Reaching New Heights
By Emad B. Mossad, MD
Texas Children’s Hospital
Dear members and colleagues;
Welcome back to our Newsletter. This year the CCAS reached new heights. To be specific, 6,230 feet above sea level!
Our annual meeting held on March 31st at the Broadmoor hotel and resort in Colorado Springs was a great event, with an excellent program and an opportunity to network and connect with colleagues from around the world. The meeting location, at the base of the Cheyenne Mountains, and with a fractional oxygen concentration of less than 18%, was literally “breath-taking”. We heard engaging presentations, not only related to congenital heart disease, but also on high altitude physiology, the value and impact of collaborative work, and the personal experiences of a congenital heart disease survivor.
Inside the Newsletter, you can read more details here about the presentations and discussions. For the first time in our meetings, we had a series of successful workshops, a diverse group of exhibitors, and a lively reception with micro-breweries from around Colorado. I want to thank Mark Twite, this year’s program chair, and the Education Committee on their diligence and great work preparing the meeting.
Our goal is to provide you with excellent educational resources, and a great experience, especially through the annual meeting. So when you attend a meeting, please fill out your evaluations and give us your opinion, thoughts and any new ideas; we consider your feedback very seriously. If you missed this year’s meeting, please make it a goal to join us next year. I promise you will not be disappointed.
The CCAS is embarking on a new round of elections for the Board of Directors this year. In the very near future, you as a member will exercise your authority to vote for new board members who will be your representatives, advocates and to serve the society. Please consider the impact and importance of your vote. We want to have a representation with new blood, fresh ideas and a broad background of practice and expertise to enrich the society and serve our membership better.
Enjoy the summer!