It gives me great pleasure to introduce this special edition of Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the first ever journal issue that is dedicated to robotic thoracic surgery. I would like to thank all the contributors who have worked tirelessly to provide a comprehensive review of this field of innovative surgery. I believe that it will act as a seminal reference for years to come as it represents a truly authoritative body of work.

Thank you to all my co-authors and friends.



Sasha Stamenkovic

The Thorax Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK.

doi: 10.21037/acs.2019.03.05

Conflicts of Interest: S Stamenkovic is a proctor for Intuitive Surgical and has held contracts for advisory boards with Medtronic and Ethicon.

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