What is “Chat with a mentor @ESCR 2019”?

“Chat with a mentor @ESCR 2019” is a mentoring programme during the 2019 meeting in Antwerp, aimed for the young radiologists who are interested in cardiovascular imaging. Selected applicants will have reserved slots for individual interviews of 15 minutes for a conversation about career and subspecialty with well-known professionals. This will be held in the Young Club lounge during the breaks.

How can I apply?

Please write an email to the ESCR Office (office@escr.org) and indicate the mentor you would like to meet. Upon availability, we will confirm your match. Kindly note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please be aware that once your match is confirmed, you commit to the date and time of your meeting.

Important dates

The meetings will be held in the Young Club lounge (located next to the exhibition area) on:

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019, between 11:15-11:30, 15:30-15:45, and 17:00-17:15
  • Friday, October 25, 2019, between 09:45-10:00, 11:15-11:30, 15:30-15:45, and 17:00-17:15
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019, between 09:45-10:00, and 11:15-11:30

For the exact time slot, please check the mentor information below.

Am I eligible?

Applicants have to be active Young Club members and have a valid ESCR 2019 congress registration.

Responsible Young Club members

Monika Arzanauskaite, Tilman Emrich, Giuseppe Muscogiuri
In case of any questions regarding “Chat with a mentor @ESCR 2019”, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the responsible Young Club members and/or the ESCR Office.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Prof. Dr. Marco Francone

TIME: 11:15 – 11:30

Prof. Marco Francone is Professor of Radiology at Sapienza University of Rome. He is an internationally known expert in cardiac imaging and speaker for most important international radiological and cardiological meetings including CIRSE, ESOR, RSNA, ECR, ESCR and the American college of cardiology. His prominent field of research is cardiovascular imaging with both CT and MR with specific focus on myocardial infarction and cardiomyopathies being author and coauthor of more than 100 indexed articles with an impact factor higher than 500.

Prof. Francone is also scientific chairman of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology (ESCR and was recently elected as President Italian College of Cardiac Radiology – Italian Society of Radiology. He is also actively involved in the activities of European Society of Radiology, having served as cardiac imaging subcommittee member for the European Congress of Radiology between 2017-2019 and was recently appointed as Scientific Subcommittee Chairperson for the 2020 meeting. He is also member of ESR Research Committee, since 2020.

Refresher courser at RSNA for the years 2017-18 and member of the Educational Exhibit Awards committee and Radiographics panelist at RSNA 2015-2018.

Fields of interests: CMR, Research and Education

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Biederer

TIME: 17:00 – 17:15

Diagnostic Radiology of the chest using multiple row detector CT and MRI in experimental research and clinical use is the speciality of Professor Jürgen Biederer. From 1997 to 2011 he was resident, fellow and finally vice director of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel. After having already been in Heidelberg for research activities at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) from 2005 to 2006, he finally changed to University Hospital Heidelberg in 2012. From 2012 to 2013 he worked as a managing senior physician at the department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology of University Hospital Heidelberg, where he is still active until today as researcher in the Section of Pulmonary Radiology. Since 2014 he is the head of the Department of Radiology at the County Hospital Groß-Gerau (KK-GG) as part of Radiologie Darmstadt.

Professor Biederer is vice president of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI) as well as active board member in the International Workshop for Pulmonary Functional Imaging (IWPFI) and in the thorax workshop board of the German Radiology Society (DRG). Furthermore, he is an active member of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA). He is part of the editorial board of Fortschr. Röntgenstrahlen (RöFo) and serves as an active reviewer for a number of international journals.

Scientifically he is engaged in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) and in imaging cohort studies (COSYCONET). His international network comprises cooperations with institutions in Denver (CO, USA), Edinburgh (UK), Cambridge (UK), Trieste (IT), Riga (LV) and Kiel (DE). His favorite field in research for more than 20 years now is clinical magnetic resonance imaging of the lung, which will be also the topic of his presentation at the conference.

Fields of interests: Pulmonary Vasculature, chest imaging

Dr. Charles Peebles

TIME: 15:30 – 15:45

Dr Charles Peebles is a Consultant Radiologist at the University Hospital Southampton with a specialist interest in Cardiothoracic imaging. He has a specific expertise in cardiac cross sectional imaging and is lead of the Department of Cardiothoracic Radiology at Southampton. He has been performing CMR since 1995 and Cardiac CT since 1999.

Charles has previously been the President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, and has been a board member of the British Society of Cardiovascular MRI. He currently serves on the Executive committee of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology. He has recently been on the NICE guideline committee for Acute chest pain and previously sat on the guideline development group for the management of stable angina.

Fields of interests: Education and training in cardiac radiology.


Friday, October 25, 2019

Dr. Karen Ordovas

TIME: 09:45 – 10:00

Karen Ordovas, MD, is a Professor in Residence, Director of Cardiac Imaging, and Co-Chair of the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Imaging Interest Group (CIRIG) in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. She specializes in Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging, in particular cardiovascular CT and MRI at the UCSF Imaging Center. She received her medical degree from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and completed her residency in Radiology at the Instituto de Cardiologia do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She has completed research and clinical fellowships in Cardio-Thoracic Radiology at UCSF, and earned a Masters Degree in clinical research from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. She is a fellow of the North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging (NASCI) and Society of Cardiovascular MRI (SCMR).

Dr. Ordovas is deeply engaged in the main radiology and cardiology societies on her field. She is currently the president of NASCI, and member of the SCMR board of directors. She is also the Chair of the American College of Radiology Cardiology Research Committee.

Fields of interests: Dr. Ordovas research interests includes establishing evidence-based applications for coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA) and cardiac MRI in several clinical settings. A major scientific interest of hers is clinical investigations on advanced cardiovascular CT and MRI, mainly emphasizing evidence-based applications for coronary CTA and cardiac MRI in the clinical setting.

Prof. Dr. Rozemarijn Vliegenthart

TIME: 15:30 – 15:45

Rozemarijn Vliegenthart is Tenure track professor Cardiothoracic Imaging at the University of Groningen. She studied medicine at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Groningen and obtained her MD degree (cum laude) in 2005. She obtained her PhD degree in 2003, and holds an MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology. Vliegenthart works as a radiologist at the University Medical Center of Groningen. Research interests include validation and application of new techniques in cardiothoracic CT/MRI, centered on coronary artery disease, lung cancer and COPD. She has acquired a number of grants in cardiothoracic imaging as (co-)applicant. Vliegenthart is (co-)author on >190 scientific publications (H factor 38). She serves as Chairman of the cardiovascular section of the Dutch Radiology Society and as Secretary of the ESCR.

Fields of interest: Early detection of CAD, myocardial ischemia


Dr. Gianluca Pontone

TIME: 11:15 – 11:30

Dr Gianluca Pontone was graduated with honors in medicine in 1997 followed by post-graduate degree in cardiology and radiology and PhD in Clinical Methodology in 2001, 2006 and 2014 at University of Milan, Italy. He is currently director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Unit and deputy director of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography Unit of Centro Cardiologico Monzino, a fully dedicated research hospital to cardiovascular disease where the University of Milan is based. He is author of 248 indexed articles on international journal, 9 scientific books or chapters, 481 scientific abstracts and 354 lectures at national and international meetings in the field of cardiovascular imaging with an overall H-index of 31. He is currently in the board of directors of Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), board member and chairman of CT certification committee of European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), Finally, he is associate editor or member of editorial board of the following journals: JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, Atherosclerosis, Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Eurointervention, Biomed International Research, Acta Radiologica..

Fields of interest: My field of interest is cardiac CT (plaque imaging, FFRct, CTP) and cardiac MR (STEMI, prediction of SCD).

Prof. Dr. Tim Leiner

TIME: 17:00 – 17:15

Dr. Tim Leiner is tenured Professor of Radiology and holds the Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging at Utrecht University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. He received his M.D. in 2000 from Maastricht University Medical School. In 2002 he obtained his Ph.D. from the same University. Following his Ph.D. he spent 18 months as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Cardiac MR Center at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School in Boston under Dr. Warren Manning. He then completed his Radiology residency at Maastricht University Medical Center, during which he spent 3 months at the Vascular Imaging Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA under Professors Jeffrey H. Maki and Chun Yuan.

Dr. Leiner is presently Professor of Radiology at the Department of Radiology, Utrecht University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Past President of the International Working Group on MR Angiography (currently known as Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography). His research interests center around the development and implementation of new MR and CT techniques with a focus on cardiovascular imaging. Dr. Leiner has served as faculty member and member of the organizing committees at the annual meetings of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), European Society for Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR), Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), European Congress of Radiology
(ECR), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and at annual meetings of the Dutch Radiological Society. He has chaired the Scientific Program Committee of the ESMRMB in 2017. Dr. Leiner has served on the Editorial Board of European Radiology and Dutch Medical Journal and currently is Associate Editor of both the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (JMRI), the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR), and Radiology – Cardiothoracic. Dr. Leiner has served on the Board of Trustees of the ISMRM from 2006-2009 and the Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) from 2016-2019. He is the author of over 300 original papers, review articles and book chapters as well as editor of several electronic radiology textbooks. He is currently Vice-President of the ISMRM and will serve as President from 2020-2021.

Fields of interest:
1) Introduction of new technical developments in the clinic

2) Imaging of ischemic heart disease and heart failure


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dr. Michelle Williams

TIME: 09:45 – 10:00

Dr Michelle Williams (MBChB PhD MRCP FRCR FSCCT) is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Cardiothoracic Radiology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research centres around multi-modality non-invasive imaging of the heart and vasculature. After completing her medical training in Edinburgh she undertook a British Heart Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship and successfully defended her PhD on computed tomography imaging of the heart at the University of Edinburgh. She was research fellow for the SCOT-HEART study, a multicenter randomized control trial of the role of CT imaging in patients attending outpatient cardiology clinics. This work has been awarded numerous prizes. She is secretary of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging/British Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography and part of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography education committee.

Fields of interest: CT coronary angiography, CT myocardial perfusion imaging, magnetic resonance angiography, positron emission tomography and molecular imaging of atherosclerotic plaque.



Prof. Dr. Christian Loewe

TIME: 11:15 – 11:30

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Loewe, EBCR, was born 1971 in Vienna, Austria.
He is currently the Chairman of the Division of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Department of Bioimaging and Inage-Guided Intervention at the Medical University of Vienna. He serves currently as the Chairman of the European Board of Cardiovascular Radiology (EBCR) and as the Chairman of the Educational Committee within the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR).
He was President of the Annual Meeting of ESCR in Vienna 2014 and of the Annual Meeting of the Annual Meeting of the Austrian Roentgen Ray Society Meeting in 2018. He was Chariman of the Postgraduate educational programme planning committee of ECR 2019 and will be in same Position for ECR 2021. Christian Loewe was member of the Editorial Board of European Radiology (2002 – 2011) and Associate Editor of Radiology ((2011 – 2017).
The main focus of his clinical and scientific work includes: non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic (MSCT and MRT of the heart; CT angiography; MR angiography), as well as vascular interventional radiology.
He gave more than 350 invited lectures, has authored / co-authored more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of 5 book chapters.

Fields of interest: Research and Education, Cardiovascular CT, Interventional Radiology