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President's Message

Spring this year is extremely welcome after the longest, coldest winter around the Great Lakes in almost 50 years.  The weekend in Fort Lauderdale for the CCAS and SPA Winter Meeting was particularly welcome (tornado warnings and all!), and the meeting was personally gratifying for several reasons. 

The program was truly outstanding with respect to both the content and the speakers. I wish to pay special tribute to the organizing committee (Wanda Miller-Hance, Nina Guzzetta, Mark Twite) for their expertise and hard work.  I was particularly entranced by the talk by Dr Doris Taylor, and was grateful for the clarity of her presentation.   It is a rare gift to make complex concepts seem perfectly straightforward at 8am!  It was also very encouraging to listen to the poster presentations and reflect on the skill, enthusiasm and intellect of our younger members. 

The number of registrants was increased from last year, and the presence of society members and guests at the CCAS Board meeting was very welcome.  One of my personal goals as president was to try to improve the profile of the CCAS internationally, and to increase our collaboration with other organizations involved in the care of patients with CHD, and children with heart disease generally.  I was pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Laussen, president of PCICS, to the Board meeting and we look forward to renewing our links with them. 

There are several dates to mark on the calendar, starting with the combined SPA/APAGBI meeting in Aberdeen, Scotland, May 13, 2015, which will have a satellite meeting with CCAS/CCAN immediately prior to the main meeting.  CCAS has also been asked to participate in the World Congress in Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Istanbul, June 19-24, 2017.  Individuals who wish to contribute topics for consideration and nominate possible speakers are encouraged to contact Mark Twite or Scott Walker.

CCAS has also been asked to support a bid by Washington, DC for this meeting in 2021 and I was pleased to write a letter on behalf of the Society. I am relying on (much) younger members for content and participation if the bid is successful. CCAS has also become a partner organization with CHIP, the Congenital Heart Professionals Network, and individuals may also register.  (

This summer requires your participation in CCAS in terms of nominating and voting for Board members and new executive committee members. The nominating committee is chaired by Jim Di Nardo, and information is available on the website and via email. 

I have been involved with CCAS since its inception, and it has been a privilege to be President.  I have no doubt it will go forward with increasing success, but all societies need the input and participation of the members.  Please write, nominate, vote and continue to provide input in the future.  I wish everyone a healthy and successful summer with lots of adventures!

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