I am pleased to extend an invitation to all healthcare professionals to attend the annual Saudi Heart Association Scientific Sessions in its 30th edition (SHA30). The three day conference scheduled on March 7 – 9, 2019, will be held at the Crown Plaza Riyadh Hotel, a brand new venue that combines both elegance and spaciousness to accommodate over five thousand Cardiovascular health professionals.
As with every year, we promise to provide a rich and exciting scientific program that combines the newest updates in cardiovascular care, and highlights cutting edge technology employed in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases, along with local and regional scientific research. We have increased the number of joint scientific sessions between various SHA affiliated societies and Working Groups and International Societies and entities such as ESC, ACC, Houston Methodist, Cleveland Clinic, Gulf Heart Association, ASNC, and EACVI. Overall, SHA30 will organize more than 64 scientific sessions in 17 tracks, and will host more than 200 top experts in Cardiovascular Medicine from six continents. In addition to the exchange of knowledge, the SHA conference provides a great forum for networking between Cardiovascular Healthcare Professionals.
I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Fayez Bokari, the Head of the Scientific Committee for SHA30 and his outstanding team members in the committee, who are preparing an exciting scientific program. Dr. Mohammed Balghith, the Vice President of the SHA, and the Chairman of International Collaboration, has played an important role in coordinating and facilitating the Joint SHA and International Societies Sessions. Dr. Rami Abazid, with his exceptional research background in handling Research Abstracts, is working with his team to continue the SHA legacy and vision of being the sought after conference for local and regional researchers. The efforts dedicated towards building an exceptional scientific program is shouldered by an equally exceptional team in the SHA, led by Eng. Ahmad Emam, the Operations Manager, and Head of the Organizing Committee of SHA30.
The SHA30 conference this year is unique in two major aspects, the concurrent hosting of the Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society (SACIS) Forum in its 5th edition, and the Conference Theme: E-Health in Cardiovascular Care.Holding the 5th SACIS Forum along side the SHA30 Conference enhances the scientific content and provides synergy to this scientific event. Given the rich and extensive content of the SACIS Forum, a dedicated scientific committee has been formed under the leadership of Dr. Ayman Al Saleh.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing major changes in the way health care is practiced. It is imperative to upgrade the present health care system in order to accommodate our current and future health needs, especially in Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases. The National Transformation Program in its second version – NTP 2.0 and Vision 2030, has drawn a road map towards this new healthcare system.
Among the core strategic objectives of the NTP 2.0 in Health, is to build a Health Care System that is value-based, and in the spirit of transformation, and in recognition of our vital role as a Professional Society that supports the transformation efforts of Saudi Arabia, SHA has chosen E- Health in Cardiovascular Care as its theme for SHA30. This theme will be reflected in the Scientific Program, as well as in the Plenary Session, where top experts in e-Health Care will speak about its application in Cardiovascular Care.
On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committees of the SHA30 and the 5th SACIS Forum, I hope that you will join us in this exceptional national event.