Young Hearts Message from the Chair

Shelly Miyamoto, MD, FAHA

Shelley Miyamoto, MD, FAHAAHA Scientific Council Membership has been an important part of careers in Pediatric Cardiology ever since our specialty was created. Over the years, through Council activities, many of the important initiatives that have shaped our discipline have been developed or have been nurtured by the AHA through the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts). Through active engagement and participation at the local and national levels, Young Hearts Council members can play an important role in shaping public policy and clinical standards.

We need to continue to be active advocates — political, scientific and organizational — to promote the well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with congenital and acquired heart disease. We hope that Young Hearts and the AHA will continue to serve as the scientific home for early career members, as opportunities for young investigators are a priority and include mentored grants, travel and abstract awards, and the Visiting Professorship Program.

On behalf of the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young, I would like to welcome all new and existing members, and thank everyone for their dedication and commitment to improving the lives of patients with congenital and acquired heat disease across the lifespan. While 2020 has presented us with unprecedented challenges, I remain committed to working with all of you to promote diversity and inclusion within our council, develop new initiatives, and partner with other councils to further the objectives of Young Hearts and the AHA.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself, or other members of the Young Hearts Leadership committee, if you have questions about becoming a FAHA, or would like to learn about ways to become more involved with Young Hearts.


Shelly Miyamoto, MD, FAHA
Chair, Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young

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