Steering Committee

Americas: Carlos Manuel Barrero, MD, FACC

Carlos Manuel Barrero, MD, FACC

Carlos Manuel Barrero, MD, FACC graduated with honors from the Buenos Aires University School of Medicine. He completed the Cardiology Residency Training Program at Hospital Argerich in Buenos Aires where he got his cardiology degree. After that he specialized in acute coronary care working as Clinical Cardiology Chief at Hospital Argerich Coronary Care Unit.

He served as Director of the Council of Critical Cardiology and also Director of the Education Department of the Argentine Society of Cardiology. He was elected President of the Argentine Society of Cardiology 2010-2011.He is Associate Director of the Cardiology Curriculum of the Buenos Aires University School of Medicine.

He is author of many papers of the specialty mainly focused of ischemic heart disease presented or published locally and internationally. He is co-editor and author of three textbooks of cardiology. He was awarded the Prize 50th Anniversary of the Argentine Society of Cardiology as well as the National Prize on Medical Sciences in 2004.He was appointed as first Governor of the ACC Argentina Chapter 2013-2015.

Asia Pacific: Saturnino Perez Javier, MD, FACC

Saturnino Perez Javier, MD, FACC

Saturnino Perez Javier, MD, FACC Finished B. S. Biochemistry, Magna cum laude in 1980 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila, Philippines; Doctorate in Medicine at UST in 1984; Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Santo Tomas University Hospital in Manila City; Fellowship in Adult Cardiology at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) in Makati City from 1990-1992; Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Intravascular Ultrasound at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, USA from 1992-1994; Fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP); Fellow of the Philippine College of Cardiology (PCC); Fellow (Interventional) of the Philippine Society of Cardiovascular Catheterization and Interventions (PSCCI); Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC); Fellow of the ASEAN College of Cardiology.

Past Head, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Past President, Philippine Heart Association; Past President, Philippine Society of Cardiovascular Catheterization and Interventions; Founding Governor, ACC Chapter-Philippines; Department Head, MMC Fellowship Training Program; Chair, MMC-Institutional Review Board; Chair, Philippine Health Research Ethics Network; Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Journal of Cardiology; Member, Philippine Specialty Board of Adult Cardiology; Book author, Escape Beat; Presently a Clinical and Interventional Cardiology consultant of the Makati Medical Center and Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

Europe: S. Lale Tokgözoğlu, MD, FACC

S. Lale Tokgözoğlu, MD, FACC

S. Lale Tokgözoğlu, MD, FACC graduated from the Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. After completing the Internal Medicine Residency program there, she completed a fellowship program at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Tokgözoğlu returned to Hacettepe University as Professor of Cardiology.

Prof. Tokgözoğlu has served on the Executive Committee of the European Society of Atherosclerosis and is currently President of the European Atherosclerosis Society. She also served as the President of the 'Atherosclerosis and Vascular Biology Working Group of the European Society of Cardiology' .She has served on board of the European Society of Cardiology Fellowship and Training Committee and on the board of the Education Committee. She has also served on the executive committee of the International Society of Atherosclerosis. Prof. Tokgözoğlu has served on the Board of the Prevention Association of the European Society of Cardiology.

Prof Tokgözoğlu has founded and chaired the Istanbul Consortium Chapter of the American College of Cardiology in 2010 which is a consortium of 16 countries. She was elected to be the European representative of the American College of Cardiology Assembly of International Governors Steering Committee in 2015.

Middle East/Africa: Hani Najm, MD, FACC

Hani Najm, MD, FACC

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Hani Najm, MD, FACC was elected as the president of the Saudi Heart Association in February 2008. Prior to this position, Dr. Najm is also the deputy chairman and head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery of the King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center, National Guard Health Affairs.

Dr. Najm obtained his medical degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 1985, wherein he graduated second in his batch. He did his residency at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1989, at the Ottawa Heart Institute in 1994 and at the Toronto Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in 1995 and 1996. He received his Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship in 1996 at the Hospital for Sick Children and his Adult Cardiac Surgery Fellowship in 1997 at Sunnybrook Hospital, both in Canada. As the head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and a consultant cardiac surgeon, Dr. Najm has established a state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac surgical section in 1999 at KACC and performed the first implantable left ventricular assist device in the region in February 2004.

Dr. Najm has been invited as a guest speaker to several local and international cardiovascular meetings. He has written and published many scientific and medical articles and has published book chapters. Currently, Dr. Najm acts as Chair of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.