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HFA Career Café

Meet internationally renowned experts in your field.

What is HFA Career Café ?

HFA Career Cafe 2018 photo1.jpg.jpgHFA Career Café is the meeting place for the future generation of cardiologists.

During individual interviews of 12 minutes, selected applicants can interact with great leaders in their specialty and receive career development advice and recommendations.

This is a unique platform where long-lasting relationships can begin.

Important dates

HFA Career Café 2020 will take place in the HFA Career Café area on:

  • Saturday, 23 May 2020 morning break 10:00-11:00
  • Sunday, 24 May 2020 morning break 10:00-11:00

Am I eligible?

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants have to be:

IMPORTANT: Applicants must not have any conflicting role at the same time.

How can I apply?

 To apply, please follow the below instructions:

  • Click on this button: APPLY
  • Scroll down to the heading "My applications"
  • Click "New application"
  • Select "Mentoring" (If you do not see it then you do not meet the eligibility criteria)

Deadline: Sunday, 5 April 2020 (23:59)

Results will be given in the first week of May.

Schedule of the mentors

Saturday, 23 May 2020 morning break 10:00-11:00

Sunday, 24 May 2020 morning break 10:00-11:00


Stefan Anker

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Heart failure, trials, pathophysiology, cachexia

Place of work
Charité Berlin, Germany

Stefan D. Anker is Professor of (Tissue) Homeostasis in Cardiology & Metabolism (W3) at Charité Berlin (from June 2017).

Johann Bauersachs


Areas of expertise
Acute and chronic heart failure, left ventricular healing and remodelling, peripartum cardiomyopathy, translational studies

Place of work
Hannover Medical School, Germany

Prof. Bauersachs is an interventional cardiologist with specific interests in acute and chronic heart failure. He is Fellow and Board Member of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC, Chair of the HFA Clinical Science Section, and Chair of the HFA Study Group on Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. He is Speaker of the Clinical Research Group (KFO) 311 “(Pre-) terminal heart and lung failure - mechanical unloading and repair” funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Jeroen Bax

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Echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance, computed tomography, nuclear imaging

Place of work
Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands

ESC Immediate Past-President (2018 – 2020), Jeroen Bax is director of non-invasive imaging and dDirector of the echo-lab at the Leiden University Medical Center. He has authored numerous papers and holds several positions in national and international scientific organisations, as well as serving on the editorial boards of many different journals.

Michael Böhm

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Pathophysiology and therapy of heart failure

Place of work
Saarland University, Germany

Dr Böhm is Director of the Klinik für Innere Medizin III and Chief of Cardiology at the University of the Saarland in Homburg/Saar in Germany.

Arno Hoes

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Prevention and early diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, in particular heart failure.

Place of work
University Medical Center and Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Arno Hoes is professor of clinical epidemiology and primary care. He co-chaired the current Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines and was a member of several clinical Heart Failure Guidelines of the HFA/ESC and in the Netherlands. His ESC activities include (former) Board membership of the Heart Failure Association and (currently) of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC). He has (co-)authored over 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals and around 60 PhD students completed their PhD thesis under his supervision. He is currently the dean of the faculty of medicine, Utrecht University and vice-chair of the Board of Directors, University Medical Center Utrecht.

Barbara Casadei


Areas of expertise
Atrial fibrillation, redox biology

Places of work
University of Oxford, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust’s John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford BHF Centre of Excellence, Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

Barbara Casadei is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, President, European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and leads a bench-to-bedside translational research programme, spanning from clinical trials to bench-based investigation in human tissue and cells.

Kenneth Dickstein

Kenneth Dickstein

Areas of expertise
Clinical management of patients with heart failure

Place of work
University of Bergen, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway

Professor Dickstein is a Past-President of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology and has been a councillor on the ESC Board. Prof. Dickstein has been an author on over 420 scientific papers and was Chairman for two ESC Guidelines on heart failure. He is the founder of the ESC patient website, is a member of numerous editorial boards and steering committees and is an active associate editor of the European Journal of Heart Failure.

Tiny Jaarsma

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Publishing, heart failure, intervention research

Places of work
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Caring Sciences of the University of Linköping, Sweden
Julius Center, Nursing Science, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands

Dr Tiny Jaarsma is a professor in nursing science. She is currently a board member of the HFA and chair of the Patient Care committee of the HFA.
Her research focuses on the consequences of heart failure for patients and their families and developing and testing interventions to enhance their self-care. Professional activities include membership of national and international committees and guidelines (ESC, AHA), reviewer and member of editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals.

Michel Komajda

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Areas of expertise
Pharmacology of heart failure, neuro-hormones in heart failure, genetics of dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Place of work

Michel Komajda was professor of cardiology at the University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI/Hospital Pitié Salpétrière, Paris, France from 1990 to 2017 and is ESC Past-President.

Ekaterini Lambrinou

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Areas of expertise
Heart failure, nursing education

Place of work
Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

Ekaterini Lambrinou is an associate professor, the first elected academic staff and currently the Chair of the Department of Nursing of the Cyprus University of Technology. With a background in gerontology, and intensive cardiology care, her research interests include: nurses’ role in the strategies of prevention and management of patients with cardiovascular diseases and comorbidities. Heart failure management is her main interest since it is one of the most common health problems of older people.
She is currently the Past-Chair of the Association of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professions (2018-20) of the ESC.

Lars Lund

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Heart Failure

Place of work
Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

Lars H. Lund, MD PhD, is an associate professor and senior consultant in cardiology.

Alexander Lyon


Areas of expertise
Heart failure, Cardio-Oncology and Takotsubo syndrome

Place of work
Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK

Dr Alexander Lyon is a senior lecturer and honorary consultant cardiologist. He is also the heart failure lead for the cardiovascular research unit.

Theresa McDonagh

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Clinical heart failure, in particular the epidemiology of heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction and the role of biomarkers

Place of work
King's College London, UK

Theresa McDonagh is a orofessor of heart failure and consultant cardiologist.

John McMurray

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Heart Failure, coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation and the cardiovascular consequences of diabetes and chronic kidney disease, with a focus on clinical trials and epidemiology.

Place of work
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

Prof. McMurray is currently Professor of Medical Cardiology and Deputy Director (Clinical) of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences and honorary consultant cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

Alexandre Mebazaa

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Heart failure

Place of work
Hôpital Lariboisière, University Paris 7, France

Alexandre Mebazaa, MD, PhD, FESC, is Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Hôpital Lariboisière, University Paris 7, France. His research interests include mechanisms of contractile impairment during acute heart failure and global studies on biomarkers in acute heart failure. He acted as member or chair of several steering committees including SURVIVE, COMPOSE, TRUE-HF. He is also involved in several European and global registries on circulatory failure. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers and is lead-editor of the Acute Heart Failure textbook. Dr. Mebazaa also serves as the Chair of Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care in Paris.

Marco Metra

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Areas of expertise
Treatment of heart failure and its comorbidities

Place of work
University and Civil Hospitals of Brescia, Italy

Marco Metra is Full Professor of Cardiology, Director of the Institute of Cardiology of the Department of Medical and Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences and Public Health of the University and Civil Hospitals and Director of the Postgraduate School of Cardiology of the University of Brescia, Italy.
Marco Metra is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Heart Failure.
He is author of 675 scientific articles with a Scopus calculated H-index of 80.

Christian Müller

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Areas of expertise
Biomarkers, acute heart failure, clinical research, mentoring, team-building

Place of work
Cardiovascular Research Institute Basel (CRIB)
University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Müller is the Director of CRIB and Professor of Cardiology. His research aims to improve the early diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disorders, particularly heart failure and myocardial infarction. He is well published in the medical literature, with more than 500 original contributions published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Elmir Omerovic

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Areas of expertise
Interventional cardiology, observational studies , biostatistics, takotsubo syndrome, acute heart failure, preclinical models of myocardial infarction and heart failure

Place of work
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Elmir Omerovic is a senior consultant cardiologist and professor of cardiology and also head of the Heart Group at The Wallenberg Laboratory for cardiovascular research at Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Zoltan Papp

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Areas of expertise
Experimental cardiology, single cell techniques, contractility, heart failure

Place of work
Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary

Zoltán Papp M.D. Ph.D. is an experimental cardiologist and chairman of the Division of Clinical Physiology. He became full professor in 2010, and currently he also serves as the Vice-Dean for Scientific Affairs at the University of Debrecen. His main research interest relates to myocardial pathophysiology, cardiac contractility, cardiomyocyte physiology, ischemia-reperfusion injury, systolic and diastolic heart failure and myofilament targeted positive inotropic agents.

Karen Sliwa

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Heart failure, cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, population studies

Place of work
Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (HICRA), University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professor Karen Sliwa is a professor of cardiology and as the director of HICRA she leads several research groups. She is also the president of the World Heart Federation.

Karl Swedberg


Areas of expertise
Chronic heart failure, Interventions, Clinical Trials

Place of work
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Prof. Swedberg is Senior Professor of Cardiology and Care Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. He is also scientific advisor to Centre for Person Centred Care (GPCC) at the University of Gothenburg.

Thomas Thum


Areas of expertise
Novel diagnostic and therapeutic noncoding RNA-based concepts in cardiovascular medicine and beyond

Place of work
Hannover Medical School, Germany

Dr. Thum is one of the initial pioneers in cardiovascular noncoding RNA research. He is director and full professor of the Institute of Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies (IMTTS) at Hannover Medical School doing translational cardiovascular research.

Faiez Zannad

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Areas of expertise
Clinical trials, Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists, fibrosis, biomarkers

Place of work
Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France

Prof. Zannad is a cardiologist, a clinical pharmacologist and a clinical trialist. He contributed to trials in HFrEF (MRAs, beta-blockers, NOACS), and comorbidities (sleep apnea, diabetes, hyperkalemia, CKD). He is leading EU granted HF programmes (omics biomarker and fibrosis) and founder Chairmen of CVCT meetings.