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The Lebanese Society of Cardiology: A clock builder institution:
Lessons from the past, insights into the future

“No one knows the hunting anxiety, the deep responsibility, the numerous self-reproaches of a man who spends his life developing a new procedure, he must have a hand as light as floating perfume, an eye as quick as a darting sunbeam, a heart as compassionate as all humanity, and a soul as pure as the waters of Lebanon”.
Da Costa

In this truly inspiring citation, Da Costa, links in a poetic manner purity and clarity to the water sources of Lebanon; I do believe that this purity should also be the rejuvenating source of our thoughts and reflections.

Richard Schickel once said about the Walt Disney Institution: "Above all, there was the ability to build and build and build – never stopping, never looking back, never finishing – the Institution…"
Having a great idea or being a charismatic visionary leader is “time telling”; building a company or a society that can prosper far beyond the presence of any single leader and through multiple product life cycles is “clock building”.

Having said this, I believe we should all be proud of the great institutional level acquired by the "Lebanese Society of Cardiology" since its renaissance in 1990 with the successive efforts of all the presidents from Albert Khoury, to Samir Alam, to Charles Jazra, to Nadim Timani , to Elie Checkrallah and lately to Wael Chalak. The great achievements of the Lebanese society of cardiology were also attributed to the efforts deployed by the various executive committees and coordinators of the working groups, as well as to the contributions of each and every one of you, through your commitment, continuous presence, positive criticism and ample tolerance. All these efforts helped us build a resilient society, which we are truly proud of.

Our glorious past, accomplishments, and working philosophy, made it easier for me to briefly list in a few lines the mission statement of the LSC.

This statement is simply the essence of our recent history and the actual foundation of our society:
The LSC mission is to:

  • Gather all the Lebanese cardiologists from various schools, universities, hospitals, regions, and confessions in an environment of conviviality, competitiveness and scientific collaboration away from socio-political conflicts, unethical competition, defiance and mistrust.
  • Ensure a continuous "medical education" to all cardiologists as well as other specialties through a team of international speakers as well as creating a budding team of Lebanese speakers.
  • Ensure effective implementation of European & international guidelines and adapt them to the local practicing methods.
  • Establish national registries, launch and coordinate clinical and epidemiological trials.
  • Actively participate in the European Society of Cardiology annual scientific meetings as well as administrative bodies.
  • Develop a partnership with other international, regional and Arab societies.
  • Confirm our position as an absolute medical and scientific reference in cardiology and in forging health policies in this field.

    Dear colleagues and partners,

    It seems obvious that the next term of presidency is going to be extremely challenging as it was once said: "you can learn from success but you have to work on it; it is a lot easier to learn from failure".
    However, because we do believe that success is a journey not a destination, we will have to rely on your commitment, assistance and full collaboration in order to build on our success and lead the future.. Therefore, I kindly request your full support in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the LSC for the coming two years, which I will elaborate on in a moment.

    Prior to that, I would like to address the representatives of the pharmaceutical companies that I prefer not to call "sponsors", a description that reduces our relationship to its mere financial aspect, I’d rather consider them as being our scientific partners as well, as our common ultimate goal is summarized by this beautiful quotation from George Merck II:
    “We are in the business of preserving and improving human life. All of our actions must be measured by our success in achieving this goal”.

    This collaboration cannot be solid, stable and long term unless based on the principle of win/win relationship which includes three major criteria:
  • Integrity, which is confirming reality to words,
  • Maturity, which is the ability to express our own convictions balanced with consideration for the thoughts and feelings of others,
  • Abundance mentality, which is the paradigm that there is plenty and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, of recognition, of profits, of decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives and above all creativity.

    Finally, I would like to remind you that, a few years back, under the presidency of Pr Elie Checkrallah, the executive committee has established some rules and regulations upon which the LSC should rely in order to make a decision whether to collaborate with any scientific event or provide it with its prestigious label or not. Unfortunately, these rules and regulations were never fully applied. However, they will now be meticulously followed in order to avoid any abuse and in order to respect the concept of the win/win relationship we are willing to seek.

    It is in this way that the LSC will be your platform, a scientific one, precise and well balanced, capable to provide the user with a distinctive label of high quality and prestige; it is only through this way that profit will eventually prevail.

    Finally, I would like to end with this quotation, from Georges Bernard Shaw, and I do very much hope to retain it as our motto
    “ life (LSC) is no brief candle to me, it’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations”.

    Georges GHANEM, MD, FESC, FACC 
    President of the LSC for the mandate 2005-2007 
    Written on July 9, 2005

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