ESCR 2021 – Speakers

We proudly present below the faculty members of ESCR 2021. By clicking on the name, you can access a short biography of the respective speaker.

Monika Arzanauskaite

Dr. Monika Arzanauskaite is a Consultant Radiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, United Kingdom. Her special clinical interests include cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease and parenchymal lung disease. She is involved in imaging training and works as the Trust Specialty Training Lead for Radiology for the North West School of Radiology. As a result of her multisystem and multimodality imaging background, she has already developed multiple academic projects linking cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Her current research interests include ischaemic heart disease and cardioprotection, cardiac tumours and congenital heart disease. Her translational research work has been recently awarded with the Fellow Research Prize in Cardiac Imaging in the Radiological Society of North America.

Dr. Arzanauskaite regularly authors peer-reviewed articles, contributes to international academic events including ESR, ESCR and RSNA meetings and is Advisory Editor for Clinical Radiology and Deputy Editor for European Heart Journal – Case Reports. She advocates for an inclusive and diverse culture in medical imaging teams fostering cooperation, innovation and patient-centred, evidence-based practice.

Currently, Dr Arzanauskaite serves as ESCR Communication and New Media committee member.

Sara Boccalini

Dr. Sara Boccalini graduated cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Genova in 2010 and completed her residency in Radiology at the University of Genova in 2016.
Due to her strong interest in Cardiovascular Radiology she spent the last year of her residency as clinical and research fellow at the Radiology Department of the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After the end of her residency she returned to the Erasmus Medical Center for a one-year Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging of the European School of Radiology (ESOR). In addition, she enrolled as a PhD student at the same institution with research projects focused on CT imaging of the aorta before and after surgery or interventions, completed in 2019.
Since May 2018, Dr. Boccalini is working as Radiologist at the University Hospital of Lyon in France (Hospices Civils de Lyon) with specialization in Cardiovascular as well as Thoracic Imaging. She is currently involved in several research projects including the development of cardiovascular applications of Spectral Imaging, on Dual Energy CT and Photon Counting CT.

Her scientific activity resulted in several papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also contributed with oral presentations and posters to several international congresses for which she received a Certificate of Merit from the Radiological Society of North America and travel grants from the European Society of Radiology and European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology. She recently received a grant for young researchers from the Hospices Civils de Lyon.

Ronald Booij

Dr. Ronald Booij started the in-service education to become a Radiographer at the Dijkzigt hospital (now Erasmus MC) in 1997 and have worked in Erasmus MC ever since. After he became a certified radiographer in 2000, he obtained postgraduate degrees in CT (2004) and in “supervisor in health care” (2007). In 2009 he became the coordinator of Research & Innovation of the unit CT. From 2011, he became teacher of several postgraduate education in The Netherlands, covering all technical aspects of CT especially for thoracic and cardiovascular CTA. He is a regular contributor to (inter)national conferences and has published 10+ peer-reviewed papers as a (co)-author. In 2017 he obtained the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in medical imaging & radiation oncology. He subsequently started his PhD project at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, entitled: the “knowledgeable” CT scanner under supervision of professor Gabriel Krestin (head of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine department). He defended his thesis successfully at 23 February 2021 and with that, he became the first radiographer in The Netherlands to obtain a PhD. Ronald still works as a radiographer in clinical practice and is additionally appointed as a postdoc to investigate the value of new spectral CT technology in the depiction of diseases.

Jens Bremerich

Dr. Jens Bremerich, MD MHBA is Professor of Radiology and section head of Cardiothoracic Imaging at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. He attended medical school in Montpellier (F), Edinburgh (GB), Indianapolis (USA) and Heidelberg (D) where he received his MD in 1991. Following a residency in cardiopulmonary medicine at Heidelberg, he trained in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology at Basel University Hospital. Moreover, he researched cardiopulmonary MRI at the University of California in San Francisco during a two year research fellowship with Dr. Charles B. Higgins. He explored distribution and magnetic effects of various contrast agents in pulmonary vessels and myocardium.

Currently Dr. Bremerich is serving as past-president of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology. Dr. Bremerich is a strong advocate of a fruitful cooperation between Radiology, MR Physics and clinical disciplines as it is realised at Basel University Hospital.

Ricardo Budde

Ricardo Budde (MD, PhD, EBCR, FSCCT) is staff radiologist, associate professor and clinical section chief for cardiovascular radiology at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Ricardo is a member of the Executive Board of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR) and chairman of the Communication and New Media committee. He is core author of the ESCR consensus document on TAVI. He is also Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and serves on the SCCT Guidelines committee.

His main research interests include imaging of (prosthetic) heart valves, aortic disease, endocarditis, imaging to optimize cardiac interventions, ischemic heart disease and dose reduction techniques for CT. The Dutch Heart Foundation has awarded him two large grants as PI including a prestigious Dekker grant.
He has (co)-authored over 175 peer-reviewed publications and serves as daily supervisor for multiple PhD students. He serves on the editorial board of the journals “Radiology Cardiothoracic Imaging”, “European Journal of Hybrid Imaging” and “European Heart Journal- Digital Health”.

José Cáceres

José Cáceres,
Born in Sevilla (Spain),9, Feb.,1940.
Resid. in Radiology University of Cincinnati 1966-1970
Assistant Professor University of Kentucky 1970-1971 of Radiology

Last position:
Professor and Chief H.G.U.Vall d’Hebron 1996-2010
Diagnostic Radiology Universidad Autónoma

Currently retired

Membership in Societies:
– Radiological Society of North America
– American Roentgen Ray Society
– European Society of Thoracic Imaging
– Spanish Society of Radiology
– Spanish Society of Thoracic Imaging

– Past Editor, chest section. European Journal of Radiology
– Past Editor-in-chief, Spanish Journal of Radiology (RADIOLOGIA) 1986-1988
– Past Member Committee, European Congress of Radiology
– Past President-Spanish Society of Thoracic Imaging
– Past President, European Society of Thoracic Imaging
– Past President-Spanish Congress of Radiology, Barcelona, 1988
– Publications: one book, 87 papers, 12 book chapters

– Gold medal, Spanish Society of Radiology
– Honorary Member European Society of Thoracic Imaging
– Premio a la profesión, Spanish Society of Radiology
– Gold Medal European Society of Radiology
– Gold Medal Catalan Society of Radiology

Eva Castañer

Dr. Eva Castañer is Consultant senior radiologist and Coordinator of the cardiothoracic radiology section at UDIAT-Centre diagnostic, Hospital Universitari del Parc Taulí, Sabadell (Barcelona).
Clinical associate professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the Institut Universitari del Parc taulí de Sabadell (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona). ESTI Board member.
Until October 2020, member of the European Board of Radiology in the Clinically Oriented Reasoning Evaluation (CORE) Committee (chest Radiology).

Jean-Nicolas Dacher

Dr. Jean-Nicolas Dacher is a cardiac radiologist and a Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging appointed by the University and the « Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire » of Rouen-Normandy in France. He is the Chief of the Department of Radiology and the Head of the Cardiac imaging unit including Cardiac CT and MRI facilities. He is also a member of the Research INSERM unit UMR1096 (Pharmacology and endothelial/myocardial dysfunction). Cardiac Imaging has been a high priority of the University Hospital of Rouen since many years considering the advent and development of Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (First in man implantation was performed in Rouen in 2002 by Alain Cribier and his interventional cardiology team).

Jean Nicolas Dacher is involved in many sub specialties of cardiology with a special interest in coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, congenital cardiopathies and of course valvular heart disease.

He is a member of the Société Française de Radiologie (SFR), European Society of Radiology (ESR) and belongs to the Executive Committee of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology (ESCR). He is also part of the Editorial Committee of European Radiology and Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging (Cardiac Imaging sections).

He authored or co-authored approximately 200 journal articles and several book chapters and have given many lectures in cardiac imaging either in the French speaking or international community.

Carole Dennie

Dr. Carole Dennie is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Ottawa.  She is Head of Cardiac and Thoracic Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital and co-director of Cardiac Radiology and MRI at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.  She was the Director of Continuing Medical Education in the Department of Radiology from 2010 until 2020.

She is the immediate past Chair of the Diagnostic Radiology Examination Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Founding President of the Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology.  She is currently Vice President of the North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging.

Tilman Emrich

Tilman Emrich, MD is currently working as the Director of Photon Counting CT Research at the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Division of Cardiovascular Research, Medical University of South Carolina, US. Before, Tilman was working as a junior consultant specialized in cardiovascular imaging at the University Medical Center Mainz, Germany. After residency, he earned his board certification in diagnostic radiology in 2015, followed by certifications for cardiac imaging (CT and MR) in 2017.
His main scientific interests focus on multiparametric cardiac imaging in a general population and disease cohorts, cardiovascular applications of spectral imaging and advanced post-processing of cardiac CT and MRI. He is a registered young scientist at the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) and a past member of the Young Club of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology.

Marco Francone

Dr. Marco Francone is full Professor of Medicine at Humanitas University in Milan, he is a clinical radiologist with specific research interest in the field of Cardiovascular imaging. Over the years he has presented more than 300 invited lectures and scientific abstracts at most important national and international medical conferences and authored more than 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.
He has been invited for visiting professorships in Zhengzou (China) Vienna (Austria) and Minsk (Belarus) and served the Italian College of Cardiac Radiology as president, the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology as scientific chairman and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance as member of the Executive Committee.

Nicola Galea

Dr. Nicola Galea, MD PhD, is a board radiologist dedicated to cardiac imaging (CT and MRI). He obtained PhD diploma in Cardiovascular Imaging in 2015 at the “Sapienza” University of Rome.
From 2017 he is a Assistant Professor in Radiology at the Department of Experimental Medicine of the “Sapienza” University of Rome.
Since 2007, his professional and research activities lies on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging with special focus on: inflammatory, ischemic and metabolic myocardial diseases; 4D flow magnetic resonance imaging of aorta after surgery; developing novel algorithms for the MR images analysis (perfusion, parametric mapping, ECV extraction); clinical-pathological-genetic-radiological correlations in familiar cardiomyopathies and congenital heart diseases.
He is author and co-author of more than 70 scientific papers and book chapters and recipient of various research grants.
From 2017 he is in the board of Italian College of Cardiac Imaging endorsed by Italian Society of Radiology (SIRM).
European Board of Cardiac Radiology (EBCR) Diploma endorsed by ESCR in 2014.
He is full member of European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR) from 2011 and lecturer at the ESCR annual conference from 2007.

Mohamed Hoesein

Dr. Mohamed Hoesein is a cardiothoracic radiologist with expertise in all facets of cardiothoracic multi modality imaging.
He is an experienced teacher and director of the cardiothoracic residency program of the University Medical Center Utrecht.

Maja Hrabak Paar

Maja Hrabak Paar, MD, PhD, EBCR, works as an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Croatia.
She finished her residency in Zagreb in 2008. She introduced cardiac imaging in Croatia after completing the European School of Radiology (ESOR) fellowship in cardiac radiology at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria in 2007.
She spent the academic year 2014/2015 as a postdoctoral fellow in cardiac imaging at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland.

Her main clinical and scientific interests are in cardiac and body imaging.
She is the president of the Cardiac Section of the Croatian Society of Radiology, a member of the ESCR Education & EBCR Committee, and a member of the “Cardiac Imaging” section of the ESR e-learning subcommittee.
In 2020 she was a congress president of the online edition ESCR Annual Meeting.

Ahmed Samir Ibrahim

Dr. Ahmed Samir IBRAHIM is a cardiovascular radiologist, Professor and head of advanced cardiac imaging unit (including cardiac CT, congenital heart and cardiac MR imaging) program at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. His MD in general Radiology was from France (Lyon) on 2005, this was followed by training programs in cardiovascular imaging in both Germany (Erlanger) and USA (MIH, St Louis, Missouri). Dr IBRAHIM is also certified EBCR (European Board of Cardiovascular Radiology).

Dr IBRAHIM is an experienced lecturer for postgraduate & MD students and is an active speaker in north Africa and middle east where he has been invited to give more than 100 presentations. He has trained more than 40 fellows in cardiovascular imaging. He is also a Co-Researcher and principal investigator (PI) on numerous international studies and has more than 40 publications in cardiovascular imaging fields. He is also a cardiovascular imaging reviewer at Egyptian Journal of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (Springer Open) (reviewed more than 100 cardiac articles till this date) and member of Egyptian and European societies of cardiovascular radiology (EgSCR and ESCR).

Ivana Išgum

Ivana Išgum is a Distinguished Professor in AI and Medical Imaging at the University of Amsterdam.
She has appointments at the University Medical Center Amsterdam – location AMC (Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physics & Radiology and Nuclear Medicine) and Faculty of Science (Informatics Institute).
Ivana leads Quantitative Healthcare Analysis (qurAI) group, an interfaculty research group embedded in Faculties of Medicine and Science.

Ivana was a PhD student at the Image Sciences Institute (ISI), UMC Utrecht, and she obtained her PhD degree in 2007 at the Utrecht University. She then worked for a year as a PostDoc at the Laboratory for Clinical and Experimental Image Processing in the Leiden University Medical Center.
As a PostDoc she returned to ISI, UMC Utrecht where she became an Assistant Professor in 2012 and an Associate Professor in 2015. Her current research aims at enhancing patient care by designing and enabling leading edge AI technologies in healthcare.
Her expertise lies in developing, validating and clinically integrating socially responsible AI solutions to solve data analysis challenges encountered in different steps of the patient pathway: from prevention and triage, through diagnosis and decision making, to care delivery.
Particularly, Ivana’s research is focused on solving challenges in medical image analysis, especially in the fields of radiology, cardiology and neonatology.

Karl-Friedrich Kreitner

Prof. Dr. med. Karl-Friedrich Kreitner
Medical School and Work Experience

1978-1985      – Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Medical School, Germany, MD
1991               – Board Certification for Diagnostic Radiology
2002               – Associate Professor of Radiology, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

2008               – Full Professorship, Department of Diagnostic and
Interventional Radiology, Universitätsmedizin, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

October 2011 – Visiting Professorship at the University of Toronto, Toronto and at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

August 2013   – Visiting Professorship at the University of Zürich, Switzerland

April 2018      – Visiting Professorship at the University of Vienna, Austria

Research activities: MSK Radiology: the polytraumatized patient, joint imaging: MR-arthrography, imaging of muscle injuries.

Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic Imaging: implementation of new imaging techniques in patients with cardiomyopathies, qualitative and quantitative assessment of myocardial perfusion, CMR in acute myocardial injuries – the MINOCA concept, assessment of flow reserve in coronary bypass grafts, imaging of coronary bypass grafts and stents by MD-CT, assessment of CTEPH by MR and MD-CT imaging techniques, qualitative and quantitative assessment of pulmonary perfusion, assessment of pulmonary hemodynamics,assessment and quantification of tissue perfusion in the diabetic foot syndrome.

More than 200 publications in peer reviewed journals, editor of two books on cardiac imaging, more than 20 book chapters, more than 500 talks at national or international meetings.


Reviewer for: RÖFO, European Radiology, Investigative Radiology, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, European Heart Journal, European Journal of Radiology, Insights into Imaging, European Journal of Medical Research, American Heart Journal, European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, Skeletal Radiology

2001-2007 – Editorial Assistant of the Editor-in-Chief of European Radiology

2006-2020 – Member of the Education & EBCR Committee ESCR 2009-2011                                                                                                                    Member of the Cardiac scientific subcommittee of the European Society of Radiology (ESR)

2009-2019 – Member of the Editorial Subcommittee “Heart” of European Radiology

2010-2012 – Member of the Editorial Board of „Insights into Imaging
2011-2014 – Member of the Jury Committee European Society of Thoracic Imaging ESTI

2015-2017 – Chair of the working group “Imaging modalities of the muskuloskeletal system” of the German                                                                      since Radiological Society

2018-2020 – Member of the Subcommittee Cardiac of ESR

since 2010 – Expert for the German Research Society (DFG)

since 2011 – Reviewer for EPOS (Posterjury of the European Society of Radiology)
since 2012 – Member of the EBR Case Collection Committee

since 2013 – Member of the Written Evaluation Committee, European Board of Radiology (EBR)

since 2013 – Co-Editor of the journal “Radiologieup2date”
since 2014 – responsible Editor of the journal “Radiologieup2date”
since 2020 – Chair of the Education and EBCR committee ESCR
since 2021 – Member of the scientific editorial board Insights into imaging



Jonathon A. Leipsic

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, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vice Chairman of Research for the UBC Department of Radiology.  He is a Professor of Radiology and Cardiology with the University of British Columbia.  Dr Leipsic is also a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Imaging. Dr. Leipsic has over 590 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. He is also past President of the Society of Cardiovascular CT (2015-2016) and was awarded its Gold Medal in 2019 and was recently named to the prestigious Top 1% most impactful scientist designation by the Web of Science in 2019 and 2020.

Christian Loewe

Dr. Christian Loewe is the chairman of the Division of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, Department of Bioimaging and Image-Guided Therapy at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He chairs currently the Guidelines Committee of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR). Additionally, Christian Loewe is the incoming president (president-elect) of the Austrian Rontgen Society, and was the Chairman of the Program Planning Committee of the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in 2019 and 2021.

He is especially interested and active in postgraduate education in his home country (Austria) as well as in Europe. For 6 years, he chaired the European Board of Cardiovascular Radiology (EBCR) and was responsible for the European Diploma in Cardiovascular Radiology. He serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the European School of Radiology (ESOR), and he is the chairman of the Austrian Board Examination in Radiology.

He was member of the Editorial Board of European Radiology (2002 – 2011) and associate editor of Radiology (2011 – 2017), and is currently Consultant to the Editor. Since 2020, Christian Loewe is Deputy Editor of Insights Into Imaging (I3).
The main focus of his clinical and scientific work includes noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostic imaging (CT and MR of the heart; CT angiography; MR angiography) as well as diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases. He gave more than 350 invited lectures, has authored and co-authored more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of five book chapters.

Julian Luetkens

Dr. Julian Luetkens (born 1986) is a radiologist at the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital Bonn. He is currently head of the MRI department. His scientific focus is the development of new imaging-based methods for the quantification and detection of fibrosis and inflammation.

Peter Loh

Peter Loh, MD, PhD
Medical School ‘Free University’, Berlin, Germany.
Residency Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster, Germany
Fellowships Experimental Cardiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Heart Lung Institute, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands

PhD thesis University of Utrecht, the Netherlands – ‘Electrophysiology and Pathophysiology of the Atrioventricular Node.’
Cardiologist, electrophysiologist, Division Heart & Lungs, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands
Focus on Catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac device

Robert Manka

Professor Robert Manka is the director of the cardiac magnetic resonance imaging unit of the University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland. He received his medical degree in 2002 and was trained at the University of Bonn, German Heart Institute Berlin and the University Hospital Zürich. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University and ETH Zürich in the field of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. His research centres on developing cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging methods, specifically for the assessment of ischemic heart disease and heart failure. In 2013, he received the Venia legendi (Habilitation) from the University of Zürich. He is a member of the Editorial board of the European Heart Journal , Cardiovascular Medicine and Echocardiography. Furthermore, Professor Manka is an ESC CMR Exam Board member, Chair for CMR Laboratory Accreditation and a member of the SCMR Clinical Practice Committee.

Simon Martin

Dr. Simon Martin, current position Board certified radiologist, Institute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging and Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany.
Residency: 2014-2020 Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany
Research Fellowship: 2018-2019 Division of Cardiovascular Imaging, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Giuseppe Muscogiuri

Dr. Giuseppe Muscogiuri graduated from the medical school of Sapienza – University of Rome in 2010. He completed his residency in Radiology at the “Sapienza” – University of Rome in 2016.
Over the course of his career he has developed a strong background in cardiovascular imaging, with specific training and expertise in clinical practice and key research areas. He worked in some of the most prestigious cardiovascular centers in the field of cardiac CT and MR imaging, such as the Katholiek Universiteit of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston SC, USA) and University College of London-BARTS Heart Center (London, England) and Bambino Gesù-Children Hospital IRCCS (Rome, Italy).

After residency he worked as radiologist on Cardiovascular Imaging at Children’s Hospital Bambino Gesù IRCCS of Rome where he maturated experience in congenital cardiovascular imaging. Subsequently, from July of 2017, he started to work as radiologist in Centro Cardiologico Monzino.
During his academic career, he authored 99 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and five book chapters.
Currently he is member of ESCR Scientific Committee.

Ming-Yen Ng

Dr. Ming-Yen Ng is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Division Chief of Cardiac Imaging, HKU– Shenzhen Hospital. Dr Ng graduated and undertook medical training in the UK before undertaking a 1 year cardiac imaging fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr Ng is a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), vice-chair of the SCMR’s education committee and Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He was recently selected for the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography’s Future Leaders Programme. His research interest is in using cardiac imaging for preventative cardiology, quantitative myocardial perfusion, T1 mapping and strain analysis. Dr Ng is also passionate about cardiac imaging education and is the course director of the HKU Cardiac Imaging Massive Open Online Course on EdX.

Monica Ocampo

Dr. Monica Ocampo graduated from the medical school of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – in Bogota, Colombia in 2001. She completed his residency in Radiology at the Hospital Universitario de la Fundacion Santafe de Bogota– Universidad El Bosque in 2007. She trained as cardiovascular radiologist at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology- Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and completed the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Master in 2019 at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain.
Her special areas of interest are congenital heart diseases, non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, valvular heart diseases, Chagas disease and interstitial lung disease. She is member of different radiological societies as RSNA, STR, NASCI, ACR, ESR.
She is currently the chair of the Radiology Department in Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia and Hospital Internacional de Colombia in Bucaramanga, Colombia and the head of the Cardiothoracic Imaging Section.

Maja Pirnat

Maja Pirnat is the head of Cardiac imaging at the University clinical center in Maribor, Slovenia. She obtained her medical degree from Ljubljana medical university and afterwards trained at the University clinical center in Maribor. Furthermore, she gained CMR training at Emory University in Atlanta, USA, as well as Bakulev institute in Moscow, Russia. She obtained her ESCR diploma in 2013 and got an EACVI Level 3 certificate in CMR and CCT in 2020. In her PhD dr. Pirnat addressed the topic of myocardial viability and collaterals.
She is the organizer and co-director of the School of Cardiac Diagnostics, which is held annually since 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is also the current president of Slovenian cardiothoracic subsociety and a member of ESCR education and EBCR committee.

Gianluca Pontone

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 Cardiovascular Imaging Department of Centro Cardiologico Monzino, a fully dedicated research hospital to cardiovascular disease where the University of Milan is based. He is author of 366 indexed articles on international journal, 7 scientific books, more than 550 scientific abstracts and lectures at national and international meetings in the field of cardiovascular imaging. He is currently vice-president elect of EACVI, deputy chair of scientific committee of EACVI and vice chairman of CT & nuclear working group of Italian society of Cardiology.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.

Albert Roque

Dr. Albert RoqueI is a staff member of the Cardiovascular Imaging Unit of the Radiology Department in Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, in Barcelona.

His scientific focus is cardiac CT and cardiac PET/CT, and especially in the field of Infective Endocarditis and cardiovascular infections, which constitute his main research and publication area. He is also a member of the Endocarditis Expert Team in Hospital Vall d’Hebron.


Rodrigo Salgado

Dr. Rodrigo Salgado works at the University Hospital Antwerp and Holy Heart hospital Lier.
He’s currently president of the Belgian cardiovascular imaging working group, secretary of ESCR, sits on the board of different journals and is a frequent speaker at radiology meetings. He was chair of the ECR 2021 Cardiac subcommittee, ESCR 2019 congress president and contributor to several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
As a cardiovascular radiologist, he loves sharing his experiences with residents and other radiologists, and is very much looking forward to this meeting.

Aurelio Secinaro

Dr Aurelio Secinaro is Director of the Advanced Cardio-Thoracic Imaging Unit at Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome.
His clinical work and research are focused on Cardiovascular MR and CT in children and congenital heart disease (CHD).
He started CMR more than a decade ago, after completing his training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London
His dedication to Cardiovascular Imaging is unyielding and since 2018 he has lead a team of Cardiologists and Radiologists involved in the field. Currently he is involved in local and European Imaging working groups and task forces and he recently became member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging and of the Congenital Heart Disease Journal.
Dr Aurelio Secinaro actively promotes the role of paediatric/CHD CMR and CT in his clinical practice.

Valentin Sinitsyn

Professor Valentin Sinitsyn (MD, Ph.D), EBCR, FACR (hon)
Born in 1961 (Russia)

Chair of Radiology and Head of Radiology Department at Medical Faculty of Moscow Lomonosov State University, Moscow.
Graduated from Sechenov Medical University (Moscow) in 1984.
V.Sinitsyn is one of pioneers in field of MRI, CT and cardiac radiology in Russia.
He started to perform cardiac MRI in the end of 1986.
His research interests are concentrated on cardiac imaging, abdominal radiology, contrast media, teleradiology and computer applications in radiology.

Prof. V.Sinitsyn is President of Russian Society of Radiology (RSR) (term: 2016-2021).
He is Past President of European Society of Cardiac Radiology (ESCR).
V.Sinitsyn served as a President of European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2014.
He had been member of ECR Cardiac Subcommittee and ECR PPC in 2006-2014.
V.Sinitsyn is a member of ESR, ACR, RSNA, ISR, ESCR, ESGAR, ASCI and Serbian Society of Radiology.

He is an author and co-author of 206 papers cited in Scopus.
He delivered over 300 lectures in Europe and overseas.
Prof.Valentin Sinitsyn greatly contributed to implementation of international standards of teaching and training radiology in Russia.
He organized translation and promotion of BI-RADS in Russia, textbooks on magnetic resonance, emergency radiology and cardiac imaging. He is an Honorary Member of ESCR and ESR Gold Medalist.

Matthias Stuber

Matthias Stuber PhD, is the Head of the CIBM MRI CHUV-UNIL Section and is a Full Professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA , and an Invited Chair at Liryc, Bordeaux, France. He studied electrical engineering at the ETH in Zurich where he also obtained his PhD on cardiac MRI in 1997. From 1997-2002 he worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, United States, both as a clinical scientist for industry and a faculty at Harvard Medical School. From 2002-2009, he directed a research team as an NIH-funded principal investigator at Johns Hopkins University Medical School where he advanced to Full Professor and was awarded tenure.
In summer 2009, he returned to his native Switzerland. He has authored more than 220 peer-reviewed original articles, holds 11 patents, and has been awarded 40 research grants until now. Matthias Stuber served as an elected board member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) from 2013-2016, and he is a Past President of both the Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography (SMRA) and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). He has been distinguished as both a Fellow (FSCMR) and a Master (MSCMR) of SCMR in 2018 and 2020, respectively. Since 2021, he is a member of the research council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Prof. Stuber has received many awards for his research including a “Fellow Award” of the ISMRM at the 2010 annual meeting of the society in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2021 he became a recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal Award, the highest distinction bestowed by SCMR, for his research and his contributions to the field.

Dominika Suchá

Dominika Suchá (MD, PhD, MSc) enjoys combining clinical practice with research as senior resident radiology specialized in cadiovascular imaging and postdoctoral scholar at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.

After obtaining her Gymnasium and MD diploma, her PhD research at the Radiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Depts. UMC Utrecht focused on prosthetic heart valve imaging. During this time she completed the MSc in Clinical Epidemiology Postgraduate at Utrecht University. She worked as postdoctoral scholar on optimization of vascular CT, contrast media protocols and stroke imaging at Stanford University, USA, for which she received several travel grants. Current research includes multidisciplinary projects on cardiovascular (intervention) risk prediction, atherosclerosis, clinical AI and myocardial involvement in covid-19.

She is a member of the Education & EBCR committee of the ESCR and member of the Fellow and Resident Leaders of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography committee (FiRST SCCT) and faculty / invited lecturer at international conferences including RSNA and AHA. She is an active reviewer for several journals including Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, for which she received the 2020 Editor’s Recognition Award.

Birgitta Velthuis

Dr. Birgitta Velthuis (MD, PhD, Prof) (1964) is a cardiovascular and neurovascular radiologist at the University Medical Center of Utrecht, The Netherlands and professor Radiology of the Heart-Brain axis. She is an executive board member (chairperson membership committee) of the ESCR. She defended her PhD in 1998 in Utrecht: “CT angiography in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage”. Her neurovascular work is aimed at imaging patients with ischemic stroke, intracerebral bleeding and subarachnoid haemorrhage as well as screening family members for intracranial aneurysms and risk assessment of people with unruptured aneurysms.
Besides attention for gender, ethnicity, and lifestyle, her cardiovascular work focuses on imaging and risk assessment of (genetic) cardiomyopathies, heart failure, systemic disorders, cardioembolic stroke, sports cardiology and female related reproductive diseases with increased cardiovascular risk. The UMC Utrecht is a tertiary referral center for genetic cardiomyopathies, with a special focus on ARVC and heart failure.

Rozemarijn Vliegenthart

Rozemarijn Vliegenthart (MD, PhD, EBCR, FNASCI, FICIS) is Professor of Cardiothoracic Imaging and Radiologist at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on screening and early detection of cardiothoracic diseases, in particular lung cancer, COPD and cardiovascular disease. Vliegenthart has obtained a number of grants in cardiothoracic imaging as applicant or co-investigator. Vliegenthart is (co-)author of over 225 papers (H index 44) and is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Radiology. She has held invited lectures at numerous international conferences including ECR and RSNA. Vliegenthart is the current Chairman of the cardiovascular section of the Radiological Society of the Netherlands, and the current Vice President of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology.

Joachim Ernst Wildberger

Dr. Joachim Ernst Wildberger is full Professor of Radiology and Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+), the Netherlands. In addition, he is an Executive Board Member, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Graduated at the Rhenian-Westphalian Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany, he received his medical degree in 1994 from RWTH. After internships in Cardiology and Diagnostic Radiology (Mönchengladbach/Leipzig), he started his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University Hospital Aachen. He was board certified for Diagnostic Radiology in December 1998 and became a fellow/staff member at this department thereafter. He received his Ph.D. in Radiology in 2002, was appointed as vice-chairman of the department in 2006 and received a professorship at the RWTH Aachen in 2007. In July 2007 he became Head of Department, Diagnostic Radiology, HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch, Charité Berlin, Campus Buch, Germany, before moving to his present position.

He is author and co-author of ~400 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals. His main research topics are technical developments and functional imaging in computed tomography, contrast media research, cardiac imaging as well as image-guided interventions.


Michelle Williams

Dr. Michelle Williams is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Radiologist at the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian. Her research centers around multi-modality non-invasive imaging of the heart and vasculature. She is president elect of British Society of CardiovascuDr. Michelle Williams is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Radiologist at the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian. Her research centers around multi-modality non-invasive imaging of the heart and vasculature. She is president elect of British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, member of the Board of Directors of the SCCT and Lead for the Online Education Task Force of the SCCT.