Executive Message


Along with 5,752 of our closest friends from around the world, PCICS joined the 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Washington D.C. on August 27-September 3, 2023.  Referred to as the Olympics of our field, this was the largest World Congress ever and the first time the event has ever been hosted in the United States. PCICS track chairs Nikhil Chanani, Melissa Jones, and Bruna Cury planned a fantastic critical care track, which was imbedded throughout the awesome scientific program and interwoven with multiple other tracks for several combined sessions sharing expertise between subspecialties. The nursing track of World Congress was led by Katie Dodds, with many PCICS nurses and APPs on the nursing faculty and attracted more than 900 nurses to the Congress.

If you were one of the unlucky few who had to take one for the team and stay behind to staff the unit, your team appreciates you! But have no fear, there are multiple ways you can relieve your FOMO and access the content! Abstracts will be available Open Access in Cardiology in the Young. Landmark lectures and a subset of additional didactic content will be available for free on Heart University as well as the World University for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Additionally, the International Society for Nomenclature of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease released the ICD-11 Congenital Heart Atlas at the World Congress, which is a comprehensive, free, and accessible resource to provide a clear and accurate representation of congenital heart terms using various modalities. The Atlas can be accessed using this QR code:

Global health advocacy was an essential component of the World Congress, and PCICS (as a society) as well as many of our individual members and board members endorsed the Washington, D.C. Call to Action on Addressing the Global Burden of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. This initiative calls for increased capacity to care for people with pediatric and congenital heart disease, building the pediatric and congenital cardiac workforce, financing pediatric and congenital cardiac care, and closing the data gap. If you would like to endorse this call to action, use the QR code below:


Lindsey Justice DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC

PCICS Vice President
APP Clinical Manager for CICU and Acute Care Cardiology
The Heart Institute
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital