Cardio-vascular Surgeon- Director of Dept. Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Professional Experience

  • Director of Pediatric Heart Surgery at Mitera Children’s Hospital 2015
  • Director of Cardiovascular Center - University Hospital of Geneva, 2011-31 December 2015 
  • Director of the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery ,  University Hospital of Geneva 2001-31 December 2015 
  • Deputy Director of the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery,  University Hospital of Geneva 1997- 2001
  • Geneva University, MBA- Management of Health Institutions- 2002 
  • Fellow, Institut Jacques Cartier, Paris, Congenital Heart Surgery, Prof Y. Lecompte, 1999- 2000
  • Staff Surgeon, Clinic for cardiovascular surgery, University Hospital of Geneva 1993-1997
  • Fellow, School of Medicine Pitie Salpetrière , Paris- 1996-1997 (Certificate of Ventricular assist devices and heart transplant)
  • Resident, Broussais Hospital, Prof A. Carpentier-  Paris- 1991-1993
  • Resident, Pr. Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, 1984- 1990 
  • Fellow, St Thomas Hospital & Royal Brompton London- 1987-1988 
  • Istanbul University School of Medicine, 1978-1984

Academic Affiliation 

  • Full Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Geneva University, Switzerland since 2006
  • Full Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Istanbul, Turkey 2017
  • Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Verona, Italy 2009
  • Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery University of Belgrade, Serbia 2004
  • Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery University of Yinxuan, China  2017
  • Doctor Honoris Causa “Doctor of Sciences / University of Mauritius 2005
  • Doctor Honoris Causa./University of Thrace, Turkey  2005

Clinical and Research Interest

  • Development of third generation tissue heart valves
  • Pioneer of first degradable mitral and tricuspid annuloplasty ring
  • Using of degradable polymers in cardiovascular surgery (
  • Congenital heart surgery
  • Heart valve repair
  • Humanitarian medicine in cardiac surgery
  • Founder and president of humanitarian medical association “Coeurs pour tous” (
  • Founder and president of “Fondation Kalangos” which supports the young scientist who needs financial support for cardiovascular research projects and clinical training

Membership at International and National Societies

  • Turkish Association of Cardiovascular Surgery
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery
  • American College of Angiology
  • American Physiological Society
  • Association for European Paediatric Cardiology
  • European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • European Society for Artificial Organs
  • French Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • European Society of Vascular Surgery
  • Swiss Society of Cardiac Surgery
  • Swiss Society of Vascular Surgery
  • Hellenic Society of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons


  • Publications: 300 articles in journals with editorial policy and 20 book chapters
  • Lectures by invitation: 300 lectures as guest speaker
  • Abstracts: 500 abstracts in national and international congresses 

Editorial Boards

  • AD-HOC REVIEWER for 10 peer-reviewed international journals
  • Member of the Editorial Board of “World Journal of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery”

Humanitarian Work

  • President and Founder of Kalangos Foundation- Switzerland
  • President and Co-Founder of Global Heart Network- USA
  • Creation of Surgical Centres in 25 developing countries
  • Surgeries in over than 17.000 children suffering from cardiac diseases since 1998


  • Archiarchon Ostiarios, conferred by the Patriarch of Constantinople
  • Commander of “Saint Andrew Order”
  • Commander of “Saint Sava Order” Serbia , conferred by the Patriarch of Serbia
  • Commander of “Cedar Order” Lebanon, conferred by the President of Lebanon
  • Commander of Stjenka National Order, conferred by the President of Serbia
  • Officer of “the key and star of Indian Ocean”, conferred by the President of Mauritius
  • Prix Galien, Red Cross , Unicef, Rotary Club International

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