Councils - Mechanical Circulatory Support

Scientific Council on Mechanical Circulatory Support


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Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:15-8:15 AM
Room: Athena
Location: Acropolis Congrès Centre, Nice, France
ISHLT 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions


Visit the What's New in MCS page for more information.


Mechanical Circulatory Support (PDF)
Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support (PDF)
Infectious Diseases in Thoracic Transplantation and MCS (PDF)


Thank you to all of the members who reviewed and submitted comments on the posted guidelines. These guidelines have now been published and are available at


Issues focusing on MCS:

September 2017
February 2017
September 2016
January 2016
June 2015: MCS Council Year in Review
August 2014
January 2014
July 2013
May 2013: MCS Council Year in Review
March 2013
October 2011 (PDF)


Order your copy of Monograph Volume 1: Mechanical Circulatory Support - click HERE for details.

(Parentheses after name indicates year rotating off Board)

Nir Uriel, MD (2021)
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA

Bio coming soon...
Simon Maltais, MD, PhD (2023)
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN, USA

Dr Maltais is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is the Chair of Practice, the Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Program, and the Physician Leader for the LVAD Manage to Reimbursement enterprise-wide project. Previously, he had been at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN), where he was the Surgical Director of the Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs, Director of the Translational and Clinical Research Programs, Surgical Director of the ECMO Shock Team, and Co-Director of the residency program in the Department of Cardiac Surgery. Under his leadership, Dr Maltais has helped Vanderbilt become one of the “premiere” advanced heart failure programs in the United States performing over 70 heart transplantations in 2017 and implanting up to almost 100 durable mechanical devices. Dr Maltais has been a member of the ISHLT society, and he has demonstrated a valuable and constant contribution to the organization. In 2015, he co-chaired the ISHLT MCS Master Academy.

Prof Stephan Schueler, MD, PhD, FRCS (2019)
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UNITED KINGDOM

Bio coming soon...
Tobias Deuse, MD, PhD (2018)
University of California - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Tobias Deuse is Transplant and MCS Surgeon at the University of California San Francisco. He completed his cardiothoracic residency in Munich and Hamburg, and completed a fellowship in Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Stanford University. His main clinical interests are minimally-invasive lung transplantation and minimally-invasive LVAD implantation. His research focus includes the development of new immunosuppressive/ immunomodulatory agents and alternative forms of administration like inhaled immunosuppression or cell-based immunomodulation. He is also active in the field of pluripotent stem cell research and tissue regeneration.

Diyar Saeed, MD, PhD (2019)
Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf, Germany

Diyar Saeed is Surgical Director of the MCS Program and Co-Director of the Heart Transplantation Program at the Heinrich-Heine University of Dusseldorf. He completed his cardiothoracic surgical training in Bad Oeynhausen Heart Center (Germany), Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) and Dusseldorf University (Germany). Further, he spent two years of postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His main clinical interests are minimally-invasive and off-pump LVAD implantation. His research focus includes optimizing patient selection for VAD therapy, limiting concomittant procedures at time of VAD implantation and limiting the surgical trauma through alternative surgical access and/or omiting the need of cardiopulmonary bypass at the time of VAD implantation.  Other research focus includes developing animal model of heart failure.


David A. D'Alessandro, MD (2018)
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

David A. D’Alessandro, MD is the Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. D’Alessandro received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical education at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. D’Alessandro completed his residency in General Surgery, a fellowship in Renal Transplantation and clinical and research fellowships in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Prior to coming to the MGH, Dr. D’Alessandro was on staff at the Montefiore Medical Center and was the surgical director of the heart transplant program from 2011 through 2015. He has focused his clinical interests on surgical treatments of end stage heart failure including mechanical assistance and heart transplantation. He has extensive experience with acute and chronic mechanical circulatory support devices. Additional areas of interest include stem cell applications for myocardial regeneration and ex-vivo organ perfusion and resuscitation.

Evgenij V. Potapov, MD
German Heart Institute

Evgenij V. Potapov, MD, PhD is a senior cardiac surgeon and co-head of the mechanical circulatory support program at the German Heart Center Berlin. He started his medical training in Moscow in 1985 and finished it in Berlin. After one year in general surgery he trained as a heart surgeon at the German Heart Center Berlin, where he has been a senior surgeon since 2007. His main research interests are the pathophysiology of heart failure and surgical options for its treatment. Currently he is focusing on the clinical effect of ventricular assist devices in various patients populations.

Dawn M. Christensen, MS, CRNP
Innovative Program Solutions
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, USA

Dawn Christensen, MS, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC is a nurse practitioner and owner of Innovative Program Solutions, LLC.  She received her nursing degrees from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1992 and Pennsylvania State University in 1997.  She began her career in the ICU at Penn State Hershey Medical Center caring for Adult and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery patients.  She became the first Circulatory Support Coordinator at that institution in 1997 and in the eleven years at that position coordinated and conducted numerous training courses for outside institutions, participated in multiple clinical trials, and managed all aspects of the MCS program.  Since starting her own consulting company, she has had the opportunity to consult for multiple manufacturers as well as help institutions start new programs and prepare for regulatory review.  For the past three years she  has also served as the operations manager for MyLVAD. As one of the founding members of the ICCAC, and past president, she continues to promote the role of the VAD coordinator and remains active internationally within the group.


J. Michael DiMaio, MD (2020)
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX, USA

Bio coming soon...
Jaime Hernandez Montfort, MD, MPH (Non-voting mentee through 2018)
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA, USA

Jaime Hernandez-Montfort specializes in advanced heart disease and transplant cardiologist with special interest in transitions to a durable solution, decision making and regionalization of care after acute mechanical circulatory support across different health care systems. He attended medical school at his hometown in the Northeast of Mexico (University of Monterrey) and trained in the  USA (University of Massachusetts Medical School/Baystate, Rutgers/Newark Beth Israel) where he currently helps lead efforts as co-Director of Cardiogenic Shock and Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support at Baystate Health, a large healthcare organization in Western Massachusetts.

Feras Khaliel, MD, PhD (2018)
King Faisal Specialist Hospital

Feras Khaliel, MD, PhD, DESC, is a Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC). He obtained his French Board of CVS residency from Paris, France, along with his PhD in cardiac stem cell transplant to total artificial heart. Dr. Khaliel had 2 years of Fellowship in Heart Transplant and Assist Devices in Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, Canada. He has also achieved a one-year fellowship in Minimal Invasive Cardiac Surgery at London Health Science Center, London, Canada. He’s the residency training program director and a staff surgeon at KFSH&RC since July 2011. His passion in heart failure management has lead into creating the Saudi Heart Failure Group (2011), which held 4 successful international meeting to date.

Jennifer A. Beckman, MSN-FNP, RN, CHFN (2019)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA

Jennifer Beckman MSN, ARNP, CHFN, is a Nurse Practitioner with the Advanced heart failure, MCS and Cardiac Transplantation program at University of Washington Medical Center, in Seattle, Washington, where she also holds a faculty appointment as a teaching associate. Her clinical specialty is Mechanical Circulatory Support, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation. Jennifer is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, precepting physician assistant students. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing degree and Family Nurse Practitioner training at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is certified by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She currently co-chairs the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Council and sits on the Nurse Executive Council at UWMC. Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors for the International Consortium of Circulatory Assistant Clinicians and also served a Presidential term. Her research interests include VAD patient outcomes optimization.

Angela Lorts, MD (2019)
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Angela Lorts, MD is a pediatric critical care and heart failure/ transplant cardiologist and medical director of the mechanical assist device program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She completed her pediatric training at Denver Children’s hospital, Cardiology training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Critical Care fellowship at C.S. Mott/University of Michigan. She spent multiple years doing bench research in the field of cardiac and skeletal muscle fibrosis. Her main clinical interests are focused on improving outcomes of children and young adults that need mechanical support for end stage heart failure from myocardial failure or complex congenital heart disease. She recently co-chaired the 2016 ISHLT pediatric MCS academy and was a co-editor of the ISHLT monograph for pediatric MCS. She is currently co-leading a learning network to standardize/improve advanced cardiac therapy for children.

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