Annual European Congenital Heart Association Meeting 2018

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Dear colleagues and friends,

It is our great honor to inform you that the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA) is hosting its 2018 Annual Meeting in Cascais-Portugal, from May 31 to June 2, 2018.

ECHSA’s meetings are open to both Members and also to non-members, creating a platform for everyone involved in the care of patients with Congenital Heart lesions to participate and exchange their experiences. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthetists, intensivists, pathologists, researchers, perfusionists, nurses and technicians, all are invited and most welcome to partake.

The scientific programme will include abstract and video sessions, best & worst case presentations, video sessions, advanced research topics, industry workshops and invited lectures by most eminent and renowned international faculty.

In addition, we are delighted to announce the ECHSA VAD Symposium, which will be take place on Thursday, May 31st, 2018, focusing on the hot topic of ventricular assist devices. Click here for the Symposium's agenda.

Among the growing list of distinguished speakers are: Kristen Nelson, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Joachim Photiadis Deutsches Herzzentrum, Germany, Ares Menon, Deutsches Herzzentrum, Germany, Luca Vricella, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Michael Hubler, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Fabrizio Derita, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Carl Backer, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, Nino Amodeo, Ospedale pediatrico Bambino Gesù.

On behalf of the ECHSA, we kindly ask you to consider informing your members of our Annual Meeting, by:

  • Circulating our future newsletters and communications
  • Posting the attached banner on your website, along with a link to the Meeting website (

We hope you will respond favorably to our request, and would be happy to provide any further feedback you may require.

On behalf of the local organizing committee,

José Fragata
President of ECHSA
& 2018 Meeting’s Local Host

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