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Congenital heart defect (CHD), also known as a congenital heart anomaly or congenital

heart disease, is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth

Heart defects are the most common birth defect.

Signs and symptoms depend on the specific type of problem Symptoms that can vary from

none to life threatening.

Dr Massimo Chessa is an expert in Congenital Heart Diseases.

He was born in July 1967 in Italy.

Specialist in Cardiology and Pediatric, since more than 20 years he is dealing with the

treatment of Congenital Heart Disease in children, teenagers and adults. He works mainly

in interventional cardiology (Cath Lab).

Since 2000 he works at IRCCS-Policlinico San Donato.

He is the coordinator of the Congenital Heart Disease on Adults Unit within the Center of

Cardiology for children and adults with congenital heart malformations.

He is author of several scientific publications dedicated to the main issues concerning

patients suffering from Congenital Heart Malformations

He collaborates with associations for patients, particularly he cooperates with AICCA

(Italian GUCH Association- ) and CORIENCE (


Diploma on Medicine and Surgery at the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Rome –

Policlinico A. Gemelli.

Specialization on Pediatric at Catholic University of Sacro Cuore Rome –Policlinico A.


Specialization on Cardiology at Milan Medical School

University Diploma on Pediatric Cardiology at University Rénè Descartes

Clinical and Research Fellow IFC-CNR Massa

PhD on prenatal and pediatric Cardiology (Rome – Birmingham UK)

Visiting fellow GUCH Unit-London

Professional experience

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology Consultant

His major expertise is related to Interventional Management of all kind of Congenital Heart


Locum Specialist Registrar al Children’s Hospital – Heart Unit Birmingham (UK)

Clinical – Research Registrar al Children’s Hospital – Heart Unit Birmingham (UK)

Clinical Fellow at Ospedale Pediatrico Apuano – IFC-National Centre od Reaserch –

Pediatric Cardiology Massa

Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology at the Hospital Necker Enfants Malades – Paris (F)

Scientific activity

Chairman of ACHD (Adult with Congenital Heart Disease) AEPC Working Group

(European Society for Pediatric Cardiology)

Member of the Nucleus within the ESC Working Group (European Society of Cardiology)

Member of SIC, Italian Society of Cardiology

Member of SICP Italian Society for Pediatric Cardiology

Registered to the General Medical Council (GMC-U.K.) Registration N° 4569505,

(November 1998) and Specialist Register (July 1999).

Director of IMAC, the Italian Meeting on Adult with Congenital Heart Disease which takes

places each 2 years at San Donato Hospital Milan Italy

Co-Director of IPC, the International Workshop on Interventional Pediatric and Adult

Congenital Cardiology,

Moderator and Lecturer at several national and international Meetings

Author and Editor of several books dedicates (2813 Citations, 29h-Index, 145Article,

10Chapter, 3 Books, 1 book series)

Massimo Chessa

for check-up or interventional procedures in San Donato Milanese (Milan), please contact

in English, French, Arabic or Spanish Dr Nadia Moussaidi, the Administrative Coordinator

of International Patients at San Donato Hospital:



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