Skamania ACHD 2024

33rd Annual International Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult

Scenic view of the Columbia River Gorge.

We hope you can join us for the 2024 ACHD Symposium, to be held at Skamania Lodge outside of Portland, Oregon,  May 28 – June 1, 2024.  We hope to see you there, and for your contribution to what we think will be a rewarding experience for all.   This rotating conference held in conjunction with the University of Toronto and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is sponsored by Oregon Health and Science University and Co-sponsored by the University of Washington.

Background and Objectives

Skamania ACHD 2024 Paddle Boat on Columbia River

The meeting has played an important role in building our community of providers for adults with congenital heart disease.  It traces its roots to David Sahn and Gary Webb who established this rotating educational forum.  The venue has been host to Joe Perloff and Jane Sommerville and subsequent generations of ACHD providers like us that have followed. 

Skamania has been a place for building relationships with others in the field, and we want to keep that tradition going.  Therefore, the meeting objectives are to not only address knowledge gaps, but also network gaps, collaboration gaps, and friendship gaps.   We will highlight emerging research, discuss contemporary topics in ACHD in some unique ways, and importantly, build the ACHD community worldwide, not only across institutions but across hemispheres.  The objectives also mean the meeting is meant to be relaxed, fun, and interactive.  We encourage participants to mix around the sessions and also at social and recreational events that will be built into the program.  


Bakery items on a trey at Skamania lodge

Please note that, as in years past, we fully expect the venue will fill to capacity, and alternative lodging in the area is limited.  We have worked with the lodge to provide the maximum number of rooms for meeting attendees.  Therefore, reservations will need to be done through the meeting registration link.   Apart from the Lodge, there are limited accommodation options in the area, specifically the Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn located across the bridge in Cascade Locks, Oregon, or limited local homes for rent in either Stevenson or Carson, WA.  Hood River, Oregon is the closest city with additional lodging. 


Overseas attendees – Please use promo code OVERSEAS for a discounted rate

Contact us


The program is being developed now, but a preliminary outline is displayed here. 

Programs at a glance Skamania ACHD 2024

Abstract submission

Abstract submission will open in December.  A link to the submission site will be placed here.  ABSTRACTS ARE DUE BY JANUARY 31st.  Accepted Abstracts should be announced by March 1st.  As in the past, most accepted abstracts will be presented in poster format.  Approximately 5 abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. 

Shuttle info

There will be a complimentary limited shuttle service from Portland International Airport on Wednesday May 29 to the venue, and returning to the airport Saturday June 1.  The journey is approximately 50 minutes long.  The shuttle will leave approximately every two hours.  Look for further information on times and sign up as we get closer to the meeting. 

Skamania video sketch


Put together a video skit with your ACHD Program to be viewed during the meeting. The video should be –

  • 2-4 minutes long
  • Include predominantly members of your ACHD program
  • Family-friendly and clean (avoid any profanity, violence depictions, etc)
  • Free of offensive content
  • See this example from the ACHD program at OHSU

Submit a link to your video to  Prizes awarded.

Videos will be judged at meeting

Road bike ride

Columbia River and mountains panorama

Get in shape, because we plan to coordinate a road bike ride from the airport to the venue on Wednesday May 29, inspired by Michael Gatzoulis.  The scenic 45 mile (72 km) road bike-friendly route from Portland International airport to Skamania lodge climbs gently up to Crown point and then down along the Old Columbia River Hwy past some of the best sites in the Columbia River Gorge.  It is one of Craig’s all-time favorite rides.  We encourage you to transport your road bike as checked luggage on the plane (bags like this one work fine).  We will drive your luggage to the lodge while you ride up, and have a support vehicle along the route if needed, though safety is your responsibility.

This ride is for those with road bike experience, more than just your daily peloton session.  Riders should be comfortable with changing a flat tire, navigation, avoiding obstacles, riding in a group, adjusting to weather conditions, etc.  Please come prepared to have fun safely.


We are open to sponsorship opportunities to support the meeting costs.  There will be space available for exhibitors at the venue as well.  Please email Kindell Adams with inquiries.