Program Committee

John Costello, MD, MPH
Vice President, Physician, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society

John Costello, MD, MPH

John Costello, MD, MPH

The PCICS Program Committee has evolved substantially in recent years. Historically, this Committee’s primary responsibility was to plan the Society’s International Meeting, which is held every other year in Miami Beach, Florida. Presently, the Program Committee’s responsibilities have expanded to become much more dynamic. In addition to ongoing responsibility for the traditional "even year" Miami Beach meetings, the Committee now plans and executes "odd year" meetings at varied host institutions. The recent calls for proposals for institutions interested in hosting these “odd year” meetings have been met with tremendous enthusiasm. The Program Committee is developing a transparent process that will standardize the evaluation process for those proposals. The Program Committee is also responsible for proposing and planning PCICS sponsored sessions at meetings organized by other societies. More details about the Program Committee, including its members and scope of responsibilities, may be found on the PCICS website.

At the recent World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Barcelona, Spain, the Program Committee planned a PCICS sponsored luncheon. Dr. Gil Wernovsky gave an outstanding presentation on "The Next Frontiers in Congenital Heart Care." Dr. Wernovsky provided an overview of progress in our field, starting with the first meaningful contributions made by legendary cardiologists such as Drs. Alexander Nadas and Helen Taussig. This initial era of “giants” transitioned to a time period in which single center excellence prevailed, which has now evolved into the current era of multicenter trials and networks. Dr. Wernovsky speculated that we will provide better care going forward with patient specific rather than "one size fits all" pathways. He also speculated that a future modification of the "Fontan pathway" will represent a paradigm shift as the current palliation is not an acceptable long-term solution for most patients. This presentation was followed by an update on PCICS accomplishments, ongoing activities, and visionary statement by our current president, Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC.

The PCICS 13th Annual International Meeting will be held at the Fairmont Washington Hotel in the upscale Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, USA. The meeting is being hosted by Children's National Health System, and co-chaired by Melissa Jones, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC and Darren Klugman, MD. Highlights of this meeting will include sessions on the provision of cardiac intensive care in environments with limited resources, drug development, innovation, mechanical circulatory support for patient with functional single ventricles, and team building and performance. An exciting pre-conference session on educational innovation will be directed by a group of our field’s experts in simulation and cardiac critical care education, including Drs. Mary McBride, Lilian Su, Catherine Allen, and Neil Spenceley. Original abstracts will also be presented at this meeting.

The PCICS Program Committee has submitted a successful proposal to host a pre-conference session at the Ninth Congress of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies which will be held on June 9-13, 2018 in Singapore. This session will be focused on acute decompensated heart failure and will feature a distinguished multidisciplinary panel of international experts.

The PCICS 14th Annual International Meeting will be held in Miami Beach, Florida in December 2018. This meeting is being co-chaired by Melissa Jones MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC and John M. Costello, MD, MPH. The Program Committee membership will be finalized by the end of the summer and work will begin in earnest this fall to develop an intriguing and dynamic agenda for the 2018 meeting. PCICS members are welcome to submit ideas for potential sessions to Bridget Starr (Dr. Costello's assistant) at

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