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Stay Classy, San Diego!


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Jason D. Christie, MD
ISHLT 2014 Scientific Program Chair
University of Pennsylvania
jchristi@upenn.edu




"Stay classy, San Diego!"

I am reminded of these words spoken by Ron Burgundy from the movie Anchorman as I sit writing this description of the 2014 ISHLT program on a warm sunny early autumn day in Philadelphia, with crisp air and bluebird skies. I feel compelled to find some way to get outside and enjoy each moment of it, because days like these in the U.S. Northeast are like breaths or heartbeats - we only get so many. Not so in the beautiful microclimate in San Diego: the site of the 2014 ISHLT conference. links imageYet, as we know from previous ISHLT conferences in this beautiful city, San Diego offers so many more attractions beyond its stellar weather.

In this wonderful setting, the 2014 Program is shaping up to be very exciting. In a new format this year, the meeting is shifted to open on Thursday with pre-meeting symposia and close Sunday, in order to best include a Saturday night stay. Pre-meeting symposia focus on novel issues in device technology and management, as well as cutting-edge content integrating bench science and clinical themes in advanced heart and lung disease care, including pulmonary hypertension, lung and heart transplantation. Woven throughout the meeting is an emphasis on the integrative multi-specialty teams that permeate our society, including children, nursing and allied health professions, infectious diseases and pharmacology.

links imageExciting plenary sessions cover personalizing approaches to patient care, including how "Digitizing Humans Changes the Future of Medicine." Sir Terrence English will be granted the Lifetime Achievement Award and will inspire Society members to "Follow your Star" in his acceptance lecture. A Plenary session focused on timely issues in thoracic organ donation includes reports of novel trials of DCD transplants, capped with an invited lecture from Nobel Laureate Dr. Al Roth discussing the ethics and economics of organ allocation policy. The President's Debate on Sunday will settle (or at least try to settle) whether it is time to "stop treating patients with secondary PH now."

Despite these exciting symposia and plenary sessions, the strength of the meeting will remain the submitted scientific content from the membership. In anticipation of your contribution of high quality, novel scientific work, we have again set aside 6 series of concurrently running oral sessions to showcase the highest scoring abstracts. In addition, as was started last year, all poster sessions will be moderated by a team of experts, to facilitate scientific interactions while sipping and nibbling on wine and cheese. links imageSo be sure to send in your best science to be part of the program.

The setting this year is ideal. The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego offers a resort feel right on the San Diego Bay, along the waterside path to the city's popular Seaport Village, and blocks from the famous Gaslamp Quarter. Taking advantage of this beautiful locale, the President's Cocktail Reception will be held poolside on Friday night, and the Program Committee has already placed friendly wagers on who will be the first one in the pool, yelling "Cannonball!"

Now is the time to start planning to come to the 34th ISHLT in San Diego. The Annual Congress is a shining star in our Society, but it is one that relies heavily on participation of the membership to be the most successful. So "Stay Classy ISHLT" and anchors aweigh to San Diego.


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




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