Scientific Advisory Board
Andrew N. Redington, MD, FACC, FAHA – Co-Founder; Chair of the SAB
Dr. Redington graduated from the University of London in 1981. He obtained his MRCP (UK) in Internal Medicine in 1984. In 1986 he was awarded a British Heart Foundation Research Scholarship and subsequently received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1988 (UK). He was appointed Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London in 1990, became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 1994, and became a full professor in the University of London in 1995. In 1998, he transferred his clinical practice and research team to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He moved to Canada in August 2001, to take the position of Head of Cardiology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. In 2014, after 13 years as Head of Cardiology at SickKids, he moved to Cincinnati to take on the role as Executive Co-Director of the Heart Institute and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He has written over 320 peer reviewed publications, more than 30 book chapters, and has co-edited seven textbooks.
Christopher Caldarone, MD – Co-Founder
Dr. Christopher Caldarone is a practicing cardiac surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Toronto with cross appointment in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and a member in the Leducq Network. Dr. Caldarone was trained at John Hopkins University, Columbia Medical School and did his residency in the Harvard Medical School. He practiced in the US at the University of Iowa before being recruited to The Hospital for Sick Children in 2003. Dr. Caldarone has published over 90 publications in primarily peer reviewed journals for which he was the principal author or collaborator and 19 books or chapters in books and a number of conference abstracts and presentations. Dr. Caldarone is a company co-founder of CellAegis.
Kim Fox, MD
Dr. Kim M. Fox is Professor of Clinical Cardiology and Head of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College, London. He is also Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Executive Chairman of the Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science, a formal collaboration between the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is Past-President of the European Society of Cardiology (2006-2008) and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the European Heart Journal (1994-2002) and Associate Editor of the British Heart Journal (1985-1994). An expert in the treatment of angina, Dr. Fox has published over 400 papers in leading scientific journals and has played a major role in many important international clinical trials (EUROPA, HPS, ASCOT, BEAUTIFUL) that have revolutionized the treatment of this condition. Dr. Fox received his M.D. degree from the University of Dundee School of Medicine in the UK and is certified in cardiology.
Sidney Levitsky, MD
Dr. Levitsky is Senior Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He also is the David W. and David Cheever Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery for the CARE GROUP in Boston. He previously served as President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2005-2006) and has held faculty positions at Yale University School of Medicine, the National Heart Institute, the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Cook County Graduate School and Harvard Medical School. He has authored over 450 journal articles and publications with a focus on intraoperative myocardial protection and ischemia/reperfusion injury of the heart. Dr. Levitsky received his M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.
Andrew S. Wechsler, MD, FACC, FAHA
Dr. Andrew S. Wechsler is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, formerly having served as the Stanley K Brockman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, from 1998 to 2011. He is the Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and has authored or co-authored over 330 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 59 book chapters, and 29 books and monographs. Prior to joining Drexel, he was Stuart McGuire Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, and previously, he was Professor of Surgery and Physiology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Wechsler has served as Visiting Professor at more than 50 institutions nationally and internationally and has held several NIH grants supporting a career-long interest in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury, ventricular performance and valve surgery. Dr. Wechsler received his M.D. degree at State University of New York Downstate, summa cum laude and is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery.