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ESC Council on Valvular Heart Disease

Created on 29 August 2017, the ESC Council on Valvular Heart Disease aims to be a multidisciplinary forum for the Heart Valve Team, to encourage research, knowledge exchange, teaching and other educational activities in regard with valvular heart disease.



Many of the valvular heart disease (VDH) patients (>10 million Europeans) do not receive a correct diagnosis and/or do not receive optimised care according to current guidemines. To fight against this, we need your help to reinforce the message given by the Council on Valvular Heart Disease, the aim of which is to promote training and education in VHD. Come join us in this adventure and become a member of the council.

Prof Patrizio Lancellotti, FESC

Chairperson 2019-2022

The Nucleus

The council is led by a Nucleus.

Nucleus Members 2018-2020

Name Country Position
Prof. Patrizio Lancellotti FESC Belgium Chairperson
To be appointed   Vice-Chairperson
Prof. Luc A. Pierard FESC Belgium Past-Chairperson
Prof. Gilbert Habib France Treasurer & Secretary
Dr. Ariana Gonzalez-Gomez Spain Communications & Social Media Officer
Dr. Thomas Modine France Liaison Officer with Industries
Prof. Julia Mascherbauer Austria Nucleus member
Prof. Jan Minners Germany Nucleus member

Ex-officio Board Members 2018-2020

The Board is composed of ex-officio (non-voting) members including representatives from other ESC Associations, Working Groups, Councils & external valvular heart disease societies.

Ex-Officio member Representing
Prof. Philippe Pibarot  
Prof. Francesco Maisano  
Prof. Jos Luis Zamorano  
Prof. Jan Kovac  
Dr. Madalina Garbi  
Prof. Heinz Voeller European Association of Preventive Cardiology
Prof. Erwan Donal European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
Prof. Anna Sonia Petronio European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions
Prof. Frank Ruschitzka Heart Failure Association
Prof. Johannes Waltenberger Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
Dr. Ruxandra Christodorescu Council for Cardiology Practice
Prof. Jean-François Obadia WG on Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. Saverio Muscoli Cardiologists of Tomorrow
Ass. Prof. Michele De Bonis European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery