I, Dr. Visnu Lohsiriwat, as an associate editor of Gland Surgery and guest editor of this special issue, would like to present, with great pleasure, the special issue “Novel methods of breast reconstruction”.

This issue was found and entitled to denote a significant need of breast cancer care and treatment especially the integration of oncology for cancer treatment and reconstruction to maximize patients’ quality of life. This special issue of “Gland Surgery-Novel methods of breast reconstruction” is not only limited its content to breast reconstruction, but also includes other breast cancer and breast aesthetic treatment related issues. I would like to congratulate and thanks to all authors and co-authors for their comprehensive contributions from public health related personals, plastic reconstructive surgeons, breast surgeons, medical oncologists, breast pathologists, physiotherapists, radiologists and medical teams.

This journal is an essential part of the international success and collaboration. The scientific and academic level is range from fundamental theoretical aspects to ease of clinical application for practitioner, also range from the past history to the future of breast cancer surgery in particularly stem cell and tissue engineering for breast reconstruction.

This issue would not have been possible without the great support of the Editors-in-Chief, editorial board members and editorial office of Gland Surgery, and the editorial team of this special issue (Prof. Kris Bhothisuwan, MD; Prof. Supakorn Rojananin, MD; Prof. Pornchai O-charoenrat, MD, PhD; Associate Prof. Adune Ratanawichitrasin, MD; Associate Prof. Suebwong Chuthapisith, MD, PhD; Dr. Poramaporn Prasattong-Osoth, MD; Dr. Pongthep Pisarnturakit, MD; Dr. Pradit Rushatamukayanunt, MD, PhD; Dr. Waraporn Aeumrithaicharoenchok, MD, and Dr. Mongkol Boonsripitayanon, MD). I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all my colleagues and teams for their professionalism and kindest personal relationship. It is my hope that this comprehensive collection of articles will be a valuable resource for all breast relate practitioners, medical personals and scientists who devote their professions to science and patients.

Visnu Lohsiriwat, MD. Division of Head-Neck and Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. (Email:

Visnu Lohsiriwat

doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2227-684X.2014.02.13

Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest.

Cite this article as: Lohsiriwat V. Preface. Gland Surg 2014;3(1):1. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2227-684X.2014.02.13