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Young EP National Ambassadors

Find below the list of ambassadors within the EHRA Young Electrophysiologists Committee

The role of the Young EP Ambassador is to contribute to the creation of a global network within the scientific EP community, stimulate involvement, and promote membership in their regions.

The efforts of EHRA Young EP - National Ambassadors are invaluable; their work helps build a dynamic community of up-and-coming heart rhythm specialists involved in EP and CP.

Please refer to the list below to find your EP National Ambassador.

Your EP National Ambassadors


Algeria - Dr. Yacine Tir

Armenia - Dr. Mihran Martirosyan

Austria - Dr. Michael Pfeffer

azerbaijan.pngAzerbaijan - Dr. Emin Karimli

Belgium - Dr. Anaïs Gauthey

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Dr. Elnur Tahirovic

Bulgaria - Dr. Krasimir Dzhinsov

Croatia - Dr. Ivan Zeljković 

czech-republic.pngCzechia - Dr. Predrag Stojadinovic

Denmark - Dr. Stefan Sattler 

Egypt - Dr. Salaheldin Alahwany 

Estonia - Dr. Erik Salum

Finland - Dr. Harri Saarinen

France - Dr. Victor Waldmann

Georgia - Dr. Guram Machitidze

Germany - Dr. Laura Rottner 

Greece - Dr. Ioannis Doundoulakis

Hungary - Dr. Zoltán Salló 

ireland.pngIreland - TBD

Israel - Dr. Louise Kezerle

Italy - Dr. Elisa Ebrille

kazakstan.pngKazakhstan - Dr. Abay Bakytzhanuly 

kyrgystan.pngKyrgyzstan - Dr. Abai Turdubaev 

Latvia - Dr. Krista Lesina

Lebanon - Dr. Bassel Lakkis

Lithuania - Dr. Jonas Jarasuna

Malta - Dr. Samuel Meilak

Netherlands - Dr. Max Liebregts

macedonia.pngNorth Macedonia - Dr. Filip Janusevski

norway.pngNorway - Dr. Lars Dejgaard 

Poland - Dr. Michal Mazurek

Portugal - Dr. Paolo Barbosa Fonseca 

Romania - Dr. Emilia Goanta

serbia.pngSerbia - TBD

slovakia.pngSlovakia - Dr. Fero Nehaj

Slovenia - Dr. Martin Rauber

Spain - Dr. Raquel Adelino

Sweden - Dr. Ioannis Katsoularis 

switzerland.pngSwitzerland -  Dr. Patrick Badertscher

syria.pngSyria - Dr. Noureddin Sawan

tunisia.pngTunisia - Dr. Emna Allouche

Turkey - Dr. Batur Gonenc Kanar

ukraine.pngUkraine - Dr. Olena Ilchyshyna 

United Kingdom - Dr. Michael Chapman

Uzbekistan - Dr. Mirmaksudov Mirakhmadjon


Sister societies

Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society

Dr. Dony Yugo Hermanto


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Heart Rhythm Society
Dr. Sotirios Nedios


Latin American Heart Rhythm Society

Dr. William Fernando Bautista Vargas


Young Ambassador Role

To learn more about what the Young Ambassadors do, please refer to this document.

War in Ukraine, one year later

Olena-photo-Ukraine-resized.jpgDr. Olena Ilchyshyna reports on the situation in Ukraine a year after the start of the war.

Q: Could you describe the current situation in cardiology and electrophysiology in your country?

A: "Unfortunately, today Ukrainian doctors, like all Ukrainian people, struggle with the difficulties. Difficulties they never could have imagined, all due to the full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation. Many hospitals have been destroyed and medical specialists, like other people, were obliged to leave their homes and even their country. The lack of financing and of equipment, medicines, and qualified personnel as well as cardiovascular morbidity are increasing because of permanent stress, myocarditis and complications getting medical treatment in time, making the situation in cardiology rather complicated.

The same can be observed in electrophysiology: essential deficiency of pacemakers, defibrillators and other devices worsen the quality of health care at the moment. We are today unable to provide for all our needs. A separate category of our patients deserves special attention - our veterans who are mostly young men with severe injuries and comorbidity complications including myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, and heart conduction disorders."

Continue reading Dr. Ilchyshyna's account

Young Ambassadors' testimonials

“This year ends my second EHRA Young EP ambassador mandate. I had an incredible 4 years, met wonderful young EP colleagues and went through with my fellowship in Zagreb, passed the EHRA exam and this year finally started doing complex EP procedures in my center in Skopje, Macedonia. Many thanks for the fantastic support received from EHRA and the Young EP community. I hope to continue our collaboration in the future.”


Jane Taleski 

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“Dear EHRA, I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to all of you for having me in the EHRA family. I had a wonderful four years with you and learned and improved my skills as well as imported all that for the good of Armenia. I am one of the lucky guys who had the chance to work with Prof. Heidbuchel, Prof. Leclercq (who was my mentor also) and for a short time, with Prof. Merino. Impossible not to recognise Katarzyna Malaczynska-Rajpold’s (EHRA Young EP Committee Chairperson) friendly management, and thanks to Lauren’s (EHRA staff) availability I was able to keep in touch with EHRA. I would love to thank also Dr. Maria Grazia Bongiorni (Pisa AOUP) who, on behalf of EHRA hosted me twice (6 months) in her department and shared her huge experience with me.

I would like to mention you all by name but my email would have been a poem. I am always open for EHRA and I hope the same from you. From the EHRA house I am taking with me good friends and warm memories.”


Vahe Sargsyan

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Selection of EHRA Young EP Ambassadors

  • The EHRA Young EP Ambassadors are nominated every two years by the EP Working Group/National Cardiac Society President.
  • The EHRA Young EP committee may suggest the candidates for the position of the ambassador from the current national YEP members. However, the final decision belongs to the EP Working Group/National Cardiac Society President.
  • If the EP Working Group/National Cardiac Society President does not nominate an EHRA Young EP Ambassador after two reminders, the Chair of the EHRA Young EP Committee can select and nominate the Ambassador from current national members for countries with three or more members. In countries with fewer than three members, the ambassador’s position will remain vacant.
  • All EHRA Young EP Ambassadors must be EHRA Members
  • Sister societies (HRS, APHRS, LAHRS, etc.) will appoint official representatives who will act as EHRA Young EP Ambassadors for a given region. 

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