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Message from the Editor

Damiano, Ralph J. Jr MD

Innovations: Technology & Techniques in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery: March/April 2013 - Volume 8 - Issue 2 - p 81
doi: 10.1097/IMI.0b013e318295b191

From the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO USA.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Ralph J. Damiano, Jr, MD, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid, Campus Box 8234, St Louis, MO 63110 USA. E-mail:

Dear Colleagues and Readers

Innovations is proud to publish the abstract issue for the 2013 International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) Annual Scientific Meeting. This issue contains the program and the abstracts that will be presented at the 16th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from June 12 to 15, 2013.

The journal has matured considerably along with our society. Last year, the journal was accepted for MEDLINE Indexing by the National Library of Medicine. This was a major milestone and a testimony to the improving quality of our journal. It also reflects the hard work of many of our members who have both contributed content for publication and offered their time generously to review articles. The enthusiastic participation of ISMICS members and meeting presenters are critical to the success of Innovations. We have seen a significant increase in the number of submissions this year. In my opinion, the journal is at a turning point and is on the way to becoming a premier journal with a unique emphasis on cutting-edge techniques, technology, and innovative ideas.

Our Annual Meeting provides a wealth of information and innovation to the attendees. The quality of the abstracts is extremely high this year. The presentations promise to give a broad overview of recent developments in the field. I hope that the authors and the presenters will strongly consider sending their work to Innovations. The submission can take the form of an original article, case report, video presentation, how-to-do-it article, or review article. All papers will have a rapid and fair review process. Most of our articles are published within 6 months of submission and are then readily accessible on MEDLINE.

This year, ISMICS will be presenting cash awards for the best manuscripts submitted from papers selected for presentation. Two awards will be given in 2013: $2000 to the winner of the Best Manuscript submitted before the Annual Meeting and $1000 to the winner of the Best Manuscript submitted within 60 days after the Annual Meeting. This is meant to be an added incentive for the authors, and we hope that you will promptly submit your work for consideration.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting in Prague. I will be happy to speak with any of you to discuss your submission or about any suggestions you might have regarding the journal. There are many opportunities to contribute for members and nonmembers alike. To submit your work, links to Editorial Manager, the online submission and review system, can be found at I also urge you to bookmark our website

Many thanks for your support of Innovations.


Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD

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