President’s Message

December 22, 2021

Dear AAPCHS members and friends,

First, I would like to express my deepest respect to all of you who are struggling to treat your patients every day while overcoming the unprecedented storm of COVID-19. The situation of infection is still unpredictable. Just when you think things are getting better with two doses of the vaccine, a highly contagious variant quickly spreads around the world. But we must move forward.

I am pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Asian Association for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (AAPCHS) will be held online in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the first weekend of September. The meeting president of AAPCHS 2022 is Dr. Sivakumar Sivalingam, Deputy Head of Cardiothoracic Department, National Heart Institute, Malaysia. The theme of the scientific meeting will be “Pediatric Valve Disease”.

Our 1st AAPCHS Annual Meeting was postponed due to COVID-19, just before we were to hold it in China during February of 2020. With a sense of mission that we must strengthen the field of pediatric cardiovascular surgery in Asia, we finally held the 1st AAPCHS Annual Meeting completely online in this May, hosted by China with the meeting president Dr. Bing Jia. Our 1st Annual Meeting was a great success with 120 cardiovascular surgeons from all over Asia participating. And even though the first meeting was remotely done, membership applications have been submitted by pediatric and cardiovascular surgeons in 10 different Asian countries. There is no doubt that AAPCHS will make great progress by holding Annual Meetings in Malaysia next year and in Japan the year after that.

Let’s work together to develop this new future of AAPCHS.
We will keep you updated on the 2nd AAPCHS, so please look forward to it.

Kisaburo Sakamoto M.D.

Kisaburo Sakamoto M.D.
Founding President of Asian Association for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (AAPCHS)