Rafał Sztembis is a psychologist, MD, and interventional cardiologist. Since 2005 he has worked in the Clinical State Hospital No 2 in Rzeszów’s Cardiology Clinic, mainly in area of heart disease. He is also coordinator of Medical Psychology Department at Rzeszów Medical University where he teaches communication skills, introduction to psychology and health psychology.
Since 2009 he has been the leader of a local education program for cardiac patients and is the project and product manager of the educational portal www.zyciepozawale.pl (life after heart attack), whose main character is Dr. Stent. He has developed many new products for the education of cardiac patients; a series of comics about the adventures of Captain Stent was among the most successful. In 2016, together with BLPS Group, he developed the first e-learning system for cardiac patients in Rzeszow.
For years Rafał took has participated in many cardiac meetings, as well as those devoted to psychocardiology and clinical communication skills. He organized many international workshops on biofeedback in Poland. He is co-author of a mobile relaxation app for cardiac patients.
Rafał’s hobbies are jogging and playing music – his project “Doctor Stent Band” is another way to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Rafał has wonderful family, wife Joanna (internal medicine specialist, endocrinologist), and two children: Alicia and Adam.