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Committees and Study Groups of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC

To join a Committee or Study Group, you must be an HFA Silver or Gold member or Fellow of the HFA.

All Committees were confirmed by the HFA Board at the end of 2016. We look forward to working together. 



The Committees and Study Groups are the heart of the Association. Volunteers from the HFA work together towards their various goals, producing papers, workshops, events and support to the HFA Board in accomplishing the HFA mission.

Meetings take place at least twice a year (at HF congresses and ESC congresses) with occasional stand-alone meetings when the workload and committee events dictate.

HFA Committees and Study Groups

Committee on Acute Heart Failure

  • Coordinator: Veli-Pekka HARJOLA, FI
  • Co-coordinator: John PARISSIS, GR
  • Hans Peter BRUNNER LA ROCCA, NL
  • Ovidiu CHIONCEL, RO
  • Oscar MIRO, ES
  • Andrea MORTARA, IT
  • Christian MUELLER, CH
  • Wilfried MULLENS, BE
  • Alain RUDIGER, CH
  • Jean-Marc WEINSTEIN, IS

Affiliated Members

  • Johann BAUERSACHS, DE
  • Sean COLLINS, US
  • John R. TEERLINK, US

Committee on Advanced Heart Failure

Coordinator: Marisa CRESPO LEIRO, ES

Study Group on Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Coordinator: Lars LUND, SE
  • Eduardo BARGE-CABALLERO, ES
  • Nicolas DE JONGE, NL
  • Maria FRIGERIO,  IT
  • Righab HAMDAN, LB
  • Tal HASIN,  IS
  • Pascal LEPRINCE,  FR
  • Arsen RISTIC, RS
  • Arjang RUHPARWAR, DE
Study Group on Transplant
  • Coordinator: Davor Milicic, HR
  • Frank  ENSELEIT, CH
  • Aggeliki  GKOUZIOUTA, GR
  • Finn  GUSTAFSSON, DK
  • Martin   HUELSMANN, AT
  • Sanem  NALBANTGIL, TR
  • Dar OWAIS, UK
  • Luciano  POTENA, IT
  • Ewa STRABURZYNSKA-MIGAJ, PL
  • Steven TSUI, UK

Committee on Cardiac Devices

  • Coordinator: Frank Ruschitzka, CH
  • Stefan ANKER, DE
  • Kenneth Dickstein, NO
  • Gerasimos FILIPPATOS, GR
  • Cecilia LINDE, SE
  • Wilfried  MULLENS, BE
  • Piotr PONIKOWSKI, PL

Affiliated member:

  • William T. ABRAHAM, US

Committee on Comorbidities

Study Group on Cardio-Oncology
  • Coordinator: Alexander Lyon, UK
  • Markus ANKER, DE
  • Jutta BERGLER-KLEIN, AT
  • Yury BELENKOV, RU
  • Alain COHEN-SOLAL, FR
  • Rudolf DE BOER, NL
  • Dimitrios FARMAKIS, GR
  • Maria T. LOPEZ FERNANDEZ, ES
  • Radek PUDIL, CZ
  • Thomas SUTER, CH
  • Carlo TOCCHETTI, IT
  • Stephan VON HAEHLING, DE
Study Group on Diabetes & Hypertension

Coordinator: Giuseppe Rosano

  • Martin HUELSMANN, AT
  • Pardeep JHUND, UK
  • Michel KOMAJDA, FR
  • John McMURRAY, UK
  • Ibrahim SARI, TR
  • Petar  SEFEROVIC, RS
  • Bryan WILLIAMS, UK
Study Group on Cardiorenal Dysfunction
  • Coordinator: Wilfried Mullens, BE
  • Marco METRA, IT
  • Kevin DAMMAN, NL
  • Nuriat MONTSERRAT, ES
  • Francesco ORSO, IT
  • Claudio RONCO, IT
  • Patrick ROSSIGNOL, FR
  • Claire RUSHTON, UK

Affiliated members:

  • Jeffrey TESTANI, US
  • Wai Hong WILSON TANG, US
Study Group on Heart & Brain
  • Coordinator: Andrew Coats, UK
  • Co-coordinator: Wolfram DOEHNER, DE
  • Christiane ANGERMANN, DE
  • Yuksel CAVUSOGLU, TR
  • Ewa JANKOWSKA, PL
  • Christiana VITALE, IT
  • Mehmet YILMAZ, TR

Committee on Diagnosis

Study Group on Biomarkers
  • Coordinator: Christian MUELLER, CH
  • Co-coordinator: Rudolf de Boer, NL
  • Antoni BAYES GENIS, ES
  • John CLELAND, UK
  • Kenneth McDONALD, IE
  • Alexandre MEBAZAA, FR
  • Wouter MEIJERS, NL
  • Thomas MUELLER, AT

Affiliated members:

  • James JANUZZI, US
  • Alan MAISEL, US
  • Marc RICHARDS, NZ
Study Group on Imaging
  • Coordinator: Petros NIHOYANNOPOULOS, UK
  • Co-coordinator: Jelena Celutkiene, LT
  • Vassilis BARBERIS, CY
  • Jeroen BAX, NL
  • Frank FLACHSKAMPF, SE
  • Andreas FLAMMER, Ch
  • Julia GRAPSA, UK
  • José ZAMORANO, ES

Committee on Exercise Physiology and Training

  • Coordinator: Massimo PIEPOLI, IT
  • Co-Coordinator: Stamatis ADAMOPOULOS, GR
  • Alain COHEN-SOLAL, FR
  • Maurizio VOLTERRANI, IT
  • Renata  GLOWCZYNSKA, PL
  • Costas DAVOS, GR
  • Justien  CORNELIS, BE
  • Dimitar DIVCHEV, DE
  • Piergiuseppe AGOSTONI, IT

Committee on Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction

  • Coordinator: Rudolf De BOER
  • Co-Coordinator Carsten TSCHOEPE  
  • Marco GUAZZI, IT
  • Walter PAULUS, NL
  • Burkert PIESKE, DE
  • Frans RUTTEN, NL
  • Filippos TRIPOSKIADIS, GR
  • Rolf WACHTER, DE

Affiliated members:

  • Scott SOLOMON, US
  • Sanjiv SHAH, US
  • Carolyn LAM, SG
  • Barry BORLAUG, US

Committee Online Education

  • Coordinator: Giuseppe ROSANO, IT
  • Co-Coordinator: Jelena CELUTKIENE, LT
  • Rudolf De BOER, NL
  • Domenico D’AMARIO, IT
  • Julia GRAPSA, UK
  • Ekaterini  LAMBRINOU, CY
  • IVO PLANINC, HR
  • Robin RAY, UK
  • Ola VEDIN, SE

Committee on Patient Care

  • Coordinator: Arno HOES, NL
  • Co-Coordinator: Loreena HILL, IE
  • Josiane BOYNE, NL
  • Jelena  CELUTKIENE, LT
  • Roy GARDNER, UK
  • Yuri LOPATIN, RU
  • Theresa McDONAGH, UK
  • Joe GALLAGHER, IE

Qualitate Qua:

  • Kenneth DICKSTEIN, NO
  • Jillian RILEY, UK
Task Force on Palliative Care
  • Coordinator: Jillian RILEY, UK
  • Co-Coordinator: Loreena HILL, IE
  • James BEATTIE, UK
  • Giuseppe DI STOLFO, IT
  • Tiny JAARSMA, SE
  • Frans RUTTEN, NL

Committee on Regulatory Affairs

  • Coordinator: Gerasimos FILIPPATOS, GR
  • Stefan ANKER, DE
  • Frank RUSCHITZKA, CH
  • Petar SEFEROVIC, RS
  • Sergio BONINI (EMA), IT

Committee on Surveys, Registries and Epidemiology

  • Coordinator: Lars LUND, SE
  • Co-Coordinator: Arno HOES, NL
  • Marisa CRESPO-LEIRO, ES
  • Israel GOTSMAN, IL
  • Mahmoud HASSANEIN, EG
  • Pardeep JHUND, UK
  • Mitja LAINSCAK, SI
  • Javier MUNIZ-GARCIA, ES
  • Massimo PIEPOLI, IT
  • Gianluigi SAVARESE, SE
  • Maurizio VOLTERRANI, IT
  • Mehmet YILMAZ, TR

National Heart Failure Societies

  • Coordinator: Mitja  LAINSCAK
  • Co-Coordinator: Yuri LOPATIN
  • Petros AGATHANGELO, CY
  • Johann ALTENBERGER, AT
  • Yuksel CAVUSOGLU, TR
  • Ovidiu CHIONCEL, RO
  • Roy GARDNER, UK
  • Brenda MOURA, PT
  • Stefan STOERK, DE
  • Hadi SKOURI, LB
  • Tiina UUETOA, EE
  • Jean-Marc WEINSTEIN, IL

Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow

  • Coordinator: Ewa JANKOWSKA
  • Co-Coordinator: Alexandre  MEBAZAA
  • Markus ANKER, DE
  • Claire BOULETI, FR
  • Theodoros CHRISTODOULIDES, CY
  • Matthias NAEGELE, CH
  • Rui PLACIDO, PT
  • Adam ROKITA, DE
  • Tamas RADOVITS, HU
  • Markus WALLNER, AT
  • Sophie WELCH, UK
  • Giuseppe VERGARO, IT

Committee on Translational Research

  • Coordinator: Stephane HEYMANS, NL
  • Co-Coordinator: Johann BAUERSACHS, DE
  • Antoni BAYES GENIS, ES
  • Ida LUNDE, NO
  • Jean S HULOT, FR
  • Benjamin MEDER, DE
  • Patrick ROSSIGNOL, FR
  • Guido IACCARONI, IT
  • Dimitris TOUSOULIS, GR

Committee on Cardiomyopathies & structural heart disease

Cardiomyopathies
  • Coordinator Petar SEFEROVIC, RS
  • Michael  ARAD, IL
  • Eloisa ARBUSTINI, IT
  • Ilias  GIALAFOS, GR
  • Stephane  HEYMANS, NL
  • Michel  NOUTSIAS, DE
  • Carsten  TSCHOEPE, DE
Peripartum Cardiomyopathies
  • Coordinator Johann BAUERSACHS, DE
  • Righab HAMDAN, LB
  • Denise HILFIKER KLEINER, DE
  • Mark PETRIE, UK
  • Peter VAN DER MEER, NL

Affiliated members:

  • Karen SLIWA HAHNLE, ZA
  • Amam MBAKWEM, NG
Takotsubo Syndrome
  • Coordinator Alexander LYON, UK
  • Johannes BACKS, DE
  • Rodolfo CITRO, IT
  • Jelena GHADRI TEMPLIN, CH
  • Elmir OMEROVIC, SE
  • Birke SCHNEIDER, DE
  • Guido PARODI, IT
Myocarditis Task Force
  • Coordinator Gerasimos FILIPPATOS, GR
  • Cristina BASSO, IT
  • Urs ERIKSSON, CH
  • Andrea FRUSTACI, IT
  • Sabine PANKUWEIT, DE
  • Arsen RISTIC, RS

Affiliated member:

  • Leslie COOPER, US