The Board of Directors of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) has created awards for the best articles submitted to Innovations for publication received before and after the annual meeting. All of these articles were presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy. There were 33 manuscripts in contention from eight different countries. Eighteen made it through the review and revision process (15 before/during the meeting; 3 after the meeting) and were accepted for publication. There were 25 manuscripts in the group submitted before or during the annual meeting and 8 manuscripts in competition that were submitted afterward. A committee was convened and graded the manuscripts. The committee consisted of the president-elect of ISMICS, the editor of Innovations, the treasurer of ISMICS, and two members of our Editorial Board.
The winner for the best paper submitted before or during the annual meeting was “Dynamic Patient-Specific Three-Dimensional Simulation of Mitral Repair: Can We Practice Mitral Repair Preoperatively?” by Olivia K. Ginty, MSc, John M. Moore, MSc, Yuanwei Xu, Wenyao Xia, MSc, Satoru Fujii, MD, Daniel Bainbridge, MD, Terry M. Peters, PhD, Bob B. Kiaii, MD, and Michael W. A. Chu, MD (Fig. 1).
The best paper submitted after the annual meeting was from Dr. Husam H. Balkhy and his group entitled “Robotic Beating Heart Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass in Higher-Risk Patients: Can It be Done Safely?” (Husam H. Balkhy, MD, Sarah Nisivaco, BS, Hiroto Kitahara, MD, Mackenzie McCrorey, PA-C, and Brooke Patel, APN, Fig. 2).
All of the manuscripts in contention for the 2017 awards were excellent, and the authors should be proud of their work. This group of manuscripts was an excellent reflection of both the innovation and diversity that makes ISMICS such a unique and exciting society.
Our sincere congratulations go out to the authors of the best manuscripts. A US $2000 award was given to Dr. Ginty and colleagues from the Robards Research Institute, Western University and London Health Sciences Centre, at London, ON, Canada, for the best manuscript submitted before or during the meeting. A US $1000 award was given to Dr. Balkhy and colleagues from the University of Chicago Medicine, in Chicago, IL USA, for the best manuscript submitted after the meeting.
We thank all of the members of ISMICS for their enthusiastic participation in the annual meeting and their continued confidence in our journal.
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr, MD
Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery