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An American Lunger in Nice for the ISHLT


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Daniel F. Dilling, MD
Loyola University
Chicago, IL, USA
Ddillin@lumc.edu



After great anticipation, the ISHLT meeting in Nice has come and gone. As usual, the meeting included strong content, important networking and mentoring, and a rich cultural experience. Nice did not disappoint. I soaked in the Côte d'Azur sun during my walk each day, ducking under clementine orange trees and stealing away for a brief visit to the nearby Matisse museum. And the food! But was that a tomato-infused ziti in my margherita hors-d'oeuvre or some sort of homage to red rubber suction tubing?

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So of course I'm pulmonary inclined and so I can't speak to the (naturally) excellent cardiac clinical content. But from my end, I was particularly impressed with presentations by Ramsey Hachem (who described poorer outcomes in patients who develop donor-specific antibodies after lung transplantation) and by Clemens Aigner (who presented data from a prospective randomized trial of ex-vivo lung perfusion in standard donor lungs < the question everyone is wondering about). These and many others are the reason we come each year. The junior faculty and trainee poster presentations stimulated our curiosities.


How can we top it? Washington DC has big shoes to fill! I doubt I can take a half day at the end of the conference in any place as beautiful as Eze. But I have high confidence that Andy Fisher and the program committee will not fail to impress. ■



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




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