|CHSS President's Message: Joseph A. Dearani, MD|
|Dear CHSS Colleague:
As we had toward Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, I am delighted to provide you with an update on the activities of the CHSS over the past several months, and share with you our plans for the future of our growing Society.
In July, the CHSS Executive Council held a first of its kind Strategic Planning Session with professional facilitation, and we set several short and long-term goals. In addition, we agreed upon a new and concise CHSS Mission Statement, which is to "Provide the most trusted leadership in the science and practice of congenital heart surgery."
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Joseph A. Dearani, MD
The Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society (CHSS) is a premier organization of heart surgeons who treat defects in the heart existing from birth. The CHSS Data Center is devoted to encouraging and stimulating investigations and studies that will increase the knowledge of congenital cardiac physiology, pathology and therapy, and to correlate and disseminate such knowledge.
Each year, thousands of surgeries are performed on children born with heart conditions. The Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society (CHSS) Data Center is dedicated to research to find better treatment for children with congenital heart disease.
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