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The Asia Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society (APPCS) and its inception started literally with notes on a napkin during an animated airport conversation between Dr. Anthony Chang and Drs. Apichai Khongphatthanayothin and Pirapat Mokarapong at the conclusion of the Third World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Toronto, Canada in May of 2001. The discussion focused on the increasing need for a large-scale meeting on pediatric cardiology in Asia similar to other regional pediatric cardiology meetings (such as the Association of European Pediatric Cardiology) rather than for each Asian country to host its own pediatric cardiology meeting, usually with very limited resources. 

The ensuing few years of continual discussions amongst the stakeholders was highlighted by a summit in Shanghai in 2004 with the leadership from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and India all represented to discuss the vision of an all-inclusive Asia Pacific pediatric cardiac group and meeting and the dream to gather all the caretakers of children with heart disease in a meaningful academic way to help these children and to inspire the next generation of pediatric cardiac physicians and caretakers.   More...
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