Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery (Volume III)

It is, once again, a pleasure to introduce the third volume in the series ‘Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery’. In this volume, the highlights of the third SCTS Ionescu University, held in Belfast on 12th March 2017, are published. This was the most successful SCTS Ionescu University to date with 473 delegates. The twelve streams of the University addressed the key, contemporary issues in cardiac and thoracic surgery. Their presentation as edited, scholarly articles in the printed form we believe enhances their educational value and makes ‘Perspectives’ one of the important educational tools available to the cardiothoracic surgeons of today and tomorrow. We are grateful to the authors of the chapters for their time and scholarship. The Section Editors Yasir Abu-Omar, Mark Field, Steven Woolley and Michael Shackcloth have all been essential contributors to the production of the book. Paul Modi as Series Editor has, once again put in much hard work bringing the project to fruition.

It is always a pleasure to recognise the contribution of Mr Marian Ionescu both for his inspiration as Invited Editor and for his support for the University itself and for the publication of this book. We very much hope that you enjoy reading this third volume of ‘Perspectives’ and that it imparts pleasure as well as education. Graham Cooper Richard Page President 2016-18 President Elect 2018-2020

Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery (Volume II)

“It is a privilege for us to introduce the second volume of Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery. As Invited Editor, Mr Marian Ionescu noted in his post scriptum to Volume 1 that cardiothoracic surgery is in a period of intense scientific activity. The evidence from the SCTS Ionescu University 2016 is that this activity continues. There were twelve streams to the University in 2016 and, in Volume 2 of Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery, we have concentrated on two areas; surgery of the thoracic aorta and minimally invasive lung resection. The chapters on these topics certainly show how intense this activity is and how
it benefits our patients.”

Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery (Volume I)

With the publication of ‘Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery – The SCTS Ionescu University 2015’ we are pleased to be able to publish the key presentations edited in a more scholarly format for the benefit of the SCTS membership and the wider profession. These perspectives are up to date reviews of areas of clinical practice authored and edited by leading experts who have kindly contributed to this next phase of education from the SCTS Education Committee and Annual Meeting.

The Pericardial Heart Valve

The SCTS is delighted to provide this definitive text which details the iterative development of the pericardial heart valve from concept to widespread clinical application. The history offers inspiration to future generations of cardiac surgeons whilst providing a discerning insight for current implanting clinicians.