The vision of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery is that every child born anywhere in the world with a congenital heart defect should have access to appropriate medical and surgical care.

Official Journal of the World Society

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World Journal becomes the official journal of CHSS and ECHSA


World Database for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

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In memoriam

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Dr. Gerhard Ziemer
1953 – 2022

We announce with sorrow the sudden passing of our longtime colleague and friend, Gerhard Ziemer.

Gerhard was the Founding President of the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association and Past President of the Society of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery “Aldo R. Castañeda”. Gerhard was also a strong advocate for the establishment of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and was a founding member of its Governing Council.

On behalf of the World Society, we express our sincere condolences to his wife, Sabine and to his family.

Farewell dear friend and esteemed colleague!

— WSPCHS Governing Council

Welcome to New Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Carl Lewis Backer

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We proudly announce the selection of Carl Lewis Backer as the new Editor-in-Chief of the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Carl has extensive experience in publishing, including several textbooks. He has served as an Associate Editor of the World Journal.

We have no doubt that Carl will follow with success in the footsteps of the Founding Editor, Marshall L. Jacobs, to whom we are eternally grateful.

We would like to thank the 15 members of the Editor Search Committee, representing all continents and our sister organizations, CHSS and ECHSA, for their active participation in this most important decision.

The World Journal has become a high quality and essential educational tool in the globalization of our specialty. The World Journal is the only journal exclusively dedicated to congenital heart surgery and is now among the finest cardiac surgery journals.

Zohair Al-Halees
President, WSPCHS

Richard Jonas
Chair, Editor Search Committee

Christo Tchervenkov
Founding President and Executive Director

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