JATS 2016

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Greetings

President: Shinichiro Miyoshi It is a great honor to welcome you to the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery in Okayama. At Okayama University, the 23rd President Terutake Sunada, the 58th President Nobuyoshi Shimizu, and the 63rd President Shunji Sano previously organized these meetings, and I am the fourth president given the great honor of holding such a prestigious scientific meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all of you.
 The meeting will be held for four days from September 28 to October 1, 2016. The venues are in three separate locations, namely, the Hotel Granvia Okayama, the Okayama Convention Center, and the ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama, with each one located within a three-minute walk from JR Okayama Station. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
 It was my great fortune to have the opportunity to study at the laboratory of Dr. Joel D. Cooper, who succeeded in the world’s first lung transplant, when I was young. The key to Dr. Cooper's success in the lung transplant was his principle to create something new by learning from the past, which impressed me a great deal. Against this background, we set forth the main theme of the meeting: "creating something new by learning from the past" and the subtheme: innovation & improvement. I sincerely hope that this scientific meeting will prompt the society members to consider or implement innovation and improvement.
 In planning the programs of the meeting, we set up a core program committee, where experts from their respective fields planned a wide range of components from symposia to panel discussions to workshops, lectures by invited speakers from abroad, and debates. Taking membership into consideration, we distributed these program components to the fields of cardiology, respiratory, and esophagology at a ratio of approximately 4:2:1. I am a respiratory surgeon, but given that the latest subjects in the fields of cardiovascular and esophageal surgery as well are selected, I take pride in the fact that the program as a whole will certainly satisfy all the members.
 Okayama has a lot of good food to offer during the fall. We will make popular "B-grade gourmet” meals available during the meeting, which are reasonably priced simple yet tasty dishes. Let me encourage specialist doctors in various fields to participate in the meeting by bringing medical students and resident physicians with you. I look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible here in Okayama.

Shinichiro Miyoshi, M.D.
Professor, Department of General Thoracic Surgery and Breast and
Endocrinological Surgery (SurgeryII)
Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences