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Marshall L. Jacobs, MD, President of CHSS
Marshall L. Jacobs, MD
A Message from the CHSS President

The May 31 deadline for submission of abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2015 CHSS Annual Meeting in Chicago is just around the corner. Program Chair Dr. James Jaggers and his committee will be considering abstracts that briefly summarize the proposed content of presentations related to clinical experience and clinical research, basic science investigations, and videos of surgical procedures. This year, for the first time, there will be a Resident Paper Competition, which is open to all current and incoming congenital cardiac surgery residents.
But, as preparations are well underway for this year’s meeting in Chicago on October 25 and 26, it is not too soon to begin making plans to attend the Fourth Joint Meeting of the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association and the CHSS which will take place next year. The joint meeting will be held in Venice, Italy on June 22-24, 2016.

I have just returned for Copenhagen, Denmark, where I had the immense pleasure of being a guest of the ECHSA at their annual Spring meeting. During the course of a terrific scientific meeting, plans for next year’s joint meeting were shared with the group by Dr. Giovanni Stellin, who will serve as local host in Venice. A world class scientific meeting will be organized by a joint ECHSA/CHSS Program Committee which will be co-chaired by George Sarris and Jim Jaggers. In addition, there will be memorable social events including a Venetian Gala and a boat trip on Saturday, June 25 to the islands of the Venetian Lagoon.

A “Save the Date” card will be distributed in the near future. But its time now to start making plans to be there for the 2016 Joint Meeting in one of the world’s great cities.

Marshall Jacobs

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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