Prof. Dr. Andreas Hoffmann, MD/specialist in internal medicine and cardiologist, Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Andreas Hoffmann was born in 1948 in Basel, Switzerland, attended school and studied medicine there. He did his medical training in Boston/USA und London/UK to become a specialist in internal medicine and cardiologist. Since 1983, he works in his own practice and as conciliar specialist at the University Hospital of Basel and the Bethesda Hospital in Basel, Switzerland.

He is also professor at the medical department of the University of Basel, Switzerland. His areas of expertise include clinical cardiology and noninvasive diagnostics, especially with echocardiography and ultrasonic, as well as rehabilitation and care of adults with congenital heart defects.


PD Dr. Matthias Greutmann, MD/Affiliation: University Heart Center, Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Greutmann attended medical school at the Zurich School of Medicine (Zurich, Switzerland). He did his cardiology training at the University Hospital of Zurich. He did additional training in adult congenital heart disease at The Heart Hospital (London UK) and the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada).

Since 2010, he is medical director of the GUCH centre at the University Hospital of Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland). His areas of expertise include adult congenital heart disease, echocardiography, and heart disease in pregnancy.


Dr. Dominik Stambach, MD/medical director of pediatric cardiology, Ostschweizer Kinderspital (Children’s hospital), St. Gallen, Switzerland and GUCH centre, Kantonsspital St. Gallen(Canton Hospital), St. Gallen, Switzerland

Dr. Stambach is specialist in pediatrics with a main focus on pediatric cardiology. He fulfilled his medical training at the Ostschweizer Kinderspital (Children’s hospital) in St. Gallen and at the pediatric cardiology department of the University Children’s Hospital of Zurich.

He accomplished additional training in foetal cardiology. His areas of expertise also include adult congenital heart disease (advanced training at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto and at the Toronto General Hospital).

Since 2011, he is medical director of the pediatric cardiology department of the Ostschweizer Kinderspital (Children’s Hosptial) in St. Gallen, Switzerland.


Dr. Kerstin Wustmann, MD/GUCH and CMR cardiologist, University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland

Dr Wustmann studied medicine at the Charité, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. After training in internal medicine at the Inselspital (University Hospital of Bern) and in Interlaken, she completed her cardiology training at the Inselspital. She specialized in adult congenital heart disease at the Inselspital and the Royal Brompton Hospital London, UK. She further trained in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) with special focus on congenital heart disease at the Royal Brompton Hospital London.

Since 2011, she works as a GUCH cardiologist at the centre for congenital heart disease at the Inselspital in Bern and is also responsible to perform CMR scans for patients with congenital heart lesions (from the baby to the adult). Her special expertise also includes echocardiography, pulmonary hypertension, and heart disease and pregnancy.

Prof. Dr. Joëlle Günthard, MD/Professor in prediatric cardiology, University of Basel, Switzerland


ToughHearts Conference

We are GUCHs, Grown-Ups with Congenital Heart defects. In 1999, we set up our own association in Switzerland, CUORE MATTO, which regularly organises meetings, lectures and seminars for its members who are all affected by a congenital heart defect.

At present, we have the great pleasure to be host of the EuroHearts Conference in Switzerland, the Tough Hearts Conference 2014 which started on July 20th 2014 and ended on Friday 25th 2014.

The Tough Hearts Conference 2014 takes place in Baar in the canton of Zug / Switzerland, and welcomes delegates from many different GUCH-organisations from Europe and around the world.

The Conference Programme includes interesting and informative lectures and round tables of GUCH-specialists and cardiologists, instructive workshops and exciting leisure activities. Being together with GUCHs from so many different places and backgrounds is essential and enriching for all of us.

Beside very concrete medical advice and news concerning GUCH-issues, the Tough Hearts Conference 2014 focuses on the dealing with constraints and sacrifice and the living with pain and emotional distress, all subjects which characterise a life with a congenital defect or disease. The importance of the doctor-patient-relationship and the fact that they learn from each other is also  highlighted during this conference.

In addition, the Tough Hearts Conference 2014 is a jubilee conference as it is 20 years since it has taken place for the first time and 10 years for the last time in Switzerland.








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