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An Update from Your President

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Maryl Johnson, MD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, USA

It hasn't even been two months since many of us were together in Washington D.C., but there has been a lot happening in the ISHLT and I want to take this opportunity to share some of these things with you, our members.

Shortly after the Annual Meeting, Dr. Carla Baan resigned her position on the Board of Directors due to other commitments not allowing adequate time for her to actively participate. We want to thank Carla for her past contributions to the ISHLT and look forward to her ongoing participation as an ISHLT member. Carla's resignation left a 1 year term on the Board open and the Board has appointed Dr. Stephan Ensminger, MD, DPhil, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon from Bad Oeynhausen, Germany to fill this vacancy. We welcome Dr. Ensminger to the Board and look forward to his continued contributions to the ISHLT as a Board member!

The dust has barely settled on our very successful meeting in Washington D.C. and yet we are already actively planning for the 2017 Annual Scientific Sessions to be held in San Diego April 5-8. The Program Committee, led by Dr. Jeff Teuteberg, has received nearly 150 symposium proposals and the symposium planning committee members are hard at work putting together the best proposals possible from the submissions received. The symposium planning committee will be meeting in mid July to finalize the symposium schedule, but this is only the beginning. The Abstract Selection Committee is currently being appointed by Dr. Teuteberg and this will be followed by selection of abstract reviewers. Finally, the call for abstracts has been prepared and will be distributed to the members with an abstract receipt deadline of October 25, 2016. We request that you begin making plans now to submit your best basic and clinical science abstracts to be considered for presentation at the San Diego meeting. It is through the ongoing active participation of our members that the ISHLT Annual Meeting keeps getting better and better!

I also want to let you know that members of the Board, Strategic Planning Group, and Committees have been actively working to move forward on the priority strategic objectives reported to you in the May LINKS. The Education Committee has been developing policies/procedures to be used when considering the Endorsement of meetings or the provision of In-Kind Educational Grants to assist other organizations in developing meetings where the ISHLT can provide content expertise. It is hoped that policies regarding these activities can be acted upon by the Board during our July conference call and after they are approved such collaborative educational activities can be developed. The Governance Committee has been formed, chaired by Past President Duane Davis, and including Andy Fisher, David Taylor, Paul Corris, Richard Kirk, Stuart Sweet and me. Over the next few months this committee will not only take over the role of the previous nominating committee, but will also begin to develop job descriptions for ISHLT officers, Directors, Committee and Council Chairs, and Work Force leaders, a necessary first step to allow the evaluation ISHLT leaders, programs and services. Discussions regarding the best platform to use for virtual meetings, for both educational and committee/council purposes, are ongoing. In addition, preliminary discussions have occurred regarding how best to proceed with the development of an ISHLT Research & Quality Innovation Task Force to explore partnerships with outside funding sources to provide additional resources to facilitate our Strategic Imperative to Improve Science and Drive Innovation. Thanks to each of you for your contributions to our very vibrant organization! Please let me or any of the ISHLT leaders know should you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. ■

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

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