Mr. A.J.Levine has been a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon in the UK for 19 years at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
He trained in London and the West Midlands in the UK. His clinical profile is one of a high-volume surgeon (performing over 200 cases per year) with an interest in heart failure surgery. He has one of the largest UK practice in Surgical Ventricular Restoration surgery.
Managerially he has led at a local, regional, national and international level, including UK National Lead for Coronary Revascularisation for Adult Cardiac Surgical CRG (2013 – 2016) and STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons) Taskforce on Resuscitation – Co-opted UK Member (2013 – present).
He has published on surgery for heart failure, ITU length of stay post operatively and most importantly on resuscitation after cardiac surgery.
Furthermore, he does medicolegal work (as an expert witness/ opinion) for cardiothoracic surgery and management consultancy work for a number of commercial companies (ATOS, GE, Hunter Healthcare Ltd, etc ) for a number of hospitals across the UK (2014 – present).
Finally he is the co-director of CALS S UK Ltd (www.csu-als.com) which co-ordinates and manages CALS (and now REACTÔ) training around the world.
Anders Jeppsson, MD, PhD. Born 1960. Graduated at Linköping’s University in Sweden 1989. Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon 1997. Research fellowship at Mayo Clinic 1997. PhD thesis on renal function in cardiac surgery, defended 1998. Senior consultant at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden since 2002. Full professor since 2008. Published more than 170 original scientific articles. Research interest in bleeding and haemostasis, and cardiovascular epidemiology. Presently Chairman of the Clinical Guideline Committee in European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) and Secretary general in Scandinavian Association for Thoracic Surgery (SATS).
CCP, ECCP, Dipl. KT, Doc. Chir.
Started in Perfusion in 1978 in Toronto, Canada
Moved to Europe in 1992
Chief Perfusionist in Germany, South of Munich
Both Adult and Pediatric Perfusion
Editorial Board reviewer Perfusion sage/Journal of Extracorporeal Technology
European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion:
Board member Academic Committee
Site visits for Accreditation of Perfusion schools and ongoing education
Organizing Committee for the European Conference on Perfusion Education and Training
He has been a consultant and lecturer in anaesthesia and critical care in St Georges University hospital in London for 17 years. Appointed Institute Chair for Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Cleveland Clinic London in 2019. He is past president of the Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care in the UK and an editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia Education and Echocardiography Research and Practice. He is a current member of the the EACTA and ESICM echocardiography committees and has helped in the inception of the ESICM EDEC accreditation. Nick has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and chapters and has been invited to lecture at ACTACC, EACTA, ESA, SCA, ESICM, IACTA conferences amongst others. He is recognised for his national and international leadership in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care, clinical quality, echocardiography, research and education.
My main anaesthesia and critical care training was in the UK and Sweden. In addition 1 year in the US. My first perioperative TOE course was in 1996 and run until 2010 when I trained in 3D echo and made the course a peri-operative 3D course for 4 years. In 2000 I took the American TOE accreditation. I was part of the group under ACTA (Association CardioThoracic Anaesthetists UK and Ireland) which set-up the TOE exam and accreditation in TOE in 2003 along with the British Society of Echo which has become the benchmark for cardiac anaesthetists today. Previous committee member and President of ACTA. I use TOE/TTE in my routine practice for surgery, cath lab and ICU. I use and research Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Lung ultrasound post-cardiac surgery and explored methods for reducing blood usage in cardiac surgery. I currently teach TTE/TOE in several countries. This includes all levels from medical students to consultants. Other interests include reducing adverse events in cardiac surgery.
Bennett SR, Alharbi M. Anaemia and Blood Transfusion. Surgery 2019.
Venu Menon MD, FACC, FAHA is the Mehdi Razavi Endowed Educational Chair and Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Section Head of Clinical Cardiology in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and serves as Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit as well as the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program. He has a leadership position in the Cleveland Clinic Clinical Coordinating Center and is involved in the conduct of clinical trials around the world, including chairmanship of the Cardiovascular Events Committee on multiple phase 3 seminal clinical trials. He currently serves on the American Heart Association Committee for Scientific Sessions and is the American College of Cardiology liaison to the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee of the AHA. He is also the Vice Chair of the Acute Cardiac Care and General Cardiology Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. He has published over 200 manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature with research interests in cardiac critical care and time sensitive cardiac emergencies.
Consultant Anesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals. Trained in Medicine at Oxford (Corpus Christi College) and obtained a First in Physiology along with University prizes in Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Pharmacology. After a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (DPhil, Respiratory Physiology), he trained in anesthesia in Oxford. Past Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1998-9), appointed to his NHS Consultant post at the John Radcliffe in 1999 and elected to St John’s 2000.
National and Specialty Roles
As Academic Strategy Officer of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2005-7), I published the National Strategy for Academic Anaesthesia – a policy document commissioned to help prepare the specialty nationally for changes in academic medical training. In 2019 I completed 12 years as Editor of Anaesthesia. In 2014 I published the international report (NAP5, UK and Ireland) on ‘Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia’, culmination of a 4-year Royal College project making over 60 recommendations for clinical practice. In 2016-18, I served as Clinical Associate to NHS England, to advise on its £50M New Care Models Program, designed to adopt new and efficient ways of working.
I have served in several education roles at University level, as past Chair of Examiners, Graduate-Entry Medical Exams, and Examiner for Final Honour School; and as a Training Program Director in postgraduate medicine. Through NHS England I was seconded part-time to advise as Associate Director of Education to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, where I sit on the development board of the new Aston Medical School.
National and international awards include: Royal College Gold (Jubilee) Medal (2000), Macintosh Professorship (2012); Spring Silver Medal (2012) of the Irish College of Anaesthetists; Humphry Davy Medal (2015 & 2018); Emerald/EDRF International Prize in Healthcare Management 2017; Rowling Medal 2019 (for work on patient safety) Visiting Professorships include: Mayo Clinic 2015; Southwestern University Dallas 2015; Ann Arbor 2017; Sydney 2017; Karolinska Stockholm 2018. I was appointed Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford and 2018 the Professor of Anaesthesia by the international Difficult Airway Society. I delivered the Victor Horsley Lecture of the British Medical Association 2015, the 2018 Medallist Lecture of the Hôpital Militaire de Bégin, Paris, and the 2018 Spyros Makris Lecture of the Greek Society of Anaesthesia.
As a Fellow of St John’s College, I teach Systems Physiology and Pharmacology. My research interests include: respiratory physiology, anaesthesia and critical care, health economics and operating room management and mechanisms of anaesthetic drug action.
Staff Physician, Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Institute
Ahmed Bafadel, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Bafadel was working as an advanced cardiovascular imaging fellow as Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA.
Dr. Bafadel is a graduate of King Saud Medical School, in Saudi Arabia. He trained in internal medicine at Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Libin Cardiovascular Institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He also completed a Master of Business Administration at Cornell University, New York, USA, where his work and research focused on new medical technology (including medical wearables and telemedicine), in addition to increasing efficiency of healthcare systems.
After, Dr. Bafadel worked as teaching faculty and a cardiologist at King Saud Medical school, in Saudi Arabia, where he was involved in cardiology fellowship program for training cardiology specialists. He moved after to the United States to get the experience of advanced cardiovascular imaging at the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA, where he was trained in structural 3D Echocardiography guidance of percutaneous valve implantation, Nuclear Cardiac Imaging and Cardiovascular CT. His research on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and nuclear cardiology has been presented in international cardiac conferences.
Dr. Bafadel is board certified by both the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in cardiovascular disease, as well in internal medicine. He also holds certification boards from the National Board of Echocardiography, the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology and the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.
Dr. Bafadel enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends, as well as playing tennis.
Staff Physician, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology Institute
Arun Kumar, MBBS, is a Staff Physician in the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, US.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Kumar was a Consultant Adult Cardiac Anesthesiologist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, for four years.
Between 2006 and 2011, he worked with the University Hospital of Wales as a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Dr. Kumar is actively involved in teaching and training medical students and residents. He is a regular faculty member at several national and international meetings and has lectured on Transesophageal Echocardiography and Cardiac problems in Non-Cardiac Surgery.
Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of Royal College of Anesthetists, London. He is a Diplomate in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography of the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE, USA) and accredited in Transesophageal Echocardiography from the British Society of Echocardiography.
He obtained his MBBS and MD in Anesthesiology from JIPMER, Pondicherry, India, and underwent further training in Anesthesiology & Intensive Care in the UK. He completed his Fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesia & Intensive Care at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, and his Anesthesiology residency at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Staff Physician, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology Institute
Charles Ahene, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Dr. Ahene provides expert anesthesia care to patients undergoing complex heart operations, and also practices other areas of anesthesia, including anesthesia for vascular surgery, organ transplantation and general anesthesia.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Ahene worked in several tertiary medical centers and teaching hospitals. He started his career as an Assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, US, where he trained resident physicians and also served as the Director of Cardiac Anesthesia.
Following his time in Mississippi, Dr. Ahene moved to Saudi Arabia, where he served as a consultant anesthesiologist at the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh. He subsequently relocated to Abu Dhabi, where he was involved in the establishment of the adult and pediatric cardiac surgical services at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.
Dr. Ahene is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesia. He is also board-certified in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography by the American Board of Echocardiography. He holds medical licenses from the States of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Kentucky in the US and is a member of the International Anesthesia Research Society and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesia.
Dr. Ahene earned his degree from the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra, Ghana, and completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC He later completed a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.
Staff Physician, Cardiac Surgery, Heart & Vascular Institute
Gurjyot Bajwa, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Bajwa was in practice at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She was the first surgeon in the tri-state area to perform robotically assisted mitral valve surgery in 2011.
Dr. Bajwa was born in India to a long line of ancestors with interest in education, her great grandfather being the first in the region pre-partition to obtain a Masters degree. She is the first physician/ surgeon in her family, keeping up the valued tradition. Dr. Bajwa moved to the United States to pursue higher education on an international academic scholarship at Hope College in Holland, MI. Dr. Bajwa earned her medical degree from St. George’s University in Grenada. She trained in general surgery at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery from Rush University Medical Center, followed by formal training in minimally invasive cardiac surgery from Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. Dr. Bajwa is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Bajwa has authored numerous articles in scientific journals and textbooks.
Dr. Bajwa resides in Abu Dhabi now and enjoys the rich cultural aspects of its cosmopolitan population. She looks forward to bringing world class care to this region via Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Institute Chair, General Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology Institute
Massimo Lamperti, MD, is the institute chair of the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Dr. Lamperti brings wide experience in anesthesia and critical care.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Lamperti worked as a consultant anesthesiologist at National Neurological Institute Besta, a quaternary neurological center in Milan, Italy. He completed his fellowships in the US and UK. His main clinical field is neuro-anesthesia and critical care in acute brain injured patients. In the last ten years, he became one of the main researchers in the field of point-of-care ultrasound in critically ill patients and developed an international training course for ultrasound-guided insertion of vascular accesses.
Dr. Lamperti is a peer reviewer of many international indexed journals in the field of anesthesiology, critical care, pediatrics, and neurosurgery.
Dr. Lamperti lives in Abu Dhabi with his family and enjoys running marathons in his free time.
Staff Physician, Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit, Critical Care Institute
Vivek Kakar, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Critical Care Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Kakar was a Consultant in Critical Care, Anesthesia, Major Trauma, and ECMO at King’s College Hospital, London.
Dr. Kakar received his MBBS from NHL Medical College, Ahmedabad, India. He then completed his residency and obtained an MD in Internal Medicine from BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India (one of the biggest teaching hospitals in India). He then moved to the UK and completed his residency in Anesthesia from North Bristol NHS Trust, UK. He completed his fellowship(s) in Anesthesia & Intensive Care from the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust, London. He is registered as a specialist in Anesthesia and Critical Care on the specialist register with the General Medical Council, UK.
Dr. Kakar’s main areas of interest include cardiopulmonary critical care, cardiac anesthesia, anesthesia for major colorectal surgery, transesophageal echocardiography, and ECMO. With an International Diploma in ECMO from the La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital, Paris (Prof. Alain Combes) under his belt, Dr. Kakar has been extensively involved in ECMO provision at his previous job.
Dr. Kakar has also been actively involved in teaching and training medical students and residents. He is an instructor for focused echocardiography (FEEL-UK) and Advance Life Support (Resuscitation Council, UK) courses. He has completed a Masters (MA) in Medical Ethics and Law from Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. He frequently teaches medical students and residents about core fundamentals of decision-making in critical care. He has also been actively involved in and led the Risk and Governance for Critical Care.
Dr Wael Abdulrahman Almahmeed is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Institute in Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UAE University and has an Adjunct Staff position at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.
Dr Almahmeed completed his undergraduate medical training at the medical school in the University of Southampton, England. He continued his post graduate studies in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. This was followed by a fellowship in Echocardiography at the same institution.
He received his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine in 1994 and in Cardiology in 1995. Subsequently he became a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (1996), Fellow of the American College of Physicians (1998), Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (1998) and Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2004.
He is a foundation member of the Gulf Heart Association and the Emirates Cardiac Society. Under his leadership in the Emirates Cardiac Society, the Society won the bid to host the World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai in 2012, the World Tobacco or Health Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2015, the Asia Pacific Congress of Cardiology in Abu Dhabi in 2015 and World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology in 2016. He also established an annual meeting for the Emirates Cardiac Society in UAE. In 2000, he initiated World Heart Day in the UAE. Today it is celebrated by many institutions across the country.
During his tenure as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, he was chair of the Quality steering committee. Under his leadership SKMC was one of the first hospitals in Abu Dhabi to receive Joint Commission International Accreditation in 2008.
In 2009, his department became accredited by the Society of Chest pain centers. In 2012, accredited by the European Association of Echocardiography. Recently, his institute once again received Cycle 4 Chest Pain Accreditation. His hospital was the first overseas center to participate in the ACCs NCDR Action and Cath PCI Registries.
In 2004, he established the first center in the Middle East that has 24/7 Primary PCI. Following that, his department became the most comprehensive cardiac department in the UAE, providing all the necessary services from Electrophysiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease to Rehabilitation.
In 2013, he initiated the first Cardiology Fellowship Program in the UAE. As Chair of the CME committee, at the Health Authority, he established mandatory CME hours for health care professionals and also established a system for CME accreditation.
Dr Almahmeed's research interests include Coronary Artery Disease prevention in the developing countries, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, and Registries on Acute Coronary Syndromes, Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation. He was the national coordinator for the Inter-Heart Study. He is on the steering committee of the Gulf Race, Gulf Coast, Gulf Care and Gulf Safe Registries. He has over 100 publications to his credit, and is currently the national coordinator for a number of Multi-Center Trials including Elixa, Examine and Garfield Trials.
Dr Almahmeed's expertise is in non-invasive Cardiology/Echocardiography and Heart Disease in Pregnancy.
Consultant Cardiologist, Heart Failure & Transplant at the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Alsindi worked as Consultant Heart Failure Cardiologist at Mohamed Bin Khalifa Cardiac Centre, where he established Heart Failure Services at the Cardiac Center in Bahrain. Prior to returning to the region he was a Staff Consultant Cardiologist, Heart Failure Center of Excellence at East Maine Medical Center, Maine. USA. During his tenure has attained a numberof leadership roles at the Hospital. He was the Director of the Lipid Clinic. He was the Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehab Unit.
Dr. Fahad Alsindi qualified from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with honors Degrees.He then completed his Internship at the Bahrain Defense Force Hospital Bahrain. He then joined the Mohmmed Bin Khalifa Cardiac Center. He worked as a Cardiology resident and thenSenior Resident, obtaining Membership of The Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom, MRCP (UK). He pursued post graduate training as a Specialist Registrar in York, England. He became an Associate Clinical Tutor of The Royal College of Physicians; NorthernDeanery. He then moved to Boston, USA, where he completed Internal Medicine Residency Program at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. He then became nominated as Chief of Residents and worked as an Internist at The Lahey Hospital. He then Completed his Cardiovascular Fellowship at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
Dr. Alsindi’s academic career includes a number of publications in peer reviewed journals. HeWas also an active member of the medical education community. He has attained a number ofteaching awards including: Award of Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, Tufts School of Medicine, Boston MA. Senior Class of Tufts University School of Medicine Teaching award. Award for Excellence, The Gold Humanismand Excellence in Teaching Award. Tufts MedicalStudent Teaching Citation Award.
He was awarded the Fellow of the year Award in succession, attaining, The 19th Annual Fellow of the Year Award and The 20th Annual Fellow of the Year Award. Lahey Hospital Medical Center. Tufts School of Medicine Teaching Hospital, MA. USA
Dr. Alsindi is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. He is American Board Certified in Cardiac Echocardiography (National Board of Echo, NBE). He is European Board Certified in Heart Failure, European Society of Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh (FRCP Edin), Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Heart Failure Association, European Society of Cardiology (FHFA)