The former International Secretary General of the Balkan Medical Union, Prof. Dr. VASILE CANDEA, passed away in Bucharest, Romania, on the 14th of January 2020. Prof. Dr. VASILE CANDEA, former president of the Romanian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases “C.C. Iliescu” Bucharest and of the Cardiovascular Disease Center of the Romanian Army, died at the age of 87. Prof. VASILE CANDEA was one of the most respected cardiovascular surgeons in Romania and Balkan Region. He has authored over 750 scientific papers published worldwide. The Balkan Medical Union expresses the deepest condolences to the family members, on his passing. This is a great loss for all of us.