Residents committee 2021

Residents Committee

The EACTS Residents Committee is devoted to representing the views and interests of European Cardiothoracic surgery residents and helping to identify issues in training and facilitate education.

The Committee aims to find common ground in current European Cardiothoracic Training Programmes in order to develop standards in surgical training.  The Committee also encourages residents to become EACTS members and become active participants in EACTS academic activities.  

The EACTS Residents Committee is a valuable resource for all European cardiothoracic surgeons in training.  Its members endeavour to carry out their tasks with commitment and transparency. 

Interested in what the EACTS Residents Committee do?

Just like yourselves, the Residents Committee put education and professional development
at the forefront of our agenda. We believe that with EACTS we can strive to evolve the quality
of education and training across the continent. Here’s a list of some of our tasks:

· Meet bi-monthly to discuss/organise educational EACTS events, including the annual

· Sit on the EACTS education committee and represent the resident members. Assistance in
developing the education modules/curricula.

· Working on a position paper to assist in the standardisation of cardiothoracic training across

· Working on resident specific editorials discussing training related issues

· Collaboration with other professional resident bodies (i.e. ESC, TRSA) to explore ways to
improve the education and training of CT surgeons across the globe

· Organisation and judging of the MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial competition

• COMING UP: Online grand round series: Join our bi-monthly thrilling online case
series and discuss tricky cases with a panel of highly renowned cardiac surgeons
online – starting with January 2022

Assemble Your Team for the CT Surgery Masters Showdown!

CT surgery residents are encouraged to find a brainy partner in their residency program and get ready for the CT Surgery Masters Showdown, a Jeopardy-style competition of cognitive skills. Two-person teams of residents will face off against one another this fall in a test of knowledge in five cardiothoracic surgery categories—cardiac, congenital, thoracic, history of the specialty, and decision making. The North American champion will face off against the winning European team in a final showdown at the 2023 STS Annual Meeting. Registration opens June 1, and each individual participant will need to take an initial online qualifying exam. Get your team ready.

Registration will be opening on June 1.  The registration form will be available via this page: https://www.sts.org/meetings/sts-annual-meeting/ct-surgery-masters-showdown

Awards for Residents

We support academic activity for cardiothoracic and vascular surgical residents.  The EACTS Annual Meeting provides excellent opportunities for residents to learn and be recognised and rewarded for their successful scientific achievements.

The Work in Progress Session

This session is devoted to early-career clinicians and scientists as a platform to present their projects and preliminary results.

Awardee for 2018: Dr. M.Gilbers (Maastricht, The Netherlands): “The use of our current knowledge in understanding postoperative atrial fibrillation.”

Submit your work this year
Don’t miss the chance to receive feedback from renowned experts in the field, network with other scientists and to run for the AATS Foundation Academic Excellence Award for the most promising and innovative project.

For more information visit


Young Investigator Awards

To stimulate research, the EACTS has instituted prizes for the best manuscripts on topics of clinical or experimental research in the fields of Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Congenital Heart Disease presented by young investigators at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

To learn more and apply for this prestigious award visit



The Residents Committee helps The EACTS administer education and support residents in career planning through the following channels.

Fontan Fellowships

The Francis Fontan Fund for Education aims to make independent and high-quality education accessible to EACTS members. The Francis Fontan Fund for Education is an EACTS organisation created to support educational opportunities, foster professional development and promote lifelong learning in cardiac and thoracic surgery for its members. The support for these educational activities will be granted in a transparent and fair manner and it will be subjected to strong governance procedures.

For further information, please visit the Francis Fontan Fund Page

Career Development Session

Join our career development session and learn from experts in the field how to promote your career with clinical and research fellowships abroad and profit from surgical mentoring!

EACTS Academy

The EACTS Academy provides training courses of the highest quality which are attended by delegates from all over the world. As an educational institution, our goal is to promote a non-dogmatic learning environment that brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world, changing lives, and helping to transform through education. Find courses, build your training plan, and book according to your educational needs. Gain expert knowledge. Whether an experienced surgeon or still in training, if you want to deepen your specialist knowledge, our courses make it easy to identify and book the training you need.

For further information on the courses available please visit the EACTS Academy Calendar.

COMING UP: Online grand round series

Join our bi-monthly thrilling online case series and discuss tricky cases with a panel of highly
renowned cardiac surgeons online – starting with January 2022
CTS residents present a difficult case and ask for help – What would you have done? Find
out how they have solved their most challenging cases and the scientific evidence behind
their decisions.


We promote communication channels between Surgeons in Training and renowned specialists of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery fields.

Residents Newsletter

To receive the EACTS Residents Newsletter join the EACTS residents mailing list and stay up to date for residents’ activities and networking opportunities.

Social Media

Like EACTS on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to join our residents-talk (#eactsresidents)

Contact EACTS Residents

If you would like to contact the Residents Committee you can write an email to eacts-residents@eacts.co.uk


We encourage residents to become EACTS members and participate in the important work of educating others in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

For more information please visit the MEMBERSHIP Page

Scientific contributions

1. Challenges and satisfaction in Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Programmes: insights from a Europe-wide survey.

Cerqueira RJ, Heuts S, Gollmann-Tepeköylü C, Syrjälä SO, Keijzers M, Zientara A, Jarral OA, Jacob KA, Haunschild J, Ariyaratnam P, Durko AP, Muller P, Myers PO, Sadaba JR, Lehtinen ML.
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2021 Jan 22;32(2):167-173. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivaa248. PMID: 33236099.
Free access article: https://academic.oup.com/icvts/article/32/2/167/6000413

2.   Editorial – Is it time to implement hands-on simulation into the cardiothoracic surgery curricula

Hussein N, Zientara A, Gollmann-Tepeköylü C, Loubani M
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2021 Aug (In press)

3. The EACTS Residents Committee.

Gollmann-Tepeköylü C, Siepe M, Lehtinen M.
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2021 Jan 22;32(2):165-166. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivaa283.

EACTS Resident committee Alumni

Last name First name Term
Lehtinen Miia 2017 – 2020
Bohm Allan 2019
Ariyaratnam Priyad 2018 – 2020
Sohaib Afzal 2019
Cerqueira Rui 2018 – 2020
Durko Andras 2016 – 2019
Syrjala Simo 2018 – 2020
Keijzers Marlies 2017 – 2020
Heuts Sam 2017 – 2018
Haunschild Josephina 2020
Jarral Omar 2020
Kari Fabian 2016 – 2018
Ilonen Ilkka 2014 – 2017
Emrich Fabian 2014 – 2017
Quintana Eduard 2014 – 2017
Careddu Lucio 2014 – 2017
Sardari Nia Peyman 2013 – 2016
Ermel Raili 2013 – 2016
Szabo Karoly 2016
David Charles-Henri 2016
Scarci Marco 2013 – 2014
Noack Thilo 2014
Siepe Matthias 2013 – 2014
Seeburger Joerg 2013 – 2014
Cartwright Neil 2013
Emmert Max 2013
Myers Patrick 2013
Loubani Mahmoud
Sadaba Rafael
Dr Can Gollmann-Tepeköylü

Dr Can Gollmann-Tepeköylü (Austria)
Interest: Heart failure, Mitral valve, Translational science, Education and training

We need to attract the brightest and most ambitious amongst us, to further refine cardiothoracic surgery. To achieve this, we need to put our efforts into improving CTS training programs in Europe. It is a privilege to work with my motivated and inspired fellow colleagues to achieve this task. I have obtained my PhD in molecular cell biology, I am a passionate researcher in the field of translational research. My surgical interests are heart failure surgery, mitral valve surgery and coronary revascularization.

Dr Alicja Zientara

Dr Alicja Zientara (Switzerland/United Kingdom)
Interest: Cardiac surgery (aortic, off-pump CABG, minimally invasive surgery)

Working with and in an international society like the EACTS is a great opportunity and honour to foster and support the development of young surgeons across Europe. My personal interest in cardiac surgery is based on aortic surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting and minimally invasive procedures including transcatheter interventions. I strongly believe that we can only provide holistic treatment for our patients through close collaboration with cardiologists. 

Dr Kirolos Jacob

Dr Kirolos Jacob (Netherlands)
Interest: Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery, Epidemiology and Medical Education

Dr Jacob is a cardiothoracic surgery resident in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has a strong interest in congenital cardiac surgery and patient-centered research, mainly on risk stratification and surgical outcomes. He joined the EACTS Residents Committee to enhance EU-broad education and training in cardiothoracic surgery and develop international exchange traineeships to strengthen and standardise residency programmes across Europe.

Dr Nabil Hussein

Dr Nabil Hussein (United Kingdom)
Interest: Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical education

Year joined the resident committee: 2020

Dr Hussein is a cardiothoracic surgery resident from the UK with a strong interest in congenital cardiac surgery and medical education. He has recently completed a research fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto. His thesis is on creating 3D printed heart models to help train congenital heart surgery residents and fellows in complex pediatric heart procedures. He has a keen interest in surgical simulation and its incorporation into dedicated training programmes. 

Dr Vinci Naruka

Dr Vinci Naruka (United Kingdom)
Interest: Aortic surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac surgery, Medical Education and Training. 

Year joined resident council: 2020

Dr Naruka is a cardiothoracic surgery resident from the UK and based in London with experiences from leading national research projects to organising national teaching sessions. He believes in a collaboration ethos between residents and cardiothoracic centres and improving connectivity to further research and education opportunities. ‘’I believe that when you have learnt something it is your duty to pass it on to others by becoming a mentor.” 

Dr. Fabian Dörr

Dr. Fabian Dörr (Germany)
Interests: Minimally invasive thoracic oncologic surgery

Year joined the resident committee: 2021

Dr. Dörr is a thoracic surgery resident at the University Hospital of Cologne. He completed a fellowship at the ‘Reinhard Lab’ studying new therapeutic options for SCLC and won the 2018 research award of the German Thoracic Society. Currently he is investigating new prognostic factors for NSCLC and developing a system to predict pulmonary malignancy. Being a member of the EACTS thoracic domain and the Residents Committee, Dr. Dörr focuses on achieving synergistic effects for young thoracic surgeons, especially in education.

Dr Maroua EID

Dr Maroua EID, cardiac surgery resident (Angers, France)
Interests: adult cardiac surgery, fundamental research in cardiovascular pathophysiology, medical training, education

As well as being a cardiac surgery resident in France, I am an active member of the French association of young cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons. I was honored to join the EACTS residents committee with the belief that collaboration between European centers could open strong opportunities to provide better medical training and to ease multicentric research projects.

I have a keen interest in adult cardiac surgery as well as fundamental research in cardiovascular pathophysiology. In my daily practice, I value the collaboration between physicians, all aiming to deliver the best care for our patients.

Dr. Leo Pölzl

Dr. Leo Pölzl (Austria)
Interest: Heart failure, Translational science

I believe that good communication and collaboration throughout Europe is not only important for academic productivity, but also essential for the further education development. It is a privilege to work with motivated and inspired colleagues within the EACTS residents committee to promote and facilitate these goals. I am currently completing my PhD in molecular cell biology with a focus on heart failure therapy in a translational setting. My surgical interests are in the field of heart failure, coronary revascularization and mechanical support systems

Dr. Felix Nägele

Dr. Felix Nägele (Austria)
Interest: Adult cardiac surgery, Translational science, Education, Skills Labs

Alongside my surgical training, I am pursuing a basic research Ph.D. in Molecular Biology focusing on ischemic cardiomyopathy and subsequent heart failure. This gives me the unique opportunity to perceive cardiovascular disease in a translational manner from bench to bedside. According to my perception, cardiac surgeons have the solitary opportunity to oversee all complex interrelationships in cardiovascular medicine. For me, the EACTS residents committee serves as a forum for a new generation and aspiring generation of future stakeholders who will shape the field of cardiothoracic surgery.