EACTS News – June edition out now!

Welcome to the new EACTS NEWS!

We have launched a new look EACTS News, the quarterly member newsletter that keeps members up to date with the latest news and developments at EACTS.

The reintroduction of EACTS News, now in this digital only format, is part of our commitment to communicate better with our members.

We have much positive news to report. In this issue, you can find out more about:


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Highest ever Impact Factor for EACTS journals

13 July 2021

EACTS journals achieved their highest ever Impact Factors in 2020, according to new data published this July by global analytics firm Clarivate. 

The Impact Factor (IF) is a metric that represents the average number of citations in a particular year for articles published in the two previous years. It is an established indicator of the importance or rank of a journal.  

 Rafa Sadaba, EACTS’ Secretary General, said: “We are delighted that our journals have reached their highest ever Impact Factors. This achievement reflects the quality of their scientific content and our authors’ significant influence on advances in cardiothoracic surgery. 

“We hope these journals will have an even greater impact in the future. I encourage surgeons to submit their papers to our journals so that we can continue to advance our collective expertise and improve outcomes for patients.”  

EJCTS’ 2020 Impact Factor is 4.191, a substantial increase from 3.486 in 2019.  The 2020 Impact Factor for ICVTS is 1.905, up from 1.675 last year.  

  • European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery is a subscription journal.  As a member of EACTS you will automatically have full access to all content.
  • Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery is now Open Access and is free to read without a subscription.
  • More information on EACTS journals is here



2 July 2021


The Council (also known as the Board of Trustees) is the governing, decision-making body of EACTS.  The Council is made up of up to 15 members who each serve for set terms, in different capacities, acting at all times in the best interests of the Association, our members and ultimately the patients that we serve. Council meets at least four times a year and some members of Council may also serve other Committees or Domains that meet more frequently.

Each Councillor will serve a set term (normally of up to three years) and each year a number of new Councillors are appointed as the terms of current Councillors come to an end. Councillors to be appointed must complete a process of Nomination (detailed below), selection and eventually, ‘election’ by the members at the General Assembly in October 2021.

Vacant Council Positions 2021

This year the following positions* on Council are to be filled.  A job description for each position is available by clicking on the title;

Vice President

Secretary General

Thoracic Disease Domain Chair

Congenital Disease Domain Chair

Councillor at large

The Process of Nomination and Selection

To ensure as fair and transparent a process as possible, EACTS Regulations (part of our governing document) stipulate that a Nominations Committee be established to oversee the Nomination and Selection process.  This year, the Committee is made up as follows;

  • Senior Past President; Marian Zembala (Chairman)
  • Past President: Ruggero De Paulis
  • Immediate Past President: Peter Licht
  • President: Mark Hazekamp
  • Secretary General: Rafa Sádaba

Any EACTS member can nominate a fellow member for a specified role on Council (there is no limit to the number of nominations a member can make). For avoidance of doubt, current Councillors, Domain and Task Force members may nominate, but members of the Nominations Committee may not.

In making a nomination, the person making the nomination must write a letter of support that includes;

  • a summary of the contribution that the person being nominated has made to his/her professional field,
  • the contribution made to the work of EACTS more broadly by the person being nominated, and
  • the skills and experiences the person being nominated will bring to Council and the specific role under consideration.

The person making the nomination should send a digital form of this letter, with a brief Curriculum Vitae of the person being nominated, to the Chair of the Nominations Committee via the dedicated EACTS e-mail address nominations@eacts.co.uk

The closing date for Nominations is 6pm (CET) Friday 6 August 2021.

The Nominations Committee will consider all applications before making a recommendation to the EACTS Council.  Council will make the final decision as to those to be formally presented for election at the EACTS General Assembly on 15 October 2021 (Barcelona).  Those who have nominated candidates will be informed of the outcome of this decision before 15 October and those members to be nominated will also be contacted before the General Assembly voting process.


Secretary General

It is most likely that interviews will be held for nominees short-listed by the Nominations Committee for the Secretary General role. These interviews will take place, via Zoom, between 30 August and 10 September 2021.

The member elected to the role of Secretary General will spend one year shadowing the current Secretary General before taking up the post of Secretary General in October 2022.  The Secretary General term is for three years (beginning October 2022), renewable for up to a further two terms of three years (10 years in total).


Vice President

The Vice President will be elected in October 2021 with a view to becoming President in October 2022 and serving a final year on Council as Immediate Past President from October 2023.

*In October 2021, two other Councillor positions will also stand for election; the Honorary Treasurer and the Councillor at large (International Representative).  In June 2021, Council co-opted Mr Mark Whiteling to the role of Honorary Treasurer and Mark will stand for election in October 2021. Councillor at large (International Representative) is a role filled through invitation, by Council, to a representative of a sister Association (usually STS). Therefore, nominations will not be considered for these two roles.

EACTS senior leadership update

Rafa Sadaba in lab coat

Secretary General Appointment
We are delighted to announce that Rafael Sádaba has been appointed as EACTS’ Secretary General.

Rafa is a hugely experienced Cardiothoracic Surgeon. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Navarra and Head of Cardiovascular Research and Innovation at the Navarra Hospital Complex. His research interests have focused on the molecular and cellular basis of heart valve disease.

Rafa Sadaba, EACTS’ Secretary General said:

“The year ahead will see EACTS reconnecting with its members and we will continue to raise standards through education and training. By embracing new ways of learning and new technologies, we will aim to extend our reach to more surgeons worldwide. We look forward to seeing you – either virtually or in person – very soon.”

Since the beginning of the year, Rafa has been guiding the Association and bringing his energy to develop plans for the Annual Meeting. He will remain in the position until at least October.

We would like to thank Domenico Pagano for his service and dedication to EACTS. Domenico stepped down from his role as Secretary General earlier this year.

He has been our Secretary General since 2017 and, during this time, has enriched us all with his personality and approach. We all send Domenico our very best wishes for the future.

Update: 35th EACTS Annual Meeting

35th EACTS Annual Meeting banner

Join us at the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting which takes place on 13-16 October 2021.

This year we continue to break new boundaries by offering a hybrid Annual Meeting in Barcelona allowing delegates to attend in-person, subject to COVID-19 restrictions, or online via our new virtual platform.

The largest event for the cardiothoracic community, the EACTS Annual Meeting offers an exciting opportunity to explore new scientific insights, learn about the latest innovations in cardio-thoracic surgery and importantly, take part in some stimulating debates alongside global experts.

Commencing on Wednesday 13 October with a full day showcasing new technology and techniques in our Techno-College sessions, our world-class science will continue over the next 3 days (14-16 October).

There will be a packed programme of education and discussion ranging from plenary sessions covering the latest guidelines and clinical trials to informative debate through professional challenge, focus and abstract sessions and interactive hands-on training.  We look forward to sharing more details soon.

Please join us at the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting to explore, discover, educate, and shape the future of cardiothoracic surgery.​

Registration will open in June 2021. Click here for more information.

Registration now open for the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting

EACTS Secretary General, Rafael Sádaba invites you to discover and explore new technology and reconnect at the world’s largest cardiothoracic event.

Join us at the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting which takes place on 13-16 October 2021.

Registration is now open for the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting. Don’t miss out on the exciting opportunity to explore new scientific insights, learn about the latest innovations in cardiothoracic surgery and importantly, take part in some stimulating debates alongside global experts.

For the first time, the EACTS Annual Meeting will run in a hybrid format – delegates can attend in-person at the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB) or via our new virtual platform. This new format means the Annual Meeting is accessible to members and colleagues around the world, regardless of location and ability to travel.

Starting on Wednesday 13 October with a full day showcasing new technology and innovation in our Techno College sessions, our world-class science will continue over the next 3 days (14-16 October) with a packed programme of education and discussion ranging from plenary sessions covering the latest guidelines and clinical trials, to informative debate through professional challenge, focus and abstract sessions and interactive hands-on training.

Some of the highlights of the 35th EACTS Annual Meeting include:

Techno College

EACTS’ Techno College has emerged as one of the leading meetings in cardiac surgery worldwide. Its unique format includes live surgery and interventions, live-in-box cases and state of the art lectures – educating surgeons and cardiologists on the appropriate use of new cardiovascular techniques and technologies.

This year’s programme provides in-depth reviews of current and future technologies, innovative methods and techniques in the field. We look forward to sharing more information on the day’s programme very soon.

Discounts are available for delegates booking both the hybrid Annual Meeting and Techno College sessions.

New for 2021 – EACTS Skills Corner

We are excited to announce our new educational offering for 2021 – the EACTS Skills Corner!  Delegates can expand their specialist knowledge and benefit from the skills of experienced surgeons through the EACTS Skills Corner– available both on site in Barcelona and via our new virtual platform!

Incorporating live demonstrations, step-by-step masterclasses and educational tutorials, the EACTS Skills Corner will provide delegates with in-depth training focusing on specific products, methods and techniques presented by a wealth of key opinion leaders.

With places limited at the in-person event, due to the need to ensure social distancing, we encourage EACTS members hoping to travel to Barcelona to book now to avoid disappointment.

MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial Competition

MMCTS residents tutorial competition

28 May 2021

MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial Competition

An EACTS & TSRA collaboration: Celebrating excellence in online surgical education

The European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA) are pleased to announce the launch of their new annual MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial Competition. The competition will recognize the best core skills video tutorial and will reward technical quality, surgical skills, and educational clarity.
Tutorials submitted to the competition will be eligible for publication in MMCTS (the Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery).
The aim of this new EACTS/TSRA initiative is to encourage residents to actively participate in the enduring shared mission of EACTS and the TSRA to advance education in the field of cardiac, thoracic, and vascular interventions.
The winner of the competition will receive the Marko Turina Award for Best MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial.
The deadline for entry into this year’s competition is July 31st.
For full competition details, entry requirements, and entry form, please visit MMCTS or contact Cori Mackin, Managing Editor, MMCTS.

Inspiring women in the field of cardiothoracic surgery

8 March 2020

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Jolanda Kluin has been appointed Chair of the EACTS Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee. In this blog, Dr Kluin outlines her plans for the Committee and how it will help inspire and encourage women to fulfil their surgical career ambitions.

Dr Jolanda Kluin, Chair, EACTS Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee

I was very pleased last year when seven women students from Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland, UK, received awards on behalf of the Edinburgh Seven, a group of women who enrolled to study medicine in 1869150 years ago those women faced substantial resistance and were ultimately prevented from graduating and qualifying as doctors. 

Today things are of course very different. It’s great news that in some countries the proportion of women medical students is now over 50% and in the cardiothoracic surgery field the number of women surgeons is increasing. But, the numbers don’t lie: there remains a gender imbalance among cardiothoracic surgeons. 

A new women’s committee 

That’s why I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of the newly formed Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee at EACTS. EACTS promotes diversity and equality, and has recognised that our Association can play a leading role to inspire more women to fulfil their surgical ambitions. am approaching this role with sense of pride, purpose and, above all, optimism. Our committee will be focused on what we can do, rather than talk about what we can’t 

Like so many women, I’ve faced gender bias: suggestions that my pregnancy might hinder my ability to head up a department and negative attitudes towards my personal career ambitions. But I’ve also seized fantastic opportunities, for example participating in the Steyn Parvé programme, a renowned leadership course for women with potential. 

Today, I am equally proud to call myself a cardiothoracic surgeon, a wife, a professor, a mother, a mentor, a researcher, an author…and there are many other hats that I wear. I’m as passionate about finding the best new technology and treatments for patients, as I am about paving the way for future surgeons through training or mentoring. 

Visible women leaders in surgery 

I’m a firm believer that you cannot be what you cannot seeSo, as Chair of this important new committee, my plan is to be a positive role model and work alongside my esteemed colleagues to ensure that more women surgeons become leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Our committee will be a source of leadership, help create valuable connections and provide visibility for women surgeons. 

I’m under no illusions – this is no easy task and there are no quick fixes. It will take time. We will actively encourage women in cardiothoracic surgery by enhancing the educational development opportunities through the EACTS Annual Meeting, Academy, research opportunities and fellowships. We will also identify professional opportunities for women in both training and leadership roles. We are planning the first meeting of the new committee for March 2020. If you’d like to know more about the committee or are interested in joining us or sharing new ideasplease contact stephanie.halksworth@eacts.co.uk 

For me, awarding the Edinburgh Seven posthumous medical degrees served a dual purpose. It was certainly right to recognise those incredible women and their struggle 150 years ago, but it also serves as a reminder that we must inspire the brightest and the best women to choose a career in cardiothoracic surgery. Our new EACTS committee will help inspire and encourage women to fulfil their surgical career ambitions. By addressing the gender gap for female surgeons today, just imagine what the women surgeons of tomorrow can achieve. 

#ILookLikeASurgeon #WomeninSurgery 

EJCTS to be online only


23rd September 2020
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Dear Member,

In October this year European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) will be joining Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS) to become an online-only publication. Times are changing and so are we!  We now live in a digital world where both researchers and readers expect information to be easy to find and fast to access – from any device in any location – and online journals fulfill this need.

We understand that some of you may miss receiving your monthly copy of EJCTS, but after much debate we have decided that moving to online-only is the right thing to do, for EACTS and for our readers all over the world.

Here is a summary of our thinking, for your convenience:

  • By moving to online-only, EACTS can focus its efforts on improving the online journals, which in turn will deliver faster and more effective access to research information.
  • The EJCTS and ICTVS journal homepages are about to be significantly upgraded, making articles even more accessible than ever before.  Additional new functionality is timetabled for launch early next year.
  • Video can be a vitally important component of the papers EJCTS publishes.  Our online journals offer the specialty-focused video and sound content that is so often an essential element of a research article.
  • And finally, online-only journals save paper and plastic and eliminate the cost of distribution. We have become painfully conscious of the environmental cost of printing thousands of journals every month and we believe that this is unsustainable, in every sense of the word.

We hope you will support us in this decision and we look forward to announcing the launch of our new online journal homepages and improved functionality very soon.

With best wishes,

Friedhelm Beyersdorf                                                         Matthias Siepe
Editor-in-Chief                                                                     Incoming Editor-in-Chief

ESTS-EACTS Gender Bias Survey



Dear ESTS and EACTS Members,
Numbers revealing a gender gap in surgery are periodically reported by national and international institutions but data on perceptions of gender equality within the cardio-thoracic community are scarce.
Furthermore, identifying the causes of the disproportionately low female representation in cardio-thoracic surgery is challenging, and thus, solving this problem remains difficult. To better understand the reasons underlying this phenomenon, we would like to assess the perception and impact of gender bias on our speciality.
The Boards of ESTS and EACTS have jointly approved this project with the aim to depict a clearer European demographic situation and report gender equality’s experience by both male and female members.
This survey is entirely anonymous and will take 5-7 minutes to complete.
Thank you in advance for your participation. Click here to complete the survey.
Please contact c.pompili@leeds.ac.uk (ESTS)  and  j.kluin@amsterdamumc.nl (EACTS) if you have any questions or concerns about this survey and if you want to actively take part on this