Mission Statement

The mission of the Association is to advance education in the field of cardiac, thoracic and vascular interventions; and promote research into cardiovascular and thoracic physiology, pathology and therapy, with the aim to correlate and disseminate the results for the public benefit.

The Association has four key areas that focus on the EACTS mission:

Academy
Launched in 2012, the EACTS Academy offers a high quality educational programme to suit a range of levels, from trainee through to experienced surgeons.  We offer a comprehensive programme of courses within five different training tracks – Foundation, Specialist, Professional Development, International and Co-Branded.  

Annual Meeting
The EACTS Annual Meeting is the largest cardio-thoracic meeting in the world focusing on scientific developments and research in the following specialities: Acquired Cardiac Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Vascular Disease and Thoracic Disease.  Now in its 27th year, the 2013 Annual Meeting will return to Vienna, the city that hosted the Association’s inaugural event in 1987. 

Journals
The EACTS has three journals for the publication of high quality research; European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS), Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS), and Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (MMCTS) 

Quality Improvement Programme
The Quality Improvement Programme was launched in 2012 to facilitate continuing improvement of clinical outcomes in adult cardiothoracic surgery through improving education, and various research initiatives.