Political supporters of the Coalition

Politicians, policy-makers, stakeholder organisations and individuals active at EU and national level who support the work of the Coalition:

Brando Benifei

MEP - Italy

Maria da Graça Carvalho

MEP - Portugal

Els Van Hoof

MP - Belgium

Gitta Vanpeborgh

MP - Belgium

Hilde Vautmans

MEP - Belgium

Sirpa Pietikäinen

MEP - Finland

Sara Cerdas

MEP - Portugal

Juozas Olekas

MEP - Lithuania

Members of the SHD Coalition

The Coalition brings together a group of European experts including key opinion leaders, a wide variety of stakeholder groups, including researchers, patients, and industry to work together with the aim of prioritising SHD in policy. The initial goal of the members of the Coalition is to work towards a European Joint Action on age-related Structural Heart Disease with an emphasis on early diagnosis and treatment. This will require strong communication on the burden of SHDs in Europe, political prioritisation at EU level as well as robust national support.

Prof. Andrea Ungar

MD, PhD, FESC, full professor internal medicine and geriatrics

Aruna Himawan

Research Fellow, International Longevity Centre

Professor Martin Stout

Prof Martin Stout PhD, FESC, FBSE. He is a Consultant Cardiac Physiologist and visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also Vice President of the British Society of Echocardiography.

Pr. Dr. Bart Meuris

Cardiac Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven,Deptartment of Cardiovascular Sciences, KU Leuven

Confederación Española de Organizaciones de Mayores (CEOMA)

Heart Failure Policy Network (HFPN)

Fédération Française des Diabétiques

Prof. Dr. Riemer Slart

Member of the Amyloidosis Center of Expertise and the Vasculitis Expertise Center, at the University of Groningen (NL)​ - Board member, secretary of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) ​- Cardiovascular Committee and board member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) ​- Chair of the working group Cardiovascular Imaging in infections and inflammation (collaboration between EANM/ESC/European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI).​

Dr. Juan Carlos Obaya

General Practitioner currently in Alcobendas, Madrid​, and Associate Professor in the European University of Madrid - Coordinator of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Diseases of the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (SEMFYC)

Prof. Ralph-Stephan von Bardeleben

Head of the Centre of Structural Heart Disease Interventions and the Heart Valve Center in Mainz, Germany​

Prof Phil MacCarthy

Interventional Consultant Cardiologist and the Clinical Director for Cardiac Services at King's College Hospital

Dr. Cruz-Gonzalez

Professor of Medicine at the University of Salamanca and Chief of Interventional Cardiology of University Hospital of Salamanca (Spain). He was trained in Interventional Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (Boston, US). Currently he is the president of the Spanish Association of Interventional Cardiology of the Spanish Society of Cardiology and member of the Scientific Program and Congress Committee of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI). Interventions (EAPCI).

Pr. Ariel Cohen

Head of the Cardiology Service of the Hospital Saint-Antoine, Paris and Ex-President of the French Society of Cardiology. He is also Hospital practitioner and a University Professor at the Saint-Antoine Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Mohammad Sherif

PD Dr. Mohammad Sherif is currently Director of the invasive Cardiology and Angiology and Director of the program of structural heart diseases within the Charite University Hospital Berlin (Campus Virchow) in Germany.

Governance of the Coalition

The Coalition and the website content are guided by the Coalition’s Steering Committee, which is composed of experts with an interest in tackling structural heart disease at the national and EU levels. Steering Group members guide and approve the yearly work plans of the SHD Coalition and the content of the website. Members provide their time on a voluntary basis.



President of the Italian Society of Geriatric Cardiology (SICGE). He was Director of the Department for Cardiovascular Diseases of S. Giovanni Hospital in Rome (1998-2013) and the President of ANMCO - National Association of Hospital Cardiologists (2002 - 2004). He is also the founder and President of Health and Society.


Patient Advocate. Mr. Colgan is a mechanical engineer and a surgical recipient of an artificial tissue aortic valve. In early 2018 at the age of 29 after a steep decline in fitness and health, he was taken in urgently to have his valve replaced. He hopes to inspire and help future patients understand the experiences of open heart surgery and show that after surgery not only can life be better but you might even reach new limits you didn’t think you ever could.


Dr John DeVerteuil is a general practitioner with expertise in cardiology and echocardiography. He set up and works at a Heart Clinic in the UK, where he provides patients with the echocardiography during the appointment.


Professor of cardiovascular sciences at KU Leuven, Clinical head of the cardiovascular department at UZ Leuven, Secretary and treasurer of the Belgian Working Group on Interventional Cardiology


Dr. Emanuela Folco is the Secretary General and CEO of the Giovanni Lorenzini Medical Foundation, she is one of the founders of the Italian Heart Foundation (IHF) and its president since 2015, she has been a Board member of the European Heart Network.


Prof. Paolo Magni, MD-Ph.D is a professor of Pathology at the Università degli Studi di Milano, he’s a Member of the Board of the Italian Heart Foundation. He conducts clinical and translational research on cardiovascular diseases and on nutritional/nutraceutical modulation of cardiometabolic risk, ageing and health-related issues.


Head of the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit. Hospital Ramón y Cajal. Dr. Rodríguez-Roda is also the Vice President of the Spanish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery.


Head of the Cardiology Unit. Hospital Ramón y Cajal. Director Cardiovascular Institute, University Clinic San Carlos. He was the President of the Working Group on Non-invasive Diagnostic Imaging in the Spanish Society of Cardiology (1999-2002). He has held different positions at the European Society of Cardiology since 2001.

Prof. Roland Hardt

Head of the geriatrics service at the Johannes Gutenberg Hospital in Mainz. Specialist in internal medicine and cardiology.


RPP Group acts as the Secretariat of the Coalition and is responsible for the management of the website.