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The rapid evolution of the new transcatheter technologies represents a unique opportunity to tailor the therapeutic treatment to the specific patient’conditions. The ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery is devoting all its efforts to enhance the interaction between the cardiac surgery and the cardiology communities in order to promote a systematic “heart team approach” which is the most effective way to deliver a really “patient centered” care.

Prof. Thierry Folliguet (France)
Chairperson 2016-2018

Aims and Activities


  • To improve communication between cardiology and cardiovascular surgery in scientific as well as clinical affairs
  • To build up a forum for discussion of relevant topics in cardiovascular surgery
  • To provide educational activities for ongoing cardiological as well as surgical trainees
  • To collaborate in the preparation of consensus documents in the border zone between surgery and cardiology (e.g. heart failure)


The ESC working group on Cardiovascular Surgery is dedicated:

  • To increase the interdisciplinary cooperation between cardiologists and surgeons and promote the “Heart Team” approach.
  • To represent the view and perspective of the surgical community in the annual ESC Congress as well as in other ESC Meetings.
  • To promote the preparation of joint position papers with other ESC working groups.
  • To prepare survey, meta-analysis and review documents on specific controversial topics.
  • To support ESC in Guidelines Committees.
  • To promote meetings, activities and events with teaching and educational purposes.