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ESC Working Group on Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Progress in the treatment of congenital heart disease is a success story enabling an increasing number of patients, even with complex congenital heart anomalies, to reach adult age. Accordingly, the number of adult patients with congenital heart disease is constantly growing.

However, since true correction of the cardiac lesions is seldomly achieved, these patients need lifelong expertise surveillance. There is an increasing demand for education and training in congenital heart disease, particularly in the adult patient group.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Working Group represents a platform for collaboration between congenital heart disease specialists with a common interest, particularly regarding clinical cardiology, imaging, ventricular function, valvular heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.

Moreover, the Working Group provides guidelines, position papers and training recommendations.
Our annual meeting, held in March, is an outstanding forum to share research results and to meet colleagues in the field.

Cardiologists with a dedicated interest and special knowledge are needed to improve future patient care and we invite you to join us.

Aims & Activities

  • To promote, to maintain and to pursue excellence in the care of adults with congenital heart disease;
  • To improve the quality of care by endorsing, supporting and organising educational programmes in adult congenital heart disease;
  • To establish guidelines for the treatment and management of adults with congenital heart disease;
  • To establish close links with other groups/societies dealing with adult congenital heart disease patients.

Nucleus 2022-2024


Prof. Michael Gatzoulis, FESC

Professor of Cardiology
Congenital Heart Disease
Royal Brompton National Heart & Lung Institute
Sydney Street
SW3 6NP London
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Dr. Margarita Brida, FESC

Consultant Cardiologist in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Assistant Professor, Medical Faculty University of Rijeka
Ul. Braće Branchetta 20/1, Rijeka



Dr. Gerhard P. Diller, FESC

University Hospital Muenster
Adult Congenital And Valvular Heart Disease
EMAH Zentrum Kardio
Ebene 5 Mitte
Albert-Schweitzer Campus 1
48149 Muenster



Dr. Berto Bouma, FESC
The Netherlands


Dr. Oktay Tutarel, FESC

Communication coordinator

Dr. Raquel Prieto Arevalo

Ordinary Nucleus members

Dr. Paul Clift
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dr. Francisco Javier Ruperti Repilado

Dr. Giancarlo Scognamiglio

Dr. Magalie Ladouceur

Non-voting nucleus members

Prof. Sabine Ernst, FESC
EHRA Representative
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Prof. Philip Moons, FESC

Prof. Jolien W Roos-Hesselink
The Netherlands

Dr. Daniel Tobler, FESC
ISACHD Representative