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President's Address

The European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) has now more than 10000 members from 133 countries. Since its foundation in 2006 EAPCI developed a very dynamic and productive structure driven by the leadership of highly dedicated individuals.



I am honored to succeed Professor Haude as President for the term 2018-2020. In collaboration with my colleagues, we will drive forward our activities in support of our mission “to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease through percutaneous cardiovascular interventions”.

Our efforts will be focussed around five key areas:

Advocacy activities include Valve for Life Initiative as well as the ongoing collaboration with EU regulators to ensure the safety, relevance and availability of medical devices.

We will also put a focus on our patients, with extended activities around patient involvement, patient reported outcomes and overcoming disparity in access to the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in PCI.

Within our research activities we are developing the EAPCI White Book to map interventional cardiology across Europe. As with the ESC Atlas of Cardiology, this will allow us to identify gaps and inequalities in our field.

Education remains a high and long-term priority for us: we are proud to launch the first certification exam in PCI based on the revised EAPCI Core Curriculum and we continue to support training fellowships programmes through EAPCI grants.

Our annual congresses, EuroPCR and PCR London Valves are the “not to be missed events” for the community: we contribute in the scientific programme designed to bring you the latest and most relevant advances in PCI.

The EAPCI would be nothing if it weren’t for you – our members. You are at the heart of everything we do, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with your feedback and expertise!

We are looking for your involvement, and in particular want to strengthen the roles of our female colleagues. You will find this reflected in the new Board. We encourage all our active members to come forward and contribute!

Let’s bring together our forces to advance science and improve patient care.

Prof. Andreas Baumbach, FESC
President 2018-2020
European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)