Exciting Times for CCAS
By Nina A. Guzzetta, MD
These are exciting times for the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society (CCAS), and I’d like to share with you why. The CCAS was founded on October 19, 2005, and we are fast approaching our 12-year anniversary. In 2005, our initial membership consisted of 113 active members. Today, CCAS has over 1,300 members! Furthermore, our mission is moving forward at a rapid pace as CCAS is involved in a number of organizational and educational initiatives aimed at advancing the practice and science of congenital cardiac anesthesia.
On March 2 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, CCAS held our 11th Annual Meeting. We had an outstanding program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of our first Annual Meeting which was held in 2007. This year’s meeting followed the successful format of past programs with an exciting new addition of morning PBLDs. You can read specifics about the meeting inside the newsletter. I would like to personally thank the Program Chair, Dr. Scott Walker, and Co-Chairs, Drs. Luis Zabala and Kirsten Odegard, for their hard work and dedication to making the 2017 meeting a success.
Our educational collaborations with other societies are also gaining momentum. In April, the CCAS was represented at the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists 39th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Lisa Wise-Faberowski organized an excellent and informative session reviewing hypoplastic left heart syndrome. In addition, CCAS is looking forward to participating in the 7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (WCPCCS) in Barcelona, Spain, July 16‐22, 2017. There we will have the opportunity to interact with other professionals from around the world who care for children and adults with CHD. CCAS will be hosting a dedicated two-hour session on congenital cardiac anesthesia every day of the Congress, as well as a CCAS sponsored lunch symposium. The top five trainee abstracts from our 2017 Annual Meeting will be presented during the scientific poster session. The presenting trainees are receiving free registration and a stipend towards their accommodations courtesy of the WCPCCS. Although somewhat unbelievable, we’re already planning the CCAS contribution to the next WCPCCS in 2021.
If you visit our home page, you’ll notice that CCAS has recently added a new tab, ‘For Patients & Parents’. This resulted from an alliance with the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association (PCHA), an advocacy group for children with CHD and their families. They contacted us requesting a brochure to address frequently asked questions by patients and parents regarding cardiac anesthesia care. The writing committee (Drs. Lisa Wise-Faberowski, Gregory Latham, Raina Abbasi, Nicole Wilder and David Vener) created an easily understandable, yet thorough, document addressing commonly asked questions prior to surgery. The brochure is available for download from the website and can be adapted for use by your hospital. Thanks to Dr. Jimmie Colon, a Spanish version is also available.
The CCAS-STS database has recently hit a new high – over 100,000 entries from over 50 participating institutions in North America. Specific data queries of the entire CCAS-STS database are vetted by the Database Committee and then forwarded to the STS. Institutional access to the database is available to each participating institution. Both offer unique opportunities for quality and outcomes information and research. I extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to Dr. David Vener for his leadership and tireless efforts to making the CCAS-STS Database collaborative a true success.
The Dr. Dolly D. Hansen Educational Fund is officially founded. Every CCAS board director is contributing and letters have been mailed to your department chairs requesting donations. The intent of the fund is to support the CCAS mission in providing educational programs and, in the future, starter research grants in congenital cardiac anesthesia. The fund is open to donations and support from the membership. Click here to make your donation.
Although CCAS is still young as a professional organization, the past twelve years have been extraordinary and have provided us with a solid foundation - a direct result of your efforts and contributions. It is a true privilege to serve as president of the CCAS, and I hope that you share my enthusiasm for the direction and progress of our society. Indeed, these are exciting times for the CCAS!