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Gaetano Thiene

  • EDUCATION

1972               Graduation in Medicine cum laude, University of Padua Medical School, Padua, Italy
1975               Post-graduation in Cardiology cum laude, University of Padua Medical School, Padua, Italy
1978               Post-graduation in Pathology cum laude, University of Trieste Medical School, Trieste, Italy

  • CURRENT POSITIONS

1990 –            Professor of Pathology, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University of Padua, Italy
1996 –            Director Cardiovascular Pathology Unit, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University Hospital of Padua, Italy

  • PREVIOUS POSITIONS

1972 – 1980 Assistant Professor of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Padua, Italy
1980 – 1990 Associate Professor of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Padua, Italy
1984               Locum Professor, Department of Paediatric Cardiac Morphology, Cardio-Thoracic Institute, London, UK

  • FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

1991 –             Fellow, Olympic Academy, Vicenza, Italy
1995 –             Mannheim Award,  Association for European Paediatric Cardiology
2002 –             Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London, Uk
2003 –             Foreign Fellow, Serbian Academy of Sciences, Beograd, Serbia
2004 –             Fellow, Galileo Galilei Academy, Padua, Italy
2007 –             Corresponding Fellow, Concordian Academy, Rovigo, Italy
2008 –             Andreas Grunzig Award, Suisse Society of Cardiolgy
2009 –             Nahum J Winer Award, European Society  for Non Invasive and Preventive Cardiology
2010 –             John Hopkins Medicine Award of Excellence in ARVC/D
2011 –             Distiguished Achievement Award, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
2013 –             Award en el Campo de la Patologia Cardiovascular, Sociedad Espanola de Patologia Forense y la Sociedad Espaniolade Anatomia Patologica
2013 –             Paul Dudley White Award, American Heart Association
2013 –             Leonardo da Vinci Award, Italian Society of Cardiology
2014 –             René Laennec Award, European Society of Cardiology
2014 –             International Fellow, American Heart Association

  • SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

1994 –             Director, PhD School in Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Padua Medical School, Italy
2002 – 2014              Director,  Master School in Cardiovascular Pathology, University of Padua Medical School, Italy

  • TEACHING ACTIVITIES

1972 –             Pathological Anatomy, Graduate School in Medicine and Surgery, University of Padua Medical School, Padua, Italy
1975 –             Cardiovascular Pathology, Postgraduate Schools in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Pathology, Forensic Medicine and Paediatrics, University of Padua Medical School, Padua, Italy
1996 –             Cardiovascular Pathology, PhD Course in Cardiac Sciences, University of Padua Medical School, Padua, Italy
2004 –             Cardiovascular Pathology, Master Course in Cardiovascular Pathology, University of Padua Medical School, Padua, Italy

  • ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

30 Scientific Meetings in the last ten years, nine of which International.

  • INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

1973 –             Faculty Member, University of Padua Medical School, Italy
1998 – 2006   Director, Institute of Pathological Anatomy, University of Padua Medical School, Italy
2007 – 2010   Vice Director, Dept Medical Diagnostic Sciences, University of Padua Medical School, Italy
2012 –             Coordinator, Program and Development Committee, Dept Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University of Padua, Italy
2012 –             Deputy Councilor for Historical Tradition and International Image of the University of Padua Medical School, Italy
2012 –             Deputy Councilor, Summer Schools, University of Padua Medical, Italy

  • COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

1995 – 1999   Member, Administrative Council, University of Padua, Italy
2004 – 2007   General Secretary, Italian Federation of Cardiology, Italy
2006 – 2012   Member, Evaluating  Nucleus, University of Padua, Italy

  • MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

1988 –             Fellow, European Society of Cardiology
1989 –             Honorary Fellow, European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery
1990 – 1992   President, Italian Society of Paediatric Cardiology
2003 – 2005   President,  Society for Cardiovascular Pathology (American)
2004 – 2006   Funding Member and President, Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology

  • MAJOR COLLABORATIONS

Hugh Calkins, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA
Frank I. Marcus, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
Barry J. Maron, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
William J. McKenna, The Heart Hospital, London, UK
Jeffrey E. Saffitz, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Jeffrey A. Towbin, University of Ohio, Cincinnati,  USA
Connie E. Bezzina, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Arthur A.M. Wilde, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Adalena Tsatsopoulou, Yannis Protonotarios Medical Center, Hora Naxos, Greece
Aris Anastasakis, Cardiology Department, University of Athens School of Medicine, Greece
Richard Hauer, Netherlands Heart Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Thomas Wichter, Marienhospital Osnabrück, Heart Center Osnabrück-Bad Rothenfelde, Osnabrück, Germany

  • PERSONAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCES

Prof. Thiene’s research interests have been across the broad fields of Cardiovascular Medicine and Pathology, particularly directed to clinicopathologic studies and clinical translation of basic research.

He first reported Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy (AC) as a major cause of sudden death in the young and in athletes (NEJM 1988) and has contributed to the elucidation its genetic basis (Human Genetics 2004). He is a principal architect of the Italian program in which all young individuals who participate in sports activities are screened for potential cardiovascular problems.  Prof.  Thiene is the leader of the group in Padua which has worked at the interface between pathology and genetics in the cardiomyopathies and has identified several disease-causing mutations, correlating them with the clinical and pathological features of the disease.

He has published 1015 reports of original investigations and reviews in Index leading journals of pathology and cardiovascular medicine (7 in New England Journal of Medicine and 52 in Circulation), and additionally is co-author and/or co-editor of 21 monographs. His papers collected an H-index: 101; Times cited: 49926 (Google Scholar Citations).