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CHSS 2016 Annual Meeting, Otober 23-24, 2016, Loews O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois
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2016 Annual Meeting
October 23-24, 2016
Loews O'Hare
Chicago, Illinois

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A Message from the CHSS President

Marshall L. Jacobs, MD, President of CHSS
Marshall L. Jacobs, MD

Labor Day weekend marked the “unofficial end of summer.” The fall season is always a busy time for the CHSS.

October 23-24, 2016. The Fall Scientific Meeting and Annual Business Meeting of the CHSS will take place at Loews O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois. The meeting will feature a full scientific program, reports from the CHSS Data Center and Research Committee, and the Annual Business Meeting which includes the election of officers and new members. A special feature of this year’s meeting will be the Keynote Lecture by Duke Cameron and Hal Dietz, titled: Connective Tissue Disorders and Cardiac Surgery - A Success Story. The program also includes special parallel sessions for Research Coordinators. Please support your own center’s research team and make it possible for them to attend the annual meeting.

Be reminded also that immediately prior to the Fall CHSS Meeting, on Saturday October 22, the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC) will hold multi-disciplinary Learning Labs as it kicks off its Phase II initiative on improvement of outcomes from management of HLHS. The NPC-QIC’s first official Surgical Session of Phase II will take place on Saturday afternoon, October 22. Organized by Jim Tweddell and Jim Hammel, the surgical session will take place in the same venue, Loews O’Hare, where the CHSS Fall Meeting will begin on Sunday afternoon. This was planned specifically with the intent of making it convenient and practical for CHSS members to attend and participate in the NPC-QIC program. Consider arriving in Chicago a half-day earlier. All CHSS members are invited to participate, whether or not their institutions are already involved in NPC-QIC.

The Fall Work Weekend at the CHSS Data Center in Toronto will be held November 18-20th, 2016. All members, but especially newer members are encouraged to attend and get involved directly in the important research activities of the CHSS. Along with many other ongoing projects, the Work Weekend will feature discussion of the analysis of Optimal Timing of Stage-2-Palliation after the Norwood Operation. Kirklin-Ashburn Fellow Jim Meza will be presenting this work at the 2017 meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in Houston in January 2017. On the strength of the superb abstract, this study was selected for the J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper at the STS 53rd Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Jim, to P.I. Jake Jaquiss, and to the entire team of investigators.


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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