Dear Members of ISMICS,
It is an honor and pleasure to serve as the President of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery for the 2016-2017 term. I am sure we will have an exciting year ahead of us.
The 2016 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal was extremely successful with 657 attendees. Highly interesting contributions and innovations in our specialty were presented. Masters Day sessions were very well attended. Dr. Greg Fontana was a great leader of the Society. He set up a memorable meeting and delivered an inspiring Presidential Address. He organized a highly interesting Keynote Address by Steven Kotler around flow phenomena in extreme sports. The Kit Arom Lecture on forces and counter-forces of innovation by Dr. Frank Litvak was also very well received. The Montreal meeting clearly demonstrated that minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery has reached a solid reproducible state with excellent results.
The Young Investigator Award was presented to Dr. Salvatore Parascandola of Georgetown University and the recipients of the Best Moderated Poster awards were Dr. Kate Dillon of Western University and Dr. Sze Yuen Yu of Prince of Wales Hospital. This year there were three recipients of the Chitwood Educational Travel Awards, Dr. Madonna Lee of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Amber Melvin of the University of Rochester and Dr. Cristiano Spadaccio of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. An Award in Innovation will be presented for the first time in 2017 which was made possible due to the generosity of Dr. Valavanur (Mani) Subramanian – details will be available concurrently with our 2017 Call for Abstracts.
ISMICS is growing and now has 852 members from all around the globe. Our Society is healthy and enjoys a great reputation in the community of cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons.
The upcoming 2017 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Rome, Italy, June 7-10, 2017 at the Rome Cavalieri Hotel, which is the 20th annual meeting of our Society. I am very much looking forward to seeing you there. Please look for announcements on our website www.ismics.org. I encourage you to submit abstracts and the deadline will be announced soon. Program Committee Chairs will be Drs. Farid Gharagozloo and Ghulam Abbas for thoracic surgery and Drs. Nikolaos Bonaros and Eric Lehr for cardiac surgery.
Our 2016 Winter Workshop will be held October 28-29, 2016 in Kyoto. Dr. Tohru Asai and his team are preparing an interesting program and invite you to join this meeting in Japan.
Throughout the coming year ISMICS will endorse and co-sponsor workshops and scientific meetings which are held around the globe. The UNC/ISMICS Heart Team Summit on Arrhythmia and Lead Management will be held August 25-26, 2016 in Chapel Hill NC. The Re-Evolution Summit will take place in Houston, Texas April 6-8, 2017. Please follow details about all meetings on the ISMICS website www.ismics.org.
I strongly encourage you to keep up your hard work on research and innovation in the field of less invasive cardiothoracic surgery. There is plenty of opportunity for many of you to become leaders in various minimally invasive techniques. The official journal of our Society, INNOVATIONS, is Medline indexed and has been accepted by Thomson Reuters for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index. Your contributions are highly appreciated and the journal offers a fast review to publication process. I would like to thank Dr. Ralph Damiano, Editor in Chief, for all his efforts to make INNOVATIONS a well-accepted and frequently read medical journal. We have created awards for the best manuscripts submitted to INNOVATIONS from papers selected for presentation at the Annual Meeting. The prizes for the Best Manuscripts submitted in 2015 were awarded to Dr. David Stecher of the University Medical Center Utrecht, Dr. Matthew Valdis of the University of Western Ontario, and Dr. Cesare Quarto of the Royal Brompton Hospital.
ISMICS is committed to lead and promote innovation and technological advancement in cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgery through scientific analysis and education. I count on your support fulfilling this mission throughout the coming year.
Johannes Bonatti, MD