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ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery

Nucleus 2014-2016


Dr. Michele De Bonis
Cardiac Surgery Department,
San Raffaele University Hospital
Via Olgettina 60
20132, Milano - Italy
Tel: +39 0226437107, Fax: +39 0226437125, email


Prof. Thierry Folliguet 
Chirurgie Cardiaque Vasc & Transplantion
Inst Lorrain du Coeur & des Vaisseaux Louis M
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Brabois
Universite de Lorraine - Pole Territorial Lorrain
54511 Vandoeuvre Les Nancy - France
Tel: +33 383153034, Fax: +33 383153073, email


Prof. Volkmar Falk, FESC
Dept of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
German Heartcenter, Berlin
Augustenburger Platz 1
D-133353 Berlin - Germany
Tel: +49 30 4593 2000, Fax: +49 30 4593 2100, email



Assoc. Prof. Martin Czerny
Cardiovascular Surgery
University Hospital Zurich
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich - Switzerland
Tel: +41 442553298, Fax: +41 442551111, email


Dr. Filip  Casselman
Dept of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
OLV Clinic
Moorselbaan 164
9300 Aalst - Belgium
Tel: +32 53 72 45 99, Fax: +32 53 72 45 52, email


Dr. Piotr  Suwalski 
Department of Cardiac Surgery
Central Teaching Hospital MSW
Woloska Str. 137
02-507 Warsaw-Poland
Tel: +48 225081261, Fax: +48 225081269, email 


Prof. Manuel  Antunes, FESC (PT), email
Dr. Salvatore  Lentini, FESC (IT), email
Assoc. Prof. Matthias Thielmann (DE),email
Dr. Murat  Ugurlucan (TR), email
Assoc. Prof. Gianluigi Bisleri (IT), email
Prof. Jean-François Obadia (FR), email


Assoc. Prof.  Nawwar Al-Attar (UK), email
Preparation/edition of papers submitted by the WG to the cardiology e-journal 
Prof.  Claudio Muneretto (IT), email
Collaboration with the ESC WG on Cellular Cardiac Electrophysiology
Dr. Fabio Barili (IT), email
Statistical consultation and meta-analysis preparation

Aims & Activities


  • To improve communication between cardiology and cardiovascular surgery in scientific as well as clinical affairs
  • To build up a forum for discussion of relevant topics in cardiovascular surgery
  • To provide educational activities for ongoing cardiological as well as surgical trainees
  • To collaborate in the preparation of consensus documents in the border zone between surgery and cardiology (e.g. heart failure)


The ESC working group on Cardiovascular Surgery is dedicated:

  • To increase the interdisciplinary cooperation between cardiologists and surgeons and promote the “Heart Team” approach.
  • To represent the view and perspective of the surgical community in the annual ESC Congress as well as in other ESC Meetings.
  • To promote the preparation of joint position papers with other ESC working groups.
  • To prepare survey, meta-analysis and review documents on specific controversial topics.
  • To support ESC in Guidelines Committees.
  • To promote meetings, activities and events with teaching and educational purposes.