World Journal becomes the official journal of CHSS and ECHSA

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Dear World Society Members, 

As we approach the end of 2017 we hope that this message will find you in good health! The World Society and its leadership have been busy with multiple initiatives. We have good news to report.

World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery becomes
the official journal of CHSS and ECHSA

The Boards of both the Congenital Heat Surgeons’ Society and the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association unanimously decided to approach the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and request that the World Journal be designated as official journal of their respective organizations. Following a few months of friendly negotiations the terms of agreement were approved by the World Society Governing Council and the Boards of CHSS and ECHSA. As of the January 2018 issue, CHSS and ECHSA will have their official logos join the World Society logo on the cover of the journal, and each will have their own societal page inside the journal listing their leadership, upcoming meetings and important messages. CHSS and ECHSA will nominate an Associate Editor and their members will receive an electronic subscription to the World Journal. Those members that are also members of he World Society will continue to receive a print copy of the World Journal. 

The coming together of the three sister organizations around the World Journal, a crown jewel of the World Society, is a huge achievement. It is a testament of the exceptional quality achieved by the World Journal. A lot of credit goes to the Editor-in-Chief, Marshall Jacobs, the Managing Editor, Virginia Hawkins, the international Editorial Board, the hundreds of reviewers that support the peer-review process, and those that have financially supported the Journal’s development. The World Society extends congratulations and a warm collegial welcome to CHSS and ECHSA.

World Society at the 7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, July 16-21, 2017, Barcelona, Spain

The World Society played an important role at the highly successful World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Congress Chairman, Sertac Cicek and the organizers for their hospitality. A significant part of the surgical program of the World Congress was put together in collaboration with the World Society. Richard Jonas, the World Society President delivered a fabulous Inaugural Lecture at the Opening Plenary Session, entitled “Bridging together: Teamwork in caring for the family touched by Congenital heart Disease”.

In addition there were several additional World Society activities during the Word Congress:
•    Governing Council Meeting
•    World Database for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Lunch Symposium
•    World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Editorial Board Meeting
•    Annual Members Meeting

Future World Society Meetings: Reserve these dates!

We are planning fabulous scientific meetings, which will be great opportunities to share the latest scientific information, exchange ideas and establish professional connections that will benefit the children and adults born with congenital heart disease across the world.

We invite you to save these dates as you are planning your future travels!

6th Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA, July 23-26, 2018

  • Co-Hosts: Jeffrey P. Jacobs & Marshall L. Jacobs
  • Topic: “Hypoplastic Ventricles” 
  • 2018 Annual Members Meeting

Joint ECHSA/WSPCHS Meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 20-22, 2019

  • Co-Hosts: Stojan Lazarov & Christo I. Tchervenkov
  • Topic: “Management of the Critically ill Neonate and Infant”
  • 2019 Annual Members Meeting

Regional Meeting, Bali, Indonesia, November 28-30, 2019

  • Host: Hafil Abdulgani
  • Topic: “The Arterial Switch Operation: from A to Z”

7th Scientific Meeting, New Delhi, India, March 15-18, 2020

  • Host: Sachin Talwar
  • Topic: “Late presentation and remaining challenges in the treatment of congenital heart disease in the developing world”
  • 2020 Annual Members Meeting

As we look into the future, the World Society is constantly expanding its activities. For this it needs your ongoing support: participating in its activities, attending its meetings, submitting your manuscripts to the World Journal, participating in the World Database, getting involved in the various committees and paying your dues. 

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the 6th Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida, USA in 2018!

Richard A. Jonas, MD
Washington, D.C., USA

Nestor Sandoval, MD
Bogota, Colombia

Christo I. Tchervenkov, MD
Executive Director & Founding President
Montreal, Canada

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