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May-June Issue of Innovations

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD
Dear Readers,

I think you will enjoy the May-June issue of Innovations. There is an excellent diversity of content addressing pertinent issues in minimally invasive cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Dr. Frank Detterbeck and his colleagues have written a provocative editorial exploring new developments in less invasive thoracic surgery. It discusses innovative approaches that may avoid an intercostal incision. It also contains a call for more formal studies accessing the safety and efficacy of these new techniques.

We are proud to publish in this issue the Inaugural Kit Arom Lecture. Dr. Arom was one of the founders of ISMICS and it was appropriate that his long-time colleague, Dr. Robert Emery, delivered the first lecture. The article touches on three pertinent practice issues in clinical cardiac surgery that I know will be of great interest.

This issue continues with a review article written by Todd Rosengart on stem cell and gene therapy. Dr. Rosengart is one of the world experts in this field and I know you will enjoy his perspective.

There is a number of original articles covering a range of issues including off-pump coronary bypass grafting, percutaneous thermal ablation of lung tumors, a new left atrial occlusion devices and a number of facets of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. There are also two interesting case reports and a beautifully written how-to-do-it article by Dr. Francis Sutter on robotic coronary revascularization through a minithoracotomy. In this issue, there are two video clips available online to augment the printed material. We hope to expand the video content in the future.

I hope you enjoy the issue and please feel free to give Carol Blasberg ( or myself ( feedback regarding this issue and topics you would like to see explored in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., M.D.
Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

John L. Knight, MD

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD
Innovations Accepted for Medline Indexing

Dear ISMICS Member,

It is with great pleasure that we are writing to let you know that our official ISMICS journal, Innovations, was accepted for MEDLINE indexing at the February meeting of the National Library of Medicine.

This decision to include the journal in MEDLINE is reflective of the quality of our journal and will allow us to continue to improve and expand its content.

Please consider Innovations for your original articles, case reports, “how-to-do-it” and review articles. We guarantee a rapid and through review process and a short time to publication for accepted articles. Editorial Manger, our online submission and review system, can be accessed at Remember to bookmark the Innovations website at

We sincerely thank those of you who have submitted to Innovations in the past, as the support of the ISMICS membership was critical in achieving this milestone. We are also pleased to confirm that all back content from the journal will be included in MEDLINE, searchable by both author name and title subject words. Innovations will begin pulling on MEDLINE searches in the near future.

If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to e-mail either Managing Editor, Carol Blasberg or our Editor, Ralph Damiano,

Sincerely yours,

John L. Knight, MD
ISMICS President
 Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD
Innovations: Technology and Techniques
in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

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