Committees

Host Scientific
Societies Presidents

James K. Kirklin
President WSPCHS

David Overman
President CHSS

Vladimiro Vida
President ECHSA

Local Host Committee

Lorenzo Galletti
Head of Cardiology, Heart and Lung Transplantation Department, Bambin Gesù Paediatric Hospital

Gaetano Domenico Gargiulo
Full Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Bologna / Director of Evolutive Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Department in Bologna Hospital / Coordinator of Course for Graduating in Cardiac-Nephro Thoracic Sciences

Alessandro Giamberti
Head of Congenital Adulto and Paediatric Surgery in San Donato Hospital in Milan

Vladimiro Vida
Full Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Padua / Director of Paediatric Heart Surgery Department, Padua Hospital / Director of Graduate School in Heart Surgery, Padua Hospital

Planning Committee

Co-Chair:
Vladimiro Vida, Padua, Italy
Co-Chair:
Christo I. Tchervenkov, Montreal, Canada

Massimiliano Cantinotti, Massa, Italy
Frank Edwin, Accra, Ghana
Kirsten Finucane, Auckland, New Zealand
Stephanie Fuller, Philadelphia, USA
Lorenzo Galletti, Rome, Italy
Gaetano Gargiulo, Bologna, Italy

Alessandro Giamberti, Milan, Italy
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Gainesville, USA
Robert Jaquiss, Dallas, USA
James K. Kirklin, Birmingham, USA
Attilio Lotto, Liverpool, UK
Leonardo Miana, Sao Paulo, Brasil

David M. Overman, Minneapolis, USA
Francesca Raimondi, Bergamo, Italy
Gabriele Rinelli, Rome, Italy
Silvia Favilli,
Florence, Italy
Kisaburo Sakamoto, Shizuoka, Japan
Nestor Sandoval, Bogota, Colombia

Pre-Meeting Planning Committee

Co-Chair:
Alvise Guariento, Padua, Italy
Co-Chair:
Emanuela Angeli, Bologna, Italy

Anna Balducci, Bologna, Italy
Gianfranco Butera, Rome, Italy
Biagio Castaldi, Padua, Italy
Massimo Chessa, Milan, Italy

Giovanni Di Salvo, Padua, Italy
Andrea Donti, Bologna, Italy
Roberta Iacobelli, Rome, Italy

Antonio Saracino, Milan, Italy
Matteo Trezzi, Rome, Italy
Alessandro Varrica, Milan, Italy

Scientific Program Committee

Co-Chair:
Vladimiro Vida, Padua, Italy
Co-Chair:
Christo I. Tchervenkov, Montreal, Canada

Riyadh M. Abu-Sulaiman, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Salvatore Agati, Taormina, Italy
Gabriella Agnoletti, Turin, Italy
Hafil Abdulgani, Jakarta, Indonesia
Ryan E. Accord, Groningen, Netherlands
Fekede Agwar, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Zohair Al-Halees, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Obaid Aljassim, Dubai, UAE
Osman Al-Radi, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Emanuela Angeli, Bologna, Italy
Sara Arrigoni, Groningen, Netherlands
Boulos Asfour, Bonn, Germany
Au Wing-Kuk Timmy, Hong Kong, China
Erle H. Austin,
Louisville, USA
Aydemir Numan Ali, Istambul, Turkey
Papa Salmane Ba, Dakar, Senegal
Emile Bacha, New York, USA
Carl L. Backer, Lexington, USA
Christopher Baird, Boston, USA
Anna Balducci, Bologna, Italy
David Barron, Toronto, Canada
Pedro A. Becker, Santiago, Chile
Mark Bleiweis, Gainesville, USA
Drissi Boumzebra, Marrakesh, Morocco
Abdelmalek Bouzid, Algiers, Algeria
Christina Brizard, Melbourne, Australia
Federico Brunelli, Bergamo, Italy
Gianfranco Butera, Rome, Italy
Christopher A. Caldarone, Houston, USA
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Massa, Italy
Thierry Carrel, Bern, Switzerland
Biagio Castaldi, Padua, Italy
Gisel Catalan, Manila, Philippines
Jorge Cervantes, Mexico City, Mexico
Massimo Chessa, Milan, Italy
Sertac M. Cicek, Istanbul, Turkey
Julie Cleuziou, Munich, Germany
Calogero Comparato, Palermo, Italy
Roberto Di Donato, Dubai, UAE
Ali Dodge-Khatami, Aachen, Germany
Joseph A. Dearani, Rochester, USA
Giovanni Di Salvo, Padua, Italy
Andrea Donti, Bologna, Italy
Tjark Ebels, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frank Edwin, Accra, Ghana
Protopapas Eleftherios, Athens, Greece
Adel Elgamal, Mansoura, Egypt
Sitaram Emani, Boston, USA
Anietimfon U. Etiuma, Calabar, Nigeria
Silvia Favilli, Florence, Italy
Kirsten Finucane, Auckland, New Zealand
Roberto Formigari, Genoa, Italy
Jose Fragata, Lisbon, Portugal
Katrien Francois,Gent, Belgium

Charles D. Fraser, Austin, USA
Stephanie Fuller, Philadelphia, USA
Beatriz Furlanetto, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gaetano Gargiulo, Bologna, Italy
Lorenzo Galletti, Rome, Italy
Gino Gerosa, Padua, Italy
Alessandro Giamberti, Milan, Italy
Paolo Guccione, Taormina, Italy
Claudia Herbst, Vienna, Austria
Hoel Tom Nilsen, Oslo, Norway
Jürgen Hörer, Munich, Germany
David Horn, Halifax, Canada
Roberta Iacobelli, Rome, Italy
Mattila Ilkka, Helsinki, Finland
David Hoganson, Boston USA
Osami Honjo, Toronto, Canada
Vladimir Ilyin, Moscow, Russia
Krishna S. Iyer, New Delhi, India
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Gainesville, USA
Robert D. Jaquiss, Dallas, USA
Marcelo Jatene, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Richard A. Jonas, Washington, USA
Ignacio Juaneda, Cordoba, Argentina
David Kalfa, New York, USA
Andrzej Kansy, Warsaw, Poland
Shingo Kasahara, Okayama, Japan
James K. Kirklin, Birmingham, USA
Igor Konstantinov, Melbourne, Australia
Martin Kostelka, Leipzig, Germany
Christian Kreutzer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gaurav Kumar, New Delhi, India
Hiromi Kurosawa, Tokyo, Japan
Stojan Lazarov, Sofia, Bulgaria
Cheul Lee, Seoul, South Korea
Shoujun Li, Beijing, China
Mauro Lo Rito, Milan, Italy
Attilio Lotto, Liverpool, UK
Vadim Lyubomudrov, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Giovanni Battista Luciani, Verona, Italy
Ignacio Lugones, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Valdano Manuel, Luanda, Angola
Rudolf Mair, Linz, Austria
Hendrick Mamorare, Johannesburg, South Africa
Stefano Marianeschi, Milan, Italy
Bohdan Maruszewski, Warsaw, Poland
Ilkka Mattila, Helsinki, Finland
Constantine Mavroudis, Indianapolis, USA
Constantine D. Mavroudis, Philadelphia, USA
Ettore Merlino, Ancona, Italy
Bart Meyns, Leuven, Belgium
Carlos M. Mery, Austin, USA
Leonardo Miana, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Guido Michielo, Genoa, Italy
Michael Mitchell, Milwaukee, USA

Tomasz Mroczek, Krakow, Poland
Peter Mutin, Berlin, Germany
Hani Najm, Cleveland, USA
Ivan Nino de Guzman, Lima, Peru
Matej Nosal, Bratislava, Slovakia
James E. O’Brien Jr, Kansas City, USA
Michael Oketcho, Kampala, Uganda
Uvie Onakpoya, Ile Ife, Nigeria
Guido Oppido, Naples, Italy
Yishay Orr, Sydney, Australia
David M. Overman, Minneapolis, USA
Carlo Pace Napoleone, Turin, Italy
Davide Pacini, Bologna, Italy
Massimo Padalino, Bari, Italy
Alexis Palacios-Macedo, Mexico City, Mexico
Marco Papa, Milan, Italy
Ericka Perez Albrecht, La Paz, Bolivia
Anastasios Polymenakis, Augusta GA, USA
Alain Poncelet, Brusselles, Belgium
Elephterios Protopapas, Athens, Greece
Francesca Raimondi, Bergamo, Italy
Darshan Reddy, Durban, South Africa
Gabriele Rinelli, Rome, Italy
Jennifer C. Romano, Ann Arbor, USA
Maria Giovanna Russo, Naples, Italy
James D. St. Louis, Augusta, USA
Kisaburo Sakamoto, Shizuoka, Japan
Piya Samankatiwat, Bangkok, Thailand
Nestor Sandoval, Bogota, Colombia
Giuseppe Santoro, Massa Carrara, Italy
Anna Saracino, Milan, Italy
George E. Sarris, Athens, Greece
Rajesh Sharma, New Delhi, India
Mohammad Shihata, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Sivakumar Sivalingam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Simone Speggiorin, London UK
Giovanni Stellin, Padua, Italy
James St Louis, Evans GA, USA
Sachin Talwar, New Delhi, Indi
Matteo Trezzi, Rome, Italy
Etienne Tshionyi, Kinshasa, DR Congo
Nicola Uricchio, Bergamo, Italy
Ugo Vairo, Bari, Italy
Glen Van Arsdell, Los Angeles, USA
Katharina Van Doorn, London, UK
Juan Velez, Cali, Colombia
Pak Vitali, Massa Carrara, Italy
Susan Vosloo, Cape Town, South Africa
Luca A. Vricella, Chicago, USA
David Winlaw, Cincinnati, USA
Illya Yemetz, Kiev, Ukraine
Haibo Zhang, Shanghai, China
Hao Zhang, Shanghai, China
Liesl Zuhlke, Cape Town, South Africa