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Read the lastest news about the Women committee !

It is with great pleasure we welcome you to the first edition of EAPCI Women Committee Newsletter. This newsletter gives us with an opportunity to provide an update of the committee’s achievements since its inception over 18 months ago. The Women EAPCI is currently chaired by Professor Julinda Mehilli (Germany) and Dr. Fina Mauri (Spain). The steering committee membership consists of Dr. Y. Appleman (Netherlands), Dr. P. Capranzano (Italy), Dr. A. Chieffo (Italy), Professor M. Gilard (Italy), Dr. V Kunadian (United Kingdom), Dr. G. Mikhail (United Kingdom), Dr. MC Morice (France), Dr. M. Piccaluga (Italy), Dr. S. Schüpke (Germany), and Dr. B. Vaquerizo (Spain).

Why WEAPCI Committee? Nearly 60% of the medical students are women while 90% of interventional cardiologists are men. There is an immediate need to encourage female physicians to choose the interventional career as well as to set up a networking platform for female interventionalists to join their efforts in education, professional development and research. The WEAPCI is a group of female interventional cardiologists within the EAPCI community. Its VISION is by understanding gender-related disparities to attain gender equality in interventional cardiology. Its MISSION is to encourage female physician to choose interventional cardiology career; to help women to achieve equal career chances as men; to increase awareness of interventional and research community about gender-related disparities in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac patients; to support systematic enrolment of women in clinical trials and to ensure the consideration of women in all aspects of scientific literature, whether clinical trials, guidelines or regulatory processes; to develop educational programs on gender-based issues in interventional cardiology. Its VALUES are our profound professional knowledge and scientific rigorousness, our innovative spirit as well as our passion for gender equality.

Since its inception in November 2013, important educational activities addressing our mission within the WEAPCI committee consist of the following:

  1. Performance and publication of the “Motivations and Barriers to Choose Interventional Cardiology Career Path: Results from the EAPCI WOMEN Committee Worldwide Survey”. “In this survey and publication, we identified that there are several barriers that preclude women to choose interventional cardiology as a subspecialty including lack of opportunity, concerns regarding radiation exposure and prejudices in work place in a male dominated specialty. This calls for the need to develop new strategies for future training, education, and support of female interventional cardiologists, which is the primary goal of the newly established WEAPCI Committee”.
  2. Representation of WEAPCI in Scientific sessions including EuroPCR (2014, 2015), GISSI, Stent for life and German Cardiac Society (DGK) meetings. In addition members of WEAPCI also have contributed to the EAPCI Fellows course. All of these sessions proved successful with active participation from members of WEAPCI Committee members.

There are several projects currently underway under the auspices of the WEAPCI committee including the following:

  1. A project on the Radiation Exposure in European Catheterization Laboratories: an initiative of WOMEN-EAPCI Working Group.
    “This project is aimed to evaluate the status of radiation protection and regularities throughout European catheterization laboratories. Currently this project is in the phase of preparing the Web-based Database. The target individuals for this survey will be preferably catheter laboratory directors”.
  2. Springer Book: Percutaneous treatment of cardiac disease among women- currently in preparation with contribution to various gender related chapters from WEAPCI members.
  3. A new project evaluating gender-related anatomical differences in LAA and its impact on post-LAA occlusion outcomes is currently being planned. This project is initiated by Dr. Patrizia Presbitero and her colleagues with support from WEAPCI Committee members


We have created a LinkedIn webpage for the WEAPCI ( and we currently have 48 members. In this page, members are provided with details of important gender specific publications and details of upcoming WEAPCI participating scientific events. We encourage anyone with interest in our committee to join our LinkedIn webpage.

There are various scientific WEAPCI activities planned for the European Society of Cardiology 2015 in London and EUROPCR 2016. Together, we look forward to another productive and successful year for WEAPCI!