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Allan R. Glanville, MBBS, MD

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Administrative Staff of the ISHLT, I would like to welcome you to San Diego and the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting. The Program Chair, Jason Christie MD, and his Program Committee have worked tirelessly to produce an outstanding program which will entice and educate all facets of our diverse Society. Amanda Rowe and the outstanding administrative staff (Lisa Edwards, Susie Newton, Phyllis Glenn, and Lee Ann Mills) have once again turned concept into reality and provided an exceptional realization of the program committee's plans. From humble beginnings as a small collegial group, the Society has grown into an international powerhouse with broad reaching influence in every aspect of heart and lung failure, pulmonary hypertension and the use of innovative therapies such as device technologies but not forgetting our core business of transplantation!

The Society response to the Call for Abstracts has been spectacular with a record 1500 submissions, as a result of which almost 1000 will be presented in the different formats of plenary abstracts highlighting a number of ground breaking trials, through orals, mini-orals and moderated poster sessions. Once again the senior membership has responded enthusiastically to the opportunity to partner with junior faculty and critique the valuable work presented in the poster format. As most would know, the Society is committed to providing ease of e-access to meeting content and the 2014 eBook, Meeting App and 2014 Program Planner are already available at Once again we are meeting in beautiful San Diego with the promise of warm weather, exciting science, robust debate, good food and convivial surroundings. There is much to explore locally and just beyond the horizon so enjoy this great Society and the opportunity to meet with colleagues and invited guests who change the face of the world!


Tweets, peaks, sneaks, peeps. Meetings, learning, bickering, networking. Sunshine, fresh air, sea water, comfort, relief. Snacks, delicacies, entrees, coffee, fine wine, spirits. Spotlight, awards, coming attractions. See you in San Diego.
Vincent Valentine, MD
Links Editor-in-Chief



Jason D. Christie, MD, MS

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A glance at this year's program should excite any thoracic transplant professional. I am tremendously grateful to this year's Program Committee for such a fantastic job of creating thematic sessions with broad appeal. The pre-meeting symposia feature a dizzying array of carefully-orchestrated content designed to fill the day on Thursday. On Friday, following the registry reports, the Opening Plenary session features inspiring lectures on the past, present, and future of medical care of those with advanced heat and lung diseases. Read more →

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Plenary Lectures at ISHLT 2014 in Sunsational San Diego!

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This article spotlights the invited lectures taking place during the Plenary Sessions at the Annual Meeting. You will hear about the cutting edge science related to personalizing approaches to patient care, the changing landscape of thoracic organ donors featuring a Nobel Laureate who will discuss the ethics and economics of organ allocation policy, caregiver burden, improving HLA compatibility, consensus statements, a spirited debate on therapies for secondary PH, and more. Plan to attend these outstanding sessions! Read more →

ISHLT 2014 Goes Digital!

Click Here for links to the 2014 Mobile App, Program Planner, Final Program, Wifi, ePosters and online capture of annual meeting sessions.
Click Here for a list of Council and Committee meetings.

Let your Presentation Purr in San Diego: Remember the 4 P's: Procrastination, Preparation, Practice, Presentation

by Vincent Valentine, Allan Glanville, and John Dark

links imageTo deliver a good speech or make a great presentation, pay attention to the following points: 1) the one who learns the most while sharing knowledge is the teacher or presenter, and 2) when teaching, presenting your poster, delivering your lecture, or writing your paper, you should ask yourself, "What do I want the intended audience to know five years from now?" Read more →

Networking: How to Make Real Friends and "Like" One's Career

by Roger Evans

links imageThe International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions is upon us and, thanks to the superb efforts of the Program Planning Committee, and the very dedicated ISHLT staff, it is shaping up to be one of the best ever. Moreover, for those of us who have endured one of the harshest winters on record, San Diego is a bright spot on a very distant horizon. Hopefully, with my eye on a table at an outdoor pub, the weather will be conducive to pilsners, not stouts. Read more →

ISHLT Awards

Special Awards and Grant Awards - featuring the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Educator, and Grant awards which will be presented at the ISHLT 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions to be held from April 10-13, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California, USA.
Abstract Awards - featuring the four Abstract Awards which will be presented at the Awards Ceremony during the Plenary Session on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM in Harbor GHI.

Tweeting at the Meeting!

by Maren Minchew

links imageStay connected at the ISHLT Annual Meeting this year by following us on Twitter - the real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, conversations, opinions and news about what you find interesting. This article features everything you need to to successfully Tweet at the Meeting, including some helpful do's and don'ts. Read more →

NHSAH Council - 2014 Annual Meeting

by Masina Scavuzzo

It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since we were in Montreal for the 33rd annual meeting. The NHSAH council has worked hard on developing and refining the Core Curriculum as well as putting on our first Academy, which will be held on Wednesday April 9th, 2014. In order to present our first Academy in 2014 we had to develop and refine our Core Curriculum to meet ISHLT requirements. Then the Core Curriculum was reviewed by the ISHLT Education Council for approval to proceed. A quick turn-around was required by our council to meet the deadline for the preliminary program. We are pleased to announce the first NHSAH Academy as a result of all the hard work and time that was provided by our council leaders. We hope to see everyone at the academy and the annual meeting. Read more →

Fun Things to See and Do in San Diego

links imageAfter a long winter, it's time to shed some layers and replenish your vitamin D intake. Glorious sunshine, warm breezes, and beautiful beaches are calling from San Diego, and we're inviting you to answer the call. Add some spring to your step and celebrate the season with us at the ISHLT 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego! Read more →


The 2015 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions will take place April 15-18, 2015, in Nice, France. The 2015 Call for Symposium Proposals will be announced next week, and we encourage you to submit ideas for Pre-meeting Symposia and/or Plenary Session talks. Your input into this process will be very valuable to the 2015 Scientific Program Committee: the majority of the invited scientific content for the Annual Meeting will stem from proposals submitted by ISHLT Members and Scientific Councils. Look for an email in your inbox coming soon! Deadline for proposal submission: June 2, 2014

EDITOR'S CORNER: Word Battles, War and Politics

by Vincent Valentine

links imageIn the last issue we were dung and hung with slang. For this last issue of Volume 5 as the 34th ISHLT annual meeting approaches in San Diego with the threat of a good fight from our own illustrious Dr Roger Evans, let's transition from slang to the war of words beginning with shanghai. This military term began in the 19th century referring to drugging someone (we never do that in the ISHLT) and transporting them by sea as part of the crew to Asia. Today, shanghai means in the military to transfer forcibly or abduct or compel someone. Outside the military, we shanghai others into doing something. Read more →


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"Pettifogger " - a petty, mean, tricky, unethical and unscrupulous lawyer. It is synonymous with the word shyster. The ambulance chaser is a breed of pettifogger. The corresponding verb pettifog means to practice law in a petty tricky, or unscrupulous manner. It also means to engage in chicanery or unethical practices in a business of any sort, including medicine.


Vincent G Valentine, MD

Editorial Staff

"The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected."

— Will Rogers

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