May 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.

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

13th Congress for Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery
October 30 - November 2, 2014
Antalya, Turkey

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

President's Message

Francis D Ferdinand, M.D.
Dear Colleagues,

I look forward to seeing you all next week during the 2014 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston Massachusetts, May 28 - 31. This is an exciting opportunity to experience the newest and most innovative developments in cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery. If you have not registered yet, please go to this link as Pre-Registration (and the Pre Reg discount) closes on Friday (5/23):

I am pleased to welcome Rory McDonald, PhD, MBA of the Harvard Business School as this year's Keynote Speaker. Professor McDonald is an expert on Disruptive Innovation and an authority on Competition and Innovation in Technology Enabled Markets. His presentation will take place at 11:15 AM on Thursday, 29 May.

Some additional meeting highlights are:

The "Simulation-Based Training Program for Young Surgeons", under the direction of Dr James Fann (Stanford University), Dr. Hiran Fernando (Boston Medical Center), and Dr. Daniel Miller (WellStar Healthcare System), will take place on Wednesday, 28 May, at the Marriott Copley Place. The six (6) hours of simulation training will cover: Simulation Based Training Program

  • Mini-mitral surgery
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Transcatheter valve replacement
  • Robotic surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
  • Chest wall reconstruction
  • Novel esophageal therapies
The highly anticipated Debate on All Arterial OP-CAB Versus Hybrid Revascularization between ISMICS Past President Dr. John D. Puskas of Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Dr. Andrew C. Eisenhauer, Director, Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital will take place on Saturday, 31 May.
An App will be available for both Apple and Android based smart phones with the program of the 2014 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting. This interactive guide to the meeting is launching next week so be sure to watch your inbox for more information and download instructions. ISMICS Meeting App
Throughout the meeting we will be seeking your feedback via a text based Audience Response System on some critical questions such as the future publication platform(s) for our journal Innovations as well as topics for future Consensus Statement Conferences.

INNOVATIONS, the official journal of ISMICS, has continued to grow along with ISMICS. This year, ISMICS will again be presenting cash awards for the best manuscripts submitted from papers selected for presentation. There is a $2,000 award for the Best Manuscript submitted before the Annual Meeting and a $1,000 award for the Best Manuscript submitted within 60 days after the Annual Meeting. Submit your manuscript today The recipients of the best manuscripts submitted for the 2013 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting will be announced during our Attendee Reception at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

See you in Boston!

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

The following companies are supporting industry symposia, which are not part of the official ISMICS scientific program held at the Marriott Copley Place.

Lunch Symposium
Thursday, 29 May
Salon AB

Breakfast Symposium
Friday, 30 May
Salon AB

Lunch Symposium
Friday, 30 May
Salon AB

Thursday evening: Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves
No plans on Thursday evening after the reception in the Exhibit Hall?! The RED SOX are in town and play the Atlanta Braves. The game starts at 7:10 pm.
Purchase tickets

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.
Pacira Pharmaceuticals
Scanlan International, Inc.
Sontec Instruments Inc.
Sorin Group
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Transonic Systems Inc.
Wexler Surgical
Wolters Kluwer Health


Current Issue
Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic
and Vascular Surgery
May/June 2014 - Volume 9 - Issue 3
PP: 151-265
View Contributor Index

Visit to view the current issue.

Innovations is pleased to offer electronic publication of accepted papers prior to print publication.
These papers can be cited using the date of access and the unique DOI number. Any final changes in manuscripts will be made at the time of print publication and will be reflected in the final electronic version of the issue. This is an exciting new development that will allow for quicker access to the exciting content. You can sign up for Publish Ahead-of-Print alerts and be notified every time a new article is posted. Just go to and follow the instructions to sign up for either an email alert or an RSS feed.

Research and Education Fund

The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) was formed in 1997 to enhance, promote and support research and education in, and related to, the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. In 2004 the Society expanded its scope and mission to include research and education in minimally invasive thoracic surgery.

ISMICS is helping shape the future of less invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery on a global basis. The mission of the Society is to lead and promote innovation and technological advancement in cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgery through scientific analysis and education. The Society has over 800 international members which include Active, Candidate, Honorary, Allied Health Professional and Senior members. ISMICS is governed by a Board of Directors which meets three times a year and INNOVATIONS, which is MEDLINE indexed, is its official journal.

ISMICS created the Research and Education Fund, formerly the Leadership Fund, in 2006 to fund the Presidents' Awards at the ISMICS Annual Meetings and Winter Workshops. The Officers of ISMICS have taken the lead in supporting the ISMICS Research and Education Fund and invite you to assist them in their goal of funding its annual awards. Your generous gift will help them to attain that goal.

ISMICS created the Research and Education Fund, formerly the Leadership Fund, in 2006 to fund the Presidents' Awards at the ISMICS Annual Meetings and Winter Workshops. The Officers of ISMICS have taken the lead in supporting the ISMICS Research and Education Fund and invite you to assist them in their goal of funding its annual awards. Your generous gift will help them to attain that goal.

Donate to Research and Education Fund
or download the donation form and fax to 978-524-8890.

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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