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Alexander Gelbard, MD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

USA

alexander.gelbard@vumc.org

 

Ad Verhagen, MD PhD

St. Antonius Hospital Nijmegen, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Netherlands

ad.verhagen@radboudumc.nl

Prof. Verhagen graduated from medical school in 1989 and was board certified as a cardio-thoracic surgeon in 1997. He then spent 8 months at Mass General Hospital in Boston as a research fellow. Since 1998 he has been a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In addition to cardiac surgery, he has had a special interest in thoracic surgery, including airway surgery. In 2017, he was appointed Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Radboud University Nijmegen. 

 

 

Thomas Schweiger, MD PhD

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Austria

thomas.schweiger@meduniwien.ac.at

 

Cesare Piazza, MD

University of Brescia and ASST Spedali Civili Brescia, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Italy

ceceplaza@libero.it

Cesare Piazza, MD, born in Cremona, Italy, in 1971, is Full Professor and Chief of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery of the University of Brescia, Italy, since September 2020; he is Research Director of the Department of Medical and Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences, and Public Health of the School of Medicine of the University of Brescia, from May 2021. Dr. Piazza is currently serving as President of the European Laryngological Society and as President of Lombard Group of Otolaryngologists. He authored or co-authored 215 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 76 book chapters. He delivered 875 proffered papers and invited lectures in Congresses and Courses.

 

Paulo F. Guerreiro Cardoso MD, MSc, PhD

University of Sao Paulo, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Brazil

cardosop@gmail.com

Attending Thoracic Surgeon, Senior Thoracic Surgery Researcher, and Collaborating Professor at the Division of Thoracic Surgery of the Heart Institute (InCor) of the Hospital das Clinicas and Department of Cardiopneumology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Expertise in general thoracic surgery, airway surgery, respiratory endoscopy, esophageal surgery and esophageal motility. Research (experimental and clinical) in regenerative medicine applied to the central airways, interventional airway endoscopy with emphasis on endoscopic lung volume reduction for emphysema, esophageal motility and physiology with emphasis on gastroesophageal reflux and respiratory disease.

 

Alexander Hillel, MD

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

USA

ahillel@jhmi.edu

Dr. Alexander Hillel is a Professor, Vice Director of Education, and Residency Program Director in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.  His clinical practice and research centers on the treatment, prevention, and causes of laryngotracheal stenosis. Dr. Hillel holds sponsored grants from the NIH, surgical foundations, and the medical device industry. Dr. Hillel’s laboratory investigates the relationship between the immune system, bacteria, epithelial barrier defects, and scar formation in the airway in an effort to improve treatment. He is beginning the first interventional clinical trial in subglottic stenosis patients testing drugs that prevent scar formation.

 

Michele Salati, MD PhD

AOU Ospedali Riuniti of Ancona, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Italy

michelesalati@hotmail.com

 

Imme Roesner, MD

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Phoniatrics and Speech Language Therapy

Austria

imme.roesner@meduniwien.ac.at

 

Kostas Papagiannopoulos, MD

St. James University Hospital, Department of Thoracic Surgery

United Kingdom

kpapagiannopoulos@yahoo.com

 

Francesco Moscato, PhD

Medical University of Vienna, Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Austria

francesco.moscato@meduniwien.ac.at

Francesco Moscato received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calabria (Italy). Since 2015, he is Associate Professor at the Medical University of Vienna (Austria). His research focuses on Medical Additive Manufacturing (3d-printing for surgical/interventional procedures, tissue engineering and medical education) and Cardiovascular Bioengineering (methods and devices for diagnostics/therapy). He has been Principal Investigator/Site Coordinator in eight internationally/nationally funded projects (cumulative funding ~4.5 MioEUR). He is author of 69 scientific articles and more than 35 invited talks (twice at a Gordon Research Conference). He was Secretary-General (2013-17) and President (2018-19) of the International Society for Mechanical Circulatory Support.

 

Catherine Anderson, BA

Chair of the iSGS patient online support group

United Kingdom

idiopathic.subglottic.stenosis@gmail.com

 

Martin Burian, MD

Ordensklinikum Linz, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Austria

martin.burian@ordensklinikum.at

 

Michael Mildner, PhD

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Dermatology

Austria

michael.mildner@meduniwien.ac.at

 

Kaid Darwiche, MD

Ruhrlandklinik Essen, Department of Pulmonary Medicine

Germany

kaid.darwiche@rlk.uk-essen.de

Prof. Dr. Kaid Darwiche, born in Bochum, Germany is a board-certified Pulmonologist at the Ruhrlandklinik – University Medicine Essen. He specialized in Internal Medicine in 2004 and in Respiratory Medicine in 2006 and since 2009 he works at the Ruhrlandklinik in Essen, first as a senior consultant of the Department of Interventional Pneumology, a reference and training center for Interventional Pulmonology under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Lutz Freitag and since 2015 as head of the department. His main clinical and research interests are interventional bronchoscopic procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of Central Airway Obstruction, Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction, and navigational bronchoscopy. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and lectures internationally on adult and pediatric airway disease. He was appointed as Associate Professor in Pulmonology in 2021 and elected as Vice-President of the West-German Lung Cancer Center in the same year. In 2018 he was elected as Head of the Endoscopy Section of the German Pneumology Society.

 

Berit Schneider-Stickler, MD

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Phoniatrics and Speech Language Therapy

Austria

berit.schneider-stickler@meduniwien.ac.at

 

Elie Fadel, MD

Marie Lannelongue Hospital Paris, Department of Thoracic Surgery

France

e.fadel@ghpsj.fr

Dr. Elie Fadel obtained his Medical Degree and completed his Surgical Residency in Paris, France. He obtained his Masters of Science and PhD Degree in 2000.  In 2005, He complemented his training by obtaining a Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation at the Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada. In 2000, he joined the Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery and Heart-Lung Transplantation at Marie Lannelongue Hospital as a staff surgeon and Assistant Professor at the Paris-Sud University.  In 2007, he was appointed Professor of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgery based on his research and clinical work at Paris-Sud University. Since November 2013, Dr Fadel is the Head of the Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery and Heart-Lung Transplantation at Marie Lannelongue Hospital. Dr. Fadel is member of professional societies such as The French Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, The International Society of Heart-Lung Transplantation, The International CTEPH Association and The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

 

Walter Klepetko, MD

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Austria

walter.klepetko@meduniwien.ac.at

 

Helmut Prosch, MD

Medical University of Vienna,Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy

Austria

helmut.prosch@meduniwien.ac.at

Helmut Prosch, MD, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy at the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, where he serves as the deputy head of the division of general and paediatric radiology and is the section chief of thoracic imaging. His research focuses on the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and deep learning for the diagnosis of diffuse parenchymal lung diseases. He has published more than 200 articles, reviews or book chapters.

 

Antonio D’Andrilli, MD

Sapienza University Rome, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Italy

adandrilli@hotmail.com

 

Paolo De Coppi, MD PhD 

Great Ormond Street Hospital, Department of Paediatric Surgery

United Kingdom

Paolo.DeCoppi@gosh.nhs.uk

 

Daniela Gompelmann, MD

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Internal Medicine II, Division of Pulmonology

Austria

daniela.gompelmann@meduniwien.ac.at

 

Konrad Hoetzenecker, MD PhD

Course Director

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Austria

konrad.hoetzenecker@meduniwien.ac.at

Konrad Hoetzenecker is the Head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical University of Vienna. As an appointed Professor for Lung Transplantation he is also the Director of the Vienna Lung Transplant Program. Besides lung transplantation he is specialized in airway surgery and extended thoracic procedures. Dr Hoetzenecker has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He has been awarded several prizes and grants including the Graham Memorial Traveling Fellowship from the American Association of Thoracic Surgery.

 

Nuria María Novoa, MD PhD

Organising Committee

University Hospital of Salamanca, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Spain

nuria.novoa@usal.es

 

Isabelle Opitz, MD

Organising Committee

University Hospital Zurich, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Switzerland

isabelle.schmitt-opitz@usz.ch

Professor Isabelle Opitz is Director of the Department of Thoracic Surgery and Chair of the Lung Cancer Center at University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, she is Professor/Ordinaria for Thoracic Surgery at University of Zurich. Her clinical areas of expertise are surgical treatment of lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma, pulmonary endarterectomy and lung transplantation. She has received national and international awards for her research and has acquired more than 11 million Euro for her own research. She is the author of more than 180 articles, including 125 original articles, reviews, and book chapters. She is president of ESTS and International Director of AATS. 

 

 

Doris-Maria Denk-Linnert, MD

Organising Committee

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Phoniatrics and Speech Language Therapy

Austria

doris-maria.denk-linnert@meduniwien.ac.at

Doris-Maria Denk-Linnert is a specialist in ear, nose and throat diseases with additional specialist training in voice and speech disorders. She is interim head of the Clinical Department of Phoniatrics-Logopaedics at the University Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases at MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital. Her main areas of expertise are the diagnosis and therapy of swallowing disorders, rehabilitation after tumour operations in the head/neck area with particular emphasis on oropharyngeal dysphagia, the diagnosis and therapy of voice disorders, phonosurgery and the diagnosis and therapy of early childhood laryngeal breathing disorders.