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