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numero rivista e pagine: HSR Proceedings in Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Anesthesia 2011; 3(4): 225-226
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First Expert Forum of the Roland Hetzer International Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Society. Lisbon, Portugal, October 1, 2011

Authors: F. Beyersdorf*

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Freiburg - Medical Center, Germany

Corresponding author: * Corresponding author:
Friedhelm Beyersdorf
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
University Freiburg - Medical Center, Germany
E-mail: friedhelm.beyersdorf@uniklinik-freiburg.de

In 2011, co-workers and colleagues, mostly from Berlin, and around the world, formulated the idea of establishing the “Roland Hetzer International Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgical Society (RHICS)”. Despite the fact that - unlike in the United States or Japan - scientific societies named after highly-recognized and respected individuals are uncommon in Europe, this idea quickly gained support from many colleagues and friends of Roland Hetzer and the inauguration ceremony took place in June 2011 during the 21st Congress of the late Juro Wada´s World Society of Cardio-thoracic Surgeons in Berlin.
In order to create a part of the future with the help of the RHICS, regular scientific conferences on controversial topics are planned in the form of “Expert Forum“. The highly successful 1st Expert Forum was held on October 1, 2011, just before the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Abstracts of these presentation, which were printed in an Expert Forum Newsletter, were very well-received, not only by the participants of the Forum but also by those who could not attend as well as by numerous EACTS Meeting attendees.
Fortunately, Prof Zangrillo, has agreed to publish the Proceedings of the RHICS Forum in his Journal. In this issue these presentations are published as expert reviews and the authors should be congratulated for their great work.
The Expert Forum in Lisbon consisted of two main sessions, one being the “Current Status of Coronary Revascularization: On-pump, Off-pump, Mini-Circuit (MECC), MIDCAB, Hybrid Procedure, TAR - which is for what, and when: where are we now" and the other - equally important - “Current Status of Allied Health Professionals: Issues and Concerns".
The peer-reviewed, accepted and published papers from the former session present an excellent overview of the current state of coronary revascularization methods as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
The latter session gave an astonishing insight into the diversity of the current status of allied health profession in the world. It was easily recognized that - even though allied health professionals are needed in most countries - the differences between certain countries are enormous. Therefore there is no single solution for every country. Instead, individualized concepts have to be created to solve health care problems in each country. The papers dealing with this subject give a valuable analysis of the current situation in this field. After the successful 1st Expert Forum, plans for the 2nd Expert Forum of the RHICS are already very much underway. This 2nd Forum will take place just before the 40th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2012 in Freiburg, Germany. In addition, there have also been discussions to hold the 3rd Expert Forum in Shanghai, China in May 2012 and the 4th Expert Forum will be a part of next Annual Meeting of the EACTS in Barcelona in the fall of 2012 and onwards.
I hope you will enjoy reading these presentations and that this will be a stimulus for you to attend the 2nd Expert Forum of the RHICS on February 12, 2012 in Freiburg, Germany.

 

Cite as: F. Beyersdorf. First Expert Forum of the Roland Hetzer International Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Society. Lisbon, Portugal, October 1, 2011. HSR Proceedings in Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Anesthesia 2011; 3(4): 225-226

 

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Conflict of interest: None declared.