September 1-3, 2017, Astana
27​th ​ Congress
of the World Society of Cardiovascular
and Thoracic Surgeons
Bridging the Gaps
Registration for “Bridging the gap
of surgical training” is now open
September 1-3, 2017, Astana
Cardiac surgery
September 1-3, 2017, Astana
thoracic surgery
September 1-3, 2017, Astana
science and innovation
Stuart Jamieson
Chancellor of WSCTS
Dear Colleagues,
It gives me very great pleasure to welcome you to Kazakhstan for the 27th Annual meeting of the World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

As most of you know, the Society was founded in 1990 by some of the original pioneers in cardiac surgery, with the goal of having a truly international forum for the exchange of ideas and progress in clinical care and research. The annual meetings are therefore held in many parts of the world. The 26th annual meeting was in Cape Town, South Africa, and the 27th annual meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan. The 2018 meeting with be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Chancellorship of the Society was held since the initiation of the Society in 1990 by the late Juro Wada of Japan, and I took over as Chancellor in 2007. I have attended the last twenty-two meetings of the Society, which have been held in many parts of the world. Every year, the steering committee of the Society, made up of the officers of the Society, the Past Presidents and the Regional Representatives, selects the host country for the annual meeting, three years in advance. The unanimous choice for the meeting in 2017 was Kazakhstan. In the past twenty-two years I have seen the annual meetings progressively increase in participation and quality. The meetings now are very widely attended and the quality of the presentations outstanding – made up of not only invited lectures by the world leaders in the respective topics, but also selected international presentations of submitted abstracts.

Astana is a vibrant and exciting city which has a stunning architecture. The quality of medical care is of the highest level. The National Research Cardiac Surgery Center, under the leadership of Dr. Yuriy Pya, is a regional leader in innovative surgical techniques.

Today Astana is not only a major administrative centre, but also the place where innovative ideas become a reality. It is an excellent choice for the meeting in 2017, and I encourage your participation.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Yuriy Pya
СЕО of JSC “National Research Center for Cardiac Surgery”
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to announce that the 27th Congress of the World Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons (WSCTS) will for the first time be organized in the Eurasian continent.

Kazakhstan is a wonderful country located right in the heart of Eurasia, occupying a vast area of historic Great Silk Road, at the junction of East and West, north and south. This is the place where ancient meets modern; and oriental traditions coexist with Western culture.

Between June and September next year Kazakhstan will also be in the centre of another international event – the “EXPO-2017” specialized exhibition. During the days of the exhibition, Astana will be filled with the spirit of different cultures from more than 100 countries. Since EXPO-2017 are our official partners, the WSCTS Congress participants will also have the chance to attend this truly historic event.

The young capital Astana, also considered as a revolution in social architecture, offers a great range of beautiful sights to its visitors, one of which is the Palace of Independence – the official venue of the WSCTS Congress. The scientific program will include presentations of abstractsby renowned international researchers and master-classes using innovative technologies, to provide delegates with information on recent research findings, new technologies and up to date education. In addition to providing an interesting scientific and educational program the WSCTS Congress will serve as a get-together for cardiothoracic surgeons and allied health professional from all over the world in a friendly atmosphere.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the National Research Cardiac Surgery Center I warmly invite you to join us in Astana for an exciting and stimulating congress that will reflect recent developments in cardiac and thoracic surgery.
WSCTS is The World Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons, the fundamental principle of which is the creation of a single international platform for the discussion of ideas and the development of cardiothoracic science, regardless of geographic location. In this connection, it was decided that the annual congress would be held in different countries around the world.
Astana won the honorable right to host the WSCTS in 2014. In September 2017, during EXPO-2017 in Astana, more than 1,000 professionals from 30 countries will get together in the Palace of Independence. Participants will be involved in scientific discussions, workshops and training conducted by more than 50 leading cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgeons of the world.
The Palace of Independence is the venue of the World Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. The Palace holds regular state events, forums, meetings and appointments. Also there are conducting the concerts, exhibitions and festivals. Archeology Hall gratifies by the unique artifacts of antiquity. Additionally the galleries of craft and contemporary art, the Astana museum history, a library and a cinema are located here.
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