Welcome to the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society
Save the Date!
2016 Annual Meeting
October 23-24, 2016
Registration & Housing are Now Available
A Message from the CHSS President
Marshall L. Jacobs, MD
The 4th Joint Meeting of CHSS and the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA) was held in Venice, Italy on June 22-24. It was a memorable event. A terrific scientific program was organized by the combined Program Committee under the able leadership of George Sarris and Jim Jaggers. The audience of over 130 attendees also enjoyed distinguished invited lectures by Dr. Aldo Castaneda and Dr. Gaetano Thiene, among others. CHSS research endeavors were the subject of presentations by Brian McCrindle and Jim Kirklin, and by Kirklin-Ashburn Fellow Jim Meza, whose work on optimal timing of Stage II palliation of HLHS was one of the program hi-lights.
Venice is a unique and breathtaking venue, and we learned from Maurizio Di Donato (brother of congenital heart surgeon Roberto Di Donato) about the history and the science behind the MOSE Project, an ambitious engineering program to save Venice from the ravages of tidal flooding.
ECHSA President Jose Fragata
welcomes attendees to the
4th Joint Meeting
ECHSA President Jose Fragata and local host Giovanni Stellin went out of their way to make CHSS members and their families feel welcome in Venice. We look forward to reciprocating and extending our hospitality four years from now when we welcome ECHSA to the 5th Joint Meeting. Propose your favorite city to host the meeting!
Please keep in mind the dates October 23-24, 2016. The Fall Scientific Meeting and Annual Business Meeting of the CHSS will take place at Loews O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois. The meeting will feature a full scientific program, invited guest lecturers, reports from the CHSS Data Center and Research Committee, and the Annual Business Meeting including the election of officers and new members. Submitted abstracts are currently under review by the program committee.
Be reminded also that immediately prior to the Fall CHSS Meeting, on Saturday October 22, the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC) will hold multi-disciplinary Learning Labs as it kicks off its Phase II initiative on improvement of outcomes from management of HLHS. The NPC-QIC’s first official Surgical Session of Phase II will take place on Saturday afternoon, October 22. Organized by Jim Tweddell and Jim Hammel, the surgical session will take place in the same venue, Loews O’Hare, where the CHSS Fall Meeting will begin on Sunday afternoon. This was planned specifically with the intent of making it convenient and practical for CHSS members to attend and participate in the NPC-QIC program
Finally, Christian Pizarro and Bill Gaynor want to make CHSS members aware of the International Cardiac Collaborative on Neurodevelopment. As you may know, ICCON has a track record of productive multi-institutional collaboration in evaluating factors that influence neurodevelopmental outcomes. They are currently embarking on an expansion of the original multi-center cohort. They invite CHSS members to discuss the possibility of enrolling patients who have undergone cardiac surgery in the first 9 months of life and had neurodevelopmental testing with the Bayley III Scales of Infant and Toddler Development within the window of 6-30 months. If you’re interested in this collaborative, contact Christian or Bill directly.
Dr. Jacobs and Local Host Giovanni Stellin
at the 4th Annual Joint Meeting of the
CHSS & ECHSA
President Marshall L. Jacobs presents his
Presidential Address, “Chance Favors a
Prepared Mind”, at the 4th Annual Joint Meeting
John W. Kirklin/David Ashburn Fellowship Endowment Fund
The Kirklin/Ashburn Fellowship Fund was established to support the CHSS Data Center Research Fellow. In 2008, CHSS changed the name of the John W. Kirklin Fellowship Endowment Fund to the John W Kirklin/David A. Ashburn Fellowship Endowment Fund. This change was made in recognition of Dr. David Ashburn, the very first Kirklin Fellow, who was tragically killed when his flight crashed on June 4, 2007 after procuring a donor organ for transplantation.
The CHSS Data Center, located at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, plays a crucial role in recording, analyzing and tracking the data of many patients with congenital heart disease. Moreover, the Research Fellow is critical to furthering the goals of both the CHSS and the Data Center while providing an outstanding research experience for a young trainee. In order to recruit the very best talent available, we must ensure that the John W. Kirklin/David Ashburn Fellowship Fund is fully supported.
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