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Aortic Root And Valve Repair Fellowship 2022

Fellowship Goal

To acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the surgical management of patients with aortic root dilatation and aortic regurgitation, with special interest in the sparing of the aortic valve.

A Francis Fontan Fund Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to fast-forward your career in cardio-thoracic surgery. The Fellowship offers you the chance to interact with key surgeons and scientists in the field and is an internationally recognised mark of achievement and skill.

The Aortic Root and Valve Repair Fellowship comprises attendance at two specialist EACTS courses, including ‘Introduction to Aortic Surgery’, and the ‘Aortic Valve Repair Summit’. You will also have the opportunity to complete a two-week internship in a high-volume centre (Paris/Brussels/Homburg/Rome).

The Fellowship includes a generous financial contribution of €4,000 towards living and travel costs. In addition, EACTS will provide a bursary towards the cost of your attendance at the EACTS Annual Meeting (the largest cardio-thoracic meeting in the world) that will be held in 2022. Throughout your Fellowship, you will also have one-to-one support from the EACTS Fellowship Advisor, ensuring that you get the most out of this opportunity.

Please see below for a comprehensive break down of the syllabus, as well as our application and selection criteria.

Fellows awarded the Aortic Root and Valve Repair Fellowship will be starting in May 2022.

Fellowship Overview

The programme comprises both attendance to EACTS organized courses and a two-week internship in a high volume center;

  • Introduction to Aortic Surgery, March 2022
  • Aortic Valve Repair Summit, June 2022
  • Two-week internship in a high-volume centre (one week in Paris or Brussels and one week in Homburg or Rome).

Application & Selection Criteria

Essential Criteria

  • EACTS member with up to date membership payment.
  • Resident, Fellow or Surgeon within the first four years after training (specialty degree).
  • Fluent in English.

Desirable criteria:

  • Previous experience in valve-sparing aortic root replacement.
  • Possibility of applying the knowledge and abilities acquired during the Fellowship in their own practice.
  • Academic experience in Aortic Root and Valve Repair surgery.


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Letter of interest detailing the way in which you meet the above application criteria, along with your career aspirations, as well as how you believe the Fellowship will impact your career.
  • Letter of support from head of training/department
  • Operative experience.


An Aortic Root and Valve Repair Fellow explains her experience of the Fellowship:

“When in Brussels, Professor El Khoury asked one of his surgeons to explain to me in detail the principles of the aortic valve repair; so, Dr Stefano Mastrobuoni showed me several presentations among the huge telematic library that the Cardiac Department has collected during years of scientific work, and I had the opportunity to ask even the most banal questions which I had never had the courage to address to experts in the field. It was very important for my training.

“The period in Brussels was totally satisfying and fundamental for my professional growth as well as allowing me to deepen the knowledge of Professor El Khoury who, despite being one of the world’s leading cardiac surgeon, was always friendly and helpful so that I can easily ask for advice via WhatsApp.

“The “Aortic Valve Repair Summit” held on June 20 and 21 in Brussels was one of the best congresses I have ever attended. I learned the implications of the bicuspid valve pathology, the anatomical spectrum – from the tricuspid to the monocusp valve – the classification of aortic valve disease according to El Khoury, the classifications of bicuspid valve according to Sivers and Schäfers and the related aortic phenotypes, continuing to the classification that standardizes the terminology and is accepted by the whole cardiac surgical scientific community.

“In conclusion, this Fellowship has been one of the most formative and rewarding experiences of my career, but above all, gave me all the tools to start a program on aortic valve repair in my department.”

Evaluation and feedback

There will be periodic meetings with the Fellowship Director to ensure feedback from the trainee.

A structured evaluation of the activities and a feedback from the Fellow will also be developed. At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellows will produce a full report on their experience based on guidelines stipulated by the Francis Fontan Fund Committee.

Fellows awarded the Aortic Root and Valve Repair Fellowship will be starting in May 2022.

For more information about this fellowship please contact the EACTS Francis Fontan Fund at Francisfontanfund@Eacts.Co.Uk

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