It is with great pleasure that we introduce the first installment of the CSP Chronicle. The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School was originally founded by Dr. Hazim J. Safi in September of 1999 and at a time the clinical faculty numbered three. It was fairly easy to communicate information to the group and thus communication about educational, research, and clinical affairs often required a single phone call. How times have changed! Currently, the Department has grown to a faculty of 13, covering 9 campuses with an expected addition of 7 more by the end of the 2012. In addition, the increasing number of facilities staffed by our From our Directors! A quarterly publication of the research section of the Dept. of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School group led us to create a HIPAA-compliant, web -based database. This database facilitates research across all our affiliated sites. The new CSP will facilitate researcher training, regulatory compliance, grants and philanthropy. With this expansion, an organized conduit for dissemination of the clinical research opportunities and accomplishments in the Department has become a necessity. The CSP Chronicle will act as this conduit serving our department in the endeavor.

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