Welcome to the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society
A Message from the CHSS President
Marshall L. Jacobs, MD
The 2016 annual meeting of The Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society was held in Chicago at the Westin O’Hare on the 25th and 26th of October. The meeting was attended by 133 physician members and guests and by 27 data coordinators from member institutions. The highly successful scientific program organized by Dr. Jim Jaggers and his committee was high-lighted by the Distinguished Guest Lecture delivered by Dr. Bruce Gelb. Dr. Gelb, a world renowned cardiologist/geneticist from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, delivered an address titled “The Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease: Past and Present, Tension between Simple and Complex.” This took us on a tour through past history, provided a primer on the current state of research, and offered a glimpse into the future, all in a succinct package delivered in an incredibly informative and entertaining way.
Dr. William I. Norwood, MD, PhD, was honored by the Society as recipient of the Society’s first-ever CHSS Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation in the Care of Patients with Congenital Heart Disease.
President Dr. Marshall Jacobs (pictured left) with the first Lifetime Achievement Award
for Innovation in the Care of Patients with Congenital Heart Disease recipient
William I. Norwood Jr, MD, PhD (pictured right) and his wife, JoAnn Desilets Norwood.
A scholarship award from the CHSS was granted to Dr. Rachel Vanderlaan from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, whose presentation titled “Mechanistic Insights Into The Progression Of Pulmonary Vein Stenosis” was selected as winner of the Resident paper Competition.
The John A. Hawkins Top Scoring Abstract Award was presented to Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., whose presentation on “The Routine Use of Beta-Blockers in the Immediate Postoperative Management of Patients Undergoing Tetralogy of Fallot Repair” was selected for this honor by the Program Committee.
The annual members’ business meeting featured election to membership of a slate of applicants made up of:
Welcome, and congratulations to each of these new CHSS members. Also described at the business meeting were plans for the 2016 Joint Meeting of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society and the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA), which will take place in Venice, Italy on June 23-25. An outline of the planned events and a description of the venue, the stunning Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel, were provided by local host Dr. Giovanni Stellin. A combined ECHSA/CHSS Program Committee led by Dr. George Sarris and Dr. Jim Jaggers will be organizing the scientific program. Look for a call for abstracts in the coming months. In addition to the joint meeting in June, there will also be a meeting of the CHSS “at O’Hare” in Chicago on October 23-24.
The next CHSS Work Weekend will take place in Toronto on November 20-22 in the SickKids Research Tower. This is a great opportunity for members to get involved or stay involved in current research projects. In addition, it provides the first opportunity for new members (and some not-so-new members) to comply with the stipulation that “Rights of full active individual membership shall be granted once the elected candidate has completed an on-site orientation at the CHSS Data Center, preferably at a spring or fall Datacenter work weekend.”
Any questions about the upcoming Work Weekend may be directed to Veena Sivarajan at the CHSS Data Center.
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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