Ricardo Budde Cardiac CT course Rotterdam Erasmus CT cursus

Ricardo Budde, MD, PhD, EBCR, FSCCT

Course director, Erasmus MC

Ricardo Budde obtained his MD, PhD and an MSc in Medical Biology from Utrecht University. Training as a Radiologist was completed in 2013 followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology. Ricardo passed the European Diploma in Cardiac Imaging examination in 2014. At Erasmus MC he is a staff radiologist, full professor and clinical section chief of cardiovascular radiology.

His main research interests include Photon Counting CT, imaging of (prosthetic) heart valves, aortic disease, endocarditis, imaging to optimize cardiac interventions and dose reduction techniques for CT. The Dutch Heart Foundation has awarded him two large grants as PI including a prestigious Dekker grant.

He has (co)-authored over 245 peer-reviewed publications serves as daily supervisor for multiple PhD students. He serves as associate editor for “Radiology Cardiothoracic Imaging”and on the editorial board of the journals “European Journal of Hybrid Imaging” and “European Heart Journal- Digital Health”.

Ricardo is a member of the Executive Board of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR). He is core author of the ESCR consensus document on TAVI. He is also Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and served on the SCCT Guidelines committee.

He has been instructor at many (inter)national CT and CMR hands-on workshops organized at ESCR, Netherlands Heart Days and meetings of the Dutch Society of Radiology.


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Alexander Hirsch, MD, PhD

Course director, Erasmus MC

Alexander Hirsch studied Medicine at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD degree (cum laude) in 2010 from the same University with a dissertation about “Clinical and functional outcomes after revascularization strategies in acute coronary syndromes”. He trained as a cardiologist at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and registered as a cardiologist in 2013. He specialized further in non-invasive imaging with the focus on cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and obtained his level 3 certification in CMR from the European Society of Cardiology in 2014. He joined the department of Cardiology and Radiology of the Erasmus MC in November 2016 and his main focus is CMR.

He is actively involved in scientific research and has (co)-authored over 70 publications published in peer-reviewed journals (Hirsch-index 26). His main research interests include CMR in ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy and the application of novel imaging techniques like T1-mapping and 4D flow. He is currently supervising multiple Phd students at the department of cardiology and radiology.

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Marcel Dijkshoorn, RT

CT radiographer, Erasmus MC

Marcel Dijkshoorn is a specialized CT radiographer with >20 years experience. He has a vast knowledge about the technical and practical aspects of CT acquisition in general and cardiac CT in particular. In Erasmus MC, Marcel is a key person in CT acquisition protocol development. Over the years, he has trained many CT technicians both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, he is an expert in the use of SyngoVia post processing software.

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Nils Planken, MD, PhD, EBCR

Radiologist, Amsterdam UMC

Nils is a cardiovascular radiologist at Amsterdam UMC. He did a PhD on hemodialysis vascular access imaging. Nils published on a variety of cardiovascular topics since. In his daily clinical work he reads the entire spectrum of cardiovascular imaging studies including echocardiography, CT and CMR.

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Rodrigo Salgado, MD, PhD, EBCR

Radiologist, Antwerp University Hospital

Rodrigo is an active member of the Belgian Society of Radiology (BSR), the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR). He is currently the president-elect of the non-invasive cardiovascular imaging section of the BSR and member of the executive board of the ESCR, in which he is also chair of the Communication and New Media committee. He is member of the ECR 2018, 2019 and 2020 scientific subcommittees for cardiac imaging, and serves on the scientific editorial board of Insights into Imaging and the International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. In the past, he has been member of both the executive and scientific board of the BSR. He is editor of the ESR publication on the International Day of Radiology 2018 (Cardiac Imaging), and congress president of the ESCR 2019 congress which will be held in Antwerp, 24-26 October 2019. Rodrigo currently works at the radiology department of the Antwerp University Hospital and Holy Heart Hospital Lier.

Sara Boccalini


Sara graduated cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Genova in 2010 and completed her residency in Radiology at the University of Genova in 2016. Due to her strong interest in Cardiovascular Radiology she spent the last year of her residency as clinical and research fellow at the Radiology Department of the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. After the end of her residency she returned to the Erasmus Medical Center for a one-year Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging of the European School of Radiology (ESOR) and to complete her PhD.

Since May 2018, Sara is working as radiologist at the University Hospital of Lyon in France (Hospices Civils de Lyon) with specialization in Cardiovascular as well as Thoracic Imaging and has a joint appointment with the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. She is currently involved in several research projects including the development of cardiovascular applications of Spectral Imaging, on Dual Energy CT and Photon Counting CT.