President's Message

CCAS Board Elections

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By Dean Andropoulos, M.D.

As we enter our third year, the CCAS has a number of exciting initiatives, many of which were detailedDr. Andropoulos in our inaugural e-Newsletter in July 2007.  Another initiative for the next year is to increase our international collaboration with individuals and societies who share mutual interests in advancing the quality of care and knowledge in congenital cardiac anesthesia. Among the international activities this year are:

  1. Election of International CCAS Board Members. 2 of the 3 open CCAS Board of Directors positions are reserved for international members outside of North America. The CCAS Board elections are open by email ballot, which all CCAS members will receive, in September and early October, and we have an outstanding slate of international nominees. These international Board members will provide us with a valuable international perspective, help greatly with recruiting international members, and facilitate collaboration with international societies and meetings which share our desire to educate practitioners in congenital cardiac anesthesia. Please refer to the following e-newsletter article, and your email ballot, for further details.
  2. Increase International Membership. Of the more than 300 CCAS members, 10% are international. In this era of increased availability of communication and knowledge through the Internet, international meetings, and training of fellows and other practitioners across borders, a major initiative this year will be to at least double the number of international members. This will increase the value and the reach of the CCAS, to help fulfill our mission.
  3. Increase Collaboration with International Societies and Conferences. As the President of the CCAS, I had the privilege of speaking at the inaugural conference of the new World Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, in Washington DC in May 2007, and also to serve on their Constitutional Council. This new society, under the leadership of Dr. Christo Tchervenkov of Montreal, and a distinguished multispecialty Council, has the goal of advancing the availability and the quality of congenital heart surgery to children and adults worldwide.  In addition, again as CCAS President, I have the honor of serving on the Cardiac Anaesthesia Scientific Committee for the next World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, to be held in Cairns, Queensland in June 2009.  Through these and other opportunities, the CCAS will continue to collaborate internationally to fulfill our mission.
  4. Increase CCAS net Educational Offerings. There are several projects in development to place important educational material on our Web Page, to be easily accessible, and thus to increase the international availability of such knowledge in our specialty. Look for announcements in the upcoming months about these new offerings.

I urge all CCAS members to take the time to complete your email ballots for CCAS Board elections, to make your voice heard as to who will represent you.