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Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis is a featured section with published systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses from the ACS addressing contemporary topics within the field of cardiothoracic surgery, based on the principles of evidence-based medicine. These reviews aim to identify, appraise, select and synthesize the highest-level evidence available in the current literature.

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Vol 6, No 4 (July 2017): Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy

Vol 6, No 3 (May 2017): Tricuspid Valve Surgery

Vol 5, No 6 (November 2016): Robotic Heart Surgery (I)

A systematic review on robotic coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Christopher Cao, Praveen Indraratna, Mathew Doyle, David H. Tian, Kevin Liou, Stine Munkholm-Larsen, Ciska Uys, Sohaib Virk

Vol 5, No 5 (September 2016): Pectus Excavatum

Ravitch versus Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum: systematic review and meta-analysis

Aran Kanagaratnam, Steven Phan, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvilli, Kevin Phan

Vol 5, No 4 (July 2016): Type A Aortic Dissection (II)

Vol 5, No 3 (May 2016): Type A Aortic Dissection (I)

Hemiarch versus total aortic arch replacement in acute type A dissection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Shi Sum Poon, Thomas Theologou, Deborah Harrington, Manoj Kuduvalli, Aung Oo, Mark Field

Vol 5, No 2 (March 2016): Uniportal Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomy

Systematic review and meta-analysis of uniportal versus multiportal video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy for lung cancer

Christopher G. Harris, Rebecca S. James, David H. Tian, Tristan D. Yan, Mathew P. Doyle, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Christopher Cao

Vol 5, No 1 (January 2016): Minimally Invasive Mediastinal Surgery (II)

Minimally invasive versus open thymectomy: a systematic review of surgical techniques, patient demographics, and perioperative outcomes

Nicholas R. Hess, Inderpal S. Sarkaria, Arjun Pennathur, Ryan M. Levy, Neil A. Christie, James D. Luketich

Vol 4, No 6 (November 2015): Minimally Invasive Mediastinal Surgery (I)

Vol 4, No 5 (September 2015): Mitral Valve Repair (III)

A meta-analysis of mitral valve repair versus replacement for ischemic mitral regurgitation

Sohaib A. Virk, Arunan Sriravindrarajah, Douglas Dunn, Kevin Liou, Hugh Wolfenden, Genevieve Tan, Christopher Cao

Vol 4, No 4 (July 2015): Mitral Valve Repair (II)

A meta-analysis of robotic vs. conventional mitral valve surgery

Christopher Cao, Hugh Wolfenden, Kevin Liou, Faraz Pathan, Sunil Gupta, Thomas A. Nienaber, David Chandrakumar, Praveen Indraratna, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 4, No 3 (May 2015): Mitral Valve Repair (I)

Vol 4, No 2 (March 2015): Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery (II)

Sutureless aortic valve replacement: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Kevin Phan, Yi-Chin Tsai, Nithya Niranjan, Denis Bouchard, Thierry P Carrel, Otto E Dapunt, Harald C. Eichstaedt, Theodor Fischlein, Borut Gersak, Mattia Glauber, Axel Haverich, Martin Misfeld, Peter J Oberwalder, Giuseppe Santarpino, Malakh Lal Shrestha, Marco Solinas, Marco Vola, Tristan D. Yan, Marco Di Eusanio

Systematic review and meta-analysis: techniques and a guide for the academic surgeon

Kevin Phan, David H. Tian, Christopher Cao, Deborah Black, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 4, No 1 (January 2015): Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery (I)

Vol 3, No 6 (November 2014): Mechanical Circulatory Support (II)

Vol 3, No 4 (July 2014): Type B Aortic Dissection (II)

Lower limb malperfusion in type B aortic dissection: a systematic review

Mauro Gargiulo, Claudio Bianchini Massoni, Enrico Gallitto, Antonio Freyrie, Santi Trimarchi, Gianluca Faggioli, Andrea Stella

Vol 3, No 3 (May 2014): Type B Aortic Dissection (I)

Management of complicated and uncomplicated acute type B dissection. A systematic review and meta-analysis

Konstantinos G. Moulakakis, Spyridon N. Mylonas, Ilias Dalainas, John Kakisis, Thomas Kotsis, Christos D. Liapis

Vol 3, No 2 (March 2014): Sublobar Resection

Meta-analysis of intentional sublobar resections versus lobectomy for early stage non-small cell lung cancer

Christopher Cao, Sunil Gupta, David Chandrakumar, David H. Tian, Deborah Black, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 3, No 1 (January 2014): Atrial fibrillation surgery

A systematic review of surgical ablation versus catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

Katherine Kearney, Rowan Stephenson, Kevin Phan, Wei Yen Chan, Min Yin Huang, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 2, No 6 (November 2013): Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

A meta-analysis of MitraClip system versus surgery for treatment of severe mitral regurgitation

Benjamin Wan, Mohammad Rahnavardi, David H. Tian, Kevin Phan, Stine Munkholm-Larsen, Paul G. Bannon, Tristan D. Yan

A meta-analysis of minimally invasive versus conventional mitral valve repair for patients with degenerative mitral disease

Christopher Cao, Sunil Gupta, David Chandrakumar, Thomas A. Nienaber, Praveen Indraratna, Su C. Ang, Kevin Phan, Tristan D. Yan

Systematic review of robotic minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

Michael Seco, Christopher Cao, Paul Modi, Paul G. Bannon, Michael K. Wilson, Michael P. Vallely, Kevin Phan, Martin Misfeld, Friedrich Mohr, Tristan D. Yan

Custodiol for myocardial protection and preservation: a systematic review

J. James B. Edelman, Michael Seco, Ben Dunne, Shannon J. Matzelle, Michelle Murphy, Pragnesh Joshi, Tristan D. Yan, Michael K. Wilson, Paul G. Bannon, Michael P. Vallely, Jurgen Passage

Vol 2, No 5 (September 2013): Frozen Elephant Trunk

Vol 2, No 4 (July 2013): Total arterial revascularization

Vol 2, No 3 (May 2013): Aortic arch surgery (II)

A systematic review and meta-analysis of hybrid aortic arch replacement

Konstantinos G. Moulakakis, Spyridon N. Mylonas, Fotis Markatis, Thomas Kotsis, John Kakisis, Christos D. Liapis

A meta-analysis of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest alone versus with adjunctive selective antegrade cerebral perfusion

David H. Tian, Benjamin Wan, Paul G. Bannon, Martin Misfeld, Scott A. LeMaire, Teruhisa Kazui, Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, John A. Elefteriades, Joseph E. Bavaria, Joseph S. Coselli, Randall B. Griepp, Friedrich W. Mohr, Aung Oo, Lars G. Svensson, G. Chad Hughes, Malcolm J. Underwood, Edward P. Chen, Thoralf M. Sundt, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 2, No 2 (March 2013): Aortic Arch Surgery (I)

A meta-analysis of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest versus moderate hypothermic circulatory arrest with selective antegrade cerebral perfusion

David H. Tian, Benjamin Wan, Paul G. Bannon, Martin Misfeld, Scott A. LeMaire, Teruhisa Kazui, Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, John A. Elefteriades, Joseph Bavaria, Joseph S. Coselli, Randall B. Griepp, Friedrich W. Mohr, Aung Oo, Lars G. Svensson, G. Chad Hughes, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 2, No 1 (January 2013): Aortic Valve Repair

Systematic review of aortic valve preservation and repair

Richard Saczkowski, Tarek Malas, Laurent de Kerchove, Gebrine El Khoury, Munir Boodhwani

Systematic review and meta-analysis of transcatheter aortic valve implantation versus surgical aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis

Christopher Cao, Su C. Ang, Praveen Indraratna, Con Manganas, Paul Bannon, Deborah Black, David Tian, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 1, No 4 (November 2012): Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Systematic review of trimodality therapy for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma

Christopher Cao, David Tian, Con Manganas, Phoebe Matthews, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 1, No 3 (September 2012): Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Combined open and endovascular treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic pathologies: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Konstantinos G. Moulakakis, Spyridon N. Mylonas, Constantinos N. Antonopoulos, Christos D. Liapis

Vol 1, No 2 (July 2012): Transapical Aortic Valve Implantation

A systematic review on transapical aortic valve implantation

Mohammad Rahnavardi, Jaime Santibanez, Karan Sian, Tristan D. Yan

Vol 1, No 1 (May 2012): Minimally Invasive Pulmonary Resection