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Meet our Africa Regional Champions: Adriaan Snyders and Harun Otieno

Consult the biographies of the Africa Regional Champions: Dr. A. Snyders (South Africa) and Dr. H. Otieno (Kenya) to find out what their professional background is and major contributions in interventional cardiology and STEMI patient management.

Adriaan Snyders (South Africa)

Adriaan SnydersDr. Frederik Adriaan Snyders (MMed. FACC. FESC) was 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 the 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 programme to promote improved systems of care for STEMI patient in South Africa. He was involved as Principal Investigator, at Pretoria Heart and Wilgers Hospitals, for a number of studies and he is also the co-author of various published articles.

He is married, has four children and in his spare time he enjoys spending time on his bicycle and traveling through Africa with his wife and cameras.

Harun A. Otieno (Kenya)

Dr Harun A. Otieno

Dr. Harun Otieno is an Interventional Cardiologist with Africa Heart Associates, currently based at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi & MP Shah Hospital, Kenya.

Dr. Otieno graduated from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and has been trained in Internal Medicine/Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology at Pittsburgh, USA. He worked in Texas, until 2009 when he returned back home to Kenya to develop the highly successful Cath Lab and Cardiac program at the Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi. He has also been instrumental in the design and development of cardiology services at the MP Shah Hospital Cath Lab.

He is very active in professional medical education and hosts several meetings a year, both in Kenya and internationally. 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 that are regular professional medical education fixtures for African and International Cardiologists. His research interests include acute myocardial infarction, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as well as looking for innovative healthcare solutions in resource limited settings. He is the current chair of the PASCAR Interventional Cardiology Task Force and has been nominated to the position of Country Ambassador for Kenya Stent – Save a Life initiative.

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