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MCS Council Report

ISHLT MCS Council Chair

With only a couple of months left in my tenure as MCS Council Chair, I suppose it is a good time to reflect on the past year. We certainly have been busy over the past 10 months or so, with the final edits, reviews and subsequent submission and publication of the ISHLT MCS Guidelines. Their publication is culmination of literally years of work, organization by more contributors and reviewers than I have room to thank. However, we certainly do not look at these guidelines as the final word by any means, given the growth and the pace of discovery, and it is our anticipation that these guidelines will need to be updated in the next several years.

This year's annual meeting in Montréal has another strong MCS program, thanks to our Program Committee representatives Joseph Stehlik and Soon Park as well as all of the members who contributed many excellent suggestions for symposia. The MCS Council also organized a reprise of the ISHLT MCS Academy for the Tuesday prior to the start of the meeting. This year the Academy is also accompanied by a detailed Core Curriculum developed under the leadership of Salpy Pamboukian, the MCS Council's Education Committee representative. The 2012 Academy was well received and we hope to improve upon our efforts, particularly with a focus on increasing faculty/participant interaction, due largely in part to the many excellent suggestions from last year's attendees. There are still a few spots left for those who have an interest in registering. The full Academy schedule and speakers can be found on the MCS Council website.

Speaking of the annual meeting, please try to make plans to attend the MCS Reimbursement Session from 5:30-7:30 in room 512H. This session will feature both US and international perspectives on reimbursement from industry as well as physicians and is open to all members of the ISHLT. We have also asked Frank Irwin from OptumHealth to present the perspective of the payers. His presentations are always provocative as well as informative, so make sure to put it on your conference schedule.

I would also like to thank Evgenij Potapov, the MCS Council Communications Liaison for leading the efforts to put together content for this month's ISHLT Links, as well as contributions throughout the year. The MCS Council wrote a summary of the Prague meeting as well as the American Society of Transplantation's annual meeting. An excellent MCS year in review was written by Arie Blitz and Evgenij Potapov and covered a multitude of topics including new devices, surgical issues, cost effectiveness and thoughts about the future of MCS.

Other Council activities have included presenting on behalf of the ISHLT at this year's MEDCAC meeting in addition to representatives from the ACC, AHA, INTERMACS, STS, and the Heart Failure Society. We are also partnering with the Pulmonary Hypertension Council's upcoming pulmonary hypertension in left heart disease initiative. In the wings we are in the planning stages of an online MCS topic review which will hopefully provide a web-based resource for pertinent literature that will be available to the ISHLT membership. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements on the progress of this effort and for opportunities to become involved.

Lastly we will be notifying the membership of positions opening up within the MCS Council for whom we will be accepting nominations. Danny Goldstein from Montefiore Medical Center in New York, our current Vice Chair, will be taking over as Chair of the Council upon the completion of this year's annual meeting in April. The Council will be in extremely capable hands under Danny's leadership and I look forward to another very productive year. With this change the position of co-chair will be open and we are currently accepting nominations. Please feel free to nominate yourself or someone else via email to me ( and copy Susie Newton ( A more formal announcement of the positions, their duration, and responsibilities will be circulated in the near future. We hope to have the final set of candidates completed prior to the annual meeting so that voting can take place during the MCS Council meeting on Friday, April 26, from 12:10-12:55 PM in Room 513ABC of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Disclosure Statement: The author discloses receiving consulting fees from Sunshine Heart, and is on the Advisory Board for XDx.

Dr. Teuteberg is an assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program, and a member of the Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant section of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.