About ESVS

The ESVS strives to relieve sickness and to preserve and protect health by advancing, for the public benefit, the science art and research into vascular disease, including vascular surgery.

Vision & Mission

Our mission is 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 ESVS gathers more than 2,700 members including 70% surgeons and 27% trainees. 81% of the membership comes from Europe. Members are medical specialists involved in the care and treatment of patients suffering from vascular disease. They meet in an Annual General Meeting (AGM). Members receive benefits against an annual membership fee.

The Society’s governing body is the Council. Councillors are elected representatives from each European country that has more than 10 members. Council meets twice a year: at the ESVS Annual Meeting (usually just before the scientific meeting starts) and in connection with the Charing Cross meeting in London, in April.

The ESVS Executive Committee is elected by the Council in order to manage day-to-day operations of the Society. The Executive Committee is composed of 10 members: the President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, the Past President, the President Elect, the Deputy President Elect, the EJVES Editor in Chief, the EJVES Senior Editor, the Education & Training Committee Chair and the EVST Secretary. The ExCo meets approximately four times a year to discuss all issues related to the running of the Society including strategic priorities, activities, finances, communications, marketing, administration, etc.


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 2000 members, mostly European, but many from other parts of the world.

Honorary Members

The Society has awarded honorary memberships to the following persons:

Dr Jesse Thompson, U.S.A. (1925-2008)
Prof. Roger Greenhalgh, United Kingdom
Prof. Hero van Urk, The Netherlands
Prof. H.H.G. Eastcott, United Kingdom (-2009)
Prof. Bert Eikelboom, The Netherlands
Prof. David Bergqvist, Sweden
Prof. Rudolph Vanmaele, Belgium (1945-2010)
Prof Sir Peter Bell, United Kingdom
Mr Roger Baird, United Kingdom
Mr Simon Darke, United Kingdom
Prof. C. Vaughan Ruckley, United Kingdom
Prof. Giorgio Biasi, Italy
Prof. Bernard Nachbur, Switzerland
Prof. Michael Horrocks, United Kingdom
Prof. Hans Olav Myhre, Norway
Prof. Henrik Sillesen, Denmark
Prof. Nicolaj Leontyevich Volodos (1934-2016) Watch his last lecture
Mr Simon Parvin, United Kingdom

Past Presidents

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

The following members have served as Presidents of the Society:

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, Croatia (1948-2006)
2002: André Nevelsteen, Belgium (1951-2009)
2001: William Paaske, Denmark (1948-2016) Read his obituary
2000: Anatoly Pokrovsky, Russia
1999: Alain Branchereau, France
1998: Bert Eikelboom, The Netherlands
1997: Lars Norgren, Sweden
1996: José Fernandes e Fernandes, Portugal
1995: Peter Bell, United Kingdom
1994: Takis Balas, Greece
1993: Georg Kretschmer, Austria (1941-2013)
1992: Paolo Fiorani, Italy
1991: Emilio Viver Manresa, Spain (1935-2012)
1990: Mieszyslaw Szostek, Poland
1989: Henner Müller Wiefel, Germany
1988: Hans O Myhre, Norway