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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. Read the letter from the Chairperson, Professor Luc A. Pierard, and learn more about this new Council.


Dear Council Members,

With great pleasure I am writing to inform you that the ESC Board and the ESC General Assembly approved the creation of the ESC Council on Valvular Heart Disease and the dissolution of the ESC Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease.

The Council 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. This important development was the result of a Proposal, Business-Case and Council Constitution elaborated and submitted by the current Nucleus members.

The ex-Working Group members will automatically become members of the Council unless they stipulate that they wish to leave the membership.

Valvular heart disease becomes a major pathologic entity in Europe, as a result of an increase in prevalence in the continuously aging population. Advances in diagnosis and management techniques require development of specific expertise and the follow-up of the patients is performed in dedicated expert clinics. Furthermore, major decisions regarding surgical or transcatheter intervention are taken by a collaborating multidisciplinary team of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery experts in valvular heart disease – the Heart Valve Team.

To support the continuous professional development of individuals involved in the diagnosis, follow-up and management of valvular heart disease, the Nucleus of the ESC Council on Valvular Heart Disease aims to increase its educational activities and provide educational material addressing the needs of the Heart Valve Team.

The Council will establish collaboration with ESC and non-ESC specialty groups in the field of Valvular Heart Disease.

The Congress endorsed by the ESC Council on Valvular Heart Disease is the EuroValve. Furthermore, the Council will organise sessions at ESC Congress, the EuroEcho Imaging and major relevant congresses and meetings.

A regular newsletter will provide the members of the Council update on developments and educational activities.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Luc A Pierard, FESC

Chairperson 2017-2020

The Nucleus

The Council is led by a Nucleus.

Nucleus Members 2018-2020

Name Country Position
Prof. Luc A. Pierard FESC Belgium Chairperson
Prof. Patrizio Lancellotti FESC Belgium Vice-Chairperson
Prof. Raphael Rosenhek FESC Austria 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 Cariovascular Surgery
Dr Saverio Muscoli Cardiologists of Tomorrow
Ass. Prof. Michele De Bonis European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery