ESSKA-ESA brings together shoulder surgeons. This European pool of expertise aims to:

  • share with like-minded practitioners
  • undertake scientific research
  • provide training, through practical courses and publications
  • make shoulder surgery both better and easier

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)


European Shoulder Associates (ESA), a Section of ESSKA, was established in 2010.

2016-2018 Chairman Roman Brzôska (Poland)
2014-2016 Chairman – Angel Calvo (Spain)
2012-2014 Chairman – Boris Poberaj (Slovenia)
2010-2012 Chairman – Pascal Gleyze (France)


Message from the Chairman 

Dear ESSKA and ESSKA-ESA members,
Dear Colleagues,

Shoulder arthroscopy, one of the most rapidly-evolving areas of surgery, has witnessed great development in the last 20 years. However, much remains to be done. The evolution of arthroscopic techniques makes it possible to diagnose and treat more pathologies with minimally-invasive methods.


 We know, from experience, that there is a temptation to adopt all the changes, but sometimes such as with SLAP lesion, this could cause overtreatment. Thus, our goal as a scientific group is to establish standard treatment recommendations based on scientific evidences.

We need scientific evidence on the efficacy of new techniques such as the various kinds of spacers or superior capsule reconstruction used for treating massive cuff tears. We have, therefore, embraced a research group for a Massive Cuff Multi-centric Study.

Another task on the list of priorities is the study of the effectiveness of acute and inveterate ACJ dislocation treatment provided by the ACJ Study Group.

During various congresses, we have heard that there is no new development in the field of arthroscopy — this is not true as we are witnessing constant progress and innovations. This progress can be further boosted, for example, with the exchange of information that ESA provides on ESSKA Educational Platform or with the ESA cadaver courses.

Ensuring equal opportunities for educational development, regardless of geographic conditions, is a crucial task. Apart from existing ESSKA Advanced Surgical skills courses ESA contributes to, we aim to organise and provide inexpensive basic courses, in easily accessible locations, with highly-qualified faculty.

During the previous congresses, the call for action was broadly echoed and the submitted proposals were added on to the final programme. I would again like to call on you to participate in ESA’s scientific ventures and enhance its scientific programme during the upcoming ESSKA Congress in Glasgow in 2018.

You are encouraged to actively participate in the work of our Section and join us in building an information base, which will be a milestone in the modern European shoulder surgery.

Yours sincerely,

Roman Brzôska
ESSKA-ESA Chairman 2016-2018