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October 22-24, 2020
ECHSA & CHSS Joint Meeting

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Welcome to the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society


CHSS 2020 Annual Meeting, October 22-24, Four Seasons Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
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Annual Meeting Update
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity of creating the safest learning experience, this year’s CHSS & ECHSA Joint Annual Meeting program that was to take place in person October 22-24, 2020, at the Four Seasons in Boston, MA, will now be held virtually.


CHSS President's Message: Joseph A. Dearani, MD

The congenital heart surgery community is coming together in full support of each other. As part of this, the CHSS has created a CHSS-member only ListServ, where our congenital heart surgeon members can communicate in a private forum and share ideas, ask questions, and seek insight and assistance as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. To opt in and be part of this online community, please send an email to:


Fall 2020 Work Weekend

Fall 2020 Work Weekend
Fall 2020 Work Weekend
November 20 and 21, 2020

The CHSS Work Weekend is held twice a year, and is an opportunity for members of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society to discuss and analyze the research that is currently being generated. Over the course of the work weekend, surgeons and coordinators will also have the opportunity to brainstorm and generate new research hypotheses which will lead to exciting research projects. For a preview of this meeting's preliminary agenda, please click 'View Event Agenda' below. We hope that you will be able to join us!
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FAQs on COVID-19's New Normal for Congenital Heart Surgery Recovery

Dear CHSS Colleagues:

I am delighted to share with you the journal article "FAQs on COVID-19's New Normal for Congenital Heart Surgery Recovery" This is in press with the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WJPCHS).

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Wishing you, your colleagues, families and patients the very best.

Joseph A. Dearani, MD President CHSS


COVID-19: Crisis Management in Congenital Heart Surgery

Dear CHSS Colleagues:

I am delighted to share with you the journal article "COVID-19: Crisis Management in Congenital Heart Surgery" which is being simultaneously published by the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. This is a true collaborative effort by the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

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This is a simultaneous release by each of these journals, and the participating societies. We thank our sister organizations and the publications teams for their efforts and collaboration.

Joseph A. Dearani, MD President CHSS


CHSS Member Resources

In these challenging times, the CHSS is committed to being a strong and supportive resource for our members, their teams and their patients and patient families. We are pleased to provide the following updated FAQs regarding care of our pediatric patients.



CHSS Data Center

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.

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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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COVID-19 Important Payment Information
Although our physical office have reopened in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, as we continue to have most of our staff team work remotely, we ask that if possible, you make your dues payments online. If you or your institution would prefer to send a check, rest assured that our teams are all working full time, and our front office is in full operation and your mail is secure.


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