President, the 30th Annual Meeting of ASCVTS
Yutaka Okita
(Kobe University, Takatsuki General Hospital, Japan)

Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to invite you to attend the 30th Annual Meeting of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS 2022 Nara) to be held at the Kasugano International Forum, I RA KA, Nara, Japan from March 24 (Thu) to 27(Sun), 2022. As the Covid-19 pandemic overwhelmed medical society, the in-person meeting of the ASCVTS has been postponed by one year. However, we are still here in the same place, Nara, Japan in March 2022.
Nara has over 1,300 years of history and is a town where the first full-fledged capital of Japan was located. Japanese history, culture, and nature exist in perfect harmony in Nara. In this season, the beginning of spring, you can enjoy calm and sacred atmosphere nearby. Nara is also located within one-hour travel to Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe.
ASCVTS 2022 promises to be a great opportunity to present advanced and sophisticated techniques in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, exchange knowledge and share valuable academic researches. In this meeting, we would like to focus on the papers from Asia and encourage young Asian surgeons to participate in. The Asian Travelling Grant will be provided for 20 surgeons who are living in Asia. Also, a number of eminent speakers from all over the world will share their expertise and remarkable achievements. A wide-ranging scientific program consisting of lectures, symposia, hot debates, and presentation on the most critical issues will be covered. The postgraduate course in conjunction with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) focusing on the cutting-edge technology and innovation in cardiovascular surgery will also be in the Program. The 19th Roland Hezter symposium will be also planned simultaneously.
We look forward to welcoming you to ASCVTS 2022 in Nara, the birthplace of Japanese mind and virtue.

Yutaka Okita
President, the 30th Annual Meeting of ASCVTS
Kobe University, Takatsuki General Hospital, Japan