Aortic TEVAR Fellowship 2022

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

Applications are not currently open. Fellows awarded the Aortic TEVAR Fellowship in 2020 will be starting in May 2022.


Dates: May 2022 

Fellowship Goal:  

Currently, cardiac surgeons rarely have the opportunity to perform endovascular aortic procedures even though cardiothoracic surgery often deals with aortic pathologies.  

This brand new Fellowship offers you the unique opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on endovascular aortic treatment. The Fellowship will equip you with the knowledge and experience to help you establish or support endovascular aortic treatment programmes at your home centre. 

This comprehensive programme includes four highly specialised courses that take place in London and Geneva. There will also be in-hospital training in one of a number of international, high volume aortic centers, giving you the opportunity to meet and work with with experienced cardiothoracic surgeons. 

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

To help with living and travel costs associated with this Fellowship, we offer an €9,000 bursary. In addition, EACTS will contribute towards the cost of your attendance at the EACTS Annual Meeting (the largest cardiothoracic meeting in the world). 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.  

The TEVAR Fellowship is sponsored by Terumo Aortic, a global medical device company dedicated to developing solutions for aortic and peripheral vascular disease. 



This programme is comprehensive, and includes 5 modules: 

  • Module 1: Introduction to Aortic Surgery
  • Module 2: Fundamentals Endovascular Skills Course I
  • Module 3. Fundamentals Endovascular Skills Course II
  • Module 4: Skills Course
  • Module 5: In-hospital training in a high volume centre  

The courses include lectures on aortic pathologies eligible for endovascular treatment, basic knowledge on catheter techniques, all steps of endovascular aortic treatment, potential complications and the results of endovascular treatment according to the current literature.   

The fourweek stay at an aortic centre is an opportunity to participate in the daily routine of the aortic team and to practice the knowledge acquired during theoretical courses.   

Following completion of the fellowship, you will be able to: 

  • list aortic pathologies eligible for endovascular treatment  
  • plan an endovascular treatment according to computed tomography imaging  
  • perform fundamental endovascular procedures such as implantation of stent-graft in aortic aneurysm  
  • avoid the most common complications related to endovascular aortic treatment 
  • list the indications for endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysm, acute dissection, chronic dissection, penetrating ulceration and aortic rupture  
  • perform measurement of the aorta according to computed tomography imaging using software allowing multiplanar reconstruction  
  • critically evaluate the landing zone for aortic stent-graft according to computed tomography imaging  
  • choose the most appropriate stent-graft according to aortic anatomy  
  • report on recommendations on aortic treatment given in the current guidelines  


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:  

We will offer this Fellowship to those applicants who are most likely to benefit from it in terms of being able to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in their own environment for the benefit of the patients treated at their centres. Desirable qualities include:  

  • Having experience in thoracic aorta surgery as an independent surgeon 
  • Possessing vascular catheter skills 
  • Having Endovascular facilities at your own centre 
  • Being able to perform endovascular procedures at your own centre once the skills have been acquired 
  • 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 


We do not advise applying for more than one Fellowship. 

Please ensure that all documents submitted are written in English, and that they are submitted either as word documents or PDF. We do not accept images or handwritten applications.  

We are unable to provide advice or guidance about visa applications, so please ensure that you understand the visa requirements before applying for this Fellowship.  


At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellows will complete a report on their experience, which they will present during the EACTS Annual Meeting. 


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