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Your ISHLT President Reaches Out

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

I have just returned home from Washington, D. C. and the largest ISHLT meeting ever. Although I am tired and it will take a few days to recover, I can still feel the energy that was generated by being together to share both scientifically and personally. I would like to congratulate Andy Fisher, Duane Davis and the 2016 Program Committee for all of their efforts (which made the meeting successful beyond belief!). And we all know that the meeting could not occur without the tireless efforts of the ISHLT Staff including Amanda Rowe, Susie Newton, Lisa Edwards, Megan Barrett, Phyllis Glenn and Lee Ann Mills. Please pass on your thanks and appreciation to them as well. As many of you know, I have selected Jeff Teuteberg to be Program Chair for the 2017 Annual Scientific Sessions in San Diego and although the 2016 meeting will be a tough act to follow, with the help of our Councils and Members, we promise to provide you with another great opportunity to learn, grow professionally, and connect with colleagues from around the world.

As you are likely aware (and, for those of you at the Annual Meeting, repeatedly reminded), the ISHLT has been involved in a very important Strategic Planning Process over the past year. The Board has approved a Strategic Framework, as depicted below, and over the next year we will begin to fill in the blanks to move forward the specified ISHLT goals and objectives. As astutely noted by our LINKS Editor, Vincent Valentine, a subtitle for this is "Vision 2020 in order for us to see clearly where we are headed".

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The Board has adopted the following priority objectives for the first year:

Strategic Imperative


Enhance Membership Value

Develop online interactive platform for board and council meetings and educational offerings

Enhance Membership Value

Begin upgrade of website to improve accessibility/connectivity/device independence

Engage Our Community Worldwide

Collaborate with 3 existing regional/national societies to increase outreach for education in Heart/Lung Disease

Improve Science & Drive Innovation

Establish an ISHLT Research & Quality Innovation Task Force to explore partnerships with outside funding sources

Ensure Organizational Vitality

Develop roles/responsibilities for all organizational units (Board/Committees/Councils) and volunteer positions

Moving beyond year one, we will be looking to our Councils to bring forward to the Committees and the Board projects that will move us toward achieving the other objectives outlined in the strategic plan, which we will be sharing with you over the next few months. It is important to remember that this is your ISHLT Strategic Plan and we want to continue to involve you in successfully implementing the objectives defined as being important to the Society for the next five years. Your ISHLT Board will also be reviewing the progress made on a regular basis and will likely reach out to members to assist in moving specific areas of the plan forward.

At the Annual Business Meeting held in Washington DC on Friday, April 29, the following ISHLT members were elected to serve as officers and new members of the Board of Directors:

President-Elect: Andrew Fisher, FRCP
Secretary-Treasurer: Joseph Rogers, MD
Director: Jason Christie, MD
Director: Howard Eisen, MD
Director: Dirk Van Raemdonck, MD

At the same time, I would be remiss if I did not express our thanks to the following outgoing board members for their contributions to the ISHLT over the last several years:

Hemann Reichenspurner, MD, PhD
Stuart Sweet, MD, PhD
Daniel R. Goldstein, MD
Myung Park, MD

I would also like to share with you the names of members of the ISHLT Executive Committee who will be working with me and the ISHLT staff over the next year to make your Society even more responsive to your needs and receptive of your ideas. I will be joined on the Executive Committee by Duane Davis, MD, MBA (Past President), Andrew J. Fisher, FRCP, PhD (President Elect), Joseph Rogers, MD (Secretary-Treasurer), and Michael Petty, PhD, RN, CNS (At Large Member appointed by the president). The Executive Committee will meet by teleconference every two weeks to keep the Society moving forward between our Board conference calls and meetings. Although the primary mechanism to move ideas forward will be through your Council or Committee, we are also available to you as well should you have items you wish to discuss.

With your help, we can continue to move the ISHLT forward over the next year! Thanks in advance for your ideas and participation. ■

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

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