Dear Colleague,

It is the proud privilege of the Organising Committee to warmly welcome you to the combined annual meeting of the ASCVTS & IACTS to be held at Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Chennai from 21st to 24th February 2019. 

The focus of this meeting will be on “Re-Inventing Cardiothoracic Surgery”. The Organising committee is planning a very professionally driven program that is both interactive and interesting. In addition, an AATS/ASCVTS post graduate course will be conducted for the young surgeons. We hope all of you would participate, contribute and benefit from this conference.

Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers in South India. The people of Tamil Nadu speak Tamil, one of the oldest languages and take pride in friendship and hospitality.

The ITC Grand Chola is a luxury hotel in Chennai, India. It is the third largest hotel in India. The hotel is built in South Indian temple architecture and has four entrances similar to the temples in South India, accordingly named as ‘Vallavan’ [North], ‘Sembiyan’ [East], ‘Killi’ [South], and ‘Chola’ [West].

The hotel has 600 rooms and features 1,600,000-square-foot of built area, 75,000-square-foot of retail space and 100,000 square feet of conference and exhibition facilities, which includes a pillar-less main ballroom of 26,540 sq ft named the Rajendra Hall, which can accommodate 5,000 guests. The ballroom is a stand-alone structure gently sloping into a carpeted area. The total area of the ballroom, including the pillar-less portion, is 55,000 sq ft. The hotel also has a 48-seater preview theater. The hotel covers 1.5 million square foot area on an eight-acre plot.

We hope your time here would be memorable to you and your family.

The meeting will have renowned international and national faculty. The organising committee will make your stay a wonderful experience.

Chennai with all its hospitality and elegance welcomes you to the conference.

Warm regards,

Dr. S. Rajan

(Organising Secretary)

Dr. Rajan Santosham

(Organising Chairman)