27th ASCVTS & 65th IACTSCON 2019
“Re-inventing Cardiothoracic surgery”
The combined 27th ASCVTS and 65th IACTS conference was held from 21st to 24th February 2019 in ITC Grand Chola Hotel, Chennai. The theme of the conference was ‘Re-inventing Cardiothoracic surgery.’
The Programme was jointly organized by the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS) and the Asian Society of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons (ASCVTS) with active collaboration with the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) in the Postgraduate CME on day one, 21st of February 2019. Representing the societies were Dr. Marc Moon, Vice President, AATS; Dr. Shinichi Takamoto, President, ASCVTS. Leading associations from across the world including World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons contributed immensely to the scientific program.
Global leaders from leading programs of Transplant surgery, Heart failure surgery, minimally invasive valve and coronary artery bypass grafting units, congenital heart surgery and thoracic units interacted with the delegates. The event drew participation from over 230 international delegates & 1240 national delegates and more than 210 faculty across the globe making the meeting one of the largest scientific congregations held in India.
Presidential oration was rendered by the 49th President of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons, Dr Yugal Kishore Mishra(Delhi).
The following prestigious memorial lectures /orations were rendered over the duration of the conference; IACTS PK Sen memorial lecture by Degapudi Janardhana Reddy(Chennai); K.N. Dastur memorial lecture by Rajesh Sharma(Delhi); IACTS Meherji Mehta Memorial lecture by Shaf Keshavjee(Toronto); Godrej S. Karai oration Dr Raj Kumar Yadav(Jaipur); C.S. Sadasivam oration by the Senior Vice President of IACTS, Dr Bashi V Velayudhan(Chennai).
Day One—Joint AATS – ASCVTS – IACTS POSTGRADUATE COURSE with 15 sessions on Adult Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Cardiac Surgery at three different halls were conducted. One day program for the Physician Assistants was organized with inspiring talks from the eminent international faculty and award paper session to encourage research activities on the clinical front which yielded three awards. The sessions were followed by the inauguration of the meeting by Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group. Lifetime achievement citations were awarded to Dr K.S. Neelakandhan(Trivandrum), Dr Naresh Trehan(Gurugram). Honorary overseas fellowships were awarded to Dr. Hans Joachim Schafers(Lünen), Dr. James L. Cox(Arkansas, in absentia), Dr. Leo A. Bockeria(Moscow), Dr. Shaf Keshavjee(Toronto) & Dr. Shinichi Takamoto(Tokyo). Indian Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery(the official publication of the IACTS) endowed awards were given to best publications.
The inaugural session also witnessed the release of the Anticoagulation Guidelines, indexed in the Indian Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. IACTS went a step ahead in bringing the association activities to greater proximity with the launch of the IACTS App ; which is functional on both android and apple platforms and operational from various devices and is surgeon specific.. The IACTS Clinical database was also launched;
Day Two, Three & Four – 60 sessions on Coronary, Valvular disease, Congenital, Thoracic, Vascular with state-of-the-art discussions involving international and national faculty stoked the show. Symposia on Lung Transplant, Video sessions, interaction with doyens aptly coined as ‘Meet the experts’ with Dr. Paul Sergeant(Belgium), Dr. Krishna Iyer(Delhi), Dr. Shiv Chaudhary(Delhi) & Dr. Manoj Pradhan(Pune), various fora with focus on Hands-on & skill training, Luncheon & Dinner symposia were part of the three day sessions. The AATS Foundation Award & IACTS Awards were conferred for formidable scientific work.
Exclusive session on Resident’s forum & training in cardiac surgery involving inspiring lectures by pioneers in cardiac surgery, including Dr. K.M Cherian(Chennai), Dr. M.R Girinath(Chennai), Dr. Pala B Rajesh(Birmingham), to name a few. The landmark IACTS Quiz competition for encouraging the postgraduates was conducted by Dr. C.S Hiremath, Dr. Prasanna Simha(Bangalore) and Dr. Priyankar Sinha(Bangalore) and the cash prize was given to the winners.
The IACTS held the general body meeting & election of the executive committee for the year 2019, which saw the debut of electronic voting pads. Banquet dinner was held at SPP gardens with traditional dance, music and colorful fireworks.
Newsletters were released daily with a brief on the ‘What’s Happening’ which was distributed among all delegates. Four poster sessions were conducted on Days 2 and 3 with two prize positions per session. A total of 710 Abstracts for oral and poster presentations were received for the conference.
A two-day program for the nurses specializing in intensive care and part of the operative team was conducted on days 2 &3 at Zachariah Mar Dionysius Auditorium at The Madras Medical Mission, Chennai with the theme, “the benefits and challenges for peri-operative nurses”.
For the benefit of students & with a high demand for practical practice sessions, a mobile bus with working tables & tissue models were setup, promoted by Ethicon. Industry support for the meeting was commendable with participation of around 49 companies. Lunch and dinner symposiums conducted by Abbott, Edwards, B.L. Life sciences, Terumo, Siemens, Ethicon and Medtronic.