Message of the passing of Professor Dimitrios Kremastinos
The Clinical Co-Founder of Phospholamban R14del-Phospholamban has died from COVID-19 complications
The world of cardiology mourns the loss of one of its distinguished leaders, Professor Dimitrios Kremastinos, on May 8, 2020 due to corona virus complications. Professor Kremastinos (1942-2020) was a close collaborator of Professor Litsa Kranias (University of Cincinnati) and together they identified the human PLN-R14del mutation for the first time in 2006. The first patients were found in Greece but subsequently, this mutation was shown to be prominent in the Netherlands, several other European countries, US and Canada.
“Kremastinos has been world-wide recognized for his seminal contributions to the field of cardiology. He promoted the importance of basic and clinical research in cardiology, and nurtured a culture of cross-disciplinary collaborations with remarkable success. His work led to the publication of over 500 scientific articles, which have been highly cited by the international scientific community. Kremastinos was an insightful researcher, a supportive mentor, and a compassionate doctor with dignity and high ethical standards. He served as Professor of Cardiology at the University of Athens, Director of the Hellenic College of Cardiology, President of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology and the Hellenic College of Cardiology as well as a director of multiple cardiology departments of Athens hospitals. He was an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, served as Greece’s health minister in 1993-1996, as Vice President of the Greek Parliament in 2015-2019, and member of the Greek Parliament for 14 years.”
-Professor Litsa Kranias, Dr. Despina Sanoudou