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A Message from the President HVS 2021 NOW Virtual

To our HVS Membership and extended community:

The Heart Valve Society (HVS) has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the World Health Organization (WHO) (including its declaration of a global pandemic), as well as from state and local governments (including states of emergencies and bans on gatherings).We have also been actively following travel advisories and restrictions being placed on hospitals and institutions, and we know that an ever-increasing number of our members are on the front lines facing the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide. Based on all of these factors, HVS has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel its 2021 in-person Annual Scientific Meeting. The HVS Annual Scientific Meeting that was to take place in person 7-10 April 2021 in Miami, Florida will now be held virtually on 9 April 2021 from 1PM - 5PM EST (13:00 - 17:00).

This was an extremely difficult decision but one which we believe is in the best interests of our members, attendees, industry partners, and of course, our patients. Given the logistics that go into organizing a meeting of this size, HVS has decided to host an abbreviated meeting, offering CME and "Highlights of Heart Valve". Stay tuned for additional information regarding programming and registration in the coming weeks!

HVS wishes to sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to see you all in Miami for the 2022 Annual Meeting, in person, once again.

Kind Regards,
Vinod Thourani, MD
President, Heart Valve Society