COVID-19: Crisis Management in Congenital Heart Surgery

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In these difficult times we wish you and your families health and the strength to get through this terrible pandemic in your respective countries. Please be safe and follow the recommendations from your health authorities and governments to avoid, limit and mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19!
The WSPCHS Leadership is carefully monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect around the world, as well as the policies set by institutions and countries. We are concerned about the possible effects on the health of our members, families and patients. We are also concerned about how the pandemic and travel restrictions will impact the ability to hold the 7th Scientific Meeting of the World Society in partnership with the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India, scheduled for September 17-20, 2020 in New Delhi, India.
The Organizing Committee led by Sachin Talwar, Rajesh Sharma and Krishna Iyer, have been working hard to prepare what promises to be another outstanding meeting. The theme of the Scientific Program “Late presentation and remaining challenges in the treatment of congenital heart disease around the world” is really timely in helping with the rapid progress going on in the world.
Although we hope that the meeting will take place as planned, we also remain realistic. In the coming weeks, the unfolding situation will be assessed and any decision about the meeting will be promptly communicated.
In the meantime, we would like to bring to your attention a manuscript by Joseph Dearani and Associates entitled "COVID-19: Crisis Management in Congenital Heart Surgerythat has been posted on the websites of the WSPCHS, ECHSA and the CHSS. This important manuscript has been accepted for simultaneous publication in the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
We send you our best wishes for health and safety,

Marcelo B. Jatene
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Christo I. Tchervenkov
Executive Director & Founding President
Montreal, Canada


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Please find attached an important letter from the Leadership of ECHSA, WSPCHS and CHSS, on the COVID survey jointly conducted by these societies.

We highly value and will much appreciate your prompt participation. Furthermore, please feel free to invite colleagues who may not be members of our three societies to participate in the survey by sharing the link. Download ECHSA/CHSS/WSPCHS COVID Letter.

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Members in China or if you are unable to use Google services, please use this link:

History of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery: The First Decade

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The World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS) is the largest professional organization in the world dedicated to pediatric and congenital heart surgery. The purpose of this article is to document the first decade of the history of WSPCHS from its formation in 2006, to summarize the current status of WSPCHS, and to consider the future of WSPCHS. The WSPCHS was incorporated in Canada on April 7, 2011, with a head office in Montreal, Canada. The vision of the WSPCHS is that every child born anywhere in the world with a congenital heart defect should have access to appropriate medical and surgical care. The mission of the WSPCHS is to promote the highest quality comprehensive cardiac care to all patients with congenital heart disease, from the fetus to the adult, regardless of the patient’s economic means, with an emphasis on excellence in teaching, research, and community service.

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WSPCHS Exhibiting at AATS 2015

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We will be exhibiting at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) in Seattle April 26 to 28, 2015. Come by booth 908 for a free copy of the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.

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