Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This explosion of PH information is due to the hard work of many of the physicians we work with at PHA. Two years ago, they formed a new PH Council within ISHLT and drew large attendance to strong PH sessions at last year's Conference in France.
Christa from our Med Services staff and I attended this year's Council meeting. The outgoing Chair, Dr. Ray Benza and incoming Chair, Dr. Myung Park led a dynamic discussion of their next steps in keeping PH as a topic of value and importance to the ISHLT membership.
PHA's next step is currently being worked out. We have offered to support the PH Council's educational process within ISHLT by mailing the next issue of our medical journal to all ISHLT members. Its topic is Transplant. We'll be sending the ISHLT board a review copy in the next week or so. Dr. Debbie Levine, Dr. Myung Park, and Dr. Ray Benza, all Council members, have worked on the issue...with Dr. Levine being the primary editor.
I feel fortunate to have been able to attend the ISHLT meeting. It was another important element in the fight against PH and another chance to see how the interconnectedness of our community can drive positive change for the good of all.
...And, while that's a pleasure, I'm pleased to say it is no longer a surprise.