Speakers

Prof. Dr. Pedro del Nido

Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Planned topic: “Minimally-invasive robotic surgery on the beating heart”

Dr. Pedro J. del Nido is Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. He is the Chair of the NIH-SBIB Pediatric and Fetal Applications Study Section and President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. del Nido’s clinical qualifications include 24 years of experience performing and developing novel procedures to repair heart defects in children and adults with congenital heart defects, including right ventricular remodeling surgery. His research qualifications include development and conduct of translational research projects with engineering groups to develop procedures for heart repairs and the use of computational modeling for surgical planning. Dr. del Nido published 365 peer-reviewed publications and holds 9 patents.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bortfeld

Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Planned topic: “Imaging Radiation Therapy”

Dr. Thomas Bortfeld is professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Physics Division. He works at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

The goal of Dr. Bortfeld's work is to deliver more focused radiation treatments with less side effects by combining methods of physics, imaging, and operations research. Dr. Bortfeld has been one of the key developers of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which has become the state of the art with millions of patients treated worldwide. He and his team are refining IMRT through multi-criteria and robust optimization. Another research focus of Dr. Bortfeld is in proton therapy, to improve this treatment modality and to make it more widely available for the benefit of a larger number of patients. More recent research interests of Dr. Bortfeld are in the image-guided temporo-spatial optimization of treatment dynamics in both IMRT, proton therapy and combined modality treatments. The work of Dr. Bortfeld has been published in more than 150 peer reviewed articles and 3 books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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