Important dates

  • Meeting: 30th - 31st August, 2018
  • Abstract submission: Closed
  • Registration: Open
  • Deadline for abstracts submission: Midsummer Day June 24th, 2018
  • Notification of abstract acceptance or refusal: Short after
  • Early bird deadline: June 24th, 2018


Experience with DCD lungs in Belgium, Dirk van Raemdonck, Leuven.

Merging cardiology and cardiac surgery units - The management perspective, Niels Würgler Hansen, Copenhagen

Patients experience and recovery after ECMO, Anne Langvad, Copenhagen.

War against bacteria in the mouth, Anita Tracey, Copenhagen.

Opportunities and Obstacles: DCD and “the Good Death” among Donor Families and ICU personnel, Anja Marie Bornø Jensen, Copenhagen.

Clinical ex vivo lung perfusion – Rationale, current status and future directions, Peter Hasse Møller, Copenhagen.

Is there a role of hybrid coronary revascularization? Ivy S. Modrau, Skejby.

Surgeon Involvement in Transcatheter Valve Therapy,
Hendrik Treede,
Hale. Presentation


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Anja Marie Bornø Jensen (SATS)

Anja Marie Bornø Jensen is an anthropologist working as Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology at Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen. Her research deals with the social implications and ethical challenges of organ donation and transplantation. She has conducted several field studies in Denmark and in the US among donor families, transplant recipients and health professionals. Anja’s PHD on organ donor families is based on extensive fieldwork in Danish neuro-intensive care units following organ donation cases focusing on family and staff interaction.
She has published on donor family experiences, understandings of death, the emotional challenges of transplant professionals and on the ethics of transplantation. Anja’s current research projects deals with families who say no to organ donation, animals in experimental transplant research, and the power of ”data” in organ donation and transplantation practice and policy. Based on her anthropological research, Anja is frequently used as educator and speaker in the Scandinavian transplant community.

Anne Langvad (SATNU)

Anne Langvad
Masters degree in clinical nursing 2008. Employed as a nurse and clinical nurse specialist in the department of cardio-thoracic ICU.
Specialized in the care of patients with ECMO

Anita Tracey (SATNU)

Anita Tracey
From June 2016: project nurse at the Department of Quality and Coherence
January 1988 - June 2016: nurse, project nurse and research nurse at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
September 2014 - august 2017: project "Oral hygiene before open heart surgery"
June 2012: Master in Clinical Nursing
June 1984: RN

Britt Borregaard (SATNU)

Britt Borregaard PhD student with an interest in optimizing the clinical pathway after Heart Valve Surgery. Through a clinical trial, the aim is to reducing readmissions while educating and empowering the patient. Furthermore focus on patient-reported outcomes in both specific and generic terms.

Camilla Bernild (SATNU)

Camilla Bernild, RN, Master in Health Strategies and Educational Studies, Ph.d. Works at Heart Center Copenhagen. Research areas are: involvement of relatives in hospital settings, sociology of health professions, sociology of standardisation, development of practice & action research, clinical decisions, education and learning, nursing and communication.

Casper Seidelin (SCANSECT)

Casper Seidelin Chief perfusionist at Rigshospitalet Denmark sinde 2012
Graduated from the Scandinavian School of Cardiovascular Technic 2007.

Chris Young (SATS + SCANSECT)

Chris Young is a cardiac surgeon specialising in aortic vascular surgery, minimal access AVR and TAVI.

Christian Latremouille (ALL)

Prof. Christian Latrémouille is a cardiac surgeon working as Chief of the Cardiovascular surgery department of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris, France. He was trained in the team of Pr Carpentier in Broussais Hospital and is member of the staff since 1993. Actually, he is exerting as Professor in Cardiac surgery and Anatomy at the Paris Vth University René Descartes.

Fundamental research was conducted in immunology and more specifically in xenotransplantation, leading to responsibilities in taking in charge the cardiac transplant program in Broussais Hospital first, then in Georges Pompidou European Hospital during more than 15 years.

The natural history led to work in the field of heart failure and to integrate the development program of a new generation of bioprosthetic total artificial heart (TAH), which will become the Carmat TAH. Since more than 10 years he collaborated with engeeners teams of the company. He conducted the animal studies over more than 35 implantations. These permitted the obtention from the French Regulatory Affairs Department authorization to perform the first implantation in man which occurred in December 2013. As Principal Investigator, he conducted the feasibility and safety study which is now closed after 4 human implantations. The second, so called Pivotal study, is still running in extended Europe centers.

Christian Lildal Carranza (SATS)

Christian Lildal Carranza

Specialist in adult heart surgery. Focus areas are endoscopic vessel harvest, arterial revascularization, mitral valve repair, aortic root repair, acute endocarditis, heart- and pulmonary transplantation. Furthermore Executive Master in Business Administration.

Dirk Van Raemdonck (ALL)

Dirk Van Raemdonck is the surgical director of the Leuven Lung Transplant Group with a volume of about 70 lung transplants per year. He is also responsible for the care programs of pulmonary metastasectomy and mediastinal tumor surgery. In addition, he holds the position of Director of the Leuven Transplant Center since 2006 and is the Program Director of the Medical School at the Faculty of Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven since 2012.

Dirk Van Raemdonck is the co-chair of the PGD working group and the chair of the DCD Registry Steering Committee within the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He was a co-investigator in the Inspire trial and is the European principal investigator of the Expand trial sponsored by Transmedics, Andover, MA. Dirk Van Raemdonck is a former president of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) and currently serves as the president of the UEMS Section of Thoracic Surgery. Full CV available at:

Domingos Souza (SATS)

Domingos Souza
Since 1993 we have been doing a research work which is about a novel no touch technique of harvesting the saphenous vein for CABG surgery. Since that time 4 thesis were written and the no touch technique has received good attention and acceptation around the world. This work was performed at the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden.

Eddy Overdevest (SCANSECT)

Eddy Overdevest started his training as a perfusionist in 1991 at the Erasmus University Hospital in Rotterdam. Since 2004 he has worked at the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven where he joined the private group European Perfusion Associates in 2005. In May 2016 EPA merged with Heartbeat. Heartbeat is now responsible for all extracorporeal perfusions procedures in 6 hospitals in the Netherlands. One of his interests is automated data recording during bypass in general, with a special focus on goal directed perfusion.

Friedrich W. Mohr (ALL)

Professor Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr , born in 1951, studied medicine in Berlin, Bonn and Sydney. Since 1994 he is Professor and Chief of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Leipzig and Medical Director of the Leipzig Heart Center. He is a member of numerous national and international societies and boards, as well as editorial boards and has published more than 900 peer reviewed papers as author and co-author. Professor Mohr has been President of the EACTS (10/2015-10/2016) and Councilor of the AATS (since 05/2015). He has been International Director of the STS (01/2011 – 01/2014), Past President of the DGTHG (02/2011 – 02/2013) and the SHVD (2007-2009). Since 1996 Professor Mohr and his team have worked to develop the technique of minimal-invasive cardiac-surgery, in particular mitral valve repair. He is now one of the leading experts in this field. He developed standardized Gore-Tex Loops for the replacement of chordae tendineae, which is a technique that is now used in cardiac surgery centers around the world. Professor Mohr has been principal investigator of the SYNTAX trial (which analyses percutaneous coronary intervention with stents and coronary bypass surgery – published in Lancet 2013) and he is chair & initiator of the GARY-registry (which collects and analyses the German data of transcatheter aortic valve interventions and aortic valve surgery). This demonstrates and proves his commitment for an interdisciplinary and fruitful cooperation between experts from cardiology and cardiac surgery, the so called heart team approach. Professor Mohr has trained and mentored many young surgeons from all around the world. Over the years, a number of the key figures who have supported and influenced the development of the Leipzig Heart Center have moved on to senior posts elsewhere. Under his leadership the Leipzig Heart Center has pioneered transapical aortic-valve implantation and became one of the world’s leading centers for the treatment of structural heart disease. In May 2017 he retired from the chairmanship, He is know the magaing director of THELeipzig HEART INSTITUT.

Filip P. Casselman (SATS)

Filip P. Casselman MD PhD FETCS has been trained in General and Cardiac Surgery at the University of Leuven, Belgium (1991-1997). He continued his training with a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1997-1998) and at the St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands (1999-2000). Since 2001 he is working in the department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the OLV Clinic in Aalst, Belgium. His interests include minimally invasive surgery (robotic and videoscopic), valvular reconstructive surgery, percutaneous valve replacement and arrhythmia surgery. He is actively involved in cardiac clinical research and has participated in multiple multicenter trials (including Syntax trial, Partner and Prevail trial, …). He is (co)author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 250 presentations at international meetings.

Hasse Møller-Sørensen (ALL)

Hasse Møller-Sørensen is a senior consultant working at the department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Møller-Sørensen is section chief for the Transplantation (including EVLP), ECMO and mechanical support.

Helle Ploug Hansen (SATNU)

Helle Ploug Hansen is professor in Humanistic Rehabilitation Research, Department of Public Health, Research Unit of General Practice, University of Southern Denmark. She holds a PhD degree and an extended master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. She is also trained as an intensive care nurse. She has conducted several ethnographic fieldwork studies in Denmark especially addressing psycho-social and rehabilitative aspects related to women and men with a cancer disease, but also nursing care in an oncology ward. She is the author of several books for nurses and other health care professionals and a substantial number of peer-reviewed articles. She has been active within the field of patient perspectives and involvement in Health Technology Assessment since 2001 and she is one of the editors to the book: Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment from 2017.

Henrik Jessen Hansen (SATS)

Henrik Jessen Hansen Head of the VATS program at Rigshospitalet with over 2700 VATS lobes done. Former Councilmember at ESTS and Congress President at ESTS 2014/Copenhagen.

Henrik Birn (SATS)

Henrik Birn Head Consultant nephrologist with expertise on renal transplantation involved in the work up and follow-up of renal transplant recipients and living donors. Previous experience with DCD-donation from a three months visit to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK, 2017. Member of a work group under the Danish Center for Organ Donation to evaluate the basis for DCD-donation in Denmark 2017-2018. Clincial and experimental research focused on biomarkers in acute kidney injury and renal transplantations, the progression of chronic kidney disease and albuminuria.

Hendrik Treede (SATS)

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Treede is a board certified cardiac surgeon and Director of the Mid-German Heart Center at the University Hospital Halle (Saale). After finishing his medical studies at Hamburg University he underwent residency and attending positions at University Hospital Munich Großhadern and University Heart Center Hamburg. Prof. Treede is member of numerous scientific societies and an active clinical and experimental researcher in structural heart disease.

His main scientific focus lies in interventional and minimally-invasive heart valve surgery. Prof. Treede has published more than 180 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Inge Marie Svane (SATS)

Inge Marie Svane has 25 years of research experience in cancer immunology and immunotherapy and holds a PhD in basic cancer immunology and a professorship in clinical cancer immunotherapy. She has pioneered the field of cancer immunotherapy in Denmark building up Center for Cancer Immune Therapy - CCIT, a translational research center in European leading position. Focus of expertise is T-cell based adoptive cell therapy and other cellular therapies, cancer vaccines, and immune regulation. Since 2001 she has initiated 15 phase I, II and III immunotherapeutic trials as Sponsor (List of clinical trials ). Further, she is national principal / investigator on numerous international clinical trials in collaboration with pharmaceutical industry primarily within the area of immunotherapy.

Ismail El-Hamamsy (SATS)

Ismail El-Hamamsy is Director of Aortic Surgery and Associate Professor at the Montreal Heart Institute (Université de Montréal). His main surgical focus is aortic valve surgery in young adults. Since 2010, he has established one of the busiest complex aortic surgery programs in North America, performing >350 Ross procedures and 250 aortic valve repair/sparing operations. He also leads an active research team looking at the natural history of aortic disease and innovative therapeutic approaches. Dr. El-Hamamsy completed his medical education and cardiac surgery training at the Université de Montréal (Canada), followed by a 4-year fellowship in London, UK under the mentorship of Sir Magdi Yacoub. During this period, he completed a PhD entitled “The Living Aortic Valve” at Imperial College London. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific articles in major peer-reviewed journals, including the Lancet, Circulation and JACC. In addition, he also participates in different humanitarian projects and has helped establish the Aswan Heart Center in Egypt.

Jan Schmitto (SATS)

Jan Schmitto Cardiac Surgery, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Minimally-invasive Surgery.

Jakob Kjellberg (SATS)

Jakob Kjellberg is Professor of Health Economics. His particular field of interest is in the economic evaluation of health care treatments and programmes and use of economic incentives in health care management.

Jari Räsänen (SATS)

Jari Räsänen, MD in 1991, Helsinki University. Specialist in Surgery in 1999, Specialist in gastrointestinal Surgery in 2002 and in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006. His doctoral thesis in 2007 focused on Barrett's esophagus and associated adenocarcinoma.

In 2008-2009 Jari Räsänen worked as a clinical fellow with Dr. James Luketich in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Pennsylvania. USA. UPMC is one of the best known centers in the world for its development of minimally invasive thoracic procedures such as VATS lobectomies and segmentectomies and especially minimally invasive esophagectomies. After returning back to Helsinki, Finland Dr. Räsänen was implementing and researching these procedures in everyday use at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Helsinki University Hospital.

Dr. Räsänen’s recent interest has been the further development of minimally invasive thoracic and esophageal surgery by use of robotic assisted techniques. His present position is the chief of General Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.

Jean-Marc Baste (SATS)

Prof Jean-Marc Baste, MD,PhD Thoracic Surgeon Member of the Steering Comitee of ESTS Robotic WG Secretary of the French Robotic Group
Special Focus: VATS, RATS, Image guided surgery, LVRS, Lung Transplantation, Simulation, Team Training, NoTechs, CRM

Jens Steensgaard (SCANSECT)

Jens Steensgaard, Perfusionist at Rigshospitalet since 2002. Special areas of interest is pediatric perfusion, assist devices and ECMO transport.

Jesper Kjaergaard (SATS)

Jesper Kjaergaard, lecturer on the subject "ECMO in cardiac arrest patients - a viable option?

Jesper Holst Pedersen (SATS)

Jesper Pedersen, is a consultant in Thoracic surgery at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a specialist in Thoracic Surgery, achieved a doctorate in 1995 (DMSci), FETCS in 2002 and is a member of ESTS (European Society of Thoracic Surgery). He is a member of the board of the Danish Lung Cancer Group. He has since 2012 been Associate Professor, at University of Copenhagen, DK. The main research is on CT screening for lung cancer and lung cancer rehabilitation. He is principal Investigator of the Danish Lung Cancer Screening Trial since 2004 and a member of the IASLC strategic advisory committee on Lung Cancer Screening, and chairman of a working group on Lung Cancer Screening in ESTS. He is PI of the Lung Cancer rehabilitation trial (PROLUCA) at Rigshospitalet and Member of the management group of CIRE, Copenhagen He has supervised 11 PhD studies at University of Copenhagen and co-authored 131 peer reviewed publications.

Joel Dunning (SATS + SCANSET)

Joel Dunning is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in the UK. He graduated in Medicine from Oxford University in 1997 and did his PhD at Manchester University in 2002.  He is an associate editor of the world's largest cardiothoracic surgery website. He was the associate editor for cardiothoracic surgery for the EJCTS for 8 years and previously developed a literature review section in the ICVTS called Best Evidence Topics. In thoracic surgery, he has a particular interest in novel forms of VATS Lobectomy and Robotic thoracic surgery. He has experience with anterior and posterior approach VATS lobectomy, uniportal lobectomy, subxiphoid uniportal lobectomy, and has developed a novel version of lobectomy called microlobectomy ( His interests include sharing videos on thoracic surgery with colleagues and travelling to meet new cardiothoracic surgeons worldwide to hear about their great new ideas !  For more information see  

Jytte Graarup (SATNU)

Jytte Graarup I am been a clinical nurse specialist in the field of heart- and lung transplantation since 2006. My main focus has always been on the human being and how the person manage the challenges of life.

Kirsten Gjeraa (SATS)

Kirsten Gjeraa, Medical Doctor since 2007, finished 1st year of specialty training 2014, Captain of the Reserves in The Danish Forces in 2016, PhD from Copenhagen University in March 2018 in Non/technical skills in teams - in the VATS operating theatre. Researcher at Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation and currently working as a clinician at the anaesthesiology department at Herlev Hospital. Mother of two boys, married and living in Copenhagen.

Lars Møller (SATS)

Dr. Lars Møller has been working as a consultant in thoracic surgery at Aalborg University Hospital for the last 2 years. Dr. Møller has specialized in lung resections using VATS technique and is a member of the local team responsible for the treatment of oesophageal cancer.
Dr. Møller is president of The Danish Society of Thoracic Surgery

Lars Søndergaard (SATS)

Lars Søndergaard, Graduated in 1988 from University of Copenhagen. Trained in cardiology at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and The Heart Hospital in London. Special interest in congenital and structural heart diseases, particular interventional procedures, and Head of these programs at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Lead the first-in-human transcatheter mitral valve implantation (CardiAQ) in 2012. Furthermore, first-in-human implantation for the Gore Septal Occluder (2011), Inter Atrial Septal Device (Corvia) for HFpEF (2012), Hydra transcatheter aortic valve prosthesis (2013), and Lotus transcatheter aortic valve DepthGuard system (2016).

Laurent De Kerchove (SATS)

Laurent De Kerchove, He started his medical school in 1992 and was graduated from the “Université Catholique de Louvain », Belgium, in 1999. After four years training in general surgery (2000-2003), he specialized (2004-2007) in cardiovascular surgery with Prof. R. Dion at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and with Prof. G. eL Khoury at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels. In 2008, he joined the cardiothoracic surgeon’s staff at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc where he is still working actually. He made his PhD in May 2014 on the role of annuloplasty in aortic valve repair. His special centers of interests in cardiac surgery are valve repair, full arterial coronary revascularization and minimal access surgery.

Malene Missel (SATNU)

Malene Missel, PHD in health science 2016. Masters degree in nursing 2008. Employed as a nurse and clinical nurse specialist in the department of thoracic surgery since 2000. Specialized in the care of patients with lung cancer and patients with esophageal cancer.

Martin Malina (SATNU)

Martin Malina, Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon. Assoc. Professor. Aortic surgery. Vascular service management.

Matthew Davis (SCANSECT)

Matthew Davis, Clinical Perfusionist with special interest in Neonatal and Paediatric Cardiopulmonary Bypass, and Support.

Mette Siemsen (SATS)

Mette Siemsen, Special interest in esophageal surgery, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery.

Morten Smerup (SATS)

Morten Smerup, Pediatric and adult cardiac surgeon. Specialised in complex reoperative surgery.

Niels Katballe (SATS)

Niels Katballe, General thoracic surgeon. Head of esophageal cancer surgery team at Department of Heart-Lung and Vascular Surgery, Aarhus University Hospital

Niels Würgler Hansen (ALL)

Niels Würgler Hansen was appointed Director of the Heart Centre at Rigshospitalet in 2015. The Heart Centre is among the largest hearts centres in Europe. The Heart Centre is currently involved in at large value based project and in the process of reshaping its organisation. Niels has extensive experience with health care planning, health care policy and health care economy from positions in central government. Niels has worked as Head of Division for Hospital Policy at the Ministry of Health and as Head of Division for Local Government Economy (Health care policy and economy) at The Ministry of Finance. In these positions Niels has been highly involved in national health care policy development and in the financial negotiations on national health care economy, structure and governance.

Pernille Palm Johansen (SATNU)

Pernille Palm Johansen, More than 15 years experience in cardiology. Clinical Nurse Specialist within ischemic heart disease Phd from 2017.

Peter Fast Nielsen (SCANSECT)

Perfusionist at AUH, Skejby - since 1997 Education manager and senior lecturer at The Scandinavian School of Cardiovascular Technology

René Horsleben Petersen (SATS)

René Horsleben Petersen, Associate professor, senior consultant, PhD. at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen Councilor European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS). Expert in minimal invasive thoracic surgery.

Staffan Svenmarker (SCANSECT)

Staffan Svenmarker
Clinical perfusionist at Umeå University Hospital, Sweden (1988 - 2018)
Adjunct Senior Lecturer Umeå University, Sweden (2015-2018)
Currently, affiliated as researcher at Umeå University, Sweden

Sten Lyager Nielsen (All)

Sten Nielsen
Copenhagen University Hospital. President of SATS 2018 Conference

Truls Myrmel (SATS)

Truls Myrmel
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway and consultant in cardiovascular surgery at the University Hospital North Norway. Interests and clinical practice: Aortic Surgery, Valve surgery, Acute Heart Failure.

Walter Klepetko (ALL)

Walter Klepetko
Professional background:
1999 / European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (FEBTCS)
1989 - present / Director of Lung Transplantation Program, Medical University of Vienna
2003 – 2008 / Professor of Special Thoracic Surgery Medical University of Vienna
2010 – present / Chairman and Professor of Thoracic Surgery Medical University of Vienna

Postgraduate Education:
2002 - 2009 / Founder and Director: European Postgraduate School for Thoracic Surgery, Bergamo
2012 / Massachusetts General Hospital Postgraduate Course: Faculty Dr. Honoris Causa
2004 / University of Wroclaw (Poland)
2011 /Victor Babes University Timisoara (Romania)
2016 / Semmelweis University of Budapest (Hungaria)

Honorary memberships:
2002 Czech Transplant Society
2002 Romanian Society of Thoracic Surgery
2005 Romanian Society of Transplantation
2006 Hungarian Society of Surgery
2010 Hungarian Society of Pulmonology
2015 British Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Assignments in professional societies:
2002 - 2003 President EACTS
2004-2007 Councillor ISHLT
2006-2008 International councillor AATS

Editorial Boards:
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation

Peer reviewed papers: 512
Impact Factor: 1020



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