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National Topic Expert

Find out the role of your national topic expert

Topic experts are involved in dissemination and implementation actions of ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

The topic expert is proposed by the National Guidelines Coordinator (NGC) for a specific ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

His/her main roles and actions are:

  • Role in dissemination and implementation actions of ESC Guidelines in his/her area of expertise, in conjunction with the NGC.
  • Report regularly to NGC on past and future activities.
  • Main responsabilities defined by any activities that may help ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines dissemination such as
    • Translation of ESC Pocket Guidelines with NGC
    • Creation and/or translation of educational materials, such as essemtn messages, clinical cases, MCQs...
    • Scientific sessions during national congresses with NGC and National Cardiac Societies Board.
    • Webcasts available in the National Cardiac Societies web sites with NGC
Aurel Demiraj (Albania),                                                         
Franz Weidinger (Austria),
Farid Aliyev (Azerbaijan),
Viachaslau Yanushka (Belarus),
Ibrahim Terzic (Bosnia and Herzegovina),
Vallery Gelev (Bulgaria),
Aleksander Ernst (Croatia),
Jaan Eha (Estonia),
Peep Laanmets (Estonia),
Michel Pansieri (France),
Uwe Zeymer (Germany),
George Bombotis (Greece),
Amit Segev (Israel),
Endrejs Erglis (Latvia),
Ziyad Ghazal (Lebanon),
Olivia Gustiene (Lithuania),
Bruno Pereira (Luxembourg), 
Sasko Kedev (Macedonia),
Ion Popovici (Moldavia),
Cherif Abdelkhirane (Morocco),
Vernon Bonarjee (Norway),
Jorge Mimoso (Portugal),
Branko Beleslin (Serbia),
Jozef Pacak (Slovak Republic),
Radovan Starc (Slovenia),
Manuel Pan Alvarez Ossorio (Spain),
Kristina Hambraeus (Sweden),
Habib Gamra (Tunisia),
Murat Sezer (Turkey)
Gabriele Jakl (Austria),                                                         
Tosho Balabanski (Bulgaria), 
Ondrej Toman (Czech Republic),
Axel Brandes (Denmark),
Henrik Kjærulf Jensen (Denmark),
Amr Zaki (Egypt),
Edward Keelan (Ireland),
Maurizio Landolina (Italy),
Kristine Jubele (Latvia)
Ghassan Kiwan (Lebanon),
Arnljot Tveit (Norway),
Jacek Gajek (Poland),
Anna Fijalkowska (Poland),
Lazar Angelkov (Serbia),
Peter Hlivak (Slovak Republic),
Andrej Pernat (Slovenia),
Bor Antolic (Slovenia),
Leif Friberg (Sweden),
Juerg Schlaepfer (Switzerland),
Sedat Kose (Turkey),
Andrew Rankin (UK),
Oleg Sychov (Ukraine)
National CVD Prevention Coordinators (NCPC) have been appointed by the Presidents of National Cardiac Societies in ESC Members countries, their main rules, actions, initiatives and the list of the NCPC are available at:

Prevention in your country
The EACPR interactive website ”Prevention in your country” is an initiative of the Prevention Implementation Committee (PIC) of the EACPR with the aim to encourage networking in preventive cardiology between the ESC member nations and to offer updated concise information to the ESC membership. The 60 national prevention coordinators, appointed by the national societies of cardiology, have been asked to contribute with a report on the state of prevention in their countries. This includes base data on health care, CVD risk factors, prevention campaigns and rehabilitation programmes and for the near future.
So far reports from 16 countries have been entered on the site with an interactive map of Europe. Each two months two new countries are added with Portugal and Spain coming up soon. At this website the reader can find both a quick reading short version and a background report with relevant links. The site which has attracted over 13.000 individual visitors so far can be found at:

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