The Executive Council of the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday, January 28, 2018. I would like to share the highlights of that meeting with our members. I want to begin by thanking the members who stepped up to my call for an end of the year donation to the Kirklin-Ashburn fellowship. The total dollar amount of the Kirklin-Ashburn fund is now $505,000! Achieving this milestone will allow us, in a meaningful way, to help support the salary of the Kirklin-Ashburn Fellow in the upcoming years. Read More.
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.CTSNet Congenital Specialty Portal TSDA Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Committee