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Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs

Prof. Béla MERKELY MD, PhD, MSc, DSc, FESC, FACC2_portre_merkel_RS32491_AG_20150626_0331-scr_1

Date and place of birth:
June 28, 1966, Budapest

Workplace: Semmelweis University, Heart and Vascular Center Városmajor str. 68, H-1122 Budapest, Hungary

 

 

Current positions

2015 – ongoing Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs Semmelweis University
2012 – ongoing Chairman Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Center
2013 – ongoing Professor Pázmány Péter Catholic University
     
2011 – ongoing Member Cardiology Section of Professional College
2011 – ongoing President Cardiology Section of Professional College
2008 – ongoing Professor of Medicine Semmelweis University
2007 – ongoing Director Semmelweis University Heart Center


Education

2006-2009 Health Service Management Training Centre Semmelweis University
1984-1991 Faculty of Medicine Semmelweis University
1986-1991 Demonstrator Department of Pathophysiology
1980-1984   Táncsics Mihály Secondary School


Postgraduate training

2015 Specialization exam in clinical pharmacology
2014 MSc Diploma – Manager in Health Economics
2013 Obesitology training
2010 GCP training
2009 Manager in Health Economics
2009 Interventional Cardiology license – expert level
2007 License in transthoracic echocardiography (honoris causa-2. level)
2007 EHRA Cardiac Pacing and ICD Accreditation-Device Therapy
2007 Arrhythmology license – Invasive Electrophysiology
2007 Arrhythmology license – Device therapy (PM, ICD, CRT
2005 Lipidology exam
1998 Specialization exam in cardiology
1996 Specialization exam in internal medicine
1991 Medical Doctor (summa cum laude), SOTE, Budapest


Scientific degrees

2011 Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)
2006 Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (DSc)
”Pathomechanisms of tachyarrhythmias and novel non-pharmacological treatment strategies”
2006 Med. Habil Semmelweis University (Cardiology)
2001 Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
1999 Ph.D.
”Experimental and clinical investigations of ventricular arrhythmias.”


SCIENTIFIC WORK

Areas of scientific interest

  • Non-pharmacological treatment of heart failure
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Invasive and noninvasive imaging in heart failure, arrhythmias and acute coronary syndromes
  • Sport cardiology, cardiac remodeling of elite athletes
  • Experimental and clinical investigations of the mechanisms of arrhythmias
  • Endogen vasoactive arrhythmogenic factors

 Publications and presentations

  • 3 edited books, 2 specialized books, 50 book chapters (6 in English language, 36 Hungarian, 8 university coursebook chapter), 2 university textbooks
  • 340 international and 204 Hungarian articles,
  • Cumulative impact factor: 1,273,775
  • Independent citations: 11,818
  • Hirsch index: 28.
  • MTMT ID: 10002691


Grants

2014-2017 Budapest-CRT Upgrade Principial Investigator initiated trial (unrestricted grant of Boston Scientific; 1.060.000 Euro)
2013-2017 EU FP 7 Grant: „Diagnostic Imaging Strategies for Patients with Stable Chest Pain and Intermediate Risk of Coronary Artery Disease: Comparative Effectiveness Research of Existing Technologies” (DISCHARGE, FP7-Health-2012.2.4-2, project no: 603226)
2013-2017 EU FP 7 Grant: „Comparative Effectiveness Research to Access the Use of Primary ProphylacTic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Europe” (EU-CERT-ICD, project no: 602299)
2012-2016 Remodeling and reverse remodelling in heart failure – experimental models and human studies (project director)
2008-2010 Bridge of Semmelweis – scientific tender supported by the European Union (“Project of TÁMOP”), project director
2007-2011 Clinical and experimental study on heart failure associated with arrhythmias
2007 Studying the pathomechanism of heart failure; new prospects for an optimal resynchronisation therapy
2006-2008 Analysis of the pathomechanisms in heart failure; pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment facilities
2001-2005 Clinical and experimental investigations on the prevention options and mechanisms of malignant ventricular arrhythmias, study director
2001-2004 The role of endothelin-1 in the pathogenesis of malignant ventricular arrhythmias. Clinical and experimental investigations, study director
2000-2002 Examining the role of endothelin in different pathophysiological conditions
2000-2001 In vivo studies on the influencing factors in the development of clinical and experimental tachyarrhythmias, study director
1997-1999 Examination of the pathomechanism of malignant ventricular arrhythmias, study director
1997-1999 Experimental electrophysiological analysis of major ventricular arrhythmias, study director
1994-1996 Electrophysiological examination of major ventricular arrhythmias, study director


Awards:

2014 Városmajor Heart and Vascular Center – belonging to Semmelweis University and led by Béla Merkely – receives the “Cardiology Centre of Excellence” Prize (Medicina Top200)
2014 Astellas Certificate of Merit for the outstanding professional knowledge and magnificient human attitude (Astellas Award was running in the frame of the Physician of the Year Competition)
2014 Gold Medal of Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2014 Ministerial Certificate of Merit for the Cardiology Technicians of Városmajor Heart and Vascular Center’s Intensive Care Unit – belonging to Semmelweis University and led by Béla Merkely – as a care unit of high priority
2013 Career Achievement Award (Jagellonian University Krakow)
2013 Medal of Honour for the scientific activities, the support and promotion of scientific work (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow)
2013 Honorary Citizen of Budapest
2013 Pro Societate Award of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology for the outstanding work executed as Executive Board Member and Advisory Board Member from 2010 to 2013
2012 Elite Reviewer in Europace
2011 Medallion of the 30th Anniversary National Scientific Student’s Conference
2011 Semmelweis University Heart Center – “FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence”
2011 Markusovszky Award, Orvosi Hetilap
2011 Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Officer’s Cross
2009 Nivou Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2008  Jendrassik Ernő Award
2007 Master Tutor Gold Medal – Award of the National Scientific Student’s Organization
2007 Semmelweis University Tutor Award of the Scientific Student’s Organization
2006 Founder of the Heart Center in Győr, Award
2006 Pro Civitate Sana Award
2004 Bolyai Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)
2004 Rudolf-Thauer-Posterpreis 3rd prize: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie
2004 Pro Societate Award of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2003 Cardiovascularis Centrum Award
2002 Semmelweis University, Tutor Award of the Scientific Student’s Organization
2000 Gábor György Award
2000 – 2003 Bolyai Research Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1999 10th World Congress of Electrophysiology, International Virchow Award 1st prize
1997 International Union of Angiology European Chapter´s Congress – Physiology Prize
1996 Adorján Ferenc Award
1995 3rd Alpe-Adria Cardiology Meeting – 2nd prize
1998 Táncsics Mihály Award, Gold level


Memberships

2015 Gremium Member of the professional training “Internal Medicine” of Semmelweis University
2015 Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts
2015- Member of the Editorial Board for the journal “Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine”
2015- Member of the Editorial Board for the journal “Advances in Interventional Cardiology”
2014-2016 Councillor and member of the Board of the European Society of Cardiology
2014- Member of the Editorial Board for the journal “World Journal of Cardiology”
   
2013- President of Workgroup of Interventional Cardiology, Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2013- Executive Board Member, Treasurer of the European Heart Rhythm Association
2013- President of the Hungarian Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervention
2013- Non-academician General Assembly Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2013- Gremium President of the professional training “Medical rehabilitation in cardiology” of Semmelweis University
2012- Member of the Editorial Board for the journal “Clinical Research in Cardiology”, the official scientific journal of the German Society for Cardiology – Heart and Circulation Research)
2011- Member of the EuroPCR Relations Committee, EAPCI
2011- Member of the Editorial Board for the journal ‘Cor et Vasa’ (Journal of the Czech Society of Cardiology and Czech Society for Cardiovascular Surgery)
2011- Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)
2011- EHRA National Societies – Eastern Initiative Coordinator: ICD for Life
2010- Member of the Credential Committee, European Society of Cardiology
2010 – 2013 President of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2011- Member and President of the Cardiology Section of Professional College
2010- Deputy Chief in Editor of the journal: “Interventional Medicine and Applied Science”
2009-  President of Students’ Scientific Association of Semmelweis University
2009-   Co-chairman of the National Society Committee of the European Heart Rhythm Association
2008- Gremium President of the professional training “Cardiology” of Semmelweis University
2008- Editor-in-Chief of the national medical Journal “Medical Education” (founded in 1911)
2007 – 2010 President of Workgroup of Interventional Cardiology, Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2007 – 2009 Secretary of Students’ Scientific Association of Semmelweis University
2006 – 2009 National Delegate of the Hungarian Medical Council
2006 Member of the Scientific and Research Ethical Board of the Health Scientific Committee
2006 Member of the editorial board of Lege Artis Medicinae (LAM)
2006- Member of the editorial board of the Hungarian issue of JACC
2005-  Member of Hungarian Society of Atherosclerosis
2004- Member of the Professional Board of Cardiology at Semmelweis University
2004- Member of the Scientific Board of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2004- Member of Committee of the Working Group of Interventional Cardiology, Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2004- Member of the Advisory Board, later member of the National Societies Board, European Heart Rhythm Association
2004 – 2007 President of the Working Group on Arrhythmia and Pacemaker, Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2001- Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
2001 – 2004 Vice-President of the Working Group on Arrhythmia and Pacemaker, Hungarian Society of Cardiology
2000- Reviewer in the journal “Cardiovascular Research” and “Heart Rhythm”
1999 – 2006 Member of the editorial board of Progress Biomedical Research
1998- Member of the North-American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE, Heart Rhythm)
1996 – 2004  National Delegate of the Working Group on Cardiac Pacing, European Society of Cardiology
1995-2001 Secretary of the Working Group on Arrhythmia and Pacemaker, Hungarian Society of Cardiology
1990-1996 Chairman of the Society of German and Hungarian Students and Scientists of Heidelberg, Germany
1991- Member of the European Society of Cardiology, and of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology


Foreign Languages   

Hungarian
German
English