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Steering committee Members

Christoph K. Naber

Stent Save a Life Chairman

Dr. Naber is an active member of the PCR family. He is the course-co-director of EuroPCR and PCR London Valves, and course-director of AsiaPCR. He has served as a member of the executive board of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and is a member of the editorial boards of EuroIntervention and AsiaIntervention. Dr. Christoph Naber is a past-chairman of the German Working Group of Interventional Cardiology (AGIK/DGK)

Paul Ong

Paul Ong

Stent Save a Life Co-Chairman

Dr. Paul Ong, is appointed as the Co-Chairman for the Stent-Save a Life! global initiative since June 2018. He also serves as the Co-Regional Champion Asia Pacific.


Helder Pereira

Regional Champion Europe

Dr. Hélder Pereira is currently Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Director of the Cardiology Department and the Interventional Cardiology Unit of Garcia de Orta Hospital, Almada, Portugal.

He graduated from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Medicine in 1983 and received his specialist cardiology training at Santa Marta Hospital, Lisbon in 1992. He then trained in interventional cardiology at the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona in 1993-4.

He received a Master in Management of Health Services at the ISCTE, Business School, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, and his PhD degree from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Pereira was a directing member of the Haemodynamics and Interventional Cardiology working group of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology (2002-03) and its Chairman between 2003 and 2005. He was also Secretary of the Portuguese Association of Cardiovascular Interventions (2010-11) and President between 2011 and 2015.
Having held the position of Portugal Country Champion for the Stent-Save a Life! Global Initiative between 2011 and 2017, Dr. Pereira was recently appointed Regional Champion to promote primary PCI for STEMI in Europe.

His special interests include interventional cardiology (reperfusion therapy strategies, pathophysiology of acute coronary syndromes and coronary imaging) and health care management.

Gabor Toth

Gabor Toth

Regional Champion Europe

Dr. Gabor G. Toth is currently staff-member Interventional Cardiologist at the University Heart Centre Graz, Medical University Graz, Austria. He graduated from the University of Szeged, Hungary in 2007 then started his training in the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, Budapest. During his interventional training, he spent three years in the Cardiovascular Research Centre Aalst, Belgium, before joining the team in Austria.

He was appointed Chairman of the EAPCI New Initiatives for Young Interventionalists Committee between 2016 and 2018. During the year 2017, he also acted as Ambassador for the Stent – Save a Life! Global Initiative before transitioning recently into the role of Regional Champion to promote primary PCI for STEMI in Europe.

His special interests include interventional cardiology and coronary physiology.

Asia Pacific

Dr. Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Regional Champion Asia Pacific

Dr Michael K. Y. Lee is currently the Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong and the Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1991. He received his overseas training in Interventional Cardiology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA from 1999 – 2000.  In 2010, Dr. Lee established the Hong Kong Society of Transcatheter Endo-cardiovascular Therapeutics (HKSTENT) and became its Founding President. He is the Chairman of the Central Committee (Cardiac Service) of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and has also been appointed the Chairman of the Research Committee of the Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC) and serves as the Chairman of the Asia Pacific TAVI Registry Steering Committee.

His special interests include Interventional Cardiology (Coronary and Structural Heart Interventions) and AMI/ACS management.  Recently, he was appointed the Regional Champion for Asia of the Stent – Save a Life! Global Initiative to promote primary PCI for STEMI in Asia.

In Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he helped to establish the TAVI and Structural Heart Program and performed the first TAVI case in Hong Kong in 2010. He is currently helping the Hospital Authority to establish primary PCI program and TAVI program in Hong Kong. He is also actively involved in the planning of the New Acute Hospital in Kai Tak area.

Paul Ong

Paul Ong

Regional Champion Asia Pacific

Dr. Paul Ong graduated from University of Cambridge in 1990 and obtained his specialist cardiology training in London and worked there as a consultant cardiologist.

After 23 years in the UK, he relocated to Singapore in 2009. He is currently Head of Interventional Cardiology Services at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.  His main interests are in primary PCI and high-risk angioplasty with over 50 international publications in his field of interests. He is the organising chairman of the Asia Primary Angioplasty Congress.  Paul also worked closely with CERC Asia and the Stent – Save a Life! global initiative.


Dr Harun A. Otieno

Harun Otieno

Regional Champion Africa

Dr. Harun Otieno is an Interventional Cardiologist with the Africa Heart Associates. Currently based at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi & MP Shah Hospital, Kenya. He graduated from the University of Nairobi, and completed his medical training in 1995. He worked in Texas, USA before returning to Kenya in late 2008. Together with colleagues, Dr. Otieno has pioneered several medical meetings including The Aga Khan Annual Heart Symposium, AfricaPCR, CSI Africa, Africa STEMI Live and the Thrombosis Management in Practice. He is the current chair of the PASCAR Interventional Cardiology Task Force and nominated as the Stent – Save a Life, Country Champion for Kenya.

Adriaan Snyders

Regional Champion Africa

Dr. Frederik Adriaan Snyders (MMed. FACC. FESC) matriculated in 1972 at Bellville High School. He went to University of Stellenbosch where he achieved his MBChB and MMed. He did his Cardiology Subspecialty Registration at the University Pretoria. He is currently in private practice at Wilgers Hospital in Pretoria with his main interest in radial artery access coronary intervention and STEMI Early Reperfusion. He is the past President of South African Heart Association and is the current STEMI South Africa National Champion where they are working in conjunction with ESC and STEMI India on a national program to promote improved systems of care for STEMI management in South Africa.

South & Latin America

LATAM Champion: Jorge Belardi

Jorge Belardi

Regional Champion South & Latin America

Dr. Jorge Belardi completed his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Medicine, in December 1971 and is a Cardiologist and Interventional Cardiologist in Argentina. Having trained at Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, USA), Dr. Belardi is currently Director of the Division of Cardiology at Instituto Cardiovascular de Buenos Aires as well as Head of Cardiovascular Department at Sanatorio Anchorena, Buenos Aires.

He became specialised in Clinical Cardiology in 1985 and in Interventional Cardiology from 1989. He was also Director of the Interventional Cardiology Sector at Instituto Cardiovascular de Buenos Aires from 1995 to 2012.

Dr. Jorge Belardi is a member of a number of societies, namely: Sociedad Argentina de Cardiología (SAC), Stent Save a Life (SSL), Sociedad Latino Americana de Cardiología Intervencionista (SOLACI), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Colegio Argentino de Cardiología Intervencionista (CACI), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the International Andreas Grüentzig Society (IAGS).

Jorge Mayol

Jorge Mayol

Regional Champion South & Latin America

Dr. Jorge Mayol, MD, is currently a Consultant Cardiologist and the Co-Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Centro Cardiológico Americano in Montevideo, Uruguay. He graduated from the UDELAR, University of Montevideo-Uruguay in 1987 and received his overseas training in Interventional Cardiology at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama, USA in 1991.

In Sanatorio Americano, he leads the TAVI and Structural Heart Program having performed the first TAVI case in Uruguay in 2010. In the last years, he worked with the Uruguayan Society of Cardiology and the Ministry of Health to establish the National Primary Reperfusion and PCI Program in Uruguay.

He has been the Director of the Regional Conferences of SOLACI (Latin American Society of Interventional Cardiology) since 2015, developing educational activities throughout the continent. His special interests include Interventional Cardiology (Coronary and Structural Heart Interventions) and AMI/ACS management. He was recently appointed co-Regional Champion of LATAM for the Stent–Save a Life! Global Initiative with the objective to promote access to primary PCI for STEMI patients in Latin America.


Fina Mauri

Partner representatives (non-voting)


Paul Mead


Dragica Paunovic


The Stent Save a Life 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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