About International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS) is a professional society that was founded in 1997 by participants of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery in Paris, France. The mission of the ISMICS is to take a leadership role in shaping the direction of less invasive heart (cardiac) surgery on a global basis by organizing and centralizing the various surgical centers concerned with patient outcomes, techniques, and the progressive development of less invasive forms of heart surgery. The founding membership of the ISMICS includes representatives from all continents. The Society is committed to maintaining a database known as the MIDCAB Registry, which includes data on minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB), a less invasive surgical approach for bypassing critically narrowed (stenosed) coronary arteries. The MIDCAB Registry is also being expanded to encompass data on all forms of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery also conducts annual and special meetings; has an e-mail discussion list (MIDCAB Forum listserv) to promote communications between members; publishes a journal entitled the “Heart Surgery Forum”; and maintains a web site on the Internet.