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.
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!
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
We promote communication channels between Surgeons in Training and renowned specialists of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery fields.
To receive the EACTS Residents Newsletter join the EACTS residents mailing list and stay up to date for residents’ activities and networking opportunities.
Contact EACTS Residents
If you would like to contact the Residents Committee you can write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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)
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|
|Ariyaratnam||Priyad||2018 – 2020|
|Cerqueira||Rui||2018 – 2020|
|Durko||Andras||2016 – 2019|
|Syrjala||Simo||2018 – 2020|
|Keijzers||Marlies||2017 – 2020|
|Heuts||Sam||2017 – 2018|
|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|
|Scarci||Marco||2013 – 2014|
|Siepe||Matthias||2013 – 2014|
|Seeburger||Joerg||2013 – 2014|
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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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, 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 (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 (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.