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The First 100 Days: Presidential Address to the ISHLT

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Duane Davis, MD, MBA
2016 ISHLT President

It is appropriate that this report of the 1st 100 days as ISHLT President is focused on change and transition. Before focusing on the year ahead, I would like to congratulate Andreas Zuckerman and the program committee on the outstanding 35th annual program in Nice. The content and presentations were excellent and the venue was exceptional. Nice was nice!!!

While it will be a tough act to follow, particularly the Presidential presentation with the Hamburg ballet, Andrew Fisher and the program committee are up to the task. This year's program committee met in the Ashridge House, UK and assembled an extraordinary series of symposia and plenary sessions that I am sure you will enjoy. Andy highlighted much of this year's meeting content in this month's Links, and we hope you find it enticing and innovative. Importantly, we look forward to your abstract submissions, as they are the heart and soul of our annual meeting. With new and exciting advances in our field of heart and lung failure, management and treatment, we look forward to the presentations in 2016. While we won't disclose this year's plans for the Presidential address, in the spirit of last year's performance, we were thinking that past presidents and board members should perform a similar dance in similar attire. You won't want to miss it. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC.

As hopefully all of you know, we have initiated strategic planning for our society. Many of you have already completed the survey and have been contacted by your council leadership for input into the future direction of our society. I cannot understate the importance of membership input into the strategic plan. ISHLT has evolved considerably from its origin as a group of like-minded heart transplant colleagues who met in San Francisco 34 years ago. Our evolution has encountered many controversial subjects, such as the addition of lung transplantation both to our name and our focus. Over the years we have matured into a truly multidisciplinary, international society focused on the care of patients with end-stage heart and lung failure. Areas of mechanical circulatory support, both short- and long-term, and pulmonary hypertension are now tremendous areas of growth in our society. Similarly, we have expanded from a North American, Australian and Western European society into a truly international society with further growth in Asia, South America and the Middle East. Unlike many medical societies, we are growing in membership and in our societal role in respect to meeting both our patient's and members' needs. Going forward, we need to better understand and position the society to meet our members' needs; your input is vital. Please make every effort to participate if your council calls for input. I personally welcome any direct input that you might have. Our society's future is dependent on this change and transition, therefore your input and engagement are vital to its success. Thank you for your assistance in making our society better.

Finally, I wanted to provide a brief note on personal change. After 31 years at Duke, I have embarked on a new venture directing the Cardiovascular Institute at Florida Hospital in Orlando. I am writing this report while waiting for movers and internet /phone installers. If I am a little less prompt in my responses to emails and correspondence, please accept my apologies. Like our society, this venture will require exploring new roads and undertaking new challenges. The joy will be in the journey. I look forward to "hearing" from you and understanding how our society can better address your needs. I could not be more thrilled in taking on this journey with all of you. ■

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

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