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Board of the ESC Council on Stroke

The Nucleus

The Council is led by a Nucleus. The first ESC Council on Stroke Nucleus for the initial two-year term 2016-18 was nominated by ESC leadership.

The Nucleus for the next period (2018-20) was elected in agreement with ESC statutes and by-laws and the Council constitution.

Nucleus Members:

Doehner Wolfram  2018.jpgWolfram Doehner FESC (Germany)





Jan Kovac_2018.PNGJan Kovac FESC (UK)





Petr Widimsky_2016Petr Widimsky FESC (Czech Republic)

Past-Chairperson and Liaison Officer


Mazighi Mikael 10 2016.jpgMikael Mazighi (France)

Education & Scientific Programme Coordinator



Markus Schwerzmann_2018.PNGMarkus Schwerzmann FESC (Switzerland)

Communications & Young Community Officer


Isabelle van Gelder FESC (Netherlands)

Secretary and Treasurer


Alison Halliday (United Kingdom)

National Contacts Coordinator

Ex-officio Board Members

The Board is completed with ex-officio representatives from other ESC Associations, Working Groups & Councils as well as from external stroke and neurological societies.

The ex-officio Board Members 2018-2020

Name Country Organisation
Marta Rubiera Spain European Stroke Organisation (ESO)
 Barbara Rantner  Austria European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS)
Peter Vajkoczy Germany European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS)
Christophe Cognard France European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT)
Natan Bornstein Israel European Academy of Neurology (EAN)
Magnus Back Sweden ESC Working Group on Atherosclerosis and Vascular biology
Sven Wassmann Germany ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
Nikolaos Bonaros Austria ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery
Markus Schwerzmann Switzerland ESC Working Group on Grown-Up Congenital Heart Disease
Emmanuel Messas France ESC Working Group on Aorta and Peripheral Vascular Diseases
Robert F Storey United Kingdom ESC Working Group on Thrombosis
Luc Pierard Belgium Council on Valvular Heart Disease
Marc Ferrini France ESC Council for Cardiology Practice
Imo Hoefer Netherlands ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
Thomas Kahan Sweden ESC Council on Hypertension
Iris Parrini Italy Council of Cardio-Oncology
Cristiaan Vrints Belgium Association for Acute CardioVascular Care
Maurizio Volterrani Italy Heart Failure Association
Per Anton Sirnes Norway European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
Peter Lanzer Germany European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions
John Camm United Kingdom European Heart Rhythm Association
Jean-Claude Barthelemy France European Association of Preventive Cardiology
Gianluca Pucciarelli Italy Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions
Niels Voigt Germany Scientists of Tomorrow
Afzal Sohaib United Kingdom Cardiologists of Tomorrow