Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment or organs inside the thorax (the chest) – generally treatment of conditions of the heart (heart disease) and lungs (lung disease). The 28th Annual Congress of the World Society of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Sugeons and its 200 delegates are coming to Ljubljana and its Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre in mid-September to exchange ideas and progress in clinical care and research connected to cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.
This is already the second big congress on thoracic surgeons held in Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre in three months. In late May, Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre hosted the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and its 26th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery.
The World Society of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons was established in 1990, and the inaugural Meeting was held in Chiang Mai (Thailand) in 1991. The founding concept of the Society was the need to have a truly international forum for the exchange of ideas and progress in clinical care and research, without geographical bias. Serving that concept, subsequent Meetings were held in different parts of the globe.
Each year the Steering Committee and Chancellor select a venue for the Annual Meeting, three years in advance. Consideration in this selection is given to the geographical area, with as yet unrepresented countries favored, and essential to the selection is a local Chairman who carries an international reputation and who is capable of organizing a Congress worthy of the Society. Three years ago, the Steering Committee and Chancellor selected Slovenia’s capital for the congress’ venue and, thus, brought another important international medicinal and scientific congress related to heart into the heart of Slovenia’s capital – Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre.