First transcatheter valve procedure
Born in Germany, Philipp Bonhoeffer studied medicine in Italy, at the “Università degli Studi” in Milan. He learned pediatric catheterization under Dr. Mario Carminati and went to the Hôpital Necker (Paris). In 2001 he moved to the “Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children” in London.
Philipp Bonhoeffer performed the first transcatheter pulmonary valve implant in September 2000, 18 months prior to the first TAVI procedure. He had the idea after a clinical failure with a bare metal stent placed in a stenotic conduit. He devised a way to suture a bovine jugular venous valve inside a stent, crimp it on a balloon, and re-expand it, demonstrating that valve function could be preserved after implantation. Initial prototypes and first clinical cases used a stent from NuMED and a jugular valve from VenPro, as he worked with Medtronic to further develop the Melody Valve for patients whose RV to PA conduit, or pulmonary bioprosthetic valve had become stenotic and dysfunctional. He also worked on another valve, Harmony TP (under clinical investigation), for patients with pulmonary regurgitation not requiring a surgically implanted conduit at birth.
Philipp devoted time to teaching in developing countries and received the Grand Scientific Prize of Lefoulon-Delalande from the Institut de France in 2006. Philipp is the recipient of numerous prizes and author of numerous publication. He is a concert pianist and has a passion for the art of violin making.
One of Prof. Bonhoeffer’s first prototypes of a valve stent - 2000
The Medtronic MelodyTM transcatheter pulmonary valve