Report from the 12th ICCVA in Beijing
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By Albert Perrino
Chair, International Committee
Co-chair, ICCVA Program Committee
With a glittering opening ceremony and a gala welcoming banquet the 12th International Congress of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia (ICCVA) convened in Beijing, China September 22-24, 2010.
This year’s meeting was noteworthy in that it marked the first ICCVA to be actively supported by each of the world’s major cardiac societies. The European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists (EACTA) and the Asian Society of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (ASCA) joined with the SCA and the 2010 host organization, the Chinese Society of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologists (CSCTA) to make this truly the first “world congress” of cardiac anesthesia.
Steve Konstadt, along with Pascal Colson (president EACTA) and Minoru Nomura (president ASCA) were recognized for their leadership in support of the ICCVA. This cooperation resulted in a remarkable scientific program supported by an international faculty of 143 speakers. It attracted a meeting attendance of 2,953 physicians, making it an unprecedented gathering of cardiac and thoracic anesthesiologists.
Many sessions provided simultaneous translation for the Chinese audience, and special recognition goes to Hong Liu and members of the Chinese American Society of Anesthesiologists for assisting with translation of the thoracic and echocardiography workshop sessions.
The venue of the newly constructed Chinese National Convention Center set inside Beijing’s Olympic village could not have been more symbolic of the spirit of cooperation embodied in this 12th international congress. Fascinating tours of Beijing city and its surrounding provinces complemented the meeting program.
The SCA thanks Professor Li, Weipeng Wang, and the entire CSCTA for hosting a remarkable and memorable ICCVA. A photographic gallery of the congress events is available for viewing on the SCA website.