New Orleans welcomes Scientific Sessions

AHA2016_epvw1_story2New Orleans is known for its intertwining culture, cuisine, art and music, but beyond this charming picture is a city with a distinguished backdrop of cardiovascular discovery. These qualities make the Crescent City an ideal destination for Scientific Sessions 2016, Nov. 12-16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

New Orleans is home to Tulane University School of Medicine, where graduate and cardiovascular surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, MD, invented the roller pump for blood transfusions as a medical student. Later, that invention became essential for the heart-lung machines used in open-heart surgeries. This Louisiana son is credited with conceiving and developing Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals, or MASH units, during the early years of World War II. Dr. DeBakey also performed the first successful carotid endarerectomy, coronary artery bypass and implantation of a ventricular assist device. He later worked with Robert Jarvik, MD, to create the Jarvik artificial heart.

Strides in cardiovascular care continue today with Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist Medical Center named among the best hospitals in the country in six medical specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” 2015-2016 national ranking. These hospitals also were recognized as high performing in six adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery. The magazine recognized East Jefferson General Hospital, located in in nearby Metairie, as high performing in three categories, including heart failure.

When you take a break from the education at Scientific Sessions 2016 in the Big Easy — where “laissez les bons temps rouler” or let the good times roll is the expression of choice — you’ll have plenty to explore.

Named the No. 1 U.S. city for Business Travelers by Condé Nast Traveler last year, New Orleans beckons visitors to indulge in its diverse ambiance. Stroll the French Quarter with its distinct art galleries, wrought-iron balconies cascading with ferns and jazz music. Get tempted by an array of dining establishments, from fine French restaurants to local Creole and Cajun eateries. Ride the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and take in the Victorian Garden District, cruise the Mississippi River on a paddle wheeler, or take a swamp tour. Visit the Audubon Zoo, Longue Vue House & Gardens, the National WWII Museum, Preservation Hall, Magazine Street or a voodoo shop.

We welcome you to New Orleans, where your journey of discovery awaits.