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Israel Valverde

Title: Head of Cardiac MR, Director of 3D Modeling & Printing Program
Designations: MD(Res), PhD
Phone: (416) 813-6142
Fax: (416) 813-7547
U of T Positions: Associate Professor of Paediatrics


Dr. Israel Valverde earned his medical degree from the University of Seville, Spain. He completed his residency training in Paediatrics at Hospital Virgen del Rocio in Seville, Spain. From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Valverde pursued specialized training in Paediatric Cardiology, which included a clinical fellowship in Cardiac MR at the Evelina London Children Hospital from 2009 to 2011.

In 2014, he was appointed as a staff member in Paediatric Cardiology at the Hospital Virgen del Rocio in Seville and subsequently became the Head of Unit from 2019 to 2023. Additionally, in 2015, he served as a locum consultant in Paediatric Cardiology, working in the cardiac MR service at Evelina London Children Hospital.

Dr. Valverde achieved a postgraduate research degree, MD(Res), at the Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences department of King's College London, UK. His research focused on the evaluation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging for image-based computational fluid dynamic modeling in Aortic Coarctation. In recognition of his work, he was appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Biomedical Engineering at King's College London in 2015.

In 2019, Dr. Valverde was appointed as an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Seville, Spain, further solidifying his commitment to academic excellence and medical education. In 2022 he obtained his PhD tesis regarding Evaluation of Multimodal Imaging for 3D Printing in Congenital Heart Disease.

In 2023, he was appointed as a Staff Cardiologist and Clinician Investigator at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Dr. Valverde’s research interests include cardiac MR, 3D printing and advanced imaging including virtual and mixed reality. Over recent years he started a novel research line of 3D bioprinting.

Education and experience

  • 2023–Present: Head of Cardiac MR, Division of Cardiology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • 2020–2023: Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Seville, Spain.
  • 20192023: Head of Paediatric Cardiology, Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Seville, Spain.
  • 2015Present: Honorary Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences. King’s College London, UK.
  • 20152020: Locum Consultant in Paediatric Cardiology, Evelina London Children Hospital, London, UK.
  • 20142019: Staff Paediatric Cardiology, Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Seville, Spain.
  • 20112014: Post-CCT Fellow in Paediatric Cardiology, Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Seville, Spain.
  • 20092011: Fellow, Honorary Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Cardiology,  Evelina London Children Hospital, London, UK
  • 20082009: Fellow, Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Cardiology, Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Seville, Spain.
  • 20052009: Fellow, Specialist Registrar in Paediatrics, Hospital Virgen del Rocio, Seville, Spain.


  • 2023: Multimodality Imaging Track Chair, 8th World Congress of Pediatric, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Washington DC, USA 
  • 2015: Finalist - Young Investigator Award Basic Science, European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, 3D printed models for surgical planning in complex CHD
  • 2015: Winner of the Poster Prize Competition, European Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology, 3D printed models in CHD 


  1. Mayoral I, Bevilacqua E, Gómez G, Hmadcha A, González-Loscertales I, Reina E, Sotelo J, Domínguez A, Pérez-Alcántara P, Smani Y, González-Puertas P, Mendez A, Uribe S, Smani T, Ordoñez A, Valverde I. Tissue engineered in-vitro vascular patch fabrication using hybrid 3D printing and electrospinning. Mater Today Bio. 2022 Apr 14;14:100252.
  2. Valverde I, Singh Y, Sanchez-de-Toledo J, Theocharis P, et al. Acute cardiovascular manifestations in 286 children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19 infection in Europe. Circulation. 2021 Jan 5;143(1):21-32.
  3. Gomez A, Gomez G, Simpson J, Valverde I. 3D hybrid printed models in complex congenital heart disease: 3D echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging fusion. Eur Heart J. 2020 Nov 14;41(43):4214.
  4. Mendez A, Hussain T, Hosseinpour AR, Valverde I. Virtual reality for preoperative planning in large ventricular septal defects. Eur Heart J. 2019 Apr 1;40(13):1092.
  5. Valverde I, Gomez-Ciriza G, Hussain T, Suarez-Mejias C, et al. Three-dimensional printed models for surgical planning of complex congenital heart defects: an international multicentre study. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2017 Dec 1;52(6):1139-1148. 

See a full list of Dr. Israel Valeverde's publications.


  • Project: PI20/00467 - Tissue Engineering: 3D Bioprinting of customised vascular grafts (3D Vascular-Print). Funding Institution: Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain 
  • Project: PI17/01409 - 3D Bioprinting of customised and biocompatible patient aortic implants (3D-BioPrint). Funding Institution: Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain 
  • Project: PI0169-2016 - 3D Printed models for catheterization simulation in structural heart disease. Funding Institution: Consejería de Salud de la Junta de Andalucía, Spain
  • Project: 3D Printing for surgical planning of patients with complex congenital heart disease. Funding Institution: Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
  • Project: 3D Biomodels for patient-specific surgical planning in congenital heart disease. Funding Instituton: Consejería de Salud de la Junta de Andalucía, Spain
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