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.

The World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS) welcomes you to our Sixth Scientific Meeting taking place on July 22-26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, USA at Walt Disney World. The World Society expresses its gratitude to the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHACH) for their help in organizing our meeting, which in 2018 joins the JHACH 18th International Symposium on
Congenital Heart Disease.

The Program Committee has worked hard to put together an exciting program. On Day One, the 18th International Symposium will focus on Surgery and Perioperative Care for Transposition of the Great Arteries. Day One also includes two additional parallel breakout sessions: (1) update on Fetal Cardiology, and (2) National Pediatric Cardiology – Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC) Breakout.

For the main meeting, the Sixth Scientific Meeting of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery on July 23-26, we have put together an outstanding comprehensive Postgraduate Course on the topic of “Hypoplastic Ventricles.” The “Van Praagh Lecture” will be delivered by Paul Weinberg, the “Aldo R. Castañeda Lecture” by William I. Norwood, and the “Adib D. Jatene Lecture” by Marshall L.
Jacobs. President Richard A. Jonas will present an outgoing address and the new President Marcelo B. Jatene will deliver
the Presidential Address. In addition, there will be multiple oral presentations of the best abstracts submitted. The rest
of the selected abstracts will be presented as posters.
The morning sessions of each day are plenary sessions that will bring together over 500 attendees. In the afternoons, we feature 8 parallel breakout sessions in the following 8 Specialty Tracks: (1) Surgery, (2) Cardiology, (3) Anesthesia, (4) Critical Care, (5) Nursing, (6) Perfusion, (7) Leadership/ Administration, and (8) Trainee.

Please review the attached file for the 11 step checklist for preparing a bid to host an upcoming Scientific Meeting. Bids start with a letter of intent from a local member who host the meeting.

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