numero rivista e pagine: HSR Proceedings in Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Anesthesia 2012; 4(4): 209-210
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State of the art in cardiothoracic surgery: now and the next decade

Authors: E.M. Delmo Walter*1, R. Hetzer1

Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Corresponding author: * Corresponding author:
Eva Maria Delmo Walter
Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin, Germany

E-mail: evamadelmo@yahoo.de

In pursuance of one of its objectives, the Roland Hetzer International Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (RHICS), held its 3rd Expert Forum on May 25th 2012 in Shanghai, China. The Chinese colleagues, who have spent some time at the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin for their specialty training have been very enthusiastic in inviting the Society, which coincided with the 6th Oriental Congress of Cardiology and the 1st Sino-German Forum on Cardiac Surgery. This was indeed a great Meeting, with an overwhelming 8000 participants.
The Meeting has been an excellent avenue to foster and strengthen international and professional relationships. This is a modern approach to education for the cardiothoracic physicians, adult or pediatric, interested in its scope. The session was called the “State-of-the-Art in Cardiothoracic Surgery: now and the next decade”, which is a potpourri of various interesting subjects ranging from surgical options in heart failure, surgery of ischemic heart, congenital heart disease surgery, heart and lung transplantation, tissue engineering, cardiovascular anesthesia and perfusion, cardiothoracic imaging, hybrid and robotic surgery, and tissue banking.
This has been intentionally chosen this way, as highly diverse, so we can bring the European and North American experiences on these fields across the Pacific, discussing what is actually happening in these fields and sharing the visions for the future. This has been very successful, and has been well-received by the Asian community. We wish to thank all our Chinese friends who let this happen.
Some of the presentations in this forum have been submitted as manuscripts, and seven of them, i.e. coronary artery surgery, surgery for mediastinitis, tricuspid valve surgery, aortic surgery, tissue engineering, perfusion and tissue banking, appeared in this issue of “HSR Proceedings in Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Anesthesia”. We are really very grateful to our dear Italian friends, Prof. Zangrillo and Dr. Landoni, for facilitating the publication of the RHICS Expert Forum manuscripts, in an excellent scientific quality of high international standard.
The Pubmed indexingof the Journal is timely, since everything that has been published,in the last few years, and that will be published in the future, is equal to, and maybe even better than some papers published in other prestigious journals. We wish the HSR Proceedings in Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Anesthesia and the RHICS more success in future undertakings.


Cite as: Delmo Walter EM, Hetzer R. State of the art in cardiothoracic surgery: now and in the next decade. HSR Proceedings in Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Anesthesia 2012; 4(4):209-210


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