On behalf of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS), it is my pleasure to invite you to our 19th Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on June 15 to 18, 2016. The ISMICS Meeting is always a unique opportunity to discuss the exciting new developments that are taking place in cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery. Since its early days, ISMICS has been committed to presenting the latest innovations in our field. Our Montreal meeting will be a forum for the direct exchange of the technology, techniques, and new ideas that are changing our specialty.
A renowned Program Committee, under the direction of Cardiac Chairs, Dr Nirav C. Patel of the Lenox Hill Hospital, and Dr Malakh L. Shrestha of the Hannover Medical School, as well as Thoracic Chairs, Dr Hiran C. Fernando of Boston Medical Center and Dr Richard S. Lazzaro of Lenox Hill Hospital, has put together an outstanding program. The diversity and breadth of the scientific presentations and posters are impressive, and we have supplemented this with some very “out of the box” panel discussions and short speaker presentations. Again, this year’s program will include live surgery, including simultaneous thoracic presentations from three international centers.
Our main plenary session will also have a new look—as we feature a more interactive setting with theater in the round seating, designed to immerse the audience in the presentations and discussion. We are foregoing the traditional head table in favor of more comfortable seating, and our speakers will have the ability to be more close to our attendees.
All presenters are expected to prepare manuscripts of their presentations for submission to Innovations, our official journal, which is indexed in MEDLINE. Manuscripts submitted in advance of the Montreal meeting are eligible for a cash prize “Best Manuscript” award. We will also offer a prize for the best manuscript submitted within 60 days after the meeting ends. I urge everyone to take advantage of these prizes while at the same time getting your work published in a timely fashion.
Wednesday features our Masters Day Program, kicked off by Point-Counterpoint sessions for both the morning and afternoon sessions. The Welcome Reception will be held in the Exhibition Hall on Wednesday immediately at the conclusion of the Masters Programming. Because of its ever-increasing popularity, there will be two Technical Challenges, Pitfalls and Disasters courses offered simultaneously this year. The Thoracic Technical Challenges: Pitfalls and Disasters will be chaired by Dr Jens C. Rueckert of the University Medicine Berlin-Charite and cochaired by Dr Harmik Soukiasian of Cedars Sinai Medical Center. The Cardiac Technical Challenges: Pitfalls and Disasters will be chaired by Dr Valavanur A. Subramanian of HRT-Heart Repair Technologies Inc. and cochaired by Dr Ramachandra Reddy of Mount Sinai Medical Center.
We commence our Opening Session on Thursday, June 16, with concurrent Cardiac and Thoracic Tracks. Highlights of the day include the announcement of the criteria for the Subramanian Innovation Award, the Introduction of our New ISMICS Members, and my Presidential Address. Our International Fellows and Residents Luncheon on Thursday will focus on the topic of “Trainees to Consultants.” Thursday evening concludes with another Exhibit Hall Reception and the first round of our interactive Poster Competition chaired by Dr Rex Stanbridge of St. Mary’s, London, and a series of topic-focused moderators.
Friday continues concurrent scientific cardiac and thoracic tracks as well as the Kit Arom Lecture, which will be given by Dr Frank Litvack of Los Angeles, and the Keynote Address by Steven Kotler of Flow Institute who authored “The Rise of Superman.” The Poster Competition finals will be held on Friday afternoon, and the evening ends with our traditional offsite Attendee Reception, which I am delighted will be held at the Montreal Science Centre, located in the old port of Montreal. My President’s Nightcap will follow, and I look forward to seeing everyone there.
As always, our industry partners will be offering a series of Breakfast and Luncheon Symposia on both Thursday and Friday, and we will have a Dinner Symposium on Thursday evening as well. Please be sure to take advantage of these opportunities for a firsthand look at the latest innovations in the field.
On Saturday, we conclude our 2016 Annual Meeting with a Panel on “Doctors in Suits,” colleagues who are no longer practicing surgery and have entered the industry and business worlds. A continuing popular tradition on Saturday is also the Thoracic Movie Day and rapid fire Cardiac Abstract Sessions.
On behalf of ISMICS, I give you my warmest welcome to Montreal for what will surely be an experience you will remember! I wish you the fullest value for your professional endeavors and the greatest appreciation of the beauty and charm of this great city.
With kind regards,
Gregory P. Fontana, MD
International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery