January 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, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program
Emory University Healthcare
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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

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

Simulation Course Director

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

Cardiac Co-Chairs

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

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

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD

Visit ISMICS at Booth L-104
during the STS Annual Meeting
January 25-29, 2014
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, Florida, USA

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 Einstein symposium is the official sponsor of the 2014 ISMICS Winter Workshop.

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

President's Message
Francis D Ferdinand, MD
Dear Colleague,

It is a privilege and honor to serve as the President of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) for the 2013-2014 year and to follow so many innovative leaders in the minimally invasive surgery field. I appreciate the support of the ISMICS membership and look forward to a successful year.

We were proud to host this past year’s annual meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, which was the 16th Anniversary of the Society. The 2013 Annual Meeting had the second highest professional registration in ISMICS history with a total of 572 attendees. The Society now has 803 members representing almost every region of the world and we are continuing to grow. I would like to thank Dr. Alan Menkis for his successful term as president which culminated in an excellent annual meeting.

ISMICS is on an extremely positive trajectory! There were 376 abstracts submitted for ISMICS 2014 which have been scored for our Program Committee Meeting this weekend. This is a record for the greatest number of abstracts submitted in ISMICS history! We owe a tremendous thanks to our Program Co Chairs [See: side panel] for their outstanding work thus far. With this historic number of abstracts and videos submitted, our Program Co Chairs have an incredible foundation to craft an exceptional program for ISMICS 2014 in Boston. Under the able leadership of Drs Thourani and Walther for the Cardiac component, we are planning many innovative enhancements in the educational experience. We have expanded the Thoracic component with Drs Fernando, Miller, dos Santos and Schmid serving as Co Chairs to offer an unparalleled conference on innovations in thoracic surgery. We have also made a significant change to “go big” with simulation training and education under the direction of Dr Jim Fann – both with a full day Masters Class for Young Surgeons as well as an expanded Sim City.

Our 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held 28-31 May 2014 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Please visit our website www.ismics.org to learn more.

I am also pleased that the Society’s journal INNOVATIONS was accepted for Medline indexing, which is a major milestone for our Society. I strongly urge you to submit your manuscripts for publication in the journal, innovjournal.com. We have created an award for the Best Manuscripts submitted to INNOVATIONS for publication within 30 days of our annual meeting. I would like to recognize Dr. Ralph Damiano, the editor of INNOVATIONS, for his continued leadership.

I look forward to an exciting year for ISMICS and hope you will join me in participating in all of our activities.

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

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.
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, 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

Presentation in Shanghai

At the invitation of Dr. Chunsheng Wang, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Francis D Ferdinand, MD, FRCS, FACS, FACC, recently gave a presentation on setting up minimally invasive surgical training and quality in China at the Fudan University Medical School Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai. The hospital performs over 3,500 cardiac surgeries per year. With the assistance of Dr. Wang and Dr. Jian Meng we extended our ISMICS outreach to the national China Cardiac – Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting in Wuhan.

2013 Winter Workshop

ISMICS was pleased to present the 2013 Winter Workshop in conjunction with the Korean Society for Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Ferdinand and ISMICS faculty went to Seoul, South Korea, to give the 45th Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery’s Special Keynote Lecture on “Quality Drives Innovation.” The ISMICS faculty who attended and gave lectures included Dr. Ferdinand and Drs. Paul Grundeman, Piotr Suwalski, Bob Kiaii, and Kemp Kernstine. Dr. Ferdinand also was a moderator of the Minimally Invasive Valve Session and gave a presentation on “Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery” at the 2013 Korean Society – ISMICS Winter Workshop. On a more global scale, the Winter Workshop in Korea was especially important: “The impact is very broad due to having surgeons from Korea, Japan, China and throughout Asia present. Collaborating in such an innovative learning environment provides opportunities to eliminate gaps in quality and disseminate the least invasive, most innovative cardiothoracic surgical care to our patients.”, noted Dr. Ferdinand. ISMICS owes a special debt of gratitude to ISMICS Board of Directors member Dr. Young Tae Kim and his colleague Dr. Kyung Young Chung for hosting this exceptional conference.

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Current Issue
Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery was accepted for MEDLINE indexing by the National Library of Medicine. 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 innovjournal.com to view the current issue.

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


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

ISMICS is pleased to welcome its new members.

Krishna Adluri, MBBS, MS
Cem Alhan, M.D.
Rony Atoui, MD
Ashok Bandyopadhyay
Faroukh Baniasedi, M.D.
Nikolaos Barbetakis
Artur Bartoszcze, M.D., Ph.
John Bell-Thomson, M.D.
Haris Bilal, M.D.
Marc Buijsrogge, MD, PhD
Daniel Burns, M.D.
Leonardo Canale, MD
Fabrizio Ceresa, MD
Ayse Cetinkaya
Suchart Chaiyaroj, M.D.
Ricardo Choma, M.D.
Aman Coonar, MD, FRCS
Pero Curcic, MD
Nimesh Desai, M.D.
Neyyir Eren
Andrea Ferreira, M.D.
Arul Furtado, MCh, DNB
Hardy Gonzales Sanchez M.D.
Denis Gularia
Michael Halkos, MD, MSc
David Heimansohn, MD
Tetsuya Hirano, M.D.
Kazuhiro Hisamoto, M.D.
Lalit Joshi, MS,M.Ch
Suresh Keshavamurthy, M.D.
Dohun, Kim
Pavel Kononets, MD, PhD
Akshay Kumar, McH
Richard Lazzaro, MD
Jay Lee, M.D.
Bruno Marques
J. Paul Mounsey
Daniel Munguia-Canales, M.D.


Marco Antonio Oliveira
Mohamed Seidig Omer, MBBS
Mark Onaitis, M.D.
Thaseegaran Pillay, MBChB
Vadim Pischik, MD, PhD
Andre Plass
Konstadinos Plestis, M.D.
Pablo Pomerantzeff
Nagendra Prakash, M.D.
Eduard Quintana, MD
Ehud Raanani
Prem Rabindranauth, M.D.
Kawryshanker Rajaratnam, MS, MRCS
Durgaprasad Reddy, M.D.
Jose Rodriguez, M.D.
Matthew Romano, MD
Sameh Said, M.D.
Sacha Salzberg
Niravkumar Sangani, M.D.
Mahmood Reza Sarzaeem
Carlo Savini, M.D.
Ralph Schmid, M.D.
Joseph Schmoker, M.D.
Sahin Senay, M.D.
Hani Shennib
Mahesh Singh, M.D.
Hardip Singh
Radoslaw Smoczynski, M.D.
Vivek Srivastava, MBBS, MCh,
Christos Stavropoulos, M.D.
Leonid Sternik
Jang wen Su, MD
Sookwhan Sung, M.D.
David Swanson, Ph.D.
Guillermo Vaccarino, M.D.
Lai Wei, M.D.
Anna Witkowska, M.D.
Berhane Worku

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