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Vipin Zamvar, MS, DNB(CTh), FRCS(CTh), Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK

Dr Vipin Zamvar is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He was born in 1965 and grew up in Mumbai, India. He graduated from Grant Medical College and finished his basic general surgical training at JJ Hospital, Mumbai.

In 1991, he came to the UK to pursue training in Cardiac Surgery. He trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Southampton, Manchester and Cardiff. After completing his specialist training in 1999, he worked as a Consultant surgeon from 1999 to 2002 at Cardiff. In 2002, he moved to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Dr Zamvar has a joint cardiac and thoracic surgical practice and his main areas of interest are Coronary Artery Surgery (off-pump surgery, arterial revascularization), Aortic Valve Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotic Assisted Thoracic Surgery. He takes a keen interest in teaching and education of junior surgeons.

He has given many lectures world-wide on cardiac and thoracic surgical topics. He is the author of more than a 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals with a H index of 30 and i10 index of 51. (Total number of citations > 5000). He was the President of the World Society of CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgeons (WSCTS) from 2015 to 2016; and is currently the General-Secretary. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery” since 2006. He is an elected trustee of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland.

In 2017, he described the “Zamvar Pericardial Fold”. This is a fold of pericardium over the left superior and inferior pulmonary veins, which is an ideal spot to place a deep pericardial retraction suture during off-pump coronary surgery (the Zamvar Pericardial Stitch).

Dr Zamvar enjoys playing chess and his FIDE rating is just over 1750. 

You can follow him on Twitter: @VipinZamvar


Flow Measurement in Coronary Artery Surgery

Edited by:
Gabriele Di Giammarco: University “G.D’Annunzio” Chieti, Italy
Gregory Trachiotis: George Washington University/DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center-VISN-5, United States
Vipin Zamvar: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK

Submission Status: Open until 31 July 2024

Aims and scope

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery is an open access journal that encompasses all aspects of research in the field of Cardiology, and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. The journal publishes original scientific research documenting clinical and experimental advances in cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery, and related fields.

Topics of interest include surgical techniques, survival rates, surgical complications and their outcomes; along with basic sciences, pediatric conditions, transplantations and clinical trials.

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery is of interest to cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic anaesthesiologists, cardiologists, chest physicians, and allied health professionals.

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“In the last three years, we have been increasingly using BioMed Central journals to present our work. This choice is based on a number of factors, including a streamlined online submission process, rigorous peer-review, open access, and relatively short time from submission to publication. As our experiences while publishing in BioMed Central journals such as Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery have been excellent, and the benefits of open access to our research are obvious, I intend to continue publishing much of our work through BioMed Central.”

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New Content Item"I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the acceptance of our manuscript for publication in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Your prompt response and the efficient handling of our manuscript by the editorial team are highly appreciated. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to the reviewers for their time, effort, and insightful comments, which have undoubtedly enhanced the quality of our work. The thoroughness and rigor of the review process have been instrumental in refining our manuscript, and for this, we are truly grateful. Once again, thank you for your support and the invaluable role your team has played in bringing our research to fruition."

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 1.5
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 1.6
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.921
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.452

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 33
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 202

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 1,911,254
    Altmetric mentions: 960