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Widimský Petr

Prof., MD, DSc, FESC, FACC
Born March 29, 1954 in Prague

  • Internal medicine, cardiology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2018

Educational and professional preparation

  • MD. degree obtained at the Charles University Prague in 1979
  • Board certifications from internal medicine (1987) and cardiology (1992)

Employment and academic positions

  • 1979- University Hospital „Kralovske Vinohrady“ in Prague as research fellow, resident, assistant professor, associated professor (1991), full professor (1998).
  • In 1995-6 founded the Cardiocenter and has been the head of the center until now.
  • Dean of 3rd Faculty of medicine, Charles University 2018-2022

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • 2011-2015 Czech Society of Cardiology – president
  • 2015-2019 Czech Society of Cardiology – vice president

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • 2006 – 2008 vicepresident of European Society of Cardiology
  • 2008 – 2010 founder and first chairman of the „Stent For Life“ project (EAPCI)
  • 2016 – 2018 founder and first chairman of the new interdisciplinary ESC Council on Stroke

Notable awards

  • In 2008 awarded the first Silver Medal of the European Society of Cardiology, in 2013 as Andreas Gruntzig awardee for interventional cardiology second Silver Medal of the ESC.
  • In 2014 Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology.
  • Honorary Member of the British Cardiovascular Society, Polish Society of Cardiology, Hungarian Society of Cardiology, Slovak Society of Cardiology, Czech Society of Cardiology.
  • In 2005-15 chairman of the National Board for Accreditation in Cardiology at the Czech Ministry of Health.
  • In 2011 awarded (by the Czech Prime Minister) prize „The Czech Head 2011“ (the single most prestigious research award in the country).
  • Since 2015 recognized every year by Thomson Reuters as the most cited Czech physician and listed among the best scientists in the world (0.1% from all cited scientists).
  • In 2016 awarded the prestigious Mensa Honorary Recognition „for the substantial contribution to the intellectual level of the Czech nation and propagating the country across the world“.
  • In 2017 awarded prize „Donatio Universitatis Carolinae“ by the Charles University.

Selected publications

  • Widimsky P, Koznar B, Peisker T, Vasko P, Rohac F, Vavrova J, Kroupa J, Stetkarova I. Feasibility and safety of direct catheter-based thrombectomy in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke. Cooperation among cardiologists, neurologists and radiologists. Prospective registry PRAGUE-16. EuroIntervention 2017; 13: 131-136.
  • Widimsky P, Hopkins LN. Catheter-based interventions for acute ischaemic stroke. Eur Heart J. 2016; 37: 3081-3089.
  • Widimsky P, Petr R, Tousek P, Maly M, Linkova H, Vrana J, Hajsl M, Budesinsky T, Lisa L, Kocka V. OneYear Clinical and Computed Tomography Angiographic Outcomes After Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold Implantation During Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: The PRAGUE-19 Study. Circ Cardiovasc Interv 2015 Dec;8(12):e002933. doi: 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.115.002933.
  • Widimsky, Petr; Asil, Talip; Abelson, Mark; et al. Direct Catheter-Based Thrombectomy for Acute Ischemic Stroke Outcomes of Consecutive Patients Treated in Interventional Cardiology Centers in Close Cooperation With Neurologists. J Am Coll Cardiol 2015: 66: 487-488.
  • Widimsky P, Koznar B, Peisker T, Vasko P, Vavrova J, Stetkarova I. Direct catheter-based thrombectomy in acute ischaemic stroke performed collaboratively by cardiologists, neurologists and radiologists: the single-centre pilot experience (PRAGUE-16 study). EuroIntervention 2014; 10: 869-75.
  • Widimsky P, Coram R, Abou-Chebl A. Reperfusion therapy of acute ischaemic stroke and acute myocardial infarction: similarities and differences. Eur Heart J. 2013 Oct 3.
  • Widimsky P, Rohác F, Stásek J, Kala P, Rokyta R, Kuzmanov B, Jakl M, Poloczek M, Kanovsky J, Bernat I, Hlinomaz O, Belohlávek J, Král A, Mrázek V, Grigorov V, Djambazov S, Petr R, Knot J, Bílková D, Fischerová M, Vondrák K, Maly M, Lorencová A. Primary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction with right bundle branch block: should new onset right bundle branch block be added to future guidelines as an indication for reperfusion therapy ? Eur Heart J 2012 Jan;33(1):86-95.
  • Widimsky P, Holmes DR Jr. How to treat patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction and multi-vessel disease ? Eur Heart J. 2011 Feb;32(4):396-403.
  • Widimsky P, Wijns W, Fajadet J, de Belder M, Knot J, Aaberge L, Andrikopoulos G, Baz JA, Betriu A, Claeys M, Danchin N, Djambazov S, Erne P, Hartikainen J, Huber K, Kala P, Klinceva M, Kristensen SD, Ludman P, Ferre JM, Merkely B, Milicic D, Morais J, Noc M, Opolski G, Ostojic M, Radovanovic D, De Servi S, Stenestrand U, Studencan M, Tubaro M, Vasiljevic Z, Weidinger F, Witkowski A, Zeymer U; European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions. Reperfusion therapy for ST elevation acute myocardial infarction in Europe: description of the current situation in 30 countries. Eur Heart J. 2010 Apr;31(8):943-57.
  • Widimsky P, Motovská Z, Simek S, Kala P, Pudil R, Holm F, Petr R, Bílková D, Skalická H, Kuchynka P, Poloczek M, Miklík R, Maly M, Aschermann M; PRAGUE-8 Trial Investigators. Clopidogrel pre-treatment in stable angina: for all patients > 6 h before elective coronary angiography or only for angiographically selected patients a few minutes before PCI? A randomized multicentre trial PRAGUE-8. Eur Heart J 2008 Jun;29(12):1495-503.
  • Widimsky P, Koznar B, Peisker T, Vasko P, Rohac F, Vavrova J, Kroupa J, Stetkarova I. Feasibility and safety of direct catheter-based thrombectomy in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke. Cooperation among cardiologists, neurologists and radiologists. Prospective registry PRAGUE-16. EuroIntervention 2017; 13: 131-136.

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