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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Editor's Note

Dr. Joe Nwiloh Heart Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, Adazi Nnukwu, Anambra State, Nigeria

Date of Web Publication25-Jul-2016

Correspondence Address:
Jonathan O Nwiloh
Dr. Joe Nwiloh Heart Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, Adazi Nnukwu, Anambra State
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How to cite this article:
Nwiloh JO. Editor's Note. Niger J Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2016;1:1

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Nwiloh JO. Editor's Note. Niger J Cardiovasc Thorac Surg [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Aug 16];1:1. Available from: http://www.nigjourcvtsurg.org/text.asp?2016/1/1/1/186824

Cardiovascular surgery specialty remains underdeveloped in most Sub-Saharan African countries compared to the rest of the world. Some of the challenges plaguing cardiac surgery practices in Africa include but not limited to inadequate infrastructures, scarcity of trained personnel, limited opportunities for practical skills sets acquisition, and to some extent, specialty specific journal for research publications and exchange of ideas. Although several international journals abound in the specialty, there remains a void and an obvious need to have a journal that addresses the peculiar practice challenges and patient demographics seen in most underdeveloped countries in the Third World. This new journal, therefore, aims to fill this gap and in addition hopes to facilitate and encourage dissemination of scientific knowledge to those interested in the practice and development of cardiovascular medicine and surgery, particularly in Africa and other Third World countries in general.

The history of the dawn of modern cardiac surgery is fascinating and no doubts that many giants in the field have contributed immensely to making it a safe and routine daily procedure performed across thousands of operating rooms worldwide.

In this maiden journal edition, Dr. Arthur Lee, one of the early trained African-American pioneers in cardiovascular surgery in the USA, gives some historical insights on what it was to train and practice the specialty in the early days of cardiac surgery. His article "Pioneers of Cardiac Surgery who just missed being first" presents both a historical and philosophical perspectives of the story of the dark-skinned race in cardiac surgery which is often undocumented and untold. We hope the story would be interesting to our readers, especially aspiring, surgeons, and the younger generation of dark-skinned cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons wishing to learn something about their predecessors in the specialty, by understanding where the journey started and so hopefully get a sense of direction on where they are headed. We also hope to highlight in future publications of our surgical heritage individuals who have made unique contributions to advancing cardiovascular surgery in minorities.


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