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Obituary: Prof. Guy Meyer

The ESC Working Group on Pulmonary Circulation and Right Ventricular Function is extremely sad to announce that Professor Guy Meyer passed away last week, on 9 December 2020. He was 62 years old.

guy-meyer.jpgWe are losing an excellent friend and colleague, and an outstanding academic teacher and researcher who devoted his career to carrying out a very large number of guidelines-relevant studies. Guy Meyer contributed like few others in France, Europe, and the world, to improving the management of pulmonary embolism and venous thromboembolism. With the French network F-CRIN INNOVTE which he chaired, he promoted a high level of academic synergism and clinical research, with internationally visible influence in the field of VTE. A very small sample of his achievements and leadership includes the landmark multinational PEITHO trials (the third of which will commence in January 2021), the studies that he conducted on cancer-associated thrombosis, and of course the latest 2019 ESC Guidelines (supported by the ERS) on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism, which he co-chaired.

Highly competent but discreet, rigorous but also pragmatic, always convincing, a fine man in every sense of the word, Guy excelled in sharing his arguments without ever imposing them to others.

Guy’s spirit and legacy will continue to guide us, and most of all guide the young, emerging leaders in our field.

Professor Stavros Konstantinides, on behalf of the task force for the 2019 ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism
Professor Piotr Pruszczyk, Chair, Professor Stephan Rosenkranz, Immediate Past Chair, and Professor George Giannakoulas, Chair Elect, on behalf of the Working Group on Pulmonary Circulation and Right Ventricular Function