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HFA Board


The Heart Failure Association (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.

In application of the HFA constitution, the HFA board sought approval of the proposed 2020–2022 Board from the general assembly. HFA Members eligible to vote were invited to take part in the ballot via online voting from 17 to 21 July 2020.


HFA Board 2020-2022

Presidential Trio (3 members)

  • President: Prof. Andrew Coats (GB) 
  • President-Elect: Prof. Giuseppe Rosano (GB)
  • Immediate Past-President: Prof. Petar M. Seferović (RS)

 Executive Committee (5 members)

  • Chairperson of the Clinical Section: Prof. Davor Milicic (HR)
  • Chairperson of the Basic Science Section: Prof. Thomas Thum (DE)
  • Coordinator for National HF Societies and Working Groups: Dr. Ovidiu Chioncel (RO)
  • Secretary: Dr. Loreena Hill (GB)
  • Treasurer: Prof. Ewa Jankowska (PL)

Clinical section (13 members)

  • Prof. Magdy Abdelhamid (EG)
  • Dr. Stamatis Adamopoulos (GR)
  • Prof. Yuri Belenkov (RU)
  • Dr. Tuvia Ben Gal (IL)
  • Prof. Michael Bohm (DE)
  • Prof. Alain Solal Cohen (FR)
  • Prof. Finn Gustafsson (DK)
  • Prof. Tiny Jaarsma (SE)
  • Dr. Brenda Moura (PT)
  • Prof. Wilfried Mullens (BE)
  • Prof. Amina Rakisheva (KZ)
  • Prof. Arsen Ristic (RS)
  • Dr. Maurizio Volterrani (IT)

Basic Science section (2 members)

  • Dr. Antonio Bayes Genis (ES)
  • Dr. Sophie Van Linthout (DE)

Ex-officio (5 members)

Ex-officio board membership positions are reserved for:

  • Editor in Chief, ESC Heart Failure - Prof. Stefan Anker (DE)
  • CEO, European Society of Cardiology - Isabel Bardinet (FR)
  • Editor in Chief, European Journal of Heart Failure - Prof. Marco Metra (IT)
  • Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee for HF – Prof. Massimo Piepoli (IT)
  • Chair of ESC Working Group on Myocardial – Prof. Carlo Gabriele Tocchetti (IT)

Sui-Generi (5 members)

  • Prof. Gerasimos Filippatos (GR)
  • Prof. Arantxa Gonzalez (ES)
  • Prof. Yury Lopatin (RU) 
  • Prof. Lars Lund (SE)
  • Prof. Gianluigi Savarese (SE) 

Past Presidents Advisory Council

Past-Presidents automatically join the HFA Past-Presidents Advisory Council (members of which will be convoked by the HFA President once a year at the Annual HF Congress to meet and discuss HFA issues).

Past-Presidents are invited to advise the HFA Board on scientific, strategic, conflictive and ethical matters; they have no formal vote in any of the HFA bodies; they can participate in ongoing long-term activities of the Association.

  • Prof. Petar Seferović (RS)
  • Prof. Frank Ruschitzka (CH)
  • Prof. Gerasimos Filippatos (GR)
  • Prof. Stefan Anker (DE)
  • Prof. Piotr Ponikowski (PL)
  • Prof. John McMurray (GB)
  • Prof. Kenneth Dickstein (NO)
  • Prof. Dirk Brutsaert (BE)

HFA Board 2022–2024

Voting for the next HFA Board will take place in May 2022, during the HFA General Assembly at Heart Failure 2022 congress.