The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) was formed in 1997 to enhance, promote and support research and education in, and related to, the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. In 2004 the Society expanded its scope and mission to include research and education in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. ISMICS is helping shape the future of less invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery on a global basis. The mission of the Society is to identify innovative cardiothoracic techniques and technologies that will minimize risk to patients and improve recovery times, then educate surgeons in the safe use of these techniques and technologies.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The primary target audience is comprised of cardiothoracic surgeons who perform minimally invasive procedures, taking advantage of new techniques and technology available. Program directors and fellows of cardiac and thoracic training programs are expressly invited to attend to gain exposure to the latest ideas and hear the research supporting or negating various techniques and approaches. Allied health professionals working in minimally invasive theatres are also encouraged to attend.