Prof. Tienush Rassaf took up his appointment as Editor-in-Chief, Cardiology, HealthManagement.org
in September 2016.
Prof. Rassaf has since August 2015 been Department Head and Chair
of Cardiology (Cardiology and Vascular Medicine from August 2016) at the
Westgerman Heart- and Vascular Center at the University of Essen,
He was born in Cologne, Germany, and studied medicine at the
University of Düsseldorf and the University of Texas, Houston. He was a
postdoctoral fellow at the University of Düsseldorf and Louisiana State
University and completed residencies at the University Düsseldorf and
the University Hospital Aachen. From 2005 until 2008 he was Leader of
the CardioBioTech Research group of the Department of Cardiology,
University Hospital Aachen, Germany, and from 2010 until 2015 he was W2
Heisenberg professor for Myocardial Infarction of the German Research
Foundation at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and Teaching
Coordinator of the Department of Cardiology, University Hospital
Düsseldorf. From 2013 until 2015 he was Vice-director of the Department
of Cardiology University Düsseldorf. He is Board-certified in
Cardiology, Emergency Medicine and Angiology. He became a Fellow of the
European Society of Cardiology in 2009.
1. What are your key areas of interest and research?
interested in elucidating mechanisms in myocardial
infarction/ischaemia-reperfusion injury and cardioprotection. My main
clinical focus is the interventional therapy of valve diseases and
complex coronary interventions.
2. What are the major challenges in your field?
To be an excellent
clinician, a curious scientist, a good manager, a wise leader and after
all a good guy…all in one!
3. What is your top management tip?
Talk to your people.
4. What would you single out as a career highlight?
of Cardiology at the Westgerman Heart- and Vascular Center at the
University of Essen, Germany in August 2015.
5. If you had not chosen this career path you would have become a…?
Lawyer…or a full-time dad in order to spend more time with my daughters.
6. What are your personal interests outside of work?
My lovely wife and my two wonderful daughters (3 and 1.5 yo), reading biographies.
7. Your favourite quote?
“It’s always too soon to give up“