The PVRI is registered as a charity in the UK and as a not-for-profit organisation in the USA. It is governed by a group of trustees who form the Council of the PVRI. The PVRI’s constitution can be viewed by clicking the button below.
Council of the PVRI
Paul Hassoun (President 2018/19)
Dr Paul M Hassoun is a Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the USA. His areas of clinical expertise include pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.
Dr Hassoun earned his MD from the Faculté de Médecine Lariboisière-Saint Louis (Paris VII, France) and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, both at Harvard Medical School, Boston MA.
Dr Hassoun serves as the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Programme, a large clinical programme dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment, in a multidisciplinary fashion, of all five disease groups from the World Classification of PH.
Over the past two decades, Dr Hassoun has led programmatic efforts for clinical and basic research in PH. Dr Hassoun's research interests include pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) with a focus on highly translational research to understand the complex pathobiology of scleroderma-associated PAH, and acute lung injury. He is a member of numerous professional organisations, including the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, and the American Heart Association.
Stephanie Barwick (Chief Executive)
Stephanie is a German national who came to the UK in 1993 after graduating with a ‘First’ degree in European Business Studies with French & English Language from the University of Munich.
She is currently the CEO of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute, a position she started in 2014, as the Charity’s first full-time employed Chief Executive.
Stephanie is based in the PVRI UK central office in Canterbury and her role is to manage and oversee all aspects of the Institute including the day-to-day operations, managing all the Charity’s international bank accounts, liaising with donors and sponsors on annual donations as well as implementing the strategic vision set by the PVRI Board of Directors.
Prior to her role at the PVRI, Stephanie has held various positions within the private and public sectors, including her most recent role as ‘Senior Enterprise Manager’ at the University of Kent where she was in charge of the University’s business start-up unit, supporting students, graduates and staff to set up successful companies. During her time there, she invented and developed the pioneering Employability Points Scheme, an industry-university based collaboration which recognises the demands of employers as well as the challenges graduates face when seeking employment. After only two years, she scheme involved over 3,000 students and 120 employers. In 2012 it was nominated for a Times Higher University Education Award and was showcased by the UK government department BIS (Business Innovation Skills) as a best practice model for a university-industry collaboration. For her innovative work, Stephanie was awarded the prestigious ‘Barbara Morris’ prize in 2011 by the University of Kent in recognition of her achievements.
Stephanie is a qualified Business Counsellor and has been involved in lecturing one of the Kent Business School’s entrepreneurship modules for undergraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in business start-up. She has extensive knowledge in working with large corporate businesses across the globe as well as small companies, who emerge from a university setting.
Werner Seeger (President Elect 2020/21)
Professor Seeger is based at the Department of Internal Medicine, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, where he is the Medical Executive Director of the University Hospital, Giessen and Marburg.
His main areas of research include pulmonary circulation, acute lung injury, pneumonia and sepsis, chronic respiratory failure and aerosol medicine.
He is Advisory Editor, and part of the Editorial Board, for the American Journal of Physiology and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
He has held numerous academic posts and is currently: Chair of the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL); Chairman of the ‘Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Centre’; Spokesman of the German Department Chairs of Internal Medicine; Director of the ‘Lung Development and Remodeling’; Chair at the Max Planck Heart and Lung Institute, W.G. Kerckhoff Institute, Bad Nauheim; Coordinator of the Excellence Cluster ‘CardioPulmonary System’; Managing Director, Department of Internal Medicine, JLU School of Medicine; and Chair, TransMIT GmbH, Medical Technology.
Over the course of his career he has also received several awards/honours. In 2000 he was elected to the German Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina and in 2008 received the Robert-Pfleger Award. Most recently, in 2014, he gave the AHA Dickinson W. Richards Memorial Lecture, was awarded the Von Behring-Röntgen Research Medal and was the ERS Congress Chair Awardee.
Paul Corris (President 2016/17)
Paul Corris is Emeritus Professor of Thoracic Medicine and faculty member of the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University. He holds an honorary consultant physician contract at The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Newcastle Upon Tyne UK. He directed the National Pulmonary Vascular Service (Newcastle) and was one of a small group who set up the UK National Service in 2001. He played a major international role in establishing lung transplantation as a viable clinical entity and directed the service in Newcastle 2012-2017.
He is a Past-President of both the British Thoracic Society and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is immediate Past President of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI) and has recently taken up a new role as Chief Medical Scientific Officer of PVRI.
He sits on the editorial boards of Pulmonary Circulation, Frontiers in Pulmonary Medicine and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He was a previous Associate Editor of Thorax. He is the author of 375 peer reviewed manuscripts and over 50 book Chapters. He has been a faculty member and author of guidelines within his specialty interests for many Societies and world health groups. His research has been highly cited and is focused on translational and clinical science relating to both Lung Transplantation and Pulmonary Hypertension.
Paul is the recipient of the British Thoracic Society Medal 2018, in recognition of his leadership in and contribution to clinical and scientific work resulting in benefit to patients and the inspiration of peers.
He has a wide experience of very successful committee work, and his background would make him a suitable candidate for the Scientific Committee of the WHF. He has an unrivalled global reputation for his energy, wisdom and clarity of his thinking with an uncanny ability to bring groups together to achieve a common aim. His integrity is widely respected and Paul received the 2018 PVRI Life Achievement Award for his signiﬁcant contribution in the ﬁeld of PH throughout his lifetime.
Sheila G. Haworth (President 2014/15)
Professor Haworth, Professor Emeritus, University College, London, trained in neonatal medicine and paediatric cardiology and then specialised in pulmonary hypertension.
She became Professor of Developmental Cardiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and had a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Professorial Chair and research group. Her basic science focused on the pathobiology of paediatric pulmonary hypertension and adaptation of the pulmonary circulation to extra-uterine life. Professor Haworth was Head of Cardiorespiratory Sciences at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.
In 2002, she founded the UK Pulmonary Hypertension Service for Children - a comprehensive clinical network caring for all children in the UK with significant pulmonary hypertension. She has published extensively and helped train pulmonary hypertension specialists, who are now leaders in the field. Professor Haworth has served on the BHF Executive Committee and the BHF Research Funds Committee, working groups of the Royal Colleges; Selection Committee of the Academy of Medical Sciences, London; and became a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Cardio-Pulmonary Committee of the American Heart Association.
Martin Wilkins (Treasurer)
Martin R Wilkins MD FRCP FBPhS FMedSci is Head of Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London, and is a physician-scientist with a background in clinical pharmacology and toxicology.
He has spent the past 25 years investigating the molecular pathology of pulmonary hypertension with a view to identifying novel drug targets and better ways of monitoring the disease.
He has published widely on the cyclic GMP signalling pathway and circulating biomarkers. More recently he has investigated the role of iron homeostasis and zinc transport in pulmonary vascular disease.
His research is supported by the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the National Institute of Health Research.
Nick Morrell (Editor-in Chief of Pulmonary Circulation)
Nick Morrell MD ScD FRCP FMedSci qualified in Medicine (MB BS) from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (now Imperial College, London) in 1987. He undertook his research MD at Charing Cross Hospital and then spent two years in Denver, Colorado, as a British Heart Foundation fellow before returning as a Lecturer to complete training in General and Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. He was appointed Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College in 1998 and was awarded an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship. He moved to the University of Cambridge in 2000 as University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospitals, and was appointed Professor of Cardiopulmonary Medicine in 2007.
In 2009, he was awarded a British Heart Foundation Professorship and in 2011 elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the UK. He has chaired the programme committees for the British and American Thoracic Societies. He has served on the MRC Clinical Fellowships Committee, and was Director of the BHF Cambridge Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence (2014-2019) and leads the Cardiovascular and RespiratoryTheme of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. He is Research Director of the National Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Unit at Papworth Hospital and a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator.
His research focuses on understanding genetic causes of pulmonary arterial hypertension, and developing new treatments based on this knowledge. He has published over 220 papers in this field. More recently he has been involved in exciting new genomics initiatives in the UK to apply whole genome sequencing to understanding the genetic basis of rare diseases, including pulmonary arterial hypertension, and to apply this technology to the direct care of patients.
Dr Stuart Rich MD is a cardiologist and Director of Northwestern Medicine’s Pulmonary Vascular Disease Programme at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and a Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
He is one of the world’s most recognised experts on pulmonary vascular diseases. For more than three decades he has dedicated his research and clinical efforts to finding better solutions for pulmonary hypertension.
Dr Rich completed his residency training in medicine at Washington University in St Louis, and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Chicago. His career began at the University of Illinois, where he was principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Registry on Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, the first of its kind, and has been the leader of the largest clinical centre in the US for evaluating and treating patients with pulmonary hypertension since 1980. Dr Rich has conducted cutting-edge research on the molecular mechanisms, epidemiology, clinical presentation, natural history and treatments of the disease and been at the forefront of the development of virtually every new treatment for pulmonary hypertension, as well as the use of therapeutic procedures and devices. His pioneering research has led to a greater understanding of all types of pulmonary hypertension.
Sir Magdi Yacoub OM FRS is Executive Director of the Qatar Cardiovascular Research Centre in collaboration with the Qatar Foundation, Magdi Yacoub Research Network and Hamad Medical Corporation.
He is also Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Founder and Director of Research at Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute) overseeing 60 scientists and students focused on tissue engineering, myocardial regeneration, stem cell biology, end stage heart failure and transplant immunology.
Professor Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed. He has also developed novel operations for a number of complex congenital heart anomalies as well as leading research including tissue engineering heart valves, myocardial regeneration, novel left ventricular assist devices and wireless sensors with collaborations within Imperial College, nationally and internationally.
Sir Magdi has an active interest in global healthcare delivery with focus on developing programmes in Egypt, The Gulf Region, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Jamaica.
He is Founder and President of the Chain of Hope charity, treating children with correctable cardiac conditions from developing countries and establishing training and research programmes in local cardiac units.
Bert van den Bergh
Bert van den Bergh is President of Revalesio Corporation where he leads the development and commercialisation of the company’s RNS60 therapeutic.
Bert has a proven track record of successfully commercialising novel medicines and has led business operations at major pharmaceutical companies around the world.
Bert started his career at Eli Lilly & Company, working his way up to multiple senior executive positions across the company’s US and European operations. He most notably served as President of Neuroscience Products, President of European Operations and General Manager for the UK and Germany. In these roles, Bert was instrumental in the development, commercialiSation and lifecycle management of innovative pharmaceuticals like Cymbalta, Prozac, Strattera and Zyprexa.
Most recently, Bert served as Chairman of the Board at Correvio, LLC. In addition to his role at Revalesio, Bert serves on a variety of nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute, Mental Health America and Peers for Progress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nijenrode Business School (The Netherlands) and an MBA from Interfaculty Delft/Rotterdam, now the Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands).
Ahvie Herskowitz, MD co-founded The Institute for OneWorld Health (iOWH) in 2000 and served as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr Herskowitz has extensive experience performing large-scale multinational phase II and III clinical trials. Prior to co-founding iOWH, he directed all multinational clinical trials at a cardiovascular research institute, including all epidemiologic and outcome studies and registries. He serves as Executive Director of The Institute for Rare and Neglected Diseases Drug Discovery and Development (iRND3). Dr Herskowitz has been trained in the fields of cardiology, immunology and pathology. A former Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Molecular Microbiology at Johns Hopkins, Dr Herskowitz is also Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and is the Founder of the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center. He received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani MD is Professor of Pulmonary Vascular Research at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany and Head of the Pulmonary Hypertension Division at the University Hospital in Giessen.
In addition, he is Director of Pneumology as well as Medical Executive Director at the Kerckhoff Clinic in Bad Nauheim, Germany and part-time Professor for Pulmonary Vascular Medicine at Imperial College London.
He leads a translational research group on development of new therapeutics for Cardiopulmonary Vascular disease and is member of the steering committee of the Excellence Cluster Cardio-Pulmonary System (www.eccps.de) and founding member of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute. He has participated in the development of several therapeutics for chronic lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension, including prostanoids, phosphodiesterase inhibitors, endothelin receptor antagonists, tyrosine kinase inhibitors and stimulators of the soluble guanylate cyclase.
Professor Ghofrani has received four awards for investigations in pulmonary vascular science, is a fellow of the European Respiratory Society (FERS) and reviewer for several medical scientific journals.
Professor Gerald Simonneau is today Emeritus Professor at the Paris-Sud University, France, and Senior Consultant at the National Reference Centre for Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Bicetre and Marie Lannelongue University Hospitals, France. He has published widely in the fields of pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary vascular diseases and pneumology, in peer-reviewed Journals including New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Circulation. He has been President of the working group on pulmonary circulation of the European Society of Cardiology and has received the PAH research award of the European Respiratory Society in 2011. Lastly, he was named among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in the field of Clinical Medicine (Thomson Reuters) in 2014 and 2015 and 2016.
Antonio Augusto Lopes
He is fellow of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute and member of the Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Task Force. He is also Associate Editor of Pulmonary Circulation. In addition, fellow of the American Heart Association, Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation and International Adviser to the Saudi Association for Pulmonary Hypertension - Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Task Force.
Investigations and publications related to pulmonary vascular disease in the paediatric population and associated with congenital heart disease (children and adults).
His particular interest is in microvascular dysfunction markers (endothelial and platelet markers) and mediators of inflammation in pulmonary arterial hypertension (paediatric and adult).
His research work focuses mainly on translational medicine.
Dr Butrous was awarded the chair of Cardiopulmonary Science at the University of Kent, UK in 2006. He graduated from Baghdad Medical College in 1976. From 1980 to 1990 he worked in London where he was a fellow and lecturer of Cardiology at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School & St George's Hospital Medical School. He was a director of the Cardiac Electophysiology Laboratory at St George's from 1985 to 1990.
In 1991 he became Senior Lecturer at the St George's Hospital Medical School and Chief Scientific Adviser for Pfizer Research and Development Laboratories in Sandwich, UK. Dr Butrous has been vitally interested in academia and research since he was a medical student.
Dr Butrous was a founder member of the PVRI.