European Shoulder Associates

ESSKA-ESA brings together all shoulder surgeons, pooling their expertise, and making it available to all.

This is achieved through scientific research, through practical courses, and through publications in the various media.
Our ultimate aim is to make shoulder surgery both better and easier.


ESA Board 2016-2018

Chairman: Roman Brzôska (Poland)
Past Chairman: Angel Calvo (Spain)
Vice-Chairman: Giuseppe Milano (Italy)
General Secretary: Ladislav Kovacic (Slovenia)
Treasurer: Nikos Tzanakakis (Greece)
Education: Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
Education: Bruno Toussaint (France)
Education: Tom ludvigsen (Norway)


History of ESA

In 2008, a group of ESSKA enthusiasts formed the Upper Limb Committee (ULC), with Ettore Taverna as their chairman. Their field of surgery had been making dramatic progress, and they felt the need for a forum where they could pool their own experiences, and then share them with others through practical instruction and publication.

After a time they decided to concentrate on shoulder-surgery. This seemed a wise move, and for several reasons. Upper-limb surgery was becoming a huge field, and beyond the capacity of any given commitee. There was anyway a trend towards towards small and specialized groupings, such as for elbows, wrists and hands. And the committee were themselves mostly shoulder specialists. 

At the same time, and for similar reasons, ULC was instrumental in setting up another specialist group, which later became ESSKA’s Elbow section.

In 2011, ESSKA promoted the committee, granting it full ‘Section’ status. This afforded a welcome opportunity. ULC renamed themselves the “European Shoulder Section” (ESS), and thereby emphasized their broader interest in shoulder pathology. In 2013 there was a further change. They became the “European Shoulder Associates” (ESA), which brought them into line with ESSKA’s other sections, EKA and AFAS.
Despite these cosmetic changes, however, their early enthusiasm remains unabated.

ESA calendar 2015

ESA is concerned that the present economic uncertainty might retard orthopaedic praxis, by sealing it within borders. For this reason, their courses are deliberately inclusive, and open to every practitioner who wants to keep abreast of recent developments in shoulder arthroscopy. ESA will be staging advanced lectures, cadaver-exercises, live urgeries, live anatomy dissections, ‘Private Mentor Meetings’ and ‘Decision Days’.

After 2015, ESA’s biennial event will be held on odd years, and sandwiched between ESSKA’s biennial Congresses. The official name will be the “European Shoulder Arthroscopy Meeting” (“ESAM”). This will be our official section meeting, rather than a local event, and scientific rather than educational.

Local events, supported by ESA or under the ESA’s auspices will have more educational character (Workshops, Cadaveric Lab, Live dissections etc).

Upcoming ESA Meeting

 1st ESSKA-ESA Biennial Meeting - Management of failed shoulder surgery, 2-3 October 2015 in Rome, Italy
The final programme and registration details are available in the below document.


Multi-centric Studies

One of ESA’s main tasks is to provide Evidence-Based Proposals for orthopaedic surgery. To achieve this, some sizeable scientific-studies are needed. Hence the Multi-centric studies scheduled for this period. ESA’s aim is to create an online database, which should then provide some interesting correlations. The more case-studies in the database, the better and more accurate these results.

Everyone can add his own patients to this database, and thus contribute. And everyone can access the results, for free.  We have already launched three multi-centic studies:

  • “Prognostic factors of recurrences after arthroscopic treatment of anterior shoulder instability”.
  •  “Prognosis of arthroscopic Rotator Cuff repairs”
  • “Total Shoulder Replacement procedures. Updated Results”

All ESA members can contribute to these studies. Just refer to ESSKA’s website, in particular the  ESA pages.

The first study, titled "Failed Instability Repair: Analysis of Prognostic Factors," has been completed and is available below.


ESA Fellowship (in proposal)

This is a short Fellowship, 2-4 weeks, to introduce newly-qualified shoulder surgeons to ‘best-practice’ in a European centre.

In addition to the ordinary Fellowship, some teaching centres will be offering a ‘family’ fellowship. The chosen fellows will be attached to the expert’s own work-place, and share their everyday life. This is definitely a low budget fellowship, but you will taste real life. If you want to travel and see the experts in action, you are welcome to join us in our homes and hospitals. Our experts range across Europe, from Scandinavia to Greece, from Poland to Portugal, from Netherlands to Italy and many more places. You can visit many hospitals, and see many approaches and surgical techniques.

Candidates should be young doctors under 40, and pending specializtion, or more experienced doctors who are interested to see more of shoulder surgery and arthroscopy .
The programme and application form will be announced on ESSKA’s website, in ESA’s section.

ESA New Book

Giuseppe Milano prepraed a new book titled “Shoulder Arthroscopy: Principles and Practice” which was published by Springer in 2013. Many ESA members have contributed and thus it represents ESA’s team-work. It is a standard reference for shoulder arthroscopy.

Are you Interested in ESA?

As you will have realised, becoming a member of ESA offers many benefits. We provide a sound  knowledge-base for all shoulder problems.

All Orthopaedic surgeons are welcome to join ESA. Our Section is open to new ideas, knowledge and scientific work. The idea is to create a very scientific and friendly group of people who share a common target - that of improving their skills and knowledge about Upper Limb Surgery.

ESA membership fee is 50 EUR. To become an ESA member you must be ESSKA member.

If you want to join us please mail your name and contact details to the ESA General Secretary . You will receive all information about ESA activities, courses, studies and the Newsletter.

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