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Welcome to the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society

The Preliminary Program is now available.
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Registration & Housing now available for the 2015 Annual Meeting.
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Marshall L. Jacobs, MD, President of CHSS
Marshall L. Jacobs, MD
A Message from the CHSS President

October is just around the corner. The 2015 CHSS Annual Meeting will take place on October 25 and 26 at the Westin O’Hare in Chicago. The Program Committee, led by chairman Jim Jaggers, has planned two days of excellent science and fascinating presentations. Meeting highlights will include the annual presentation of the John A. Hawkins Award to the authors of the top scoring abstract, and an award to the winner of the Resident Paper Competition, which is new this year and was open to all congenital heart surgery residents and fellows. Our distinguished guest lecturer, Dr. Bruce Gelb from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, will discuss “The Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease: Past and Present, Tension between Simple and Complex.”

Data Center leadership, the Research Committee, and the Kirklin-Ashburn Fellow will provide updates on ongoing research activities and new projects on the horizon. Please consider encouraging and supporting meeting attendance by your institution’s CHSS Program Coordinator. As always, we welcome their attendance at sessions of the main scientific program. In addition, on each of the two days there will be sessions organized specifically for and by the Program Data Coordinator Group.

Don’t wait any longer to register and secure hotel accommodations, all of which can be done through the links on the CHSS Home page.

I also want to draw your attention to new material which is accessible at the “Members Only” section of the CHSS website.

Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society Research Policies

Requested Content for CHSS Research Proposals

These two documents developed by the Research Committee, led by Chairman Jim Kirklin, were generated following an in depth dialog involving CHSS membership, Data Center leadership, CHSS Executive Council, and the Research Committee. These proposals were endorsed by the Executive Committee during its meeting on June 30, 2015 and have been adopted as policies of the CHSS. As stated by Dr. Kirklin, these policies were developed with the intent to “help an extremely successful enterprise adopt a structured approach to the management of many outstanding research initiatives, in a way that also respects and protects the fiscal structure of the CHSS and maximizes member satisfaction and participation.” Many thanks to Dr. Kirklin, the Research Committee, and Data Center leadership for working to secure the future of the Society’s important research endeavors.

See you all in Chicago!


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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