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March 2019 - 5th Myanmar Cardiac Society Conference  

The Myanmar Cardiac Society is relatively young and we are always happy to support them. This is their 5th National Scientific Conference held in the historic city of Yangon. We used this opportunity for the ASEAN Societies to have their Council Meeting.

March 2019 - American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session (New Orleans)

American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session was held on the 16 - 18 March 16, 2019 at New Orleans. I had to transit via Newark Airport and caught the sight of the Freedom Tower at dawn. Actually this is my first ACC meeting ever. My colleague Dr Ho Kheng Thye had a poster based on some work we had done while in private practice on CT imaging.   


Ground breaking science as always with ACC. From the left 1. Apple Heart Study which showed how a commercial device can detect atrial fibrillation 2 + 3. Eugene Braunwald speaking after the groundbreaking PARTNER-3 data was released showing how key-hole aortic valve replacement can be performed in low risk patients 4. Dr Roberto Canessa's personal story on how when he as a 19 year old medical student; survived the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crash, and how it changed him. 


Networking after the long scientific sessions (from left): 1. Ryan Fioresi (ACC) and Dr Edgar Tay (Singapore) 2. Philippine Heart Association Presidents past and present 3. ACC leadership meeting 4. ACC Jeopardy winners from Singapore with our Thai counterparts.


with the President of the Taiwan Society of Cardiology (Prof Hwang Juey-Jen) and President of the Chinese Society of Cardiology (Prof Ge Junbo). 

with Poh Kian Keong (Past President SCS); Dr Michael Valentine (President ACC) and Dr Richard Kovacs (in-coming President ACC). 

Finally a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (thanks to Dr Glenn Lee for this photo)

March 2019 Heart Association of Thailand 51st Annual Scientific Meeting 

Kind invitation by Heart Association of Thailand to their 51st Annual Scientific Meeting at the beautiful Hua Hin town,  Thanks to Dr. Rungroj Krittayaphong and Dr Kanchit Likittanasombat for their kind hospitality as always.  

Dr Kanchit Likittanasombat (Immediate Past President HAT) and Prof Gregory Lip 

Prof Gregory Lip and Dr. Rungroj Krittayaphong (President HAT). Plenary speaker was Prof Gregory Lip from Birmingham, UK who is renown for his work in Atrial Fibrillation.

April 2019 National Heart Association Meeting (Kuala Lumpur) 

Always a pleasure to attend National Heart Association Malaysia's Annual Scientific Meeting in Kuala Lumpur.. Group photo with the Organising and Scientific Chairs and Faculty at the end of a long day of education and sharing. 


Prof Jeroen Bax (Past President ESC) and Dr Alan Fong (Sarawak General Hospital).    

Dr David Quek (Past President NHAM) and Dr Sofian Johar (President Brunei Cardiac Society)

Dr Chong Jen Lin - Scientific Chairman for NHAM congress 2019

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Dr Effa Rahman (left) Organising Chairman for NHAM Congress 2019 with committee and speakers

Dr Liew Huong Bang (right) - fellow Queen's University of Belfast Alumni and current Head of Cardiology & CRC, Hospital Queen Elizabeth II, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. 

ACC President 2020 - Athena Poppas; she is also chief of cardiology and professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute of Rhode Island, Miriam Hospitals and Newport Hospitals.

May 2019 Fimasartan Launch Symposium (Manila)   

Kind invitation to help launch a new blood pressure medication in the Philippine market. Philippine Heart Association President (Nanette Rey) and Past President (Jorge Sison) was there to lead the launch. Very friendly atmosphere as always. 

September 2019 ACC-JCC (Nagoya)

American College of Cardiology (ACC) has been hosting an ACC-Asia event annually since 2017 and in 2019, this was in collaboration with Japanese College of Cardiology. This meeting was chaired by Dr Keiichi Fukuda and Dr Aaron Kugelmass. 

September 2019 ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress (AFCC) Jakarta 

The 24th AFC Congress was held in conjunction with the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting Indonesia Heart Association (ASMIHA) at the ICE BSD convention center in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

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