2009 marks the beginning of a new era for Innovations, the official journal of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). At the September 2008 ISMICS Board of Directors meeting in Lisbon, an entirely new editorial and management team was unanimously approved. Dr. Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., is now Editor-in-Chief, serving a renewable 5-year term and Mrs. Carol L. Blasberg is now Managing Editor. Both are well known to most of our readership as seasoned professionals in the field of academic cardiothoracic publication.
Dr. Damiano served as Associate Editor of The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery for 10 years. He is world renowned as a pioneer in cardiothoracic surgery himself, having made seminal contributions to the development of off-pump coronary bypass surgery, robotic cardiac surgery, and surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. His rigorous and unflinching analysis and reporting of surgical outcomes with minimally invasive techniques has earned him a reputation as a respected, credible innovator who is grounded in his commitment to advance the field of minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery while providing each patient the best possible surgical care.
Mrs. Blasberg served as Administrative Editor of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery for 16 years. Following this in 2000, she became the Managing Editor of CTSNet. Under her active management, these premier educational entities within our profession flourished. Her knowledge of the field of cardiothoracic surgery is broad and she has worked directly with many of the most prominent innovators in cardiothoracic surgery, building professional relationships based on her own extraordinary competence and attention to detail. I am proud to state in my opinion that there is no better editorial team in cardiothoracic surgery. Innovations is in very good hands. Now, it is time for all members of ISMICS and the broader readership of Innovations to vigorously support the journal by contributing our academic material for peer review and publication in Innovations. Innovations is our journal—wholly owned by our ISMICS. In particular, as President of ISMICS 2008–2009, I strongly encourage you to submit manuscripts for papers, posters, and videos, which will be presented at our June Annual Meeting to Innovations now for early publication. Material presented at our Annual Meeting has historically enjoyed a very favorable rate of acceptance for publication in our journal.
Innovations offers several exciting new formats for publication of scientific material. These include manuscripts reporting original scientific work (either clinical or preclinical) in areas related to innovation in cardiac, general thoracic, or vascular surgery. This may include evaluation of new techniques or technologies in early stages of development. One of the most attractive and interesting features of Innovations is its willingness to report cutting-edge techniques and technologies before extensive clinical experience provides longer term follow-up that may be necessary for publication in more conservative journals. Similarly, interesting case reports or state-of-the-art reviews of rapidly advancing technologies are suitable for submission and publication in Innovations. Videos may be attached to case reports or other manuscripts and are encouraged; they will be archived online, accessible to all subscribers to Innovations. Articles may be technical in nature; bioengineers are encouraged to submit their work, especially work related to minimally invasive technologies, tissue engineering, robotics, MIMS, and nanotechnology. As the name of our Society would suggest, our journal enthusiastically publishes scientific material from surgeons and allied health professionals based in any country on earth. Indeed, international perspectives and contributions to innovative biomedical technology and surgical techniques are of central interest to our Society and our journal, Innovations. Importantly, Innovations is committed to a very short review/revision/publication cycle, offering the very fastest publication opportunity in cardiothoracic surgery. In short, Innovations seeks to be the preferred vehicle for reporting the most recent innovations in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, worldwide.
In January, a very enthusiastic and dedicated group of cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgeons from around the world gathered as the Program Committee for the 2009 ISMICS Annual Meeting, under the direction of Program Co-Chairs, Drs. Marc Gillinov, Daniel Miller, and Pia Myken. Reviewing a record number of abstract submissions, they created a superb program of oral presentations, mini-presentations, moderated posters, and video presentations that will offer attendees a thorough review of recent advances in our field and a glimpse of the exciting future we are creating for our patients and our profession. Postgraduate courses staffed by the most outstanding practitioners and teachers in their fields and Keynote Speakers of luminary stature round out the program.
I encourage all members of ISMICS and readers of Innovations to attend the 2009 ISMICS Annual Meeting, which will be held at the magnificent Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, June 3–6. I look forward to seeing you there!