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ISHLT ID Council Year of Accomplishments

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Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD
Council Past Chair

The Infectious Disease Council continues to grow and thrive.

First, we would like to congratulate Michele Estabrook (Writer of the Year!) and Mace Schuurmans as inaugural Leach-Abramson-Imhoff Links Travel Award Winners. We are proud to have two of our colleagues recognized for their contributions to the Society.

Amparo Sole, our Education Committee representative, recently submitted the Infectious Diseases Core Competency in Thoracic Transplant document so aptly spearheaded by Michele Estabrook and Martha Mooney with contributions from over 20 council members.

Shahid Husain, Amparo Sole and Orla Morrissey convened a day-long meeting of the Fungal Workgroup just prior to the annual meeting in Montreal. We are looking forward to their consensus document on Fungal Infections in Thoracic Transplantation.

We hope you viewed the poster presentation from Shimon Kusne about infection prevention practices in Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) from over 100 member institutions of ISHLT. Dr. Kusne worked closely with the ID Council to develop, circulate and analyze the data. A special thanks to Susie Newton and Amanda Rowe at ISHLT who facilitated distribution of the survey through the ISHLT.

The ID Council represented by Margaret Hannan continues to join forces with IMACS to thoughtfully consider ways to impact infectious outcomes in MCS.

Finally, Fernanda Silveira (our Council Chair) and Amparo Sole along with our Junior Faculty representative Me-Linh Luong have been working with the Standards and Guidelines Committee to gain approval of the author list for the ID for Symptom-based diagnostic guideline. More information about this endeavor in next month's LINKS!

Disclosure Statement: the author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.