Dr. C.S. Hiremath
Well, we are at the twilight of yet another meaningful and successful year that saw numerous milestones and ridges we have crossed as one community in the service of mankind. The month signifying the warmth and hope of a new horizon emanating for many in suffering per our mythology and that which welcomes Thanksgiving in the western world, to reap and celebrate collective bounty. As I write this message, I am reminded of that anxious morning of 29 November, seventy-five years back.
A day that can be calendared in the making of our profession, this was the morning Dr. Alfred Blalock and his team anastomosed the divided subclavian to the ipsilateral pulmonary artery of Eileen Saxon, who was dying of cyanosis at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore. It is indeed difficult to contemplate what was going on in the minds of Dr. Blalock & his assistant Vivian Thomas, as they were embarking on this untreaded path with instruments meant for adult surgery borrowed for the quest that would eventually relieve the suffering of thousands, perhaps millions over the decades.
The procedure crafted by Blalock & Thomas, with unrelenting support from their cardiology colleague Dr. Helen Taussig has been to the advantage of many tots & adults from India who continue to suffer from congenital heart disease. It has been the collective effort of many teams over the years in India, to offer this mode from the humble armamentarium to tackle the vast array of congenital heart lesions. In this relentless effort, we do not know, exactly how many children have benefitted from such procedures & their whereabouts thereafter. I believe it is our responsibility as a collective group of surgical specialists to document the numbers & progress of such children, in their transit from surgery to further stages of life.
The association has taken up a more proactive approach to implement a working database project at the national level through its reach. This will get us on the right path leading towards developing a more prudent understanding into the epidemiology, incidence and outcomes of lesions we see in our sector. I shall elude into this in a bit more detail, with personal correspondence with all members, to take the voices and concerns all members, because each one of us is a stakeholder in this major national effort. This goes in sync with the idea of being technically advanced, strong on infrastructure & reliable in use. On the same tenets, the website of our Association has been revamped on a safe & reliable platform.
It has profiles developed for all members till the fall of 2019. A long haul was undertaken in developing & completing a Members Database for the purpose of seamless communication & notifications. Our association is an evolving heritage, that is consistently leading & moving the league of change & progress. It is my firm belief that it should be represented by a seamless technology that befits the excellence it has represented by means of hard work, consistency & excellence for nearly seven decades. While the final touches are being given, please use this facility to its maximum expanse & feel free to provide your feedback, which is vital for us to broaden the scope & outreach of the technology to maximise the needs of members & residents. Please utilise the features the website has to offer to full redemption!
Dr. C.S Hiremath MCh, MNAMS
Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons