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ESOT Past President 2023-2025

Luciano Potena, graduated in Medicine in 1997, completed his clinical fellowship in Cardiology in 2001, and earned a PhD degree in 2005 at the University of Bologna, Italy. He improved his scientific education at the Department of Experimental Cardiology of Utrecht University, The Netherlands (1999), and at Stanford University, California (2003-05). He currently holds the position of Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Unit  of the IRCCS Bologna Academic Hospital.

Dr Potena has been involved in heart transplant and advanced heart failure since his MD thesis discussion in 1997. His research path was focused on prognostic stratification of advanced heart failure, development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy, CMV infection, complications of immunosuppressive therapy after heart transplant, and antibody mediated rejection. On these topics, he co-authored over 150 full papers in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, and he has been involved in the design and conduction of national multicenter studies on immunosuppressive therapy, and co-authored international guidelines in the field of heart transplantation and advanced heart failure. Co-chaired the ESOT congress 2021.

He is leadership career in ESOT started in 2013 when he was appointed chair of the new cardiothoracic section ECTTA. He was then elected as treasurer in 2015 and is currently the Past President of ESOT.

He is a reviewer for several medical journals, and is currently associate editor of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.


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