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Prof Josef Kautzner, MD, PhD, FESC

Prof Josef Kautzner, MD, PhD, FESC

Head of the Cardiology Department

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J. Kautzner graduated from the Charles University Medical School I in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1983.

After training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Charles University General Hospital in Prague and 2.5 year clinical research experience in St George´s Hospital Medical School in London, J. Kautzner has been continuing his career as electro physiologist at the Department of Cardiology of IKEM in Prague.

J. Kautzner has been acting as a Head of the Department of Cardiology IKEM since 2001, and became Professor of Medicine at the Charles University Medical School I in Prague in 2005. He is internationally recognized as a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, a member of the European Heart Rhythm Association, and a member of the Board of the European Society of Cardiology (Councillor). I am also regular member of Heart Rhythm Society and honorary member of several European national heart rhythm associations. He was the host president of the EUROPACE 2005 Congress in Prague, and, since 1998, he has been having an instrumental role in organizing of international Prague workshops on catheter ablations with live demonstrations (http://www.ablationworkshop.cz/).

His main both clinical and research interests are focused on catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac resynchronization therapy, and imaging in cardiology. J. Kautzner is an author or co-author of many scientific or educational publications.

Jiri Kettner, MD, PhD, FESC

Assoc Prof Jiri Kettner, MD, PhD, FESC

Deputy Head of the Cardiology Department
Head of the Acute Cardiology Division

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J. Kettner graduated from the Charles University Medical School I in Prague, Czech Republic in 1983.

After subsequent training in internal medicine and cardiology in Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) in Prague, J. Kettner continued his career in interventional cardiology at IKEM. He has been appointed a Deputy Head of the Department of Cardiology in 1997, and since 2001, he also has been responsible for Acute Cardiology Unit as a Head of the Unit.

J. Kettner is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and has obtained accreditation from European Intensive and Acute Cardiac Care. Also, he is a member of several working groups within the European Society of Cardiology.

His main clinical and research interests comprise acute heart failure, mechanical heart support therapies and the utility of cardiovascular biomarkers in acute conditions. J. Kettner was the first author or co-author of many research and educational publications, and acts as Deputy Editor of the Interventional and Acute Cardiology Journal.

Michael Zelizko, MD, PhD

Michael Zelizko, MD, PhD

Head of the Interventional Cardiology Unit

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M. Zelizko graduated from the Charles University Medical School I in Prague in 1985 (with the Chancellor of the University Award). He has been working in Laboratory for Neurophysiology of the Charles University Medical School III during his studies and for another 2 years after.

In 1987, he was appointed to IKEM (2nd Internal Medicine Department at that time). He finished his training in internal medicine in 1983 and in cardiology in 1993. His main interest has been always focused on invasive diagnostics, catheter-based procedures, and interventional cardiology. Since 1992, M. Zelizko has been acting as a Head of the Interventional Cardiology Unit at Department of Cardiology IKEM. He obtained a license for interventional cardiology in 1998 and tutor´s license for invasive diagnostics and interventional cardiology. In 2001, he received PhD title for his dissertation entitled “Primary PTCA in acute phase of myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation”. M. Zelizko also obtained additional training during short-term study stays in USA (Mayo Clinic in Rochester, University of Alabama in Birmingham, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland and Boston University in Boston).

M. Zelizko served as chairman and vice-chairman of the Working group on Interventional cardiology of the Czech Society of Cardiology and as a member of the Board of the Czech Society of Cardiology. Within a period of 1995-2010, he was the main organizer of Workshops in Interventional Cardiology with live demonstrations and international participation. He also acts as Deputy Director of IKEM for Therapeutic and Preventive Care.

His main research and clinical interests are both focused on new methods in interventional cardiology (which brought him several appraisals for primacy in the Czech Republic, such as the program of primary PCI in 1992, first coronary stent implant in 1993 and first TAVI procedure in 2008).

Radka Kockova, MD

Radka Kockova, MD

Head of the Non-invasive Cardiology Unit

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R. Kockova graduated from the Charles University Medical School I in Prague in 1995.

In 2004-2010, she worked at South-Infirmary Victoria Hospital, Mercy University Hospital and Cork University Hospital in Ireland. She was licensed in cardiology in 2007 and in echocardiography in 2008.

Since 2010, R. Kockova works at IKEM. Her main clinical interest is focused on imaging methods in cardiology, with emphasis on echocardiography and magnetic resonance. She is the principal investigator of the research work on the role of imaging methods in resynchronisation therapy. Since 2010, she has also been involved in basic research on physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system including the experimental and publication work in the Institute for Physiology of the Czech Academy of Science.

R. Kockova is a member of Czech Cardiology Society, Working group on magnetic resonance of the heart of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association of Echocardography (EAE).

Robert Cihak, MD, PhD

Robert Cihak, MD, PhD

Head of the Arrhythmia Unit

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R. Cihak graduated from the Charles University Medical School I in Prague in 1982 and completed his training in cardiology, including dissertation thesis, in 1989. Since 1984, he has been lecturing at the Institute for Post-graduate Education.

R. Cihak works as a Head of the Arrhythmia Unit at Department of Cardiology IKEM. He has visited several Electrophysiology Laboratories in Europe and in U.S to obtain specialized training. He is a member of the European Society of Cardiology and the Czech Society of Cardiology (as a Chairman of the Working Group on Arrhythmias and Cardiac Pacing).

His main scientific interest is focused on atrial fibrillation, and catheter ablations of cardiac arrhythmias. He is an author or co-author of many publications and of several monographs.

Jana Vrbska, MD

Jana Vrbska, MD

Head of the Clinical Ward A

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J. Vrbska graduated from the Charles University Medical School I in Prague in 1985. In the same year, she begun to work at 2nd Internal Department of IKEM (later Department of Cardiology) and has been working there until now.

J. Vrbska finished her training in internal medicine in 1989 and in cardiology in 1994. Between 1988 and 2005, she worked in the Acute Cardiology Unit. Since 2005, she has been working as the Head of clinical ward A of the Department of Cardiology.

Her main interest is focused on ECG diagnostics, intensive care in cardiology, management of advanced heart failure and heart transplantation.

Martin Wiendl, MD

Martin Wiendl, MD

Head of the Clinical Ward B

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M. Wiendl graduated from Pilsen Medical School in 1997 and as early as during his studies he won a national contest in cardiology. He came to Department of Cardiology at IKEM right after his studies and has been working in the clinical ward for 4 years. Since 2000, he has been working in Acute Cardiology Division. He finished his training in internal medicine in 2000 and in cardiology in 2004. Since 2005 up to now, he acted as deputy to the Head of acute admission at IKEM. He became a Head of the Clinical Ward B in July 2012.

His main interest is focused on intensive care, diagnostics and treatment of advanced heart failure and echocardiography (he obtained a license for transesophageal echocardiography in 2008). He is active in publication and postgraduate education of young physicians.

Assoc Prof Jan Sochman, MD, PhD

Assoc Prof Jan Sochman, MD, PhD

Head of the Cardiology Outpatient Department

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Upon graduation from the Charles University of Medicine in Prague, J. Sochman started his professional career at the Department of Internal Medicine of District Hospital in Kolin. While there, he had commitments as a regular ward physician, also serving as a physician in an outpatient department for hospital employees and adolescents.

Since 1983, J. Sochman has been working at IKEM. After obtaining initial experience with cardiology, he was first involved in Invasive Cardiology unit, later becoming a Head of a Clinical Ward, a Head of Coronary care unit, Head of Intensive Care unit, and, currently, a Head of a General Outpatient Cardiology units, and a Deputy Head for Education at Department of Cardiology.

J. Sochman passed board examinations in internal medicine, cardiology; is licensed in invasive diagnostic techniques, and licensed to hold position as Head of department/Head physician. Besides, he serves as a Head of the Department of Experimental Cardiology, CEVKOON. In addition to clinical practice and post-graduate education, he is also involved in experimental and research projects.

J. Sochman is a member of the Czech Society of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology, member of CIRSE, Visiting Researcher at the Dotter Interventional Institute, OHSU, USA; member of the Scientific Board, IKEM; member of numerous international editorial boards and other organizations. He has published papers both in Czech-language and international peer reviewed journals. J. Sochman was also awarded several international prizes.

Vojtech Melenovsky MD, PhD

Assoc Prof Vojtech Melenovsky MD, PhD

Deputy Head (Scientific Research) of the Cardiology Department, Head of the Heart Failure Unit

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After graduation from the Charles University Medical School I in Prague (1994), V. Melenovsky started clinical training at 3rd Internal Department of General University Hospital in Prague. Initially, he was involved in endocrinology and metabolism, but later had switched to cardiology. He received board certification in internal medicine and cardiology, and completed my PhD thesis on endothelial dysfunction and risk factors of atherosclerosis. Later, he began clinical research focused on cardiovascular regulation in hypertension and heart failure.

Since 2002, V. Melenovsky had the opportunity to work in the laboratory of Professor David A. Kass at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, USA, and also at NIH-National Institute on Aging in the laboratory of Professor E. Lakatta.

After his return to the Czech Republic in 2005, he has been appointed a Deputy Director for Scientific research at the Department of Cardiology of IKEM. Beside his involvement in clinical medicine, V. Melenovsky initiated interdisciplinary research program in pathophysiology of heart failure where IKEM collaborates with the Czech Academy of Sciences and Medical School of Charles University in Prague (http://www.cevkoon.eu/cevkoon/cevkoon?). He is a member of Czech Cardiology Society, Heart Failure Association of European Society of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

V. Melenovsky published 39 papers in international medical journals and (all quoted >700x). He is a principal investigator in several projects of the Internal Grant Agency of the Czech Ministry of Health, of the Czech Grant Agency, and specific longitudinal research project at IKEM.

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