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Fausto Pinto elected as World Heart Federation President-Elect

07 Dec 2018

Today at the World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2018, we held our General Assembly, during which elections were held for several positions, including that of WHF President-Elect and Vice President-Elect.

Professor Fausto Pinto graduated from Lisbon University Medical School in 1984. He did his Cardiology internship at Santa Maria University Hospital – CHLN, E.P.E. (Lisbon, Portugal), and Stanford University Medical School (CA, USA), where he was a Clinical Fellow. He was then Clinical Attending in the Echocardiography laboratory and underwent an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the same institution.

He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), and Full Professor of Cardiology. He is also the Head of the Cardiology Department and of the Heart and Vascular Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, CHLN E.P.E., and the Director of Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute (ICVL) since 1999.

Prof. Pinto will take over as President-Elect next year when Prof. Karen Sliwa takes up her position as WHF President.

Professor Jagat Narula is a Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Professor of Cardiology at the Zena & Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief of the Division of Cardiology of St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals of Mount Sinai, Director of Cardiovascular Imaging for the Mount Sinai Health System, and Associate Dean of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Imaging, Executive Editor of Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Editor-in-Chief of the Global Heart (the official Journal of World Heart Federation).

Prof. Narula will take over as Vice President-Elect next year when Nooshin Bazargani​ becomes WHF Vice President.

Professor David Wood, President, World Heart Federation, comments on the appointments:

“Professor Pinto is one of the world’s leading lights in cardiovascular health and it is an honour for the World Heart Federation to have him extend his WHF Board role in his new official capacity as President-Elect. Being WHF President has been a huge privilege for me but at the end of this year I know that I will be leaving our organization in the best possible hands with Karen Sliwa, Nooshin Bazargani​, Fausto Pinto and Jagat Narula at the helm.”

Two further election were held at the General Assembly and we are delighted to announce the following:

Treasurer, Kristina Sparreljung

Kristina is General Secretary of the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation where she has worked since 1996 in various key fundraising and marketing roles.

At Large Positions

  • Álvaro Avezum, Brazil
  • Thomas Gaziano, USA
  • Junbo Ge, China
  • Rajeev Gupta, India
  • Amam Mbakwem, Nigeria
  • Gustavo Restrepo, Colombia