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Welcome Message From The Chairman

We are pleased to inform you that the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa will be hosting the Biennial Conference and Hannes Meyer Registrars Forum from Thursday, 11th of September until Sunday, 14th of September 2025 at The Lord Charles in Somerset West, WC with an expected attendance of 150 participants. The program aims at catering for cardiac and thoracic surgeons, anesthetists, physicians, perfusionists and allied professionals, and providing a balance between cutting edge and practical cardiothoracic surgery.

The theme “Demystifying the Complex,” will delve into the innovative advancements in cardiothoracic surgery, including the integration of robotic and minimally invasive techniques. These innovative approaches have revolutionized the field, making procedures more precise and less invasive. As our invited speakers who are leaders in their fields explore the complexities of cardiothoracic surgery, we will address the challenges posed by intricate cardiac and thoracic diseases, highlighting the need for continuous learning and adaptation in this dynamic specialty.

Over the four days, we will engage in stimulating discussions, share cutting-edge research, and learn from each other’s experiences. Our conference promises to be an enriching experience that will enhance our skills, expand our knowledge, and foster collaboration. We look forward to exploring the latest advancements and innovations in Cardiothoracic Surgery, and to networking with colleagues from around the globe and industry whose support has been invaluable all these years. Let us come together to advance our field and improve patient care.

Dr Elias Zigiriadis MD, FC Cardio (SA)