European Society for Vascular Surgery

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Our mission: “to improve vascular health for the public benefit”


We strive to become a leader in promoting optimal care for patients with vascular disease by:

  • $Supporting high quality research
  • $Providing educational opportunities
  • $Organizing meetings, seminars, lectures and conferences
  • $Commissioning and publishing guidelines
  • $Sponsoring the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • $Promoting dialogue with National Societies and others involved in the treatment of vascular disease
  • $Advising Regulatory Authorities on matters relating to vascular disease


The European Society for Vascular Surgery was founded and inaugurated on May 6, 1987 in London. This inaugural meeting was attended by Presidents or Representatives of almost all the National Vascular Societies in Europe, who supported the formation and aims of the ESVS. The Officers and Members of the Council were proposed and elected, ensuring a satisfactory representation from various European countries. It was further agreed that the Society would generally meet in September each year. The Society has grown enormously since and has now over 2800 members, mostly European, but many from other parts of the world.

ESVS Secretary General

The ESVS Secretary General is elected into a five year term preceded by one year shadowing the current Secretary General. They sit on a number of committees, including the Executive Committee.

The following members have served as Secretary General of the society
2020 – present Prof. Maarit Venermo, Finland
2015 – 2020 Prof. Sebastian Debus, Germany
2009 – 2015 Mr. Simon Parvin, United Kingdom
2004 – 2009 Prof. Henrik Sillesen, Denmark
1999 – 2004 Prof. Michael Horrocks, United Kingdom
1994 – 1999 Prof. Giorgio Biasi, Italy
Prof. Hero van Urk, The Netherlands

ESVS President

The President of the Society is elected for one year at the Annual General Meeting. The President, President Elect and the Deputy President Elect are part of the Executive Committee.

The following members have served as Presidents of the society

2021 Hence Verhagen, the Netherlands
2020 Stéphan Haulon, France
2019 Henrik Sillesen, Denmark
2018 Alison Halliday, United Kingdom
2017 Martin Björck, Sweden
2016 Jürg Schmidli, Switzerland
2015 Arkadiusz Jawien, Poland
2014 Jean-Baptiste Ricco, France
2013 George Hamilton, United Kingdom
2012 Carlo Setacci, Italy
2011 Vincent Riambau, Spain
2010 Gustav Fraedrich, Austria
2009 Frans Moll, the Netherlands
2008 John Wolfe, United Kingdom
2007 Jan Brunkwall, Germany
2006 Jesper Swedenborg, Sweden (1940-2016)
2005 Christos Liapis, Greece
2004 Mauri Lepäntalo, Finland
2003 Tomislav Sosa (1948-2006), Croatia
2002 André Nevelsteen, (1951-2009), Belgium
2001 William Paaske (1948-2016), Denmark
2000 Anatoly Pokrovsky
1999 Alain Branchereau, France
1998 Bert Eikelboom, The Netherlands (1947-2018)
1997 Lars Norgren, Sweden
1996 José Fernandes e Fernandes, Portugal
1995 Peter Bell, United Kingdom
1994 Takis Balas, Greece
1993 Georg Kretschmer (1941-2013), Austria
1992 Paolo Fiorani, Italy
1991 Emilio Viver Manresa (1935-2012), Spain
1990 Mieszyslaw Szostek, Poland
1989 Henner Müller Wiefel, Germany
1988 Hans O Myhre, Norway
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