Message From the President

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Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS), I welcome you to our 20th Anniversary Scientific Meeting in the beautiful and historic city of Rome, Italy. This meeting is always a unique opportunity to discuss the exciting new developments in cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery. Program Co-chairs, Drs. Nikolaos Bonaros and Eric J. Lehr on the cardiac side and Drs. Ghulam Abbas and Farid Gharagozloo on the thoracic side, have put together an excellent scientific program, which we know you will enjoy.
The diversity of the scientific content is exciting, and we have supplemented this with some very interesting presentation formats, including Point/Counter-Point exchanges, 3D Live-in-a-Box Videos, posters, and video presentations. Once again, this year's program will include live surgery, including simultaneous thoracic presentations from three international centers.
A new presentation at the 2017 annual meeting will be the “Subramanian Innovation Award,” which will award a US $5000 grant to an ISMICS member with an innovation they would like to bring to reality. This award was created through a generous donation from ISMICS Past President and Founding Member, Dr. Valavanur A. Subramanian. I thank Dr. Subramanian for his continued support of ISMICS educational initiatives.
All presenters are expected to prepare manuscripts of their presentations for submission to Innovations, our official journal, which is indexed in MEDLINE. Manuscripts submitted by Saturday, June 10 are eligible for a US $2000 cash prize “Best Manuscript” award. We will also offer a US $1000 prize for the best manuscript submitted by July 31. I urge everyone to take advantage of these prizes and see your work in publication in a timely fashion.
As always, the ISMICS program begins on Wednesday with the Masters Day Program, featuring Point/Counter-Point sessions in both the morning and afternoon, followed by the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. I urge you all to end the evening at the Technical Challenges: Pitfalls and Disasters session with Chair Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD, and Co-chairs Ramchandra Reddy, MD, Gry Dahle, MD, and Nikolaos Bonaros, MD.
Additional highlights of the program include the Kit Arom Lecture given by Alan B. Lumsden, MD, on “What Cardiothoracic Surgeons can Learn From Vascular Surgery: Experience From Development of Endovascular Techniques by Surgeons - for Surgeons;” the ever-popular poster competition with Rex Stanbridge; and our 20th birthday celebration, which will be a wonderful tribute to the organization and its founders and its members.
The meeting concludes on Saturday with the Annual Business Meeting and the traditional Thoracic Movie Day and rapid fire Cardiac Abstract Sessions.
On behalf of ISMICS, welcome to Rome. Enjoy the meeting and this wonderful city.

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