New Officers and Councillors elected at the EACTS General Assembly 2021

The election of new Officers and Councillors took place at the EACTS General Assembly.

EACTS Council is the decision making body of EACTS. The Council is responsible for ensuring EACTS complies with its governing document, relevant legislation and best practice guidelines. Members of the EACTS Council have an active role in providing strategic direction to EACTS and setting overall policy and targets. Councillors serve a set term (normally of up to three years).

We would like to thank the following outgoing Officers and Councillors for their hard work and valued contribution to our organisation.

    • Ruggero De Paulis
    • Lorenzo Galletti
    • Peter Licht
    • Richard Prager
    • Eric Roessner


At the Presidential Dinner, Mark Hazekamp passed on the Presidential chain to EACTS’ new President, Friedhelm Beyersdorf.

The following positions were announced:

Vice President – Patrick Perier

Secretary General Elect – Patrick Myers

Thoracic Disease Domain Chair – Richard Milton

Congenital Disease Domain Chair – Prof Juergen Horer

Councillor at large – Prod H Jan Ankersmit

International Councillor at large – Joe Bavaria

Honorary Treasurer – Mark Whiteling

Friday’s highlights at the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting

This year Mark Hazekamp spoke about about Conjectures and Refutations in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Presidential Address. He concluded with a powerful message: always be critical and learn from your mistakes – everybody makes them. The key is to never sit back and think you did a good job. As Karl Popper said “science is a history of corrected mistakes”.

Watch the highlights from day two of the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting in Barcelona.

Thursday’s gripping scientific programme at the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting

Key moments from Thursday’s gripping scientific programme included:
  • A presentation from the Heart Team – including invaluable discussion on the importance of focusing on the patient, rather than the physicians.
  • The ‘Timing for Aortic Valve Repair in Aortic Regurgitation’ focus session – which explored how to interpret the guidelines to best meet the patient’s needs.
  • The ever-popular Training Village sessions began with a focus on Endoscopic Mitral Valve Repair using high fidelity mitral valve simulators – a great opportunity for novice surgeons to get hands-on training


Events in Barcelona get off to a roaring start with Techno College

Cardiothoracic surgeons from across the world were welcomed to Barcelona yesterday with Techno College – an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the latest pioneering technologies and techniques in the field of cardiovascular surgery.

The day was spent exploring new innovations and techniques in valve and minimally invasive surgery and innovations in transcatheter and robotic surgery.

There is still time to get involved in the Annual Meeting – click the link to find out how you can participate virtually over the coming days.

Techno College Innovation Award

Finalists of the Lion’s Den Techno College Innovation Award also presented their innovative ideas, techniques and developments in all areas related to thoracic and cardiovascular research to the audience and expert panel.

This year’s winner of the Techno College Innovation Award was:

Hazem Fallouh, UK

Pericardial device to monitor cardiac output and diagnose tamponade in patients undergoing cardiac surgery

On receiving the award, Hazem said:

“Winning the Techno College Innovation Award is surreal. I’ve watched this session in admiration over the years and I’ve always aspired to be an innovator. I was honoured to be a finalist so to go one step further and win the award means a lot.

“The award is a rubber stamp that demonstrates that this technology does resonate with peers and colleagues and is a major boost for developing this technology further.”