I am proud to be able to offer to our readers this special Abstract Issue presented at the time of the 2009 International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) Annual Scientific Meeting. This issue contains each of the scientific abstracts that will be presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of ISMICS, which is being held from 3 to 6 June at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California.
I am also pleased to note that this is the third issue of Innovations produced in 2009. The editorial team is working tirelessly to ensure a full year of quality issues. For those of you who have submitted recent work for consideration for publication, I offer my sincere thanks. The enthusiastic participation of ISMICS members and meeting presenters is critical to the success of Innovations. I have no doubt that with your help Innovations will become one of the premier journals in our field, with an emphasis on cutting edge techniques and technology.
Please remember that this year all ISMICS presenters are urged to submit their work for publication. The format can take the form of an original article, case report, video presentation, how to do it, or a review article. The quality of the presentations at this year's ISMICS meeting, based on the abstracts, will be unprecedented. This level of work deserves wide recognition and dissemination. I ask each of you to prepare a manuscript. We will assure you a rapid and fair review process and publication within 6 months of submission. Content is the lifeblood of a journal, and our annual meeting provides an incredible wealth of information and innovation. Please support our efforts and your Society by sending your work to Innovations.
I will be present in San Francisco for the entire ISMICS Annual Meeting and would be happy to speak with you at any time to answer questions and to discuss the journal. There are a myriad of opportunities to contribute to the journal for ISMICS members and nonmembers alike. Please look me up in San Francisco and please be sure to submit your work. Links to the manuscript submission site can be found at the Innovations Online Submission and Review System at http://www.editorialmanager.com/innov/.
Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD
Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery