Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 61st Annual conference of the Israel Heart Society in association with the Israel Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery will take place at the Convention Center, David Inter-Continental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel on April 30th – May 1st.

This year we are especially proud to host distinguished, world-renowned international guest speakers from the European Society of Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology, AFICARDIO (French-Israeli Association in Cardiology).

Dominick J. Angiolillo
University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Elliott Antman
President-Elect, American Heart Association,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA

Jeroen J. Bax
Vice-President, European Society of Cardiology,
Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

Peter Ganz
San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA, USA

Philip Greenland
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA

Thomas F. Lüscher
Editor-in-Chief, European Heart Journal,
University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Patrick T. O’Gara
President – Elect, American College of Cardiology,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston, MA, USA

Fausto J. Pinto
President- Elect, European Society of Cardiology,
Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute, Lisbon, Portugal

Ronald G. Schwartz
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA

Alec Vahanian
Bichat University Hospital, Paris, France

Panos E. Vardas
President, European Society of Cardiology,
Heraklion University Hospital, Heraklion, Greece

The 61st Annual conference will include plenary joint sessions of the Israel Heart Society with the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology. These will include cutting-edge lectures on the latest advances in cardiology.

We will also continue the tradition of a joint session with AFICARDIO, the French-Israeli Association of Cardiology and also plan a special session on imaging and prevention in memory of Richard Meltzer MD (friend and mentor of many of us) who died suddenly on 2007.

These sessions, as well as the Keynote Neufeld Memorial lecture at the opening ceremony, will be conducted in English. A detailed program including both invited and local speakers and will be announced at a later time.
The free communications sessions will include a large number of oral, express and poster presentations of abstracts based on original studies, which will be delivered mostly in Hebrew. However, abstracts from English speaking presenters may be presented in English.

Poster sessions will be presented in English.
A large exhibition of device and pharmaceutical industry is taking place within the convention site.

We welcome you to submit your abstracts and to join us at this innovative conference. We hope that you will take the opportunity to participate in this esteemed scientific meeting and look forward to welcoming you on a wonderful visit to Israel in 2014.

Israel Heart Society

Yoseph Rozenman, President
Amit Segev, Secretary General

Israel Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Gideon Sahar, Chairman
Daniel Fink, Secretary
Yigal Kassif, Treasurer