On behalf of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS), it is my pleasure to invite you to the annual meeting in Berlin from the 16th to the 19th of June 2010.
Together, we will take a look at the development of cardiac and thoracic surgery over the last years. To this end, innovations are introduced but also challenged, which can only be accomplished through scientific appraisal. ISMICS wants to be a forum for the exchange of scientific results; therefore, a renowned program committee, under the direction of chairpersons Dr. Wiley Nifong, Dr. Francesco Maisano, and Dr. Walter Weder, chose the best of more than 250 submitted abstracts. They have put together an outstanding program of scientific presentations and poster discussions. This will be presented by ISMICS in Berlin at the InterContinental Hotel in eight cardiac surgery and four thoracic surgery sessions. Presenters are urged to submit their work to Innovations, our official journal. This can take the form of an original article, a video, a case report, a “How-To-Do-It” article, or a review. Our Editor, Dr. Ralph Damiano, will be at the meeting and will be happy to discuss your submission with you.
On Wednesday, we will offer a complete day of postgraduate courses including the following: Transcatheter Valves, Minimally-Invasive Valves, Atrial Fibrillation, Image-Guided Therapies and, new this year, a day-long course entitled Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)—under the direction of Professor Hetzer and Dr. Zipfel from the German Heart Institute Berlin. Together, these courses will report about and discuss new innovative developments.
One of the focuses of this year's meeting is diagnostics and imaging, and we are very fortunate to have Anders Persson, PhD, a well-known specialist from the University of Linköping, presenting an invited lecture on this topic.
A further focus will be complications and special surgical situations as part of our traditional Pitfalls and Disasters sessions. Dr. Subramanian, one of the most experienced and innovative surgeons in the world, will lead this special session on Wednesday evening.
Safety in medicine will be an important topic in the future, and innovations must be held to high standards. Medicine has a fundamental responsibility in this regard. During an invited lecture, Dr. Paul Sergeant will address this compelling topic. On a personal note, I am especially looking forward to this, as presentations from Paul Sergeant are always brilliant.
Medical advancement is, now more than ever, influenced by our economical possibilities. As an international society, we have the responsibility to develop innovations in such a way that patients all over the world can benefit from them and not just a small segment of the wealthy. In this year's Keynote Address, Professor Schwalbach from the Institute of Management at Humbold University in Berlin will deliver an interesting presentation regarding economic sustainability. I am certain that this presentation will provide a new insight for all audience members.
The future of catheter-supported cardiac surgery procedures will impact both the fields of cardiac surgery and cardiology. On Saturday morning, we are devoting several hours todiscussing the design and equipping of hybrid operating rooms and the possibilities of hybrid operations with our partners from the cardiology and the medical industry.
Berlin in June is certainly a worthwhile trip in its own right. During this month, the city shows itself in its best light. There is so much to explore and discover in this city—a city that has experienced many highlights as well as tragic low points over the past 150 years and that has developed into one of the most dynamic metropolises in the center of Europe. Visit the almost complete Museum Island with its famous Pergamon Museum, which was reopened last year after decades of renovations. Experience the new center of Berlin under the linden trees or stroll the shopping avenue on the Ku'damm, which is in the vicinity of the InterContinental hotel.
So, dear colleagues, the ISMICS welcomes you to Berlin.
With best regards,
Anno Diegeler, MD, PhD
International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery