Dr. Osama I. Soliman

Non-invasive imaging techniques

Dr. Osama Ibrahim Soliman, M.B.B.Ch, MSc, MD, PhD, FACC, FESC is a consultant cardiologist specialized in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging. He is a research scientist at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam and also supervising cardiologist of non-invasive imaging Core Lab at Cardialysis.

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Dr. Soliman graduated in 1996 with Summa Cum Laude from the Medical School of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. He completed eight years of training in internal medicine and cardiology at Al-Azhar University Hospital in Cairo, Egypt. In 2000, he was awarded the degree of Master of Science Cum Laude based on a dissertation entitled “Intravascular ultrasound versus quantitative coronary angiography for the assessment of immediate results of coronary artery stenting”. In 2005, he joined the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, where he was granteded the doctoral degree from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2007 based on a dissertation entitled “Advanced quantitative echocardiography guiding therapy for heart failure”. Dr. Soliman has written about 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He has been on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography since 2009. His main research topics are non-invasive cardiovascular imaging and heart failure.



Dr. Yoshinobu Onuma

Intracoronary imaging

Dr. Yoshinobu Onuma, MD, PhD is a leading expert in the field of bioresorbable scaffolds. He also has extensive expertise in quantative coronary angiography (2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and bifurcation-dedicated), intravascular imaging, Syntax Score and metallic stents. He is the Supervising...

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...Cardiologist of the Intracoronary Core Lab at Cardialysis. Dr. Onuma received his medical degree from Tohoku University School of Medicine in Sendai, Japan. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Mitsui Memorial Hospital. He fulfilled his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at the same hospital. He joined the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 2007 and was granted his doctorate in interventional cardiology in 2014. Dr. Onuma has published more than 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.



Prof. Dr. Nicolas M. van Mieghem

Imaging of cardiac valves

Dr. Nicolas van Mieghem obtained his medical degree and cardiology degree at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. After subsequent fellowships in interventional cardiology in Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg Genk, Belgium, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York USA and the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands...

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...he joined the department of interventional cardiology in the Thoraxcenter, Erasmus MC as staff member in February 2010. He is involved in the percutaneous coronary interventions program and has a particular focus on transcatheter heart valve interventions. He obtained the degree of PhD based upon his research in transcatheter valve therapies. So far, he has published and co-authored approximately 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. van Mieghem is Principal Investigator and Steering Committee Member in multiple ongoing international trials evaluating various transcatheter valve technologies. He is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and is currently Medical Director of the department of Interventional cardiology at the Thoraxcenter, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam.



Dr. Joost Daemen

Coronary angiography

Dr. Joost Daemen, MD, PhD obtained his degree in medicine at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam in 2005 and did 2 years of internal medicine training and 4 years of general cardiology training at the Thoraxcenter, Rotterdam. Dr. Daemen is expecting to finish his interventional...

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...cardiology training, for which he spent several months at the Insel University Medical Center Bern Switzerland, in early 2015. In 2008, he obtained his PhD degree with cum laude as a result of dedicated research in the field of interventional cardiology with specific interest in long-term follow-up, safety and efficacy of drug-eluting stents and stent thrombosis, resulting in co-authorship in over 75 peer reviewed publications. Specific attention went to high-risk patient subsets, cost-effectiveness, comparative effectiveness of PCI versus CABG and quality-of-life analyses. Dr. Daemen is actively involved in several drug-eluting stent trials and is Principal Investigator of 4 trials focusing on the safety and efficacy of renal sympathetic denervation in hypertension, heart failure, vasospastic angina and heart failure. Dr. Daemen is a member of the editorial board of EuroIntervention and the Netherlands Heart Journal, member of Young ICIN, and has completed courses in biomedical statistics and device training.



Dr. Maarten Witsenburg


Dr. Maarten Witsenburg, MD, PhD is a pediatric and congenital cardiologist and staff member at the Department of Cardiology / Congenital Heart Diseases, Erasmus Medical Center and Sophia's Children Hospital in Rotterdam. His field of interest is arrhythmias both in children and...

Read more adults with congenital heart disease. In addition he has a major interest in congenital interventional cardiology. He is proctor for Medtronic percutaneous pulmonary valve implantations. He graduated in 1992 at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam on the topic of balloon dilatation for treatment of obstructive cardiovascular lesions in children. He has published more than 100 articles and is author/coauthor of 19 book chapters.



Prof. Robert-Jan M. van Geuns

Magnetic resonance imaging

Professor Robert-Jan Matthijs van Geuns, MD, PhD (1966) started his medical training at the University of Leiden. After graduation and military service, he worked as a house-officer at the department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the University Hospital of Leiden and Department of...

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...Cardiology, the Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. After his training in Internal medicine at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Prof. van Geuns was trained in interventional cardiology by Prof. Patrick Serruys at the Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. His research focus is on coronary artery disease. He started his research in this field in 1996 and obtained his PhD in 2000 on the thesis: "Non-invasive coronary imaging with MRI and EBT". His current research focuses on new imaging techniques in cardiology for diagnostic applications and image-guided interventions. Prof. van Geuns was appointed Associate Professor in 2010 covering research in non-invasive cardiac imaging and percutaneous coronary interventions. In June 2014, he became Professor of Interventional Cardiology with a special focus on the percutaneous treatment of coronary artery disease. He acquired several individual grants and is author of 247 papers, numerous abstracts and has presented his research across all continents.



Dr. Arend F.L. Schinkel


Arend F.L. Schinkel, MD, PhD, is a cardiologist at the Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He obtained his medical degree at Leiden University in 2000. He earned his doctorate in the use of myocardial stress imaging for the evaluation of coronary artery disease, assessing...

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...prognosis and myocardial viability, at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2002. During his cardiology training, he accomplished a research period at Rush University, Chicago, IL. He achieved a European certification in echocardiography. Dr. Schinkel joined the Department of Cardiology at the Thoraxcenter, Erasmus MC as a staff member in 2009. He is actively involved in patient care, education, and cardiovascular research, with emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative studies. His research has resulted in more than 160 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than 10 book chapters in well-known cardiology books. He is an organizer of the European Symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging. His areas of interest and expertise are non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, in particular ultrasound, and atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.



Dr. Ernest Spitzer

Non-invasive techniques

Dr. Ernest Spitzer is a consultant cardiologist with focus on non-invasive cardiovascular imaging and interventional cardiology. He joined Cardialysis in 2014 were is involved in the design of randomized clinical trials, supervision of the non-invasive imaging Core Lab, and supervision of the Clinical Events Committee. Dr. Spitzer started a PhD program at Erasmus University Medical Center in 2016 on interventions for the prevention and management of heart failure.

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Dr. Spitzer graduated in 2004 with Summa Cum Laude from the Catholic University of Saint Mary, Arequipa, Peru. He completed five years of training in cardiology at the University Hospital Miguel Servet, Zaragoza, Spain. At the end of his residency, he trained in advanced cardiac imaging at the General Hospital of Vienna, Austria, under the supervision of Prof. Christian Loewe. In 2013, he was awarded a research fellowship by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions of the European Society of Cardiology and a research grant by the Spanish Society of Cardiology. Dr. Spitzer completed a clinical research fellowship under the supervision of Prof. Stephan Windecker at Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland, in November 2014, and moved to Rotterdam to work at Cardialysis. In parallel, he completed a 4-year master program in statistics and research methodology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In January 2016 he started a PhD program at the Department of Interventional Cardiology under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas M. Van Mieghem, Prof. Jan G. P. Tijssen, and Prof. Felix Zijlstra, focused on invasive and non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, heart failure, and interventions.



Dr. Sing-Chien Yap

ECG & Electrophysiology

Sing-Chien Yap, MD, PhD, FEHRA, is a cardiologist-electrophysiologist at the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His clinical activities include catheter ablations of arrhythmias (including Stereotaxis), CIED implantations and lead extractions. In addition, he is responsible for the inherited arrhythmias outpatient clinic. He is an EHRA certified cardiac device and electrophysiology specialist.


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He obtained his medical degree from the University of Utrecht in 2004. He was granted a MD Clinical Research Trainee Grant from the NWO for his PhD research. After obtaining his PhD degree in 2007, he completed a research fellowship (2009-2010) at the Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada. His research in Canada was focused on catheter ablation of adults with congenital heart disease. He completed his training in cardiology and his clinical fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the Department of Cardiology, Erasmus MC.
He has authored over 50 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. His main research topics are sudden cardiac death, ICD therapy and congenital heart disease. Currently, he focuses his research on early detection and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias in high-risk populations. He is a Fellow of the European Heart Rhythm Association (FEHRA) and active member of the Netherlands Heart Rhythm Association (NHRA).



Dr. Rohit Bhagwandien

Electrophysiology and Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

Drs. Rohit Bhagwandien, MD, obtained his degree in medicine at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam in 2004 and did 2 years of internal medicine training and 4 years of general cardiology training at the Thoraxcenter, Rotterdam. After finishing his cardiology training he started his fellowship electrophysiology. 


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He is a staff member in the Thoraxcenter since 2010. He is actively involved in patient care, education, and cardiovascular research. He is currently Principal Investigator in several device and ablation trails. His focus is on atrial fibrillation, anticoagulation, and cardiac implantable electronic devices, including re-synchronization therapy, ICD’s, subcutaneous ICD’s, and leadless pacemakers. He has written several articles in peer-reviewed journals.