Steering Committee

The Americas: Erick Alexanderson, MD, FACC

Erick Alexanderson

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Erick Alexanderson is Professor of Medicine at the Facultad de Medicina, UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico. He is the President of the ACC Mexico Chapter and Governor on the Assembly of International Governors. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging and Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

In addition, Professor Alexanderson is the chairman of the Nuclear Cardiology Department at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia. He received his medical degree from Centro Medico Nacional Siglo XXI in Mexico City, Mexico. Subsequently, he underwent his cardiology residency training at Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia "Ignacio Chavey." Professor Alexanderson has participated in numerous local and international congresses as a panelist and lecturer. Notably, he has also lectured at the International Atomic Energy Agency Human Health Campus focusing on Cardiac PET/CT and MRI.

Asia: Kui-Hian Sim, MBBS, FACC

Kui-Hian Sim, MBBS, FACC

Dr. Sim graduated from Monash University and completed his cardiology fellowship at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Currently, he is the head of the department of cardiology and the Clinical Research Centre, Sarawak General Hospital. He is also the adjunct professor of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Science, University Malaysia Sarawak. His research interests include cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, metabolic syndrome and ACS biomarkers in the multi-ethic Asian community. He is principal investigator/steering committee in more than 100 multicentre clinical studies in Malaysia.

A member of the Expert Writing Panel for Clinical Practise Guidelines on Management in Cardiovascular Disease in Malaysia, Dr. Sim also serves as a task force member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection in Cardiology. A member of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Expert Panel on Radiological Protection of Patients, he holds various appointments in the Ministry of Health Malaysia, including chair of the 9th Malaysia Plan (2006-2010) Cardiovascular Research Priority, as well as chair of the National Cardiovascular Database Malaysia and Council Member of Malaysia Medical Council.

Currently, he is the president of the National Heart Association of Malaysia, and chairs the Committee on Preventive Cardiology, ASEAN College of Cardiology, and the Cardiac Imaging Council, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology. He is the immediate past secretary general of the Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology.

Europe: Nicholas Boon, MD, FACC

Nicholas Boon, MD, FACC

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Nicholas Antony Boon studied medicine at Cambridge University and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He was appointed consultant cardiologist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in 1986 and developed a special interest in the management of acute coronary syndromes (heart attack) and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Boon retired from emergency work in November 2010 but continues to see out-patients and remains active in research as Honorary Reader in Cardiovascular Medicine at Edinburgh University.

He has published more than 250 papers in peer review journals on a wide range of topics, including both HIV and the heart and the cardiovascular effects of air pollution, and was the senior editor of the 20th edition of Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine.

Dr. Boon served as a trustee and a member of the Council of the British Heart Foundation for more than 15 years and was president of the British Cardiovascular Society from 2007-2009.

Middle East/Africa: Hani Najm, MD, MSc, FACC

Hani Najm, MD, MSc, FACC

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Dr. Hani Najm 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. He is an international renowned cardiac surgeon who is highly skilled and compassionate. He is a dedicated advocate of humanitarian achievements and is committed to provide the best in health care facilities and the highest quality in patient care.