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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)

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 Ambassador for Kenya.

Helder Pereira

Regional Champion Europe

Dr. Helder Pereira, served as Fellow Society Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, European Society Cardiology.
Medical doctor Hospital Son of Marta, Lisbon, 1987-1992.
Cardiologist at Hospital Clinic, Barcelona – Spain between 1993-1994.
Working at Hospital Garcia Orta, Almada – Portugal since 1994 and Chief Unidade Cardiologia Intervençao.
Past President Associação Portuguesa de Intervenção Cardiovascular (APIC) from 2010 – 2010.
Champion for Portugal Stent for Life from 2011 – 2011 and reappointed for Stent Save a Life in 2017.

Jorge Belardi

Regional Champion South & Latin America

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

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.

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.


Fina Mauri

Gabor Toth

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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