Heart and Lung Committee: A Clearer Definition

One of the Heart & Lung Committee’s major focus is on delivering a wider membership and increased submission not only to the Transplantation journal but also for the TTS 2020 Congress in Seoul. The number of accepted heart & lung related manuscripts by the journal remains static at just over 30 per annum, a figure that clearly needs increasing. There are currently over 430 TTS members who have indicated one of their specialties as being Heart and Lung. To gain a clearer definition of this interest, we will be creating a questionnaire that will allow the Committee to communicate more efficiently and start an earnest dialogue to promote greater academic, scientific and practical collaborations. This was discussed at a recent meeting of a few of the Committee members during the ISHLT conference in Nice, France. Peter Hopkins (Brisbane, Australia), Tobias Deuse (San Francisco, USA), Sandeep Attawar (Chennai, India), Peter Macdonald and Kumud Dhital (Sydney, Australia) went through the rationale for the formation of the H & L Committee and how it could work in partnership and without conflict with the wider heart and lung transplant community represented by the ISHLT. It was agreed that this should be explored further including the writing of consensus documents with a multi-organ focus; however, we need to start by ratifying clear Terms of Reference which are being drawn up.

The other area of practical collaboration is being highlighted by a planned case-based Heart Transplant Workshop that will be delivered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by the Heart Transplant team from St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. Led by Kumud Dhital, Peter Macdonald and Hon Chee Chew, eight clinicians and nursing staff traveled to Vietnam in June this year and provided a comprehensive educational workshop that stretched from recipient selection all the way through to post-transplant follow-up. It had endorsement and support from TTS, the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority; a full report will be submitted to the next Tribune edition. It is hoped that this model can subsequently be taken to other regions and tailored for other organs as appropriate.