Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am humbled to serve the Heart Valve Society (HVS) as President this year, and am delighted to invite you to Abu Dhabi to join us in February of 2020 for our sixth Annual Meeting. Our Program Chair Dr. Samir Kapadia, as well as our organizing teams in cooperation with the Program Committee, have structured a superb 2-days program which will engage and educate all members of the heart valve team. This is our first meeting held globally outside of Europe or North America. We will be co-hosting several local societies, as we continue to expand membership in the only society solely dedicated to advancing innovations in heart valve disease. The HVS is a global organization, and our mission is to be a resource for scientists, clinicians and patients interested in heart valve disease throughout the world.
HVS is truly multi-disciplinary, with leaders in Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Basic and Clinical Research, Imaging, and Biomedical engineering all working together. As the treatment of heart valve disease becomes more team-oriented each year, and it is fitting that our 2020 program will be hosted at the beautiful Rosewood Hotel with live cases and hands-on-sessions at the adjoining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi campus – a 40,000 square foot state of the art tertiary/quaternary Academic Medical Center. Our 2020 scientific domains will be led by Dr. Kapadia in Cardiology, Dr. Vinod Thourani in Cardiac surgery, Dr. Hanneke (Johanna) Takkenberg in Research/Basic Science, and Dr. Marta Sitges in Imaging. Each is a world-respected leader in their field, bringing vast expertise to the program, allowing them to attract an impressive faculty with an international perspective.
In addition to the historic educational opportunity for you our attendees, the 2020 Annual Meeting will also give the heart valve team members the chance to experience the beauty and richness of Abu Dhabi - the warm sunshine, the sugar sand beaches, the crystal clear waters, the iconic Louvre and the cultural hospitality of the United Arab Emirates. I urge you to arrive a day or two early, bring your family or a guest, and enjoy Valentine’s Day February 14th with us.
Once again, on behalf of the Heart Valve Society leadership team, we look forward to warmly welcoming you to HVS 2020 in sunny, safe and memorable Abu Dhabi.
Rakesh Suri, MD, D.Phil.
Heart Valve Society President