The 55th Annual Meeting of the European Society of
Cardiovascular Surgery in St. Petersburg was a great success. With more than
1500 participants and more than 700 Abstracts submitted it was one of the
biggest meetings in the history of the Society. The Scientific content in
cardiovascular areas was outstanding.
Highlight this year was the day of live surgery including highly
innovative surgical techniques which were performed by internationally renowned
surgeons from throughout the world. The interdisciplinary sessions between the
ESCVS and the Russian Society for Cardiovascular surgery on controversial
issues in cardiac surgery and on diseases of the abdominal aorta were very well
received. Interdisciplinary symposia between cardiac and vascular surgeons on
diseases of the aorta revealed a high standard of multidisciplinary team
approaches amongst different specialities of surgeons, radiologists and
A further highlight of the meeting was the Leriche lecture given
by the past President, Professor Edouard Kieffer on aortic infections who gave
a brilliant insight into this very difficult topic. High interest was shown
especially amongst young surgeons on the newly introduced wet lab focusing on
implantation of stentless aortic valves. I think this will be an area which
will be expanded in the next few meetings. Another highly important
presentation was given by Professor Hanni Shennib from Montreal on his vision
of new perspectives in cardiac surgery who demonstrated the present situation
of cardiac surgery and its future perspectives, particularly the aspect of
re-organising training systems for cardiac and vascular surgeons in the future
on the background of a changing pattern of diseases and availability of new
The success of this meeting would not have been possible without
the incredible support of all the major companies who made a tremendous effort
this year to be present and introduce new products to the scientific community.
Our Society has proved to be a liable and efficient partner to industry and
that the vision for future collaboration is based on mutual understanding and
respect. For the first time our society has used a professional organisation to
manage the annual meeting. Meet and Work under the leadership of Mr. Sbalchiero
has taken the quality of our meeting to a higher level. Even under the most
difficult circumstances Mr. Sbalchiero and his group have proved to be capable
of controlling the meeting always with a smile on their faces.
Overall I think we can be proud of this year’s achievements in
St. Petersburg and we also have to thank the local Russian colleagues for their
tremendous involvement and support.
For the next years we will strengthen our activities in
endovascular surgery. We will liaise with other surgeons from other societies
with similar interests to introduce joint task forces in this field. This also
includes the involvement in international regulation and aspects of future
training systems. By doing this we will be able to improve the future
perspective of our younger colleagues within our specialities.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the European Society of
Cardiovascular Surgery, I would like to thank you all for participating in St.
Petersburg and I am very much looking forward to seeing you all again at our
56th meeting in Venice in 2007.
Professor Stephan Schueler