27.06.2018 change 27.06.2018

Polish cardiologist in the leadership of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions

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Dr. Łukasz Kołtowski, a cardiologist from the Medical University of Warsaw, became a member of the leadership of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions. The Polish cardiologist will chair the committee responsible for communication and social media - informed the Medical University of Warsaw.

Dr. Kołtowski received a nomination for the position of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI ESC) committee chairman for the term 2018-2020 during the ceremony at the European Society of Cardiology headquarters in Sophia-Antipolis (France).

Dr Kotłowski will chair the Website & Communication Committee, which consists of an international group of experts, including specialists from the UK, Greece, Germany and Italy. Dr. Kotłowski will be the youngest Polish member of the EAPCI ESC leadership - and the first Polish chairman of this particular committee.

The newly appointed chairman will be responsible for sharing expert knowledge with both cardiologists and patients interested in this field. Through social media, the community gathered around EAPCI receives information about the most important scientific activities, new discoveries, results of breakthrough research and projects or organization members` positions on current issues.

"I believe that it is our role to present the world of science to all those open to new knowledge and experience" - says Dr. Kotłowski, quoted in a press release sent to PAP. "I would like the committee under my leadership to be a pioneer in modern forms of real-time communication, including direct communication from the places where science are created, live cases, live broadcasts of treatments in social media channels. For medics who are not able to participate in a given event it is an opportunity not only to gain new knowledge, but also to actively participate in discussions. To that effect, we will use Virtual Reality and 360-video live-streaming" - he explains.

In his opinion, there is a huge potential for interventional cardiology in the process of building a digital, committed community. He argues that the social media are the place where the needs of all groups meet - organizers, doctors and patients.

"New technologies are a response to how fast the world of science, including cardiology, is changing today" - says Dr. Kotłowski. "We do not have time for traditional communication: books, articles or monograms, we must communicate quickly, precisely and directly. In addition, we live in the time of information overload, so we must carefully select information. It is also necessary to adjust the language to the recipient, while maintaining an attractive form of communication" - he concludes.

Dr. Łukasz Kołtowski gained professional experience at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford and the UK Health Protection Agency. He also expanded his medical education with business skills, having obtained a degree in management and marketing. Since 2009, he has been a Cardiology Resident at the 1st Department of Cardiology, Teaching Hospital in Warsaw. In 2014-2018 he joined the board of the European division of Young Interventional Cardiologists, where he was responsible for social media activity. In the same period he was a member of the board of the Information Technology and Telemedicine Committee of the Polish Cardiac Society.

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