Roland Hetzer has completed his cardiothoracic surgery training in Hannover Medical School, Germany and in Stanford University, California. He performed the first heart transplantation in Hannover in 1983 and the first pediatric heart transplantation in Germany in 1985. Since 1986 he has been Professor of Surgery of the Free University of Berlin and then of the Charité and from January 1986 to September 2014 he was Medical Director and Chairman of the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin. He and his team performed more than 1900 heart transplantations and more than 2300 implantations of mechanical circulatory support systems. He has made numerous original contributions in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery particularly in surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure and valve surgery. From 1998 to 2016 he also served as Medical Director of Herzzentrum Cottbus. Presently, his clinical work is at the Cardio Centrum Berlin.
Cardiac Surgery, Heart Transplantation
Marco Picichè is graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Florence in 1995 and completed his cardiac surgery residency at the Tor Vergata University of Rome in 2000, both summa cum laude. He has worked as an Assistant at Saint Luc Hospital, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels (1999–2001), as a Clinic Head/Hospital Assistant at the universities of Clermont-Ferrand (2003–2004) and Montpellier (2004–2007). He held regular teaching appointments at the University of Montpellier School of Medicine, obtained certification by the French Board in cardiac surgery (Paris, 2007), earned his research master in Surgical Science (Paris, 2007). In Canada he authored a research project on Noncoronary collateral circulation, which was submitted to the annual research competition at Québec Heart and Lung Institute, Laval University, and received the competition’s highest grant. In September 2011 he received a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in therapeutic innovations from Paris-Sud University. He is the Editor in Chief of the book: Dawn and evolution of cardiac procedures: research avenues in cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. Currently he is a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon in Italy.
Cardiovascular surgeries, internal medicine,Interventional cardiology