Members and supporters

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



MEP – Italy



MEP – Portugal



MP – Belgium



MP – Belgium



MEP – Belgium



MEP – Finland



MEP – Portugal



MEP – Lithuania



MEP – Hungary



Deputy – Ireland



MEP – Croatia

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Radka Maxová

MEP – Czech Republic


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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).​


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)


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).

Ms. Maite San Saturnino

Ms. Maite San Saturnino holds the position of President of the Platform of Patient Associations of the Spanish Heart Foundation, which aims in unifying the voice of cardiovascular patients and their families in Spain under the umbrella of the Spanish Heart Foundation and joining the Spanish Society of Cardiology.


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


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.


Cardiology Consultant and Cardiovascular Imaging reader. MD. PhD. EACVI level III accreditation in TTE, TEE, CMR and CCT. Coordinator of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Unit – Cardiology Department, University Hospital Alvaro Cunqueiro. Cardiovascular Research Group of the Galicia Sur Health Research Institute (IISGS) in Vigo – Spain. Director of University Master in Cardiovascular Imaging and SHD interventions – Francisco de Vitoria University and Professor in several University Masters (Cardiovascular CT – Francisco de Vitoria University; Cardiovascular MRI – Francisco de Vitoria University; Cardiovascular Imaging – San Antonio Catholic University; SHD – Rey Juan Carlos University). Elected President of the Spanish Cardiovascular Imaging Association – Spanish Society of Cardiology”


Dr. Andrés iñiguez is President of the Spanish Heart Foundation, former President of the Spanish Society of Cardiology between 2015 and 2017 and head of the Cardiology Service of the University Hospital Complex of Vigo. He is also member of the Institute for the Improvement of Health Care Foundation (IMAS) and treasurer of the Federation of Spanish Medical Scientific Associations (FACME).

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

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The Spanish Association of Nurses in Cardiology (AEEC) is an association of nurses specialized in cardiology, which actively seeks to promote cardiovascular health, continuous education, research, and other activities that contribute to improving cardiological care.

Dr Jamal, MD PhD FESC MBA, is a cardiologist and founder of the CardioParc cardiology centers in France.


Dr. Domenico Gabrielli is the Director of the Cardiology Complex Operational Unit (UOC) of the San Camillo Forlanini Hospital in Rome and he is currently President of “Fondazione per il tuo Cuore”.

Marco Ambrosetti

Dr. Ambrosetti is the Director of the Complex Specialized Cardiac Rehabilitation Facility at the ASST Santa Marta Hospital di Rivolta D’Adda (Crema, Lombardy Region). He is also the President of ITACARE-P (Italian Alliance for Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention).


Dr. Stéphane Peggy Manzo-Silberman is a distinguished French cardiologist currently serving as a hospital practitioner at the Institute of Cardiology, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, affiliated with Sorbonne University. With extensive expertise in cardiovascular medicine, she earned her Doctorate in Medicine from René Descartes University, specializing in aspirin allergy and coronary artery disease. Throughout her career, she has held various clinical and academic positions, including residencies and clinical leadership roles.


Dr. Pierfrancesco Agostoni is a cardiologist working in the HartCentrum of Ziekenhuis Aan de Stroom Antwerpen (ZAS), in Antwerp, Belgium. He became Medical Doctor in Milan, Italy in 1999. and Cardiologist in Verona, Italy, in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 he had training in Interventional Cardiology in Antwerp. From 2009 to 2018, he worked as an interventional cardiologist in two major hospitals in the Netherlands.

Steering Committee

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.


Vice 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.


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


Senior Health Research Lead, International Longevity Centre


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.


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


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


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