The Board of Directors of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) has created an award for the Best Manuscript from the annual meeting submitted to Innovations for publication. The first award for the 2012 meeting was presented at the 2013 meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. For this award, a total of 48 manuscripts were submitted for consideration. Of this group, 28 original articles, case reports, and How-To-Do-It articles made it through the review and revision process and were accepted for publication. Nine of these manuscripts were selected as finalists. These nine manuscripts are listed below:
1. “Acute Kidney Injury After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Prognostic Effects” by Alassar, Aiman; Roy, David; Abdulkareem, Nada; Valencia, Oswaldo; Brecker, Stephen; Jahangiri, Marjan. Department of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, St. George’s Hospital, London, England. Innovations. 2012;7:389–393.
2. “Mechanical Properties and Biological Interaction of Aortic Clamps: Are These All Minimally Invasive?” by Bianchi, Giacomo; Pucci, Angela; Matteucci, Marco; Varone, Egidio; Romano, Simone Lorenzo; Lionetti, Vincenzo; Glauber, Mattia. Istituto Ospedaliero e di Ricerca CREAS IFC CNR–Massa, Ospedale del Cuore “G. Pasquinucci,” Massa, Italy; Sector of Medicine, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Experimental Medicine Center, Pisa, Italy; and Histopathology Department, Cardiovascular Pathology Section, Pisa University Hospital, Pisa, Italy. Innovations. 2013;8:42–49.
3. “Transcatheter Valve Replacement: New Concepts for Microsurgery Inside the Heart” by Brecht, Ralf; Friedrich, Maximilian; Heinisch, Paul Philipp; Plonien, Katharina; Akra, Bassil; Hagl, Christian; Khoynezhad, Ali; Lutter, Georg; Bombien, René. Clinic of Cardiac Surgery, University of Munich-Grosshadern, Munich, Germany; Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA USA; and Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany. Innovations. 2013;8:29–36.
4. “Augmented Reality Image Guidance Improves Navigation for Beating Heart Mitral Valve Repair” by Chu, Michael WA; Moore, John; Peters, Terry; Bainbridge, Daniel; McCarty, David; Guiraudon, Gerard M; Wedlake, Chris; Lang, Pencilla; Rajchl, Martin; Currie, Maria E; Daly, Richard C; Kiaii, Bob. Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery, Robarts Research Institute, Western University; Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics; Departments of Medical Imaging, Anaesthesia, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada; and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN USA. Innovations. 2012;7:274–281.
5. “Lessons Learned From Robotic-Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Risk Factors for Conversion to Median Sternotomy” by Daniel, William T; Puskas, John D; Baio, Kim T; Liberman, Henry A; Devireddy, Chandan; Finn, Aloke; Halkos, Michael E. Clinical Research Unit, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA USA. Innovations. 2012;7:323–327.
6. “A Step Toward Nonrobotic Total Endoscopic Coronary Bypass Grafting: 40 Coronary Anastomoses in a Biomechanical Beating Heart Model” by Gorki, Hagen; Patel, Nirav C; Liewald, Christian; Wildhirt, Stephen; Subramanian, Valavanur A; Liebold, Andreas. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY USA; and Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany. Innovations. 2012;7:359–367.
7. “Increasing Surgical Experience With Off-Pump Coronary Surgery Does Not Mitigate the Morbidity of Emergency Conversion to Cardiopulmonary Bypass” by Hemli, Jonathan M; Patel, Nirav C; Subramanian, Valavanur A. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY USA. Innovations. 2012;7:259–265.
8. “Outcome of the Impella Device for Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support” by Lemaire, Anthony; Anderson, Mark B; Prendergast, Thomas; Stockmaster, Neil; Goodman, Andrew; Lozane, Ann Marie; Batsides, George. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ USA; and Abiomed, Inc, Danvers, MA USA. Innovations. 2013;8:12–16.
9. “Totally Endoscopic Ablation of Left Atrium via Left Chest for Lone Atrial Fibrillation” by Ma, Nan; Ding, Fangbao; Jiang, Zhaolei; Chen, Yin; Hu, Fengqing; Mei, Ju. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Xinhua Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China. Innovations. 2012;7:382–384.
These nine manuscripts were all excellent, and all of the authors should be proud of their work. They are an excellent reflection of both the innovation and the diversity that makes ISMICS such a vibrant and unique society in our specialty. The nine contributions came from six different countries and covered the spectrum of minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery from transcatheter valve replacement to off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting to robotically assisted procedures, atrial fibrillation, and new mechanical assist devices.
After lengthy consideration, the Innovations award for the Best Manuscript from the 2012 annual meeting went to Michael Chu and his colleagues from the University Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, for their article titled “Augmented Reality Image Guidance Improves Navigation for Beating Heart Mitral Valve Repair.”
Our sincere congratulations go out to the authors of the Best Manuscript. We would like to take this opportunity to announce that the Board of Directors has now decided to add two Innovations awards for best manuscript submitted from the annual meeting—a $2000 award will be given to the best manuscript submitted before the meeting and a $1000 award will be given to the best manuscript submitted after the meeting before July 12. We have already received 27 for this competition and would like to thank the members of ISMICS for their participation and the confidence in our journal.
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD
Innovations:Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery