Dr. Jeffrey A. Towbin, Executive Director of the Heart Institute and Professor & Chief, Pediatric Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, did his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center before moving to Houston to do his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in 1985. He joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in July 1989 as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and ultimately was promoted to the rank of tenured Professor (1998). Dr. Towbin relocated back to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2009. Dr. Towbin has published approximately 480 peer-reviewed publications, and over 70 book chapters, as well as editing 3 books. He has been awarded many NIH grants with continuous funding over his career, and is the recipient of various other extramural grants, including several grants mentoring students and junior faculty. Dr. Towbin has also received many honors nationally and internationally, including the Michael Debakey Excellence in Research Award, 2007 American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award (March 2007), and the 2013 American Heart Association Basic Science Prize. He has given over 30 named Lectureships as well as played leadership roles on many National and International Committees. He is a well-known expert in the clinical and translational arenas of Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, transplantation, and causes of sudden death.
Barbara JM Mulder is Professor of Cardiology in the AcademicMedicalCenter in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2001 she initiated the national registry and DNA bank for congenital heart disease, named CONCOR ( CONgenital CORvitia), in which presently over 15.000 patients have been included. She chaired the European Heart Survey on congenital heart disease with 79 participating centers from 24 countries.. From 2010 until 2012 she was president of the International Society of Adult Congenital Cardiology, ISACHD. Since April 2013 she is incoming president of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology.
Dr. David Crossland is a Consultant Adult Congenital and Paediatric Cardiologist at FreemanHospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. The majority of his work is in the catheter lab in the form of congenital and structural intervention as well as invasive haemodynamic evaluation. He also has a major interest in the assessment of adults and children with congenital heart disease for cardio pulmonary transplant, alternative conventional surgery and ventricular assist devices. He is a member of the Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for cardiopulmonary transplant and the Heart Allocation Working Group (HAWG). Freeman Hospital carries out the majority of ACHD transplants and ventricular assist for congenital heart disease in the UK.