Professor A. Charles Yankah, MD, PhD, FETCS
President of PASCaTS. 1986-2012: Pioneer consultant cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon at the German Heart Centre Berlin (GHCB). 1998: Professor of surgery, Charité, Universitätsmedizin at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Major clinical work and research: inflammatory cardiomyopathy, heart transplantation, immunology of human heart valve surgery, HTx and tissue valve surgery. 2007: Special Professor, University of the Free State, Blomfontein. 2012: Ambassador, World Health Summit (WHS) Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin. 2016: Committee member, African Union’s rheumatic heart disease action group 5: Centre’s of excellence for cardiac surgery, training and research. 1994: He led a GHCB/Charité transplant team to perform the first successful and long-term double organ (heart/kidney) transplantation. In 2001 in partnertship with Dr. Willie Koen initiated a bridge to heart transplantation program in South Africa at the Christiaan Barnard Memorial hospital, Cape Town. Since 2005 initiated multi-institutional heart team from Barcelona, Berlin, Bloemfontein, Boston, Cape Town, Durban, Erlangen centres to facilitate cardiovascular educational programs including hands-on-echo courses. The purpose was to promote North-South and South-South transfer of knowledge in cardiology and cardiac surgery (on-site heart seminars and outreach telecardiology) in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network, World Bank to sub-Saharan African (SSA) centres (Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda). 2010: Cardiac surgical mission in Ghana at the Military Hospital. During the mission undertook an emergency surgery on UN soldier from Liberia, West Africa with chest/heart injury.The hospital is now commissioned as UN referral hospital in West Africa. 2012: AATS and EACTS/PASCaTS partnership to promote educational programs for underserved regions. 2014 appointed Ambassador of the World Health Summit to promote the summit’s global health programs esp in Africa in collaboration with the European Union. 20122012: Consultant of the German Senior Expert Service (SES). 2012-2014 cardiac missions to Africa and China. 2014: Initiated the Global Heart Forum (Berlin-Africa videoconference). It connects with centres from China, India, South Africa (3 Centres) and S. America to develop global networking and cardiovascular health forum with sub-Saharan African centres (Kenya, Nigeria). The videoconference project serves also as a technological challenge to the SSA colleagues. 2017/18: InterCor-PASCaTS rheumatic heart disease research project in collaboration with the German Heart Centre and Cape Coast Teaching hospital (CCTH) has screened over 4000 students for rheumatic heart disease, now developing cardiology program at the new Ridge hospital, Accra to strengthen cardiology services in Ghana.