospital Canada

Biography

Jonathon A. Leipsic, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. F.S.C.C.T is the Chairman of the Department of Radiology for Providence Health Care and the Vice Chairman of Research for the UBC Department of Radiology.  He is Professor of Radiology and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia.

Dr Leipsic is also a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Imaging. He recently has taken on the role of Medical Imaging Regional Department Head of Vancouver Coastal Health. Dr. Leipsic has over 415 peer reviewed manuscripts in press or in print, over 300 scientific abstracts, and editor of 2 textbooks. He speaks internationally on a number of cardiopulmonary imaging topics with over 150 invited lectures in the last 4 years and is Past President of the Society of Cardiovascular CT the largest international society focused on cardiovascular CT.

Amir Lerman מרצה אורח בכנס האיגוד הקרדיולוגי 2020 מרצה אורח בכנס האיגוד הקרדיולוגי 2020

Amir
Lerman

Mayo Clinic USA

Biography

Amir Lerman, MD. Is an endowed named Barbara Lips professor of medicine and a consultant in the department of cardiovascular disease at the Mayo graduate school of medicine. Dr. Lerman serves as an associate chair of the department of Cardiology and the Director of the cardiovascular research center at Mayo Clinic and the medical director of the chest pain and coronary physiology clinic. Dr. Lerman serves as the Director Mayo-Israeli start-up companies initiative and on the faculty member of the Merage Institute for medical innovation.  Dr. Lerman graduated from the Technion school of Medicine in Haifa Israel and completed his training in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and invasive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Leman interest is coronary physiology and imaging, regenerative medicine, innovative technologies and digital health. Dr. Lerman published more than 650 manuscripts, book chapters and reviews; the NIH, AHA, and several foundations support his research.

Iris Shai

Professor , Ben Gurion University, Israel .Adjunct Professor, Harvard University, USA. Honorary Professor, University of Leipzig, Germany Israel

Biography

Iris Shai, RD, PhD, is a Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at BGU in the field of nutrition and chronic diseases, Adjunct Professor at Harvard University & Honorary Professor in Leipzig University, Germany. Shai is the chair of the International center of Health Innovation& Nutrition, and a member in the Government Health Ministry Committee for healthy Nutrition Regulations in Israel.  Her focuses are obesity, diabetes, aging and cardiometabolic risk, while performing long-term, large scale, compressive dietary randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in standards of drugs trials, and long-term cohorts. Following her fellowship, awarded with Fulbright, in Harvard School of Public Health, where she focused on traditional and non-traditional biomarkers for CVD,  she leaded, with her international research team, the  2-year Dietary Intervention Randomized Controlled Trial (DIRECT) and 4-year follow-up (A Dietary Intervention- Randomized Controlled Trial (DIRECT) Study), comparing the effects of dietary strategies on cardiometabolic risk and plaque regression. In her next trial , CASCADE (The CArdiovasCulAr Diabetes & Ethanol (CASCADE) Trial) she addressed the 2-year effect of moderate alcohol in type 2 diabetes and her recent whole-body MRI trial ,CENTRAL (Diet and Body Composition (CENTRAL)), focused on dynamic of human specific fat depots and fuel metabolism across dietary strategies. Recently, she completed the DIRECT PLUS trial (Effects of Green-MED Diet Via the Gut-fat-brain Axis (DIRECT-PLUS)), which explores the effect of green Med diet, high- polyphenols on the gut-fat-brain axis. In this trial new horizons were explored, related to Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, brain atrophy attenuation ad epi-genetics. The above-mentioned clinical trials serve in global nutritional guidelines in the field of obesity, cardiology, diabetes and fatty liver diseases. Currently, Shai directs the FIT project (Follow Intervention Trials) project which aims to identify predictors & drivers determining personal health outcome, as age-related brain atrophy; as an integration of four long-term, large scale dietary clinical trials. The FIT will leverage huge omics data bank from various human specimen, MRI scans and health outcomes toward personal medicine approach.

Philippe Gabriel Steg

Hôpital Bichat France

Biography

Affiliations

– Chief, Department of Cardiology, Hôpital Bichat, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, in Paris, France.
– Vice President (in charge of research) of the board of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris network since 2018.
– Professor of Cardiology at Université Paris – Diderot (now Université de Paris), since 1994.
– Visiting Professor, Imperial College, London, UK
– Director of the “Clinical Research in Atherothrombosis” Research Team, INSERM Unit U1148, Paris
– Coordinator of the iVASC (InnoVations in Atherothrombosis SCience) RHU research consortium 2017-2021.
– Chair of the FACT (French Alliance for cardiovascular Clinical Trials) academic research network since 2013.
– Chairman of the French National University Council (Conseil National des Universités) for Cardiology since 2016.
– Co-coordinator of COVID Research for Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, March 2020

Honors

Dr Steg received the silver medal of the European Society of Cardiology in 2011, the Joseph A Vita Award from the American Heart Association in 2019 and the Grand Prix Claude Bernard de la Ville de Paris in 2019.

Research

Dr Steg has accumulated experience as a clinical trialist in the field of coronary artery disease, diabetes and antithrombotics. He is currently chair/co-chair or principal investigator of several large phase III clinical trials or international registries, such as ODYSSEY-Outcomes, CLARIFY, THEMIS, REALITY, SCORED. He was co-chair of the REACH registry, co-chair of the GRACE registry publication committee and participated in numerous DMCs or CECs.

Publications

Dr Steg has authored > 1 000 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. His H-Index is 116 (Web of Science) and he has > 76 000 citations. He has been a Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics ”highly cited researcher” in Clinical Medicine every year since 2014. He is Senior Associate Editor for Circulation, and Senior Consultant editor for Eurointervention. He is currently Faculty Head, Cardiovascular Disorders, Faculty of 1000-Prime. Dr Steg co-chaired with Dr James the ESC task force in charge of the 2012 Guidelines for management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

Bradley
Strauss

University of Toronto Canada

Biography

Staff Cardiologist: Vaughan Heart Institute

Chief, Schulich Heart Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Director, Interventional Cardiology Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship: University of Ottawa

Cardiology Fellowship: University of Ottawa

Internal Medicine: University of Toronto

Medical School: University of Toronto

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