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

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Abstract

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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World Database for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

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As part of the mission of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, the World Database for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery will be developed and maintained for the purposes of furthering knowledge concerning the global practice and outcomes of pediatric and congenital heart surgery; fostering an environment of quality improvement in participating hospitals, without geographic constraints regarding eligibility for participation; and promoting scientific investigation and publication based on analyses of this world database, with collaboration among a wide array of international colleagues. 

How can I enroll my hospital?

  • One member of the institution should be a member of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS).
  • Sign and return the WSPCHS Data Use Agreement and Participation Agreement.
  • Interested in learning more? Visit the link below and provide your contact information. A WDPCHS representative will reach out to you with more information.

http://www.uab.edu/medicine/wdpchs/learnmore

Thank you to the Database Committee Working Group

 

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.

You Care About Quality Care

Join an important group of surgeons and specialists in the field of pediatric and congenital heart surgery. In the inaugural years of the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, the official publication of the WSPCHS, has gained immense distinction in a very short order – being indexed through Medline in the first three years of its publication. A rare achievement! The journal, along with the biennial scientific and semi-annual regional meetings the WSPCHS regularly holds around the world, are vibrant elements in the Society's mission to ensure quality access to appropriate medical care to every child born anywhere in the world.

Your support ensures continued excellence in the journal, great scientific and regional meetings, and a strong community dedicated to the health of children. You will get the latest reports and investigations in heart surgery and congenital heart disease with our quarterly journal and stay in touch with invitations to all of the Society's international meetings.

Join the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery today and you will receive online access to all the published material in the World Journal back to volume 1, number 1.

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