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Dr. J.A.A.E. Cuypers

Dr. Judith Cuypers is a cardiologist specialized in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. She is working at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2007. 

She completed her PhD Thesis, titled “The Unnatural History of Congenital Heart Disease: outcome up to 40 years after surgical repair”, in 2015. She as a special interest in cardiac MR imaging.  

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Prof. M. Gewillig

Prof. Dr Marc Gewillig  is paediatric cardiologist in Leuven, Belgium. He wrote his thesis on circulation failure in the Fontan circulation, and remained intrigued by that problem ever since.


Many of his percutaneous interventions aim to avoid/treat heart or circulation failure, frequently “thinking out-of-the-box” and stretching the limits.

Dr. R.J. Houmes

Medical coordinator pediatric intensive care Erasmus MC Rotterdam and Helicopter Medical Service (HEMS). Anaesthesiologist, specialised in pediatric acute and intensive care, with a special interest in trauma and Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS).


Completed PhD thesis in 2016 entitled. Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Why, When and How. The director of the Sophia Children’s Hospital Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program that annually applies ECMO in 35 neonatal and pediatric patients. 

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Dr. B. Jensen

Dr. Bjarke Jensen is a physiologist who investigates the evolution of the heart and works as assistant professor at the Department of Medical Biology at the Amsterdam UMC, AMC. He recently showed that trabeculae in left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy do not have the embryonic identity and that many healthy animals have ventricles that are much more trabecular than patients with noncompaction – this challenges the notion of noncompaction being a distinct cardiomyopathy.

Dr. T. Krasemann

Thomas Krasemann works as pediatric cardiologist and lead of the cardiac catheterisation programme at the Sophia Children’s Hospital, Erasmus MC Rotterdam. He graduated from Medical School in Düsseldorf, Germany, and trained as pediatrician before becoming pediatric cardiologist in Münster, Germany. He then worked at the Evelina Children’s Hospital London, UK, for 12 years as one of three pediatric catheter interventionalists, before joining the team in Rotterdam.

Prof. P. Liuba

Prof. Liuba has a senior consultant cardiologist position and is director of pediatric cardiac cath lab at the Pediatric Heart Centre of the Skåne University Hospital in Lund, Sweden.


He is also associated professor of pediatric cardiology at the Lund University.

Prof. J. Photiadis

Prof. Dr. Joachim Photiadis is a professor for congenital heart surgery at Charité Berlin and Director of congenital heart surgery at the German Heart Center in Berlin. He was trained at the Royal Chidren's Hospital in Melbourne amongst other renowned training centers. 

Professor Photiadis is a reviewer for European Journal of Cardio Surgery, Circulation, Annales of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery since 2006


Drs. B.R. Rebel

Dr. Bas(tiaan). Rebel is a pediatric cardiologist specialized in Imaging. In complex congenital heart disease exact anatomic understanding is vital for surgical and interventional planning. In these cases 2D Echocardiography just isn’t enough. Bas uses advanced 3D echo and CT techniques to improve anatomical understanding in order to optimize the interventional and surgical outcome.


Bas graduated from medical school in Amsterdam (AMC) where he also became a pediatrician. His fellowship pediatric cardiology was in Amsterdam and Leiden (CAHAL). Since 2012 he is working as a pediatric cardiologist in the ErasmusMC.

Prof. Dietmar Schranz

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schranz is a professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology and currently Pediatric Cardiology Consultant at Goethe University Frankfurt. Previously he was the Chair of Pediatric Cardiology at the Pediatric Heart Center JLU in Giessen. In 2010 He received the Expression of honour for professional lifework of the Pitzer Foundation in Bad Nauheim and in the 2018 the Lifetime achievement award at the PICS Meeting in las Vegas.

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Dr. T. Szili-Török

Dr. Tamás Szili-Török is an associate professor and Clinical Head at the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, with an extensive list of credentials in cardiac electrophysiology and robotic cardiac intervention. He completed his PhD at the Erasmus MC and after a few years in Budapest, returned to Rotterdam in 2007. He has been living and working there since. In Hungary he led the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory at the Gottsegen György Hungarian Institute of Cardiology in Budapest and started a busy pediatric electrophysiology program including cardiac ablations and device implantations.  In 2007 returned to his Dutch alma mater and continued to work at the Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the prestigious Thoraxcentre. He has authored over 200 publications and co-funded the Society for Cardiac Robotic Navigation. As a pioneer in robotic cardiac intervention, Dr. Szili-Torok is a researcher, educator, key opinion leader and frequent guest speaker in his field.

Dr. P.C. van de Woestijne

Pieter van de Woestijne finished his training in cardio-thoracic surgeon in Rotterdam in 2011. He further specializes in the congenital part of this surgery both in children as in adults. Special interests are redo surgeries in GUCH patients, minimally invasive surgery for congenital patients, heart transplant in children including assist devices and the possibilities of hybrid approach in congenital cases.


‘Always interested and open for something new in this interesting field!’

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Faculty list

Prof. P. Beerbaum - Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany
Prof. N. Blom - Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Dr. J. Cuypers - Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. M. Dalinghaus - Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital, The Netherlands 
Prof. T. Delhaas - Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Prof. M. Gewillig - UZ Leuven, Belgium
Prof. N. Haas - LMU München, Germany
Prof. M. Hazekamp - Leids University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Prof. W.A. Helbing - Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. R.J. Houmes - Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital, The Netherlands
Dr. B. Jensen -  Amsterdam UMC / Medical Biology, The Netherlands
Dr. M. Jungbloed - Leids University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Dr. J. Kammeraad - Erasmus MC- Sophia Children's Hospital, The Netherlands

Dr. P. Kaski - Great Ormond Street Hospital & UCL Institute                                          of Cardiovascular  Science, United Kingdom

Dr. S. Klaassen - Charité University Medicine Berlin , Germany
Dr. L. Koopman - Erasmus MC Rotterdam - Sophia Children's Hospital, 
The Netherlands

Prof. P. Liuba
- Skanen University Lund, Sweden
Prof. J. Photiadis - Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin, Germany
Drs. B. Rebel Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital, The Netherlands
Dr. A. Roest - Leids University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Prof. Schranz - University Children's Hospital Giessen, Germany
Dr. A. Ten Harkel - Leids University Medical center, The Netherlands
Dr. T. Szili-Török - Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. P. van de Woestijne - Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. K. Zeppenfeld - Leids University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Organizing Commitee

Dr. B. Bartelds - Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital
Dr. R. Bokenkamp - LUMC
Dr. T. Krasemann - Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital
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