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00President's Message

By Dean Andropoulos, M.D.

I am truly priviledged to serve as the President of the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, and with this inagural E-Newsletter the CCAS is further improving its service to the membership. The newsletter Dr. Andropouloswill be a quarterly email to all members, and will update all CCAS activities, including upcoming educational conferences.  There will also be literature reviews, membership updates, and links to other useful web sites. Suggestions from CCAS members as to desired content are welcome—please e-mail them to

The CCAS now has over 300 individual members, and more than 30 charter institutional members. See the link below for access to the membership contact information. I would like to thank all CCAS members, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Board of Directors, and particulary Dr. Frank McGowan for overwhelming support of this new society. 

I wanted to update the CCAS membership on our activities, according to our Mission Statement:

  1. Education:  the CCAS has sponsored 2 full day conferences with the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, in 2004 and 2005, a workshop with the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiolgists in 2006, and a successful full-day conference in March 2007 at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Winter Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Chandra Ramamoorthy, Chair of the CCAS Education Committee, has a detailed report below, and also an update for future educational conferences.
  2. Collaboration: the educational meetings, particularly at the SPA this March, have been an excellent opportunity for networking and collaboration for CCAS members. In the future the CCAS will have additional opportunities at future meetings, as well as enhanced Web features to facilitate collaboration.
  3. Coordination: The CCAS has official relationships with the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, and now the new World Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.
  4. Research: 5 CCAS members have been named as Liaisons for Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia, for the Pediatric Anesthesia Section of Anesthesia & Anaglesia, edited by Peter Davis, M.D. These members are Wanda Miller-Hance from Texas Children's Hospital. Kirsten Odegaard from Boston Children’s Hospital, Robert Friesen from Denver Children’s Hospital, Eckehard Stuth from Wisconsin Children’s Hospital, and Glyn (Jumbo) Williams from Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. These thought leaders in our subspecialty will assist with editorial duties and guidance for A&A, and their names will appear on the new A&A masthead. I would like to thank these individuals in advance for their time and effort in this important activity for the CCAS.
  5. Database: the final agreements for the CCAS to join the Society for Thoracic Surgeons’ Congenital Heart Surgery Database are being completed, with data collection planned for the end of 2007. David Vener, M.D. from the Cleveland Clinic has been instrumental in  organizing this process and in raising the funding necessary for this important effort.
  6. Training: Under the leadership of Jim diNardo from Boston Children’s Hospital, the CCAS is developing  training and didactic guidelines for Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia, including for Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiolgy, General Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Adult Cardiovacular Anesthesiology Fellows. Important opportunities for CCAS members’ input will be available in the future.
  7. Advocacy: the CCAS will look for additional avenues for advocacy for the highest possible quality of anesthetic care for patients with congenital heart disease.