WE ASKED the newly elected ESC Board members to introduce themselves to our readers as they take on the leadership of the ESC. There were more interviews featured in the previous edition of the ESC Newsletter (November 2006).

Here we spoke to Jose L. Zamorano Gomez (Spain), Steen D. Kristensen (Denmark), Raffaele De Caterina (Italy) and Alan Fraser (UK).


Subspecialty/specialty of interest: Heart failure, Ischaemic heart disease, CV Risk factors, CV Imaging modalities.

Current role at the ESC: Councillor of the ESC. President elect of the EAE. Member of the Practice Guidelines Committe of the ESC.

What is the key strength of the ESC?

Its own members, National Societies, WG and Asscoc. Our power is the exchange in knowledge, scientific interest and education, between different people that merge in the ESC.

What do you think is the key challenge of the ESC?

Focus on cardiovascular diseases in general. Reduce the impact of the disease and try to help in the Research and education witihin the different componentsd of the ESC. Since each subspeciality is growing, we should try to keep all Associations, Working Groups and subspecialities under the umbrella of ESC. This is one of our major strenghts.

What you like to address in your new role at the ESC? What will your priorities be?

I will actively particpate in the Guidelines , improve relationship with Associattions and try to increase relations with other Working Groups that are dealing with similar problems (i.e. MRI, CT, Nuclear, echo…)

Anything you would like readers to know about you that they may ignore (e.g. political background, member of an editorial board, etc) Member of different Editorial Boards (EJE, J Am Soc Echo..). I have edited 10 books in the cardiology field ( 3 in english) and the Author of the Virtual Heart that was presented during the last ESC Congress in Barcelona. I also happen to have a Master Executive Education in Management and Health Resources that I took at the ESADE Business School in Madrid (2006-2007)What other major involvements do you have outside the ESC?

Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Unit at the University Clinic San Carlos. Eeducation is also important in my activities and I am actively participating at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Lectures on Cardiology but also Charing Doctoral Course on Valvular Heart disease and Telemedicine.

What do you do with your free time? Trying to work also as a father (3 kids: 15, 12 and 10 years) and strongly supported by my best half part (Margarita)! We take the kids for a paddle tennis game every Sunday.