The Hektoen Institute collaborates with the Gasul Club to sponsor academic conferences in which pediatric cardiologists meet to discuss cases and present topics designed to advance the education, research, and medical practice.  In these informal meetings doctors working in this rapidly developing field discuss complicated cases encountered in their practices, seeking advice from their colleagues, and debating ideas in management and research. The meetings are held four times a year under the chairmanship of Dr. Maria Serratto, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois and member of the board and executive committee of Hektoen.

Benjamin Gasul, MD was a prominent pediatrician in private practice in Chicago, affiliated with Cook County Hospital in the 1940s. During his career he developed a great interest in congenital heart disease and he is now recognized as one of the fathers of pediatric cardiology in the US. At Cook County Hospital, Dr. Gasul created an active center for congenital heart disease. He also organized a monthly meeting where doctors working in this rapidly developing field could discuss complicated cases encountered in their practices, seeking advice from their colleagues and debating ideas in management and research.

These meetings became to be known as the “Gasul Club.” Although the gatherings remained informal and unstructured, they became a main pillar of this young and dynamic specialty in Chicago. Originally the meetings were held on a monthly basis, hosted by the pediatric cardiology centers of the Chicago area. This activity flourished for many years, from its onset in the mid-fifties till the late nineties.

In the year 2005, which marked the fiftieth year of its establishment, the Gasul Club was revived thanks to the efforts of Dr. Maria Serratto under the auspices of the Hektoen Institute of Medicine. The Gasul Club now meets quarterly continuing its proud tradition of teaching to young doctors the science and art of pediatric cardiology.