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About Us

Creating a Common Standard

The primary aim of The European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EBCTS) is to encourage common high standards and qualifications in cardiothoracic surgery in all European countries and beyond.  This should potentially allow for the mutual recognition of these qualifications between European countries and elsewhere.


The standards are set to award certificates of the Board to surgeons who have attained levels of knowledge and proficiency that can be recognised as appropriate for early and established independent specialist practice in the generality of Cardiothoracic Surgery and sub-specialist areas.


The Board is responsible for the development, organisation and delivery of the Membership and Fellowship examinations.  This includes Syllabus development, Question Writing, Attendance as examiners and Quality Assurance processes.  The Board has sub-specialty representation and a Lead for external quality assurance.  The Board currently consists of 11 members and reports to the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Council through the Secretary General.

Officers of the European Board

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