April 2014 Edition

2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee

Thoracic Co-Chairs

Hiran Chrishantha Fernando, MBBS, FRCS
Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Daniel L. Miller, M.D.
Chief, Thoracic Surgery
WellStar Healthcare System
Marietta, Georgia, USA

Ricardo Sales dos Santos, M.D.
Head of Minimally Invasive and Robotic
Thoracic Surgery Center
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ralph A. Schmid, M.D.
Professor Dr. med.
Division of General Thoracic Surgery
University Hospital Berne
Berne, Switzerland

Simulation Course Director

James I. Fann, M.D.
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, California, USA

Cardiac Co-Chairs

Vinod H. Thourani, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dept. of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Thomas Walther, M.D.
Director, Dept. of Cardiac Surgery
Kerckhoff Heartcenter
Bad Nauheim, Germany

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., M.D.

Visit ISMICS at Booth 301
during the AATS Annual Meeting
26-30 April 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

3rd Einstein International Symposium for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
ISMICS is delighted to cosponsor the 3rd Einstein International Symposium for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery to be held at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Moise Safra Auditorium, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
October 30 - November 1, 2014
The 2014 ISMICS Winter Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 3rd Einstein International Symposium.

2014 2nd Asian Single Port VATS Symposium & Hands-on Session
The 4th Beijing International Symposium and Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery
(BISROCS 2014)
20-22 June 2014
Beijing, China www.bisrocs.net

500 Cummings Center
Suite 4550
Beverly, MA 01915
Tel: 978.927.8330
Fax: 978.524.8890

President's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Francis D Ferdinand, M.D.

We are continuing to grow ISMICS and plan for an awesome and innovative 2014 ISMICS Annual Scientific meeting at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston Massachusetts, May 28 – 31. With our recent outreach in Asia, working in collaboration with ISMICS members and colleagues in Shanghai, China and at the 2013 ISMICS Winter Workshop in conjunction with the 45th Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, we now have 71 new ISMICS members. We look forward to seeing some of their innovative work and welcoming them in Boston. ISMICS now has a record 825 members! See the Member section below for our new members.

Our Cardiac Masters Day programming has continued to evolve and we have built an incredible learning experience in terms of content as well as structure for Wednesday, 28 May, 2014. There will be six (6) total Masters Day Focused Sessions – three in the morning and three in the afternoon. In addition, there will be the new Young Surgeons Simulation Based Training Session to run parallel to the Focused Sessions. The Masters Day will start with a Morning General Session that will have a 5 minute “Live in a Box How I Do It” video followed by a 7 minute “State of the Art” presentation on the most current information on the related Session topics: Endoscopic & Robotic Revascularization (Chairs: Johannes Bonatti and Michael Halkos), Innovations in TEVAR (Chairs: Wilson Szeto and Martin Czerny) and Minimally Invasive and Robotic Mitral Valve (Chairs: ISMICS Past-President W Randolph Chitwood and Tomislav Mihaljevic). The Afternoon General Session will again have the 5 minute “Live in a Box How I Do It” video followed by a 7 minute “State of the Art” presentations for the following: New Innovations in LVAD (Chairs: Mark Slaughter and Jans Gummert), Atrial Fibrillation and Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices (Chairs: Gorav Ailawadi and Nicolas Doll) and Transcatheter Aortic and Mitral Valve Technologies (Chairs: Joerg Kempfert and Francesco Masiano). Everyone registered for the Masters Day and Young Surgeons will attend the General Sessions and then break out for the Focused Sessions. The Young Surgeons will have the opportunity to have 6 hours of simulation based training.

On Wednesday evening, we will feature the Technical Challenges: Pitfalls and Disasters, chaired by ISMICS Past-President Valavanur A Subramanian and Alex Zapolanski. This year, the Technical Challenges Session had its own dedicated abstract submission category reflecting the importance and popularity of this Wednesday night tradition. Between the Masters Day and the Technical Challenges Session will be our Welcome Reception with industry in the Exhibit Hall and the opening of our greatly expanded Sim City which will offer ISMICS attendees the opportunity for practical, hands-on experiences with cutting edge technology. Sim City will continue throughout the meeting so plan on booking simulation slots early to ensure dedicated time for your personal experiences.

Thursday, May 29th will start the Thoracic Masters Day Class: Advances in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (Chairs: Drs Fernando, Miller, dos Santos and Schmid) that will be divided into three Sessions – Session I: Lung Cancer, Session II: Endoscopic Therapies for the Thoracic Surgeon and Session III: Mediastinum, Chest Wall, and Esophagus. This Thoracic programming will be synchronous with our expanded simulation based training from the Masters Day and through the entire meeting with Sim City to ensure a continuous learning environment.

The peer-reviewed abstract sessions will start on Thursday for the Cardiac component and Friday for the Thoracic component and continue until Saturday. With the record number of submitted abstracts, our Program Co Chairs have significantly raised the bar and you can look forward to a much higher level of presentations from around the world. In addition, the Posters Sessions will continue the e-Poster format we initiated last year for both your general viewing pleasure and for the Poster Competition First Round and Finals on Thursday and Friday evenings respectively.

Here are just three of the greatly anticipated special sessions planned:
Innovations Accelerator Session on Thursday, May 29th, which will bring together surgeon-inventors and biomedical engineers for an interactive panel on conceptualizing, developing, introducing to clinical practice and commercializing innovative ideas. If you have an idea on a new technology and how to enhance cardiac and thoracic surgery, this is a must attend session.

The Kit V Arom, MD, Lectureship on Friday, May 30th presented by ISMICS Past-President Michael J. Mack, MD, who’s work on bridging the gap between surgeons and cardiologists to work together in introducing new technology and then to critically evaluate and follow outcomes after clinical introduction via the joint TVT Registry, is both insightful and innovative. The Arom Lecture is to be focused on an innovative medical topic and was created by the ISMICS Board of Directors in 2010, in honor of Kit V. Arom, MD, who was a founding member of ISMICS, serving both as a Senior Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors.

ISMICS Consensus Statements: A Ten Year Critical Review, chaired by Davy CH Cheng, MD, MSc, will look at our past consensus statements and their impact on clinical practice as well as on ISMICS and our journal Innovations. Dr Cheng will also give an update on our two most recent consensus conferences on TAVR and OP-CAB; in addition to an introduction of our next one on Endoscopic Vein Harvesting in the Fall. We also plan to solicit recommendations from attendees on future topics and we greatly look forward to your input.

Saturday, May 31st, will carry forward outstanding educational content to the very end of ISMICS 2014 with Thoracic Movie Day featuring two sessions of innovative techniques in thoracic surgery and the Cardiac component will finish with the highly anticipated debate between ISMICS Past-President John Puskas and Pat O’Gara on All Arterial OP-CAB versus Hybrid Revascularization.

One of the hallmarks of the ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting is our Attendee Reception which will be held at the world renowned Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. [Note: Something of intrigue – Hint: Thomas Crown Affair] This will be an awesome social event in an incredible venue where we will also present the ISMICS 2014 awards for best papers and posters. We have also introduced this year the ISMICS Friends & Family ad hoc committee to assist and facilitate social events – so bring your families. We have arranged for the museum to have dedicated space and museum docents just to entertain children with appropriate art themed activities during our Friday night reception.

If you are attending the AATS meeting, April 26 – 30, in Toronto, please stop by the ISMICS Booth #301 for all of the latest information.

Francis D Ferdinand, MD

ISMICS 2014 Annual Meeting

13 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting, 12-15 June 2013, Hilton Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

28-31 May 2014 • Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA, USA

Registration and housing are now open.


Register by Mail/Fax: Download Form


Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 USA
Room Type: Standard Room: 309.00 USD per Night

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 14.45%) in effect at the time of check-out. The ISMICS group rate will be offered (3) nights prior and post to the room allotment depending on hotel availability.

Housing Cut Off Date: 25 May 2014

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ISMICS 2014 Annual Meeting Exhibitors

The following companies are exhibiting at the 2014 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting:

AtriCure, Inc.
Cormatrix Cardiovascular, Inc.
Davol Inc., Subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc.
Edwards Lifesciences
Ethicon, Inc.
Fehling Surgical Instruments, Inc.
Genesee BioMedical, Inc.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
KLS Martin, LP
LSI Solutions
          MAQUET Medical Systems, USA
Medtronic, Inc.
Scanlan International, Inc.
Sontec Instruments Inc.
Sorin Group
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Transonic Systems Inc.
Wexler Surgical


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ISMICS is pleased to welcome its new members.

Marcello Carlo Ambrogi, M.D.
Douglas C. Appleby, Jr., M.D.
Junfeng Cai, M.D., PhD
Jorge Manuel Catrip Torres, M.D.
Byung-Chul Chang, M.D.
Hao Chen, M.D.
Yunge Cheng, M.D.
Jae-sung Choi, M.D.
Aiqiang Dong, M.D.
Nianguo Dong, M.D.
Tamer S. El Banna, M.D.
DeGuang Feng, M.D.
Tianxiang Gu, M.D.
Huiming Guo, M.D.
Yingqiang Guo, M.D.
Zhigang Guo, M.D.
Keli Huang, M.D.
Lynn C. Huffman, M.D.
Yoohwa Hwang, M.D.
Nan Jiang, M.D.
Haiming Jiang, M.D.
Mei Ju, M.D.
Ali Zamir Khan, M.D.
Sue Hyun Kim, M.D.
Hye-seon Kim, M.D.
Ye Kong, M.D., PhD
Haewon Lee, M.D.
Bradley G. Leshnower, M.D.
Yaxiong Li, M.D.
De Min Li, M.D.
Ke Lin, M.D.
Kexiang Liu, M.D.
Liming Liu, M.D.
Hongyu Liu, M.D.
Jian Liu, M.D.
Luqi Liu, M.D.


Jichun Liu, M.D.
Zhiyong Liu, M.D.
Jianshi Liu, M.D.
WanJun Luo, M.D.
Yong Luo, M.D.
Zengshan Ma, M.D.
Jian Meng, M.D.
Umesh Nareppa, M.D.
Tom C. Nguyen, M.D.
XiMing Qian, M.D.
Atiq Rehman, M.D.
Zhonggui Shan, M.D.
Yongfeng Shao, M.D.
Liang Tao, M.D.
Dongjin Wang, M.D.
Dong-Jin Wang, M.D.
Chun Wang, M.D.
Huishan Wang, M.D.
Lianqun Wang, M.D.
Min New Wei, M.D.
Zhenyu Wei, M.D.
Yanhu Wu, M.D.
Yingbin Xiao, M.D.
Heyun Xu, M.D.
ZhiYun Xu, M.D.
Song Xue, M.D.
Kang Yang, M.D.
BenTong Yu, M.D.
Wangfu Zang, M.D.
Jin Bao Zhang, M.D.
Xiquan Zhang, M.D.
Shen Zhang, M.D.
Feng-Wei Zhang, M.D.
Qianjin Zhong, M.D.
Chengwei Zou, M.D.

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 you to join your colleagues in supporting this worthwhile endeavor.

Niv Ad, M.D.
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., M.D.
Todd L. Demmy, M.D.
Anno Diegeler, M.D., PhD
Robert W. Emery, M.D.
Francis D. Ferdinand, M.D.
James D. Fonger, M.D.


John L. Knight, M.D.
Xu Meng, M.D.
Yugal K. Mishra, M.D., PhD
John D. Puskas, M.D.
Rex DeLisle Stanbridge, M.D., FRCS
Valavanur A. Subramanian, M.D.
Randall K. Wolf, M.D.

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