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ANNUAL MEETING SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM COMMITTEE


COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

A = Symposium Planning Committee
B = Abstract Selection Committee



2018 EXECUTIVE PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Christian benden2018 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM CHAIR
Christian Benden, MD FCCP (A & B)
University Hospital Zurich
Zurich, SWITZERLAND

Christian Benden is the Medical Director of Lung Transplantation at the University Hospital Zurich and a Reader in Pulmonology and Transplant Medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He completed his pediatric training in Hannover (Germany) and London (United Kingdom). He trained in Pediatric Pulmonology and received specialist training in lung transplantation in London and Zurich. Dr. Bendenís research interests include clinical aspects of lung transplantation, particularly in children, experimental aspects of chronic lung graft dysfunction, and cystic fibrosis lung disease.


Andrew fisherISHLT PRESIDENT
Andrew J. Fisher, FRCP, PhD (A & B)
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Andrew Fisher is Academic Director and Honorary Consultant Respiratory and Transplant Physician at the Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Professor of Respiratory Transplant Medicine at Newcastle University Medical School. He graduated from Nottingham University in 1993 and received research training as a Medical Research Council training fellow in Newcastle and Edinburgh 1996-99. He was subsequently awarded a GlaxoSmithKline Senior Clinical Research Fellowship 2005-2010. He has previously served as Chair of the British Thoracic Society Science and Research Committee 2009-2012 and Chair of the European Respiratory Society Lung Transplant Group 2010-2013.


lara danziger-isakov2019 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM CHAIR
Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH (A & B)
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH, practices pediatric infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center where she is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Danziger-Isakov earned her MD at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and complete her residency in Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic. She also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Saint Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Danziger-Isakov is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Pediatrics. Her clinical interests include pediatric infectious diseases, infections in transplant recipients, and infections in immunocompromised patients. Her research interests include outcomes related to infection after pediatric transplantation with an emphasis on pediatric and adult lung transplantation. In addition, Dr. Danziger-Isakov participates in clinical trials to evaluate both new infectious disease therapies and new method of detection for infectious diseases.


Jeffrey teuteberg2017 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM CHAIR
Jeffrey J. Teuteberg, MD (A & B)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA, USA

Jeffrey Teuteberg, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Stanford University.† He joined the Stanford faculty in July 2017 after spending the prior 12 years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.† He specializes in the care of patients with advanced cardiomyopathies, cardiac transplantation, and ventricular assist devices.. He has particular interests in advanced heart failure and the transition to cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist devices.


Jeffrey teutebergISHLT STAFF LIAISON
Susie Newton
ISHLT Headquarters
Addison, TX, USA

2018 PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBERS
(by group)


BASIC SCIENCE AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH (BSTR):

Howard J. Eisen, MD (LIAISON) (A & B)
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Andrew J. Fisher, FRCP, PhD (A & B)
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Stijn Verleden, PhD (A & B)
KU Leuven
Leuven, BELGIUM

Chris Wigfield, MD, FRCS (A & B)
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Chicago, IL, USA

ECONOMICS, ETHICS, PUBLIC POLICY (EEP):

Stephen C. Clark, FRCS (LIAISON) (B)
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Ashish Shah, MD (B)
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN, USA

HEART FAILURE (HF):

Savitri Fedson, MD (LIAISON) (B)
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, USA

Sharon Chih, MD (B)
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Ivan Knezevic, MD (B)
University Clinical Center
Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

HEART TRANSPLANTATION (HTX):

Marian Urban, MD (LIAISON) (A & B)
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Francisco Arabia, MD (B)
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Alexander Bernhardt, MD (A & B)
University Heart Center Hamburg
Hamburg, GERMANY

Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC (A & B)
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Marco Masetti, MD, PhD (B)
University of Bologna
Bologna, ITALY

Jorge Silva Enciso, MD (A & B)
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA

INFECTIOUS DISEASES (ID):

Saima Aslam, MD, MS (LIAISON) (A & B)
UCSD
San Diego, CA, USA

Orla Morrissey, MD (A & B)
The Alfred Hospital
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Macť Schuurmans, MD (A & B)
University of Zurich
Zurich, SWITZERLAND

JUNIOR FACULTY CLINICAL CASE REPORTS (CASE)

Joshua Mooney, MD (LIAISON) (B)
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Agnieszka Ciarka, MD (B)
KU Leuven
Leuven, BELGIUM

Sitaramesh Emani, MD (B)
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA

Thenappan Thenappan, MD (B)
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, USA

LUNG TRANSPLANTATION (LTX):

Are Martin Holm, MD, PhD (LIAISON) (A & B)
Oslo University Hospital
Oslo, NORWAY

Marcelo Cypel, MD (B)
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, CANADA

Mark Greer, MB Bch (B)
Hannover Medical School
Hannover, GERMANY

Matthew Hartwig, MD (A & B)
Duke University
Durham, NC, USA

Monique Malouf, FRACP (A & B)
St. Vincent's Hospital
Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Keith Wille, MD, MSPH (A & B)
University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL, USA

MECHANICAL CIRCULATORY SUPPORT:

Ulrich Jorde, MD (LIAISON) (A & B)
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY, USA

Ranny Goldwasser, MD (A & B)
University Children's Hospital Heidelberg
Heidelberg, GERMANY

Jason Katz, MD, MHS (B)
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Mary Keebler, MD (B)
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN, USA

Ahmet Kilic, MD (B)
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA

Antonio Loforte, MD, PhD (B)
University of Bologna
Bologna, ITALY

Sanem Nalbantgil, MD (A & B)
Ege Universite Tip Hospital
Izmir, TURKEY

Jeffrey J. Teuteberg, MD (A & B)
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA, USA

NURSING / ALLIED HEALTH:

Quincy Young, PhD, RPsych (LIAISON) (A & B)
St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Nancy Blumenthal, CRNP (B)
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rachel Crackett, MSc (A & B)
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

PATHOLOGY:

Alexandra Rice, FRCPath (LIAISON) (A & B)
Royal Brompton Hospital
London, UK

Carmela Tan, MD (A & B)
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA

PEDIATRICS:

Melanie Everitt, MD (LIAISON) (A & B)
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO, USA

Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH (A & B)
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Melinda Solomon, MD, FRCPC (B)
Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON, CANADA

PHARMACY AND PHARMACOLOGY:

Michael Shullo, PharmD (LIAISON) (A & B)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Kyle Dawson, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (B)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, USA

Rochelle Gellatly, PharmD (A & B)
Alfred Hospital
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION and CTEPH:

Marc Simon, MD (LIAISON) (A & B)
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Raymond Benza, MD (CTEPH LIAISON) (A & B)
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Mandeep R. Mehra, MD, MBBS, FACC, FACP (Journal Editor) (A & B)
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA, USA
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Mitesh Thakrar, MD (A & B)
University of Calgary
Calgary, CANADA

Annual Meeting Website

Job Description for the ISHLT Annual Meeting Program Committee and Chair
Approved December 19, 2017

The Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee shall consist of four components:
  1. Executive Program Committee
  2. Symposium Planning Committee (SPC)
  3. Abstract Selection Committee (ASC)
  4. Abstract Reviewers
1. Executive Program Committee

Composition: The Executive Program Committee shall be chaired by the Scientific Program Chair, and shall also include the current President, the Immediate Past Program Chair, the Incoming Program Chair and the staff member in charge of Scientific Program Planning. The Scientific Program Chair for a given yearís Annual Meeting shall be selected by the nominated incoming President-Elect, subject to input from the Governance Committee and Board approval, and shall serve as Scientific Program Chair during that Presidentís term of office.

Responsibilities:
  • Serve as advisors to the Scientific Program Chair and provide guidance regarding executive decision-making between meetings of the Program Committee
  • Assist in evaluating and resolving issues that arise that cannot be resolved by staff
  • Solicit and review published, expert, and learner feedback regarding educational needs and identify practice gaps and educational needs to be addressed
  • Develop learning objectives for the Annual Meeting that are tied to the identified practice gaps and educational needs
  • Make every effort to include both new and experienced members on the SPC and ASC and among the abstract reviewers, and to ensure specialty, gender, geographic, and generational diversity among each group.
  • Evaluate and prioritize applications for joint symposia with other organizations at the Annual Meeting and make recommendations for such to the Board
  • Evaluate and make changes, as needed, to the format, structure, and content development process of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program
Time Commitment: The Executive Program Committee shall meet bi-weekly throughout the year via 30-60 minute conference calls to provide timely guidance to the Scientific Program Chair and staff regarding Scientific Program-related matters.

Scientific Program Chair

Responsibilities:
  • Lead bi-weekly Executive Program Committee conference calls
  • Lead the SPC and ASC face to face meetings and conference calls
  • Appoint members to serve on the SPC and ASC and to review abstract
  • Provide initiative, leadership, and guidance to the Committee members to accomplish their responsibilities as outlined in this document
  • Communicate with assigned staff and the President on a regular and as needed basis regarding issues that require Board intervention / guidance
  • Develop the Scientific Program Committee reports required by the Board and deliver them to staff by the assigned deadlines
  • Review and provide feedback on / content for all pertinent meeting material and communications to the membership
  • Review all feedback from the Annual Meeting, deliver a written summary to the Board for review, and develop recommendations to the Board for any changes in future years
  • Follow the guidance of the Board as to strategic or special considerations that impact the Annual Meeting
  • Provide an invitation list to the assigned staff member for the Program Chairís party for the Program Committee during the Annual Meeting
  • Provide a report to the membership at the Annual Meeting regarding the scientific program development process<
Eligibility Criteria / Qualifications / Skill Set:
  • Leadership, organizational skills, and responsiveness commensurate with chairing a Committee
  • Knowledge of / experience with the policies, procedures, and programs under the purview of the Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • Prior exemplary service on the Symposium Planning Committee and the Abstract Selection Committee
  • Knowledge of / experience with evaluation of evidence and development of medical educational programs
  • Willingness and ability to assume responsibility for communicating with committee members, staff, the Board, and others in a timely proactive fashion (same day or 24 hour response time desired)
  • Willingness and ability to assume responsibility for explaining and enforcing adherence to policies and procedures by Committee members and those interested in submitting abstracts and symposia
  • Willingness and ability to assume responsibility for motivating committee members to deliver on their responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Willingness and ability to resolve conflict and find solutions to problems raised by committee members, council chairs, general members, and others
Key Interactions/Communications:
• President
• Immediate Past Program Chair
• Program Chair Elect
• Assigned staff members
• Committee members
• Abstract reviewers
• ISHLT Members
• Commercial Supporters
• Council Chairs

Time Commitment: In addition to the time required for the Executive Program Committee, SPC, ASC, and Abstract Review functions:
  • Attend a 1-day site inspection of the meeting venue in May of the year prior to the meeting
  • An average of 3 hours per week to communicate with staff on a daily basis via email and phone throughout the year
  • An average of 2 hours per week to communicate on a daily basis with members regarding their needs, wants, and opinions
  • Significant time during the week following the symposium planning meeting and the abstract selection meeting to tie up loose ends
Compensation Provided: In addition to that provided as a member of the SPC:
  • Travel and hotel costs associated with attendance at the Annual Meeting and site inspection will be paid for by ISHLT
  • Food and beverage costs associated with the Program-Chairís party for the Program Committee will be paid for by ISHLT.† Such party may be combined with the Presidentís private party, depending on the venue
Program Chair Elect:

Responsibilities:
  • Participating in bi-weekly Program Committee conference calls
  • Supporting the Program Chair in their activities and management of the Symposium Planning Committee
  • Membership in the Symposium Planning Committee
  • Participation in the Abstract Selection Committee
Key Interactions/Communications:
• Program Chair
• Immediate Past Program Chair
• President
• Assigned staff members
• Committee members
• Abstract reviewers

Time Commitment: None in addition to the time required for the Executive Program Committee, SPC, ASC, and Abstract Review functions

Compensation Provided: None in addition to the compensation provided to the SPC members

Past Program Chair:

Responsibilities:
  • Participating in bi-weekly Program Committee conference calls
  • Supporting the Program Chair in their activities and management of the Symposium Planning Committee
  • Membership in the Symposium Planning Committee
  • Participation in the Abstract Selection Committee
Key Interactions/Communications:
• Program Chair
• Program Chair-Elect
• President
• Assigned staff members
• Committee members
• Abstract reviewers

Time Commitment: None in addition to the time required for the Executive Program Committee, SPC, ASC, and Abstract Review functions

Compensation Provided: None in addition to the compensation provided to the SPC members

2. Symposium Planning Committee (SPC)

SPC Composition:
  • The Symposium Planning Committee shall consist of the Executive Program Committee members, the Editor of the Journal, as well as additional members appointed by the Scientific Program Chair in accordance with the below process.
  • The Chairs of the Scientific Councils shall nominate up to four individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the SPC. Ideally, one nominee from each Council shall be selected by the Scientific Program Chair to serve on the SPC, subject to the approval of the Executive Program Committee.
  • The Chair shall appoint sufficient additional Committee members, subject to the approval of the Executive Program Committee, to reflect the agreed-upon scientific and therapeutic disciplines, with no less than one and no more than four members assigned to each scientific or therapeutic discipline.† Such terms are for one year.
  • Each SPC member other than the Chair will be assigned to serve on one of the scientific/therapeutic topic subcommittees.
  • One individual from each of these subcommittees will be appointed by the Chair to serve as the Liaison for that subcommittee.
SPC Eligibility Criteria / Qualifications / Skill Set:
  • SPC members must be members of ISHLT at the time of appointment and through the date of the meeting
  • SPC members must have served as an abstract reviewer in the past.
  • Council Officers and members of Council Education Workforces may not serve on the SPC.
  • Other than the Past Program Chair, the Program Chair, the Immediate Past Program Chair, and the Editor of the Journal, no member of the SPC may serve more than two years consecutively.† A break of one year minimum is required between any set of two-year terms.
  • Willingness and ability to meet inflexible deadlines
  • Willingness and ability to respond promptly and by the deadline to all assigned tasks
  • Willingness and ability to block off time required time for ASC-related work, calls, and travel
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
SPC Responsibilities:
  • Understand and comply with all conflict of interest (COI) processes and policies and adhere to all COI resolution requirements
  • Understand all ISHLT policies, procedures, and applications relevant to the development of the annual meeting scientific program
  • Come prepared and participate actively in all conference calls and meetings
  • Provide specific content expertise, but seek to create the best overall program rather than being an advocate for their content area
  • Ensure that the Annual Meeting Symposia and other invited content address the identified practice gaps and educational needs of the members and the established learning objectives
  • Review and evaluate Symposia proposed by the members and Scientific Councils for the Annual Meeting
  • Select, refine, develop as needed, and schedule the final Symposia and other invited content for the Annual Meeting
  • Recommend members for the Abstract Selection Committee
  • SPC Liaisons:
    • Lead the assigned subcommitteeís efforts to assemble symposium content and speakers for presentation to the SPC
    • Communicate effectively with the Executive Program Committee, staff, subcommittee members, and other Liaisons
    • Work with other Liaisons to as needed develop multidisciplinary session content
    • Ensure that all deadlines are met and that all required information is provided to the Program Chair and staff
Time Commitment:
  • One 30-minute meeting at the prior yearís Annual Meeting
  • A period of 12 weeks during June, July, and August when approximately 5 hours per week can be committed to SPC responsibilities, to include conference calls with SPC and subcommittee members
  • One 2-day face to face Symposium Planning meeting in July (required for participation on the committee)
  • Attendance at the Annual Meeting (required for participation on the committee)
Key Interactions:
• Program Chair
• Assigned staff members
• Program Committee and sub-members
• Council officers and education workforce leaders

Compensation Provided:
  • SPC members receive complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting for the year they serve on the SPC
  • Expenses for travel related to attendance at the SPC meeting in July will be reimbursed by ISHLT
  • Expenses for long distance calls required to conduct SPC business will be reimbursed by ISHLT
3. Abstract Selection Committee (ASC)

ASC Composition: The Abstract Selection Committee shall consist of the members of the Symposium Planning Committee Executive Program Committee members, plus such additional members appointed by the Scientific Program Chair, subject to approval of the Executive Program Committee, as are necessary to ensure that there are at least two members assigned to each of the primary abstract categories. Such terms are for one year.

ASC Eligibility Criteria / Qualifications / Skill Set
  • ASC members must be members of ISHLT at the time of appointment and through the date of the meeting
  • ASC members must have served as an abstract reviewer in the past.
  • Council Officers and members of Council Education Workforces may not serve on the ASC.
  • Other than the Past Program Chair, the Program Chair, the Immediate Past Program Chair, and the Editor of the Journal, no member of the ASC may serve more than two years. consecutively. A break of one year minimum is required between any set of two-year terms.
  • Willingness and ability to meet inflexible deadlines
  • Willingness and ability to respond promptly and by the deadline to all assigned tasks
  • Willingness and ability to block off time required time for ASC-related work, calls, and travel
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
ASC Responsibilities
  • Understand and comply with all conflict of interest (COI) processes and policies and adhere to all COI resolution requirements
  • Understand and comply with all ISHLT policies, procedures, and applications relevant to the development of the annual meeting scientific program
  • Come prepared and participate actively in all conference calls and meetings
  • Provide specific content expertise, but seek to create the best overall program rather than being an advocate for their content area
  • Recommend members to serve as abstract reviewers
  • Review submitted abstracts and select those which describe the optimal scientific content for†† presentation at Annual Meeting
  • Ensure that the presentations to be developed from the chosen abstracts will address the identified practice gaps and educational needs of the members and the established learning objectives
  • Develop and schedule scientific session content based on the selected abstracts
  • Select finalists and/or recipients for the various ISHLT abstract awards
  • ASC Liaisons:
    • Lead the groupís efforts to select abstracts which describe the optimal scientific content for presentation at Annual Meeting and use them to develop them into oral, mini oral, and poster sessions
    • Communicate effectively with the Executive Program Committee, staff, subcommittee members, and other Liaisons
    • Work with other Liaisons to as needed develop multidisciplinary session content
    • Ensure that all deadlines are met and that all required information is provided to the Program Chair and staff
Time Commitment:
  • Approximately 5 hours in September/October to assist in the nomination and selection of abstract reviewers
  • A period of 2 weeks in December during which a total of 10-20 hours will be required to conduct the above-described work of the ASC, including being available on one full Saturday in early December for a conference call with the Executive Program Committee to finalize abstract selection
  • Attendance at the Annual Meeting (required for participation on the committee)
Key Interactions:
• Program Chair
• Assigned staff members
• Program Committee and sub-members
• Abstract reviewers

Compensation Provided:
  • ASC members receive complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting for the year they serve on the ASC
  • Expenses for long distance calls required to conduct ASC business will be reimbursed by ISHLT
4. Abstract Reviewers

Eligibility Criteria / Qualifications / Skill Set:
  • Abstract reviewers must be members of ISHLT and of the relevant Scientific Council at the time of appointment and through the date of the meeting
  • Secure and uninterrupted email and internet access with response times not exceeding 48 hours, particularly during the grading period
  • The ability and willingness to block sufficient time during the first 2 weeks of November to review and score up to 100 abstracts via ISHLTís online scoring system
  • There is an expectation that the Council officer will serve as abstract reviewers
Responsibilities
  • Understand and comply with all conflict of interest (COI) processes and policies and adhere to all COI resolution requirements
  • Understand and comply with all ISHLT policies, procedures, and applications relevant to the development of the annual meeting scientific program
  • Provide specific content expertise in the assigned topic area
  • Review and score all assigned abstracts by the stated deadline
Time Commitment: Sufficient time required to review and score up to 100 abstracts during a 2-week period

Compensation Provided: This volunteer role does not include any material compensation.† However, the volunteering of one's time in this capacity is greatly appreciated by the members and leadership of ISHLT. Additionally, participation as an abstract reviewer qualifies one for consideration as a members of the Symposium Planning Committee or Abstract Selection Committee or in other ISHLT volunteer leadership positions.

What Success Looks Like
  • A well-functioning Program Committee, with the needs and interests of all of the various ISHLT constituencies taken into account in the planning process and balanced appropriately in the final scientific program
  • Scientific content that meets the educational needs and learning objectives of the Society members and attendees
  • Scientific content that generates positive feedback from the Society members and attendees
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