Welcome to the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society
Marshall L. Jacobs, MD
A Message from the CHSS President
Looking back on 2014 we see another year of tremendous productivity for CHSS. The annual meeting in Chicago this past October had the largest number of registrants of any stand-alone meeting of the Society. The John Hawkins award for the outstanding abstract submission went to Jeffrey Jacobs and co-authors, for their presentation “Variation in Outcomes for Risk-Adjusted Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Operations: An Analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database.” In addition to the oral presentations and videos, a new feature of this program was a poster session that combined good clinical science and good Chicago style pizza! This year’s annual meeting also featured the 3rd Annual Research Coordinator Meeting, which focused on “Integrating Technology Advances to Improve Efficiencies.”
The overall high point of the two day annual meeting was outgoing CHSS President John Brown’s address to the Society, titled “Congenital Heart Surgery: It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The following individuals were elected to membership during the course of the annual business meeting:
Yoshio Otaki (Ootaki)
On behalf of the entire Society, I wish to congratulate and welcome these new members!
Productivity in multi-center outcomes research continues to be a high priority and a major activity for the Society. Throughout 2014 and into 2015, new patient enrollment is ongoing for four active CHSS studies: Critical Left Ventricular Outflow Obstruction (LVOTO), Tricuspid Atresia, Unbalanced Atrioventricular Septal Defect, and Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery (AAOCA). Work weekends hosted by the CHSS Data Center in Toronto in April and November established new benchmarks for level of participation by members and their institutional research associates.
Travis Wilder, the current Kirklin-Ashburn Fellow, presented papers on CHSS studies at the annual meetings of the World Society for Pediatric and Congential Heart Surgery in July in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery in October in Milan, Italy, and the American Heart Association in November in Chicago. For the latter presentation Travis was honored as recipient of the CVDY Outstanding Research Award in Pediatric Cardiology. Travis will also be giving presentations based on analysis of the LVOTO cohort at the upcoming meetings of the American College of Cardiology and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
The CHSS Registry of patients with AAOCA was the subject of invited lectures at the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons 2014 meeting in Istanbul, the Scientific Sessions of the AHA, and at Texas Children’s Hospital’s Symposium on Congenital Coronary Anomalies. The Research Committee led by Jim Kirklin and the Data Center staff led by managing Director Bill DeCampli are working hard to encourage and facilitate maximal participation by CHSS members in the Society’s important research activities. The next Work Weekend will take place in Toronto, April 10-12, 2015. Be there! Or, plan to participate by webinar if attendance in Toronto is a problem for you this time around.
This year’s annual meeting of the CHSS will be in Chicago, October 25 – 26. Plans will be discussed for the 2016 joint meeting with The European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association in Venice, Italy.
My message to CHSS members, new and old, remains the same:
THIS IS YOUR ORGANIZATION.
- Please provide feedback to me and to the Executive Council to help guide us in the mission of making CHSS the face and the voice of our specialty.
- The continued success of CHSS research depends on your participation. Please let the Research Committee and the CHSS Data Center assist you and your institutional colleagues to maximize participation in CHSS studies. Enroll eligible patients at your center. Engage personally, and participate as an investigator and author.
- Support the Kirklin-Ashburn Fellowship Endowment
Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable year.
Incoming Dr. Marshall Jacobs provides closing remarks at the 2014
Annual Meeting following the conclusion of Dr. John Brown’s term.
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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