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.

Title: Pulmonary Valve Placement in patients with prior repair of Tetralogy of Fallot: Indications, Timing, and choice of procedure.

Rational. The timing and most efficacious replacement therapy for patients with Pulmonary insufficiency following repair of Tetralogy of Fallot has been extensively debated, with multiple opinions reflecting the lack of strong evidence-based studies supporting a management strategy. Our goal, by utilizing all pertinent literature and the expert opinion of three societies dedicated to the care of children with congenital heart disease, is to develop a consensus statement which address the indications, timing, appropriate procedure and choice of pulmonary valve replacement in patients with Tetralogy of Fallot that has undergone repair resulting in significant pulmonary insufficiency.

We welcome you to the First Joint Meeting of the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA) and the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS) taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria June 20-22, 2019! The venue is the spectacular National Palace of Culture in the historic city of Sofia, Bulgaria’s Capital.

This historic meeting brings together pediatric and congenital heart surgeons and colleagues from related specialties, from both Societies, from Europe and from all
continents of the world, all in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation.

The invited faculty consists of world-renowned experts and the Scientific Program features presentations on major clinical issues in congenital heart surgery, clinical and database research, the traditional best-worst case presentations, video sessions, and oral and poster abstract presentations.

The Multidisciplinary Post-Graduate Course on the “Management of the Critically Ill Neonate and Infant” will provide an up to date overview on numerous high-risk
lesions that challenge all of us in our practice.

A unique new feature of this Congress is the innovative Hands-On Surgical Simulation Workshop, using 3D Printed Cardiac Models to teach the technique of “The Arterial Switch Operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries”. This workshop represents a fantastic opportunity for more junior colleagues to practice the arterial switch operation on accurate 3D printed models of the hearts of babies with transposition, under the guidance of established experts in the field.

This first ever Joint ECHSA/WSPCHS Meeting is a fantastic and unique opportunity to exchange scientific information, network, establish friendships, professional
connections, and build new collaborations between these sister organizations for the benefit of our patients across the world! 

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