Report of the Third Heart Surgery Forum Scientific Sessions: Zagreb, Croatia December 6-8, 2017: Conference Highlights


  • Michael S. Firstenberg Department of Surgery, Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron OH, USA
  • Tom C. Nguyen Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Texas-Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX
  • Harold Roberts, Jr Department of Cardiac Surgery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
  • Mark M. Levinson, MD Central Washington Hospital & Clinics, Wenatchee, WA
  • Igor Rudez Department of Cardiac and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia



The Heart Surgery Forum is an online community dedicated to topics related to all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery. It consists of an informative website (, a traditional indexed journal both in print and online, and an email-based “list-serv” for discussion of surgical cases and techniques. The email list-serv, “OpenHeart-L” (The Forum) is composed of surgeons and allied specialties (perfusion, anesthesia, nursing). Dr. Mark Levinson (USA) started The Forum originally in 1995. He also served as the first Editor-in-Chief of the print journal for many years. Coinciding with the popularity of The Forum, and the desire by many members to meet in person, the First Heart Surgery Forum Conference (#1 HSF) was held in Savudrija, Istria, Croatia in 2010. The overwhelming success of this meeting, in terms of attendance and scientific content, resulted in #2 HSF being held in Split, Croatia in 2014. Recently, the #3 HSF meeting was held in Zagreb, Croatia on December 6-8th, 2017. This report highlights the scientific events of this meeting, and more importantly aims to inspire greater involvement by the international cardiothoracic community. Substantial increasing attendance was seen at each subsequent meeting, not only in terms of the number of participants and lectures, but also in the number of countries represented.



How to Cite

Firstenberg, M. S., Nguyen, T. C., Roberts, Jr, H., Levinson, MD, M. M., & Rudez, I. (2018). Report of the Third Heart Surgery Forum Scientific Sessions: Zagreb, Croatia December 6-8, 2017: Conference Highlights. The Heart Surgery Forum, 21(1), E059-E062.