ISMICS, The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

 December 2016 Edition

Cardiac Co-Chairs
Nikolaos Bonaros, MD
Associate Professor of
Cardiac Surgery
Innsbruck Medical University
Innsbruck, Austria

Eric J. Lehr, MD, PhD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Swedish Heart and
Vascular Institute
Seattle, Washington

Thoracic Co-Chairs
Ghulam Abbas, MD,
Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Meridian Health System
Red Bank, New Jersey

Farid Gharagozloo, MD
George Washington University Medical Center
Washington, DC

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Visit ISMICS at Booth #AF04 during the STS 53rd Annual Meeting that will take place January 22-24, 2017 in Hall 3 of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. We look forward to seeing you there!

ISMICS thanks Getinge Group USA for supporting the ISMICS 2016 Consensus Conference which addressed Endoscopic Vein & Radial Harvest. The ISMICS Expert Consensus Conferences have produced very important scientific results that have benefited all aspects of the minimally invasive specialty. The purpose of a Consensus Conference is to evaluate the available scientific information on a biomedical technology and to develop a consensus statement that advances understanding of the technology or issue in question (assessment) and that will be useful to health professionals and the public at large. A select and geographically diverse expert panel reviews the scientific data, weighs the information, and then composes a consensus statement that addresses a set of questions previously posed to the panel. This statement is an independent report of the panel.

ISMICS appreciates Getinge Group USA's continued support of its endeavors.
Getinge Group USA

500 Cummings Center
Suite 4550
Beverly, MA 01915
Tel: 978.927.8330
Fax: 978.524.0498

as of January 1, 2017, the ISMICS office suite number will be Suite 4400. Please note this in your records.

President's Message
Johannes Bonatti, MD, President
Johannes Bonatti, MD

Dear Members of ISMICS,
As the holiday season approaches, I am pleased to announce that ISMICS has had another very successful year in 2016. In addition to the Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal, the Society also hosted the Annual Winter Workshop in Kyoto, Japan held 28-29 October. Chairman, Dr. Tohru Asai, and his team put together an outstanding program which was aimed at identifying the latest developments in cardiothoracic therapeutics while offering a hands-on and immersive educational experience. With over 300 professional attendees, this event undoubtedly contributed to furthering the knowledge of minimally invasive techniques within the specialty. Photos from this event are now available on the ISMICS website.

ISMICS 2017 Annual Meeting

7-10 June 2017, Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Rome

7-10 June 2017, Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Rome, Italy

The abstract submission site for the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery is now open. To have your work be considered for the 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, submit your abstract today.

Submit Your Abstract
View the Author Instructions
Deadline to submit abstracts: Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11:59PM EST

Masters Day Course
Course details for the 2017 ISMICS Masters Day program are now available. Please join your colleagues in attending these six cardiac-focused advanced training sessions that are always a highlight of the ISMICS educational programing.

Minimally Invasive and Endovascular Thoracic Aortic Surgery
Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Eric E. Roselli, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Minimally Invasive, Robotic and Innovative Coronary Surgery
Marc Ruel, MD, MPH
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Jean-Luc Jansens, MD
CHU UCL Namur, Yvoir, Belgium

Minimally Invasive and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Interventions
Nikolaos Bonaros, MD, PhD
Innsbruck Medical University
Innsbruck, Austria
Guenther Laufer, MD
Medical University of Vienna
Waehringer Guertel, Vienna

Minimally Invasive and Transcatheter Mitral Valve Interventions
Rakesh M. Suri, MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Eric J. Lehr, MD, PhD
Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute
Seattle, WA

Minimally Invasive Surgical Approaches to Heart Failure
Dominik Wiedemann, MD
Vienna Medical Center
Vienna, Austria
Zachary N. Kon, MD
University of Maryland
School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Minimally Invasive Surgical Approaches to Atrial Fibrillation
Gianluigi Bisleri, MD
Queens University, Kingston
ON, Canada
Nicolas Doll, MD
Sana Klink Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany

Subramanian Innovation Award
The Subramanian Innovation Award was developed in 2016 through a generous donation to the ISMICS Research and Education Fund made by ISMICS Past President and Founding Member Dr. Valavanur A. Subramanian. The winner of the Subramanian Innovation Award shall receive grant funding to be used toward taking their innovation and bringing it to reality for implementation. Recipient is awarded $5,000 USD. The first annual Subramanian Innovation Award will be presented during the 2017 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting in Rome.

ISMICS appreciates the support of its industry partners for the 2017 Annual Meeting.
Aesculap AG
AtriCure, Inc.
Cardio Medical GmbH
Fehling Instruments GmbH & Co. KG
Getinge Group
Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
LSI Solutions
NOVADAQ Technologies
Scanlan International, Inc.
St. Jude Medical
Terumo Cardiovascular Group
Wexler Surgical, Inc.
Zimmer Biomet

Winter Workshop

ISMICS congratulates Dr. Tohru Asai and his colleagues for organizing a very successful ISMICS Winter Workshop, 28-29 October 2016 in Kyoto, Japan which had more than 300 registrants.
faculty: ISMICS Winter Workshop, 28-29 October 2016

2017 Winter Workshop
2017 Winter Workshop, December 8-9, 2017, Rosewood Hotel Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Conference and Simulation Center Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates in conjunction with the Emirates Cardiac Society
Working Group for Cardiac Surgery

December 8-9, 2017
Rosewood Hotel
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Conference and Simulation Center
Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates
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8th Annual Re-Evolution Summit

8th Annual Re-Evolution Summit, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) ISMICS is pleased to co-sponsor the 8th Annual Re-Evolution Summit, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS); The Ultimate Hands-On Summit that will be held 6-7 April 2017 at the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Houston, Texas. The goal of this conference is to provide up-to-date evidence-based didactic lectures along with expert-instructed hands-on exposure to the latest in all aspects of minimal access cardiac surgery with an emphasis on hybrid approaches.

Register now!


Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery was accepted for MEDLINE indexing by the National Library of Medicine and by Thomson Reuters for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index. Innovations is the first journal whose main mission is to disseminate information specifically about advances in technology and techniques that lead to less invasive treatment of cardiothoracic and vascular disease. Visit to view the current issue and to submit a manuscript.

2016 Annual Meeting Photos

New ISMICS Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce that ISMICS will be introducing a webinar series in 2017 to supplement its already comprehensive educational offerings. Each webinar will feature thought leaders from our specialty who will be speaking on cutting edge minimally invasive topics. Stay tuned to for more as these webinars are scheduled.

Research and Education Fund

The ISMICS Board of Directors is pleased to thank the contributors to the Research and Education Fund which is focused on fully funding our award programs. The Board encourages members of ISMICS to join their colleagues in supporting this worthwhile endeavor.

Niv Ad, MD,
Falls Church, Virginia, USA

W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD,
Greenville, North Carolina

Kit V. Arom, MD,
Bangkok, Thailand

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD,
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Todd L. Demmy, MD,
Buffalo, New York, USA

Anno Diegeler, MD,
PhD, Bad Neustadt, Germany

Robert W. Emery, MD,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Francis D. Ferdinand, MD,
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA

James D. Fonger, MD,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

John L. Knight, MD,
North Adelaide, Australia
Xu Meng, MD,
Beijing, China

Yugal K. Mishra, MD,
PhD, New Delhi, India

John D. Puskas, MD,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Hermann Reichenspurner, MD,
PhD, Hamburg, Germany

Rex De Lisle Stanbridge, MD,
London, England

Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD,
New York, New York, USA

Vinod Thourani, MD,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Naresh Trehan, MD,
Medanta, Haryana, India

Randall K. Wolf, MD,
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

ISMICS is pleased to welcome its new members.

Amir Abolhoda, MD
Taylan Adademir, MD
Aqeel Ahmad, MS
Ramil Aliyev, MD
Tijen Alkan Bozkaya, MD
Carlos J. Anciano, MD
Alessandro Armaro, MD
Mehmet Sanser Ates, MD
Pavan Atluri, MD
Vivek Babu Bojjawar, MBBS, MS, MCh
Amal Bose, MD
Davut Cekmecelioglu, MD
Ferid Cereb, MD
Amit Chaudhary
Hyun Keun Chee, MD, PhD
Ali Civelek, MD
Angela De Palma, MD
Ufuk Demirkilic, MD
Kristeen Derrick
Suat Doganci, MD
AhmetBaris Durukan, MD
Selim Erenturk, MD
Renata Ford, MD
Gary Guenst, PA
Elif Guneysu, MD
Gentaku Hama
Hakan Hancer, MD
Matthew Henn, MD
Cenk Indelen, MD
Eric J. Keyser, MD
Feras Khaliel
Keita Kikuchi
Charles Klodell, MD
Peter A. Knight, MD

Cemal Kocaaslan
Jian Liu, M.D.
Andreas Martens, MD
William W. McAlexander, MD, FACS
Reza J. Mehran, MD
Erick L. Montero, MD
Shahram Momtahan
Robert Moraca, MD
Fuad Moussa, MD
Kaushik Mukherjee, MS, MCh
Hiroyuki Nakajima, MD, PhD
Muhammad Nawaz, MBBS, MRCS, FCPS
Pouya Nezafati
Calvin S.H. Ng, MD, FRCS (CTh), FCCP
Begench Orazgeldiyev, MD
Arda Ozyuksel, MD
Jeewan Pillai, MBBS, MS, MCh
Manish V. Puranik, MS, MCh, CVTS
Danny Ramzy, MD
Sebastian V. Rojas, MD
Murat Sargin, MD
Jude S. Sauer, MD
Gilbert Sebastien, MD
Vikas Sharma
Rajiv Srivastava, MCh
Takahiro Takemura
Grigore Tinica, MD, PhD
Joseph Turek, MD, PhD
Corazon Mabel Calle Valda
Frank Van Praet, MD
Joshua K. Wong, MD
Sze Yuen Yu, MBBS
Volkan Yurtman, MD