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President's Message

Letter from the Editor

Make Plans to Attend the 2014 Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society Annual Meeting

How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Patients with CHD?

Aprotinin Use in Europe: A personal view




President's Message

It seems as though it was only a few weeks ago that I wrote to wish you all appropriate Holiday greetings for 2012 and here we are already at the start of (ugh) another winter. I have so much to be thankful for:  warm (indoors at least), and safe here in Canada. 

Our colleagues caring for children in areas of conflict, deprivation or disaster overcome challenges that most of us cannot contemplate. I would like to acknowledge those affected by tropical storm Haiyan, who face a very difficult time over the next many months.  It is also to be hoped that developments in Iran turn out to be beneficial for everyone in the region, and that the suffering of the Syrian people comes to an end.   

Over the course of 2013, we have had a successful and well reviewed Annual Meeting at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Special thanks are due to Jumbo Williams, Wanda Miller-Hance and Nina Guzzetta, who worked very hard for the 2013 meetings with the addition of Mark Twite for the 2014 meeting (see below).  There was also a combined meeting with the Congenital Cardiac Anaesthesia Network (CCAN) in Geneva, Switzerland, prior to the ESPA/SPA meeting in September.  This was well attended, and topics ranged from cardiopulmonary bypass to inotrope use and reviews of outcomes in children having cardiac surgery.  CCAS was well represented with three presidents and a past board member on the podium for the cardiac session.

There are future plans for collaboration at the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery which will be held on June 18 - 23, 2017 in Istanbul.  Scott Walker and Mark Twite will be our liaisons.  There are also preliminary discussions (you will have received an email) about the possibility of a joint meeting with CCAN and APA-GBI in May 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (I may need a passport to go there by then!)

The next CCAS meeting will be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in March 2014, and the overall focus is on heart failure in the context of CHD. The program is wide ranging and forward thinking, and includes clinical applications as well as (by popular request) literature picks. There will be a competitive poster presentation and a comprehensive review of pulmonary atresia with intact septum.  Sign up at once!  There will be also be a CCAS Board Meeting and retreat and all members are welcome.

This year has seen the addition of Luis Zabala as Associate editor of the newsletter, and thanks are due to Courtney Hardy for his contribution. 

The work of the CCAS/STS database continues with the expert input of David Vener.  While there have been concerns expressed this year about access to data, all sites can access their own data and work is underway to clarify both the process of making inquiries, and the definitions around the use of the database. 

By the time you read this I am hoping that the sticker shock from the new dues has subsided.  I will simply point out that this is the first dues increase the Society has made since its inception.  We are thankful for the past financial support and continuing association with the SPA.  I am proud of the work done by the CCAS Board of Directors in promoting our mission, but I believe that there are many opportunities to improve the Society. 

To do that we need input from the membership, and I welcome comments regarding the website, the use of social media, the role of conferences, etc.  You can email the society, or me (

I wish everyone good health, safe travels and continued success in 2014 (especially those who were doing “the exam”!).  I look forward to seeing everyone in Fort Lauderdale in March 2014.

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