The society was conceived on March 2003 during a symposium on cardiac anesthesia in Cairo University by Prof. Dr. Adel Abdel Fattah, professor of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, and former head of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Unit, Cairo University. And the dream was carried out by Prof. Dr. Fawzia Aboul Fetouh, professor of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Unit, Cairo University, to become a reality in October 19, 2004, when the inaugural meeting took place in Cairo.
The aim of ECTAS is to be a forum in EGYPT and the Middle East for international scientific discussions and exchange of ideas in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia and related topics, and to promote education and development in this field.
The society aims also at promoting a high standard of scientific presentations; to award scholarships; to assist in scientific investigations; to enable educational visits to centers in Egypt and other countries; and to publish selected abstracts of papers presented at ECTAS meetings in the association’s professional Journal, EJCTA.
ECTAS also promotes international exchange with the Middle East countries by organizing or participating in some international meetings on cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia. ECTAS acts as an advisor in cardiac anesthesia to the society of Cardiovascular Perfusion technology, and cardiac surgery intensivists.
The Representative Council of the Society is comprised of members from each cardiac center in EGYPT who meet annually. At present, there are more than 200 members representing different centers in Egypt. The Directory Board meets at least once every month and reports to the Representative Council during the Annual Meeting.
The Directory Board has nine members who form subcommittees according to specific tasks. The General Assembly is held during the Annual Meeting.