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The Stent – Save a Life! global initiative is led by a Steering Committee, Advisory Board and Regional Board comprising of leading European interventional cardiologists.

Jan Piek

Jan Piek


Previously a Stent-Save a Life! Ambassador – with a very active role in different regions of the world – Prof Jan Piek accepted to take over the role of Stent-Save a Life Co-Chairman in January 2020.

Managing Director of the Heart Centre of the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) between 2008 and 2019, Prof Jan Piek is now leading the Acute Cardiac Care department of the newly created Amsterdam University Medical Centre. His well-acknowledged experience led him to be a reviewer of the ESC guidelines and protocols on myocardial revascularisation and is also much sought out in the national public affairs like in the medical industry.

Past president of the Dutch Working Group of Interventional cardiology and a fellow of the ESC, ACC and AHA, Prof Jan Piek is also the editor-in-chief of the Netherlands Heart Journal (2018) boasting a personal extensive record of publication in peer-review journals.

Prof Piek is also working on the development of a travel digital application – a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and Stent-Save a Life! – aiming at assisting cardiac patients during their stay abroad.

Thomas Alexander

Thomas Alexander


Currently holding the position of Consultant and Interventional Cardiologist as well as Head of Division of Cardiology at the Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital in Coimbatore, India, Dr Thomas Alexander obtained his undergraduate, post graduate and super-specialty training in cardiology from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. He worked there as a Lecturer in Cardiology from 1989 to 1991 and then at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, as a Fellow in Cardiology until 1993.

Since May 1993, he has been working at the Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital in Coimbatore, initially as a Consultant and then as the Head of the division of Cardiology. During this period, he has been able to establish a very active interventional unit in that hospital and one of the leading STEMI centres in the country with approximately 3,500 procedures performed each year, including over 1,500 cardiac interventions of which approximately 700 primary PCI procedures.

William Wijns

Chairman of the Advisory Board

What is so fascinating with Stent – Save a Life! is that anyone who is exposed to the project feels compelled to engage in it. Providing timely reperfusion therapy to patients suffering from acute CAD is simply the right thing to do. Most importantly, for us to prompt the project is enough. From there, stakeholders are taking ownership. Stent – Save a Life! is everything but a top down project, which guarantees durability and long term success.

Sandrine Wallace

Sandrine Wallace

Project Manager

Passionate about the healthcare industry, Sandrine is delighted to join the Stent – Save a Life! (“SSL”) global initiative, as Global Project Manager role, effective immediately.

She brings with her over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry – cardiovascular surgery, ophthalmology, neurosciences and hernia repair – having held various Sales & Marketing as well as Project Management positions.

Her experience will serve the rapidly developing SSL organisation to ensure continuity of on-going projects and activities successfully initiated and carried out thus far.  The non-for profit environment is familiar to Sandrine, having worked for a UK association active in the cancer field, in the recent past.

Sandrine’s motivation is truly driven by her great desire to contribute and help make a difference, assisting member countries improve access to care for STEMI patients, around the world.  She looks forward to collaborating with all the stakeholders to accompany the Stent – Save a Life! global initiative through its continued expansion.




Stent - Save a Life!

The Stent – Save a Life! global initiative aims to improve the delivery of care and patient access to the life saving indications of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (p-PCI), thereby reducing mortality and morbidity in patients suffering from acute coronary syndromes (ACS).


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