This book focuses on the coronary bioresorbable scaffold, a new interventional treatment for coronary artery disease, differentiated from a permanent metallic stent. The book provides an overview of the technology including non-clinical studies and clinical evidences in order to help clinicians understand the appropriate application of the technology and the optimal techniques of implantation. It covers the basics of bioresorbable scaffolds; bench test results; preclinical studies; clinical evidences; and tips and tricks of implantation.
Prof. Patrick W. Serruys is a professor of Interventional Cardiology at the Interuniversity Cardiological Institute of the Netherlands (1988-1998), and Erasmus MC. Since 1980 he was a Director of the Clinical Research Program of the Catheterization Laboratory, Thorax Center at Erasmus University, and till April 1st 2014 (retirement date) the Head of the Interventional Department, Thorax Center, Erasmus MC (University Medical Center Rotterdam), Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and scientific council of the International College of Angiology. In 1996 he received the TCT Career Achievement Award and in 1997 he was awarded the Wenkebach Prize of the Dutch Heart Foundation. In 2000 he was awarded the Gruentzig Award of the European Society of Cardiology. In 2001 he held the Paul Dudley White Lecture at the American Heart Association in the USA. In 2004 he received the Andreas Gruentzig Award of the Swiss Society of Cardiology. In 2005 he held the 4th International Lecture at the AHA and Mikamo Lecture at the Japanese heart Association. In 2006 he received the highest award of the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association: the James Herrick Award. In 2007 he received the Arrigo Recordati International Prize (Italy) and the ICI Achievement Award (bestowed by the President of Israel – Shimon Perez). In 2008 he received the Einthoven Penning (Leiden). In 2009 he became Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Athens. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the American College of Cardiology, in recognition of many years of service and invaluable contributions to the ACC. At the end of 2011 Prof. Serruys received the Ray C. Fish Award, bestowed by the Texas Heart Institute, for outstanding achievement and contribution to cardiovascular medicine. In 2012 he received a Golden Medal of the European Society of Cardiology. In 2013 he became Doctor Honoris Causa from the Complutense University of Madrid.