EACTS Membership
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What is EACTS?

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery was founded in 1986 as a European organisation devoted to the practice of cardio-thoracic surgery. Membership has now spread all over the world with 4000 active members including surgeons, perfusionists and allied health professionals.

Read more about EACTS’ activity here and learn more about our work and achievements throughout 2022 here.

Strategic Goals

  • Quality Improvement Programme / Database
  • Education: Training programme / courses
  • Publications / guidelines

Mission Statement

The mission of the Association is to advance education in the field of cardiac, thoracic and vascular interventions; and promote research into cardiovascular and thoracic physiology, pathology and therapy, with the aim to correlate and disseminate the results for the public benefit.

The Association has four key areas that focus on the EACTS mission:


Launched in 2012, the EACTS Academy offers a high quality educational programme to suit a range of levels, from trainee through to experienced surgeons. We offer a comprehensive programme of courses.

Annual Meeting

The EACTS Annual Meeting is the largest cardio-thoracic meeting in the world focusing on scientific developments and research in the following specialities: Acquired Cardiac Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Vascular Disease and Thoracic Disease. Now in its 38th year, the 2024 Annual Meeting will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 9-12 October.


The EACTS has three journals for the publication of high-quality research; European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS), Interdisciplinary CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS), and Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (MMCTS).

Quality Improvement Programme

The Quality Improvement Programme was launched in 2012 to facilitate continuing improvement of clinical outcomes in adult cardiothoracic surgery through improving education, and various research initiatives. The Quality Improvement Programme also operates two international benchmarking databases for adult cardiac surgery and for patients with mechanical circulatory support systems.


EACTS is a member of the BioMed Alliance and is committed to providing high-quality unbiased education.