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Report from the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2017

Every four years, thousands of pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac nurses and other heart specialists from around the world gather together to exchange ideas, collaborate and share the latest innovations and research. Everyone who attends the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery shares the same goal — to improve the quality of life and outcomes for children and adults with congenital heart disease.

This July in Barcelona was no exception.


Patricia Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, joined international experts for a rapid-fire session on outcomes, quality, safety and transparency: If You Do Not Measure It You Cannot Improve Upon It.


From left to right, Christopher Baird, MD, Andrew Powell, MD, Gerald Ross Marx, MD, Tal Geva, MD, Pedro del Nido, MD, and Sitaram Emani, MD, were joined by hundreds of colleagues for the Heart Center’s dinner symposium: Frontiers in Pediatric and Congenital Valve Disease.

A bridging of specialties and knowledge

At this year’s 7th World Congress, more than 30 clinicians from Boston Children’s Hospital joined over 4,000 of their peers from 55 different countries to learn, discuss and share all things heart. Over the course of five days, the Congress explored topics from renowned speakers that spanned across the spectrum of cardiac care — from imaging and anesthesia to genetics and heart transplant.

With so many pediatric heart specialists and worldwide leaders in one place at one time, the Congress is a unique venue for discussion, friendly debate, learning from one other and sharing the latest research. In fact, some of the research discussed at the Congress was so new it had not yet been published. Many participants also enjoyed reconnecting with colleagues and mentors.

Hosting a well-attended dinner symposium

Boston Children’s hosted an educational dinner symposium on the first night of the Congress entitled “Frontiers in Pediatric and Congenital Valve Disease.” We were thrilled that our symposium received so much interest and our session was heavily-attended.

Boston Children’s physicians shared their latest research and expertise on the following topics:

Aortic Valve:

When to intervene in asymptomatic aortic regurgitation in children and young adults?Tal Geva, MD
What are novel reconstructive techniques?Christopher Baird, MD

The Borderline Left Heart:

When is the left heart too small?Andrew Powell, MD
What are strategies to maintain biventricular circulation in the borderline left heart?Sitaram Emani, MD

Tricuspid valve:

What does 3D imaging have to offer for tricuspid valve surgeries?Gerald Ross Marx, MD
How do you manage congenital tricuspid valve abnormalities?Pedro del Nido, MD

Each presentation was accompanied by a lively panel discussion with the speakers and audience.

For those of you who were unable to attend the symposium, we have linked each title to the corresponding slide presentation presented by each physician.In the late fall, videos of the sessions will be available on OPENPediatrics, a free and open-access online community of clinicians sharing best practices from all resource settings around the world through innovative collaboration and digital learning technologies.

We look forward to continuing this collaboration, conversation and debate with our colleagues from around the country and across the world at the next World Congress in 2021 to be held in Washington, DC.