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The Heart Failure Association of the ESC (HFA of the ESC), was officially launched in Munich in August 2004 and was created from the now dissolved ESC Working Group on Heart Failure.

Heart Failure (HF)

HFA Board Elections 2016

THe HFA Board 2016 - 2018 was voted in at the General Assembly held on 23 May 2106 during the Heart Failure congress in Florence, Italy.


The Heart Failure Association of the ESC proudly announces its new Board

Executive Committee 2016-2018

  • President Frank Ruschitzka (CH)
  • President Elect Petar Seferovic (RS)
  • Immediate Past-President Gerasimos Filippatos (GR)
  • Chairperson of the Clinical Section Massimo Piepoli (IT)
  • Chairperson of the Basic Science Section Rudolf De Boer (NL)
  • Coordinator for National HF Societies and Working Groups Mitja Lainscak (SI)
  • Secretary Marisa Crespo-Leiro (ES)
  • Treasurer Andrew Coats (UK)

Clinical section

  • Jelena Celutkiene (LT)
  • Veli-Pekka Harjola (FI)
  • Ewa Jankowska (PL)
  • Loreena Hill (IR)
  • Yury Lopatin (RU)
  • Lars Lund (SE)
  • Davor Milicic (HR)
  • Christian Mueller (CH)
  • Giuseppe Rosano (IT)

Basic Science Section

  • Johannes Backs (DE)
  • Johann Bauersachs (DE)
  • Alexander Lyon (UK)


  • Marco Metra (IT) - Editor in Chief, European Journal of Heart Failure
  • Stefan Anker (DE) - Editor in Chief, ESC Heart Failure
  • Stephane Heymans (NL) - Chair, WG on Myocardial Function
  • Alexander Mebazaa (FR) - Chair, Scientific Programmes Committee Heart Failure 2017
  • Piotr Ponikowski (PL) - Chair, Global Heart Failure Awareness Programme
  • Isabel Bardinet (FR) - CEO, European Society of Cardiology

Sui Generis

  • Theresa McDonagh (UK)
  • Arno Hoes (NL)
  • Jillian Riley (UK)