Name: Pierfrancesco Agostoni
Pierfrancesco Agostoni is a cardiologist working in the Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen (ZNA), campus Middelheim, in Antwerp, Belgium.
He spent his youth in Milan, Italy. He became Medical Doctor (MD) magna cum laude at the State University of his city in 1999.
After completing compulsory military service in 2000 as medical officer, he moved to Verona, Italy where he became Cardiologist magna cum laude in the local State University, in 2004.
He spent periods of training in clinical research applied to Interventional Cardiology at the Thoraxcenter – Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof. Serruys, and at the Centro Cuore Columbus and S. Raffaele hospitals in Milan, Italy, under the supervision of Dr. Colombo.
In 2005 he moved to Antwerp, Belgium where he had formal training in Interventional Cardiology at the Antwerp Cardiovascular Institute Middelheim of the Middelheim General Hospital, under the supervision of Drs. Van den Branden, Verheye, Vermeersch and Van Langenhove.
From 2009, he joined the staff of the Division of Cardiology of the University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands, as University Medical Specialist in Cardiology, with specific clinical and scientific tasks in Interventional Cardiology.
In the University of Utrecht he got his Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) title in 2009, with a thesis entitled: “Developments in the percutaneous treatment of obstructive coronary artery disease”.
In 2011, he got a second PhD title at the University of Verona in Italy, with a thesis entitled: “Novel angiographic techniques for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and for assessment of its percutaneous treatment”.
From 2015 he moved to the St. Antonius hospital in Nieuwegein, a hospital with one of the largest heart centers in The Netherlands, where he continued working as cardiologist with specific tasks in interventional cardiology.
In 2018 he returned back to Antwerp, Belgium in the place where he is currently working.
His main current focus is percutaneous interventions in their broad spectrum, with specific focus on complex coronary interventions, including mainly chronic total occlusions, and transcatheter treatment of structural heart disease, including mainly transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Pierfrancesco’s clinical and research interests in percutaneous interventions, together with a passion for statistics, have resulted in more than 310 publications in major peer-reviewed international journals, more than 10 book chapters, more than 100 lectures and more than 10 live cases during national and international congresses.
He is also reviewer for numerous international journals. Additionally, he has been involved as investigator in several national and international Clinical Trials. He started also the activity of proctor for complex percutaneous coronary interventions in several centers in Europe and other continents.
Finally Pierfrancesco has a strong interest in Clinical Trials planning and management and in Contract Research Organization and Core Laboratory activities. He worked as a Senior Analyst for Quantitative Coronary Angiography, Intravascular Ultrasound and Optical Coherence Tomography for different Core Laboratories in Italy, in Belgium and in The Netherlands, and he has been part of Data Safety and Monitoring Boards and Clinical Events Committees for several international Clinical Trials.