Dear Colleagues,

The 5th Scientific Meeting of the World Society for Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery will be hosted by Zohair Al Halees in Abu Dhabi, October 27-29, 2016.

On behalf of the WSPCHS, it is my great pleasure to welcome all of you to Abu Dhabi.

The vision of the WSPCHS is “every child born anywhere in the world with a congenital heart defect should have access to appropriate medical and surgical care”. Its mission is to promote the highest quality comprehensive cardiac care to all patients with congenital heart disease from the fetus to the adult regardless of the patient’s economic means. There is an emphasis on excellence in teaching and research. In that regard the society holds a major scientific meeting every 2 years. The first was in Montreal, Canada; second in Cairns, Australia; third in Istanbul, Turkey and the fourth in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In addition, there are regional meetings that are held in between. So far these were held in Washington (USA), Shanghai (China), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Lima (Peru), Cartagena (Columbia), and Kyoto (Japan) reflecting the truly global nature of the society.

This 5th Scientific Meeting of the Society in Abu Dhabi is dedicated to “Adults with Congenital Heart Disease”. Many distinguished delegates from six continents will discuss the important issues facing the management of adults with congenital heart diseases. I am sure that you will benefit greatly from this fantastic scientific meeting and will enjoy the unparalleled hospitality of the traditional and the modern city of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Sincerely,

Hiromi Kurosawa WSPCHS 2016

Hiromi Kurosawa

President of WSPCHS