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ESC Board Committee for Young Cardiovascular Professionals


The ESC Board Committee for Young Cardiovascular Professionals is an integrated part of the ESC community worldwide representing the full spectrum of cardiology.

The new Committee aims to support the ESC mission by guiding and developing activities and products for young cardiovascular professionals.

Discover the members of the interim structure (2019-2020) below.


  • Dr. Afzal Sohaib (UK) Chair of the Committee, CoT nucleus member

Committee Members

  • Dr. Allan Bohm (Slovakia), CoT nucleus member
  • Dr. Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes (Portugal), CoT nucleus member
  • Dr. Saverio Muscoli (Italy), CoT nucleus member
  • Assist. Prof. Vivien Nagy (Hungary), CoT nucleus member
  • Dr. Amina Rakisheva (Kazakhstan), CoT nucleus member
  • Dr. Maria Rubini, FESC (Germany), CoT nucleus member
  • Dr. Harri Silvola (Finland), CoT nucleus member
  • Dr. Mahmoud Abdellatif (Austria/Egypt), Scientists of Tomorrow (Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science)
  • Mrs. Britt Borregaard (Denmark), ACNAP Young Community 
  • Dr. Daniel Caldeira, FESC (Portugal), Working Group Young Thrombosis Researchers
  • Dr. Matteo Cameli (Italy), EACVI Heart Imagers of Tomorrow
  • Dr. Silvia Castelletti (Italy), Young group of Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases
  • Dr. Claudio Cortes (France), Working Group Development, Anatomy and Pathology Young Group 
  • Dr. Katarzyna Czerwińska-Jelonkiewicz  (Poland), Acute CardioVascular Care young group
  • Assist. Prof. Flavio d'Ascenzi (Italy), EAPC Young group
  • Dr. Giuseppe Di Gioia (Belgium), EAPCI Young Committee 
  • Dr. Jedrzej Kosiuk, FESC (Germany), EHRA Young Electrophysiologists
  • Assist. Prof. Gianluigi Savarese, FESC (Sweden), Working Group Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapists and Trialists of Tomorrow
  • Assist. Prof. Markus Wallner, FESC (Austria), Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow (HFA)

Discover Your Committee

Afzal Sohaib - Chair

Afzal Sohaib.pngAreas of expertise
Cardiac electrophysiology and devices

Places of work
St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK, and King George Hospital, Ilford, UK

Dr. Sohaib is a cardiac electrophysiologist. He trained at Imperial College, London where he also did a PhD which investigating the physiology of cardiac resynchronisation therapy. He is involved in a range of educational projects and edited the book “Decoding Cardiac Electrophysiology”.

Allan Bohm

bohm-allan-2019.jpgAreas of expertise
Acute cardiology, preventive cardiology, precision medicine
thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, digital health, machine learning

Place of work
Intensive cardiac care unit, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Bratislava, Slovakia

Graduated from the 3rd Medical Faculty at the Charles University and MBA – Healthcare management at the Business Institute in Prague. Besides clinical medicine, he is also engaged in clinical and translational research for which he received several international awards. Areas of research are thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, digital health and precision medicine. He is founder of the Academy n.g.o. – dedicated to research and education in biomedicine. In the European Society of Cardiology he acts as the nucleus member of digital health, advocacy committee and ESC Board Committee for the young.

Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes

Ricardo Ladeiras Lopes Picture_2017.jpgAreas of expertise
Cardiac CT, Cardiac MRI, cardiovascular imaging, prevention, heart failure, social media, Twitter

Place of work
Cardiology Department, Gaia Hospital Centre & Cardiovascular Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto

Dr. Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes is a cardiologist dedicated to cardiovascular imaging (especially cardiac CT and CMR) at Gaia Hospital Centre and physiology assistant at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal. He has authored more than 30 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, with an h-index of 10.

Saverio Muscoli

Saverio Muscoli.jpgAreas of expertise
Interventional cardiology, valvular disease, cardiovascular pharmacology

Place of work
Fondazione Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

Dr. Saverio Muscoli is consultant in cardiology. He has been a member of ESC CoT since 2014 and is member elected of the Nucleus of Italian Society of Cardiology. 

Vivien Nagy

Vivien Klaudia Nagy.pngAreas of expertise
Cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure, invasive cardiac electrophysiology

Place of work
Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Center, Budapest, Hungary

Assistant professor of cardiology since 2019, Dr. Nagy performs conventional and also complex, mapping guided ablations with a broad clinical practice in Pacemaker, ICD, CRT programming and patient follow-up. She is involved as a co-investigator in several drug and device related clinical trials and very active in the Hungarian Society of Cardiology. Within the ESC, she is a nucleus member of the Cardiologists of Tomorrow, Young Electrophysiologists Committee Member of EHRA, and a member of the EuroObservational Research Programme Oversight Committee.

Amina Rakisheva

Amina Rakisheva.jpgAreas of expertise
Heart Failure and comorbidities, cardiovascular diseases and pregnancy
Secretary of the Association of Cardiologists of Kazakhstan and head of the Working group on heart failure

Place of work
Scientific Research Institute of Cardiology and Internal Diseases, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Certified specialist in cardiology with over 10 years of experience, Dr. Rakisheva's current position is consultant in the cardiology department of one of the leading centers in Kazakhstan.
She has a strong passion for patients’ quality of life improvement. She has been an ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow Nucleus member since 2018.

Maria Rubini

Maria Rubini hospital.jpgAreas of expertise
Gender studies in acute cardiovascular care, Interventional cardiology

Place of work
Heart Center Leipzig, Germany

After graduating in Spain, Dr. Rubini started her training in Switzerland for internal Medicine and cardiology. She started a Fellowship at the Heart Center in Leipzig, Germany at the beginning of 2019.

Harri Silvola

Harri Silvola2.JPGDr. Harri Silvola is a cardiologist based in Oulu, Finland.



Mahmoud Abdellatif

Mahmoud Abdellatif_photo.jpgAreas of expertise
Cardiovascular research on aging and HFpEF

Place of work
Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Dr. Mahmoud Abdellatif is a postdoctoral research fellow. In his research he studies the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular aging to exploit them in the development of effective interventions that extend lifespan and delay late-life chronic diseases, including heart failure. During his PhD, he contributed to discovering the cardio-protective and longevity-promoting effects of the natural caloric restriction mimetic, spermidine. As a nucleus member of the ESC Scientists of Tomorrow (SoT), he is actively involved in the dissemination of basic science amongst young scientists and clinicians as well.

Britt Borregaard

photo Britt Borregaard.pngAreas of expertise

Heart valve diseases (open heart valve surgery and TAVI), patient involvement, interventional trials, patient-reported outcomes, ischemia, cardiac surgery and cardiac arrest.

Place of work: Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and the Department of Cardiology at Odense University Hospital in Denmark.

Britt is a nurse and PhD student and part of a multidisciplinary team within other research areas, including ischemia, cardiac arrest and patient involvement. She supports broad development and education within nursing.

Daniel Caldeira

Daniel Caldeira.pngAreas of expertise
Antithrombotic therapy, Systematic reviews, Meta-analysis, Investigation methology, Clinical trials

Places of work
Faculty of Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal.
Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics Unit of the Cardiovascular
Centre of the University of Lisbon (CCUL), Lisbon, Portugal
Cardiology Department, Hospital Universitário de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte EPE, Lisboa, Portugal.

Prof. Daniel Caldeira is currently a Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine, teaching Cardiology and Clinical and Therapeutic Pharmacology. He is also specialist in Clinical Pharmacology and has a PhD in Medicine-Clinical Pharmacology.
Prof. Daniel Caldeira is the Coordinator of the Young Working Group of Thrombosis of European Society of Cardiology (2018-2020) and the Coordinator of Working Group of Thrombosis and Platelets (Grupo de Estudos de Trombose e Plaquetas) of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology (2019-2021).

Matteo Cameli

Matteo_Cameli_2019.jpgAreas of expertise
Echocardiography, heart failure

Place of work
Department of Medical Biotechnologies, Section of Cardiology, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

Cardiologist, associate professor at University of Siena, Italy, PhD at Umeå University, Sweden. Chair of EACVI Heart Imagers of Tomorrow Committee, chair of Echocardiography Working Group of Italian Society of Cardiology, member of EACVI Research & Innovation Committee. Author of more than 130 published articles, H-index 28.

Silvia Castelletti

Silvia Castelletti_photo.jpgAreas of expertise
Inherited cardiac disorders, sports cardiology, sudden cardiac death, arrhythmias, channelopathies, cardiomyopathies, cardiac MRI

Place of work
IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy

Cardiologist consultant in the Center for Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin, with a special interest in sports cardiology. ESC Social Media Editor Leader, active member of the EAPC, Social Media Editor of the EJPC and ESC-Journal twitter editor. @SilCastelletti

Claudio Cortés

Claudio Cortes.jpgAreas of expertise
Congenital heart disease, heart embryonic anatomy, molecular study of cardiac development, ventricular septal defects, mouse genetics

Place of work
Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, France

Claudio Cortés is a cardiovascular researcher based in the south of France. He has worked in embryonic development for years, using it as a platform to better understand the origin and progression of human disease. He did a PhD in molecular genetics studying syndromes with cartilage defects, using both primary samples and animal models. He is now studying the embryonic heart and the mechanisms that cause malformations that progress into congenital heart disease.

Katarzyna Czerwińska-Jelonkiewicz

Kasia Czerwinska_photo).jpgAreas of expertise
Cardiac arrest – pathophysiology of postcardiac arrest syndrome, diagnostic and in-hospital treatment management.
Mechanical circulatory support in cardiogenic shock and eCPR
Hemostasis disorders and antithrombotic/antiplatelet therapy in invasive cardiac procedures. Periprocedural imaging in invasive cardiac and cardiac surgery procedures.

Places of work
Harefield Hospital, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Fundation Trust, Intensive Therapy Unit, UK
Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Cracow University, Medical Department

Assoc. Prof. Czerwińska-Jelonkiewicz is a senior clinical fellow in UK and in Poland. She is the Chair of the the Young Community of the Association for Acute Cardiovascular Care. She is principal investigator of four scientific projects completed with publications in peer-review journals. She is also the author of 22 publications (11 as a first author) with H-index (Web of Science on 19.03.2019): 7.

Flavio d'Ascenzi

Flavio D'ascenzi_photo.jpgArea of expertise
Sports cardiology

Place of work
University of Siena, Siena, Italy

Assistant Prof. Flavio D’Ascenzi works in the area of sports cardiology and imaging in cardiology. He has published more than 80 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and he is co-author of textbooks in sports cardiology.

Giuseppe Di Gioia

Giuseppe Di Gioia.pngAreas of expertise
Interventional cardiology, coronary physiology

Places of work
Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Federico II University, Naples, Italy
Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano (AV), Italy

Dr. Di Gioia trained at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) and at the Cardiovascular Center Aalst, OLV Clinic (Belgium), where he spent 3 years, first as research fellow and then as fellow in interventional cardiology. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Federico II University of Naples and an interventional cardiologist at the Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano, Italy. His research interests focus mainly on coronary physiology.

Jedrzej Kosiuk

jedrzej-kosiuk.jpgAreas of expertise

Place of work
Helios Clinic Kothen, Kothen, Germany

Assoc. Prof. Kosiuk is an electrophysiologist, scientist, cardiology enthusiast, father, husband, hobbyist and dog owner. He is also an European as he was born and raised in Poland, studied in Austria and has been working in Germany for the past 12 years.

Gianluigi Savarese

Savarese_Gianluigi_2020.pngAreas of expertise
Heart failure, cardiovascular pharmacotherapy

Place of work
Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Gianluigi Savarese, MD, PhD, is cardiologist and senior researcher of cardiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and of the Heart Failure Association (FHFA), secretary of the ESC Working Group on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and board member of the HFA Committee on Surveys, Registries and Epidemiology.

Markus Wallner

Markus Wallner.jpgAreas of expertise
Heart failure management, myocardial regeneration, excitation contraction coupling, HFpEF, epigenetic modulation

Places of work
Medical University of Graz, Austria
Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Prof. Markus Wallner graduated from the University of Graz and carried out his postdoctoral fellowship at the Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is currently scientific area leader / cardio-metabolic health and consultant in Graz. He has been a nucleus member of the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow for over seven years and in the committee of the ESC Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow for two years.


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