Profile of Prof. Thomas Binder

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Born 1960 in Vienna, Dr. Binder studied medicine at the Medical University in Vienna from where he graduated 1985. Prof. Binder was trained in internal medicine at the general hospital of the University of Vienna (AKH). Research activities brought him to the Huntington Memorial Research Institute in Pasadena, Ca, USA where he was engaged in basic vascular research. In addition, he served as a clinical fellow at the Loma Linda Medical Center, Loma Linda, Ca, USA.

Starting at an early stage of his career Dr. Binder was devoted to imaging techniques and, specifically echocardiography. His scientific focus is clinical echocardiography and new techniques such as three dimensional echo and speckle tracking. Dr. Binder published numerous peer review articles in national and international journals and contributed to several textbooks dealing with echocardiography.

In 2000 Dr. Binder achieved the Habilitation Venia Docendi for Professorship in Internal Medicine. As assistant Professor Dr. Binder is director of the echocardiography laboratory of the University Clinic of Cardiology in Vienna. Further appointments include: deputy editor of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, secretary of the European Union of Medical Specialists – Cardiology section (UEMS-CS) and secretary of the European Cardiology Section Foundation (ECSF). In addition, Dr. Binder was past president of the Echocardiography Working Group of the Austrian Society of Cardiology (ÖKG).

Aside from his work as a clinical cardiologist and researcher Dr. Binder is strongly involved in the education of cardiologists. He is director of several national and international echocardiography courses and tutor for the Austrian-American Foundation (educational joint program between eastern countries, Austria and the US).

Dr. Binder also has a strong interest in digital learning techniques. After publishing several educational CD-ROM's he is now fully engaged in Internet based e-learning techniques and recently founded the platform 123sonography.com

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