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STSA 2017 Abstract Deadline Extended

STSA 2017 Abstract submission deadline extended to Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. STSA is accepting abstracts for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting, which will take place November 8-11, 2017 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX.

 

April 6, 2017 | By More

STSA Members Receive TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Fellowship Awards

STSA congratulates members, Lisa M. Brown, MD, and Lauren C. Kane, MD on receiving 2017 TSF/WTS Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Awards.

Award Recipients

Lisa M. Brown, MD (left) and Lauren C. Kane, MD (right)

This Fellowship was established by Women in Thoracic Surgery and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation in 2013 in memory of Carolyn E. Reed, MD. Dr. Reed served as STSA Secretary/Treasurer from 1999-2002. She was elected the first woman STSA President in November 2006, and her Presidential year concluded at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, FL in November 2007. Dr. Reed was a successful thoracic surgeon, researcher, and educator; she was a beloved member of STSA and played an integral role in propagating the Southern Thoracic and the specialty throughout her career. Dr. Reed passed away in November 2012.

Past President Reed

John Hammon, MD (STSA Past President, 2007-08) presented Carolyn Reed, MD with her STSA Presidential plaque in November 2007 at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting.

The TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship funds a clinically established woman thoracic surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology. With a burgeoning field of surgical technology, many surgeons seek an opportunity to gain new experiences and return home with innovations and collaborations. As she was the consummate educator, the leaders of both WTS and TSF deemed it most appropriate to establish this initiative in honor of Dr. Reed.

Dr. Lisa M. Brown received funding for her project titled “University of Michigan Health Services Research Traveling Fellowship” in the amount of $10,000.

Dr. Lauren C. Kane received funding for her project titled “Learning Surgical Strategies with Later Presenting Congenital Heart Disease in India and Beyond” in the amount of $10,000.

Click here to view additional information about TSF awards programs and recipients.

 

March 21, 2017 | By More

Members Appointed to STSA Leadership Committee Positions

More than 60 STSA members participated in the 2017 self-nomination process. Thank you to everyone who nominated themselves to be considered for an STSA Committee leadership position.

Six members were selected to serve on the Program, Postgraduate, Membership, and Scholarship Committees. The newly appointed Committee leaders are as follows:

  • Program Committee Appointments:
    • Joseph A. Dearani, MD, Rochester, MN
    • Daniela Molena, MD, New York, NY
  • Postgraduate Committee Appointments:
    • Matthew Bott, MD, New York, NY
    • Ahmet Kilic, MD, Columbus, OH
  • Membership Committee Appointments:
    • James J. Gangemi, MD, Charlottesville, VA
  • Brooks Scholarship Committee Appointments:
    • Min Kim, MD, Houston, TX

Appointees will serve three- to four-year terms; they will assume to role of Committee Chair/Co-chair in the final year of their term. Committee Chairs/Co-chairs attend STSA Council Meetings and assist in the overall management of the Association.

STSA Executive Council Members attended a Council Meeting on November 9, 2016 in conjunction with the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting.

STSA will accept nominations for 2018 Committee leadership position vacancies in December 2017.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892.

March 7, 2017 | By More

Residents Invited to Compete for 2017 Hawley Seiler Award

J. Trent Magruder, MD (left) accepted his 2016 Hawley Seiler Residents Award at the November 2016 STSA Annual Meeting in Naples.

Residents are invited to submit abstracts for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting and participate in the 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Award Competition.

Named for STSA Past President and Founder, Hawley H. Seiler, MD, this award is presented annually to the resident who most excels in their manuscript and oral presentation at the STSA Annual Meeting.

The 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Award winner will receive $500, a personalized plaque, and their name will be engraved on a permanent plaque to be displayed at future STSA Annual Meetings. The winner will be announced at the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner & Dance. Residents participating in the competition are eligible for reduced-price tickets to attend this event.

The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday April 7, 2017, 11:59 pm, ET. For technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com or call (434) 964-4100. Technical Support is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. For non-technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

March 1, 2017 | By More

64th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting 2017 Abstract Submission
which will be held November 8-11, 2017 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX. The deadline to submit abstracts is Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Oral, video, and history abstracts will be accepted. Oral and video submission categories including the following:

  • Adult Cardiac
    • Aortic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Cardiac Transplantation/ VAD
    • Ischemic Heart Disease
    • Miscellaneous (Arrhythmias, Tumors, etc.)
    • Valvular
  • Congenital
    • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
    • Basic Science Research
    • Neonates and Children
  • General Thoracic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Esophageal Disease
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lung Transplantation
    • Miscellaneous
    • Other Lung
  • Surgical Education
  • Simulation and Team-Based Learning
  • Patient Safety
  • Lessons Learned from Intraoperative Complications

Residents submitting abstracts may select to participate in the 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Competition.  This award is bestowed upon the resident with the highest quality abstract, manuscript and oral presentation.

Learn more about the Hawley Seiler Competition and view a list of past award recipients.

The STSA Annual Meeting is the premier forum to disseminate information to the cardiothoracic surgery community. Accepted oral presentations are submitted for publication to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892.

February 16, 2017 | By More

Spring 2016 Issue of STSA News Published

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The Spring 2016 issue of STSA News is now available. This issue features:

  • A letter from STSA President, Andrea J. Carpenter, MD;
  • STSA membership recruitment information;
  • Highlights from the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting;
  • Important information about the upcoming STSA 63rd Annual Meeting, including updates from the Program and Postgraduate Committees; and
  • 2016 awards and scholarship opportunities.

View additional updates from STSA and past issues of STSA News at www.stsa.org/whats-new.

Please contact STSA Headquarters with questions or suggestions regarding STSA News at stsa@stsa.org.

May 26, 2016 | By More

Ten Premium STSA 2016 Foyer Exhibit Spaces Available

E-bannerV1STSA is now accepting exhibitor applications for the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting Exhibition, which will take place at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL Nov. 10-11, 2016.

STSA has made several key modifications to the STSA 2016 Exhibition based on previous exhibitor feedback. Of special note, ten premium foyer booth spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Foyer booths are located directly next to the attendee registration desk. Submit an application today to secure your company’s premium booth space.

Additional STSA 2016 Exhibition enhancements include:

  • An attendee preregistration list is included with your booth price.
  • The educational program has been tailored to offer extra non-compete break times when attendees will be encouraged to visit exhibits.
  • Lunch on Thursday, Nov. 10 will be available inside the exhibit area. All coffee breaks and breakfasts taking place during exhibit hours will also be served inside the exhibit area.
  • Exhibitors can further engage with attendees and enhance their meeting presence by hosting satellite activities.
  • Companies exhibiting at the STSA for the first time in 2016 will receive a 5% discount off of normal booth prices*.

Each of these changes has been made in response to previous exhibitor feedback, and we are confident that the program modifications will improve the STSA Annual Meeting experience for both exhibitors and meeting attendees.

STSA will again offer Corporate Support and branding opportunities to exhibiting companies.

The branding opportunities brochure will be available in the coming weeks.

Visit www.stsa.org/exhibits for additional information about exhibiting at the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting, and contact STSA Exhibit Manager, Angel Law, at alaw@sts.org or 312.202.5838 with questions and to request additional information. Contact STSA Executive Director, Nicole Schroeder, at nschroeder@stsa.org or 312.202.5825 with questions about Corporate Support and branding opportunities.


*Application must be received by September 1, 2016 for discount to apply. Refer to page 5 of the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting Exhibitor Prospectus to confirm if your company has previously exhibited with STSA.

May 3, 2016 | By More

May 2-6 is National Perfusionist Appreciation Week

STSA wishes all of its perfusionist Associate Members a happy National Perfusionist Appreciation Week!

According to the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology, National Perfusionist Appreciation Week draws awareness to the crucial role perfusionists play on the cardiovascular surgical team.

STSA President, A.J. Carpenter, MD, shared her perspective on how perfusionists drive advancements in the field of cardiothoracic surgery:

“The advent of cardiopulmonary bypass is clearly one of the most critical developments in the advancement of cardiac surgery. As the technology evolved and spread, the perfusionist became a critical member of the heart team. These dedicated professionals are not only valued members of daily life in cardiac surgery, but they also have been, and continue to be, a driving force in the evolution of our profession. Improvement in CPB circuits and elements has been driven by perfusionists who draw on their experience and perform high quality research. Operations that were once impossible are today quite routine. Cardiopulmonary support has saved literally millions from previously lethal diseases and injuries. We owe much of this progress to the creativity of our perfusionists, and we owe them all of our gratitude.”

Andrea J. Carpenter, MD
University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Perfusionists practicing at an institution in the Southern region are eligible for STSA Associate Membership. Membership applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline to apply is September 15.

Perfusionists and all interdisciplinary care providers working in the field of CT surgery are encouraged to participate in the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting, November 9-12, 2016 in Naples, FL. New in 2016, the November 10 Postgraduate Program will feature a session designed specifically for the interdisciplinary care team.

Contact STSA with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892.

National Perfusionist Appreciate Week

May 2-6 is National Perfusionist Appreciation Week. Learn more at www.amsect.org.

May 2, 2016 | By More

STSA Is Seeking Feedback from 2015 Annual Meeting Attendees

62nd Annual Meeting CME

More than 450 professional attendees earned 4,797 CME credits by participating in the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting November 4-7, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. STSA attendees can provide feedback about the long-term impact of the 62nd Annual Meeting on their practice by completing a 6-month follow-up survey.

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting was held approximately six months ago from November 4-7, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

By all accounts the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting was a huge success. The educational program featured more than 20 hours of ACCME-accredited content, and STSA awarded 4,797 CME credits (or the equivalent) to professional meeting attendees for their participation.

2015 total meeting registration set an all-time record high for STSA. 636 individuals registered for meeting compared to an average of 530 registrants for the previous five Annual Meetings. Industry participation was equally as impressive: 40 companies were represented in the Exhibit Hall, and six companies awarded STSA educational grant funding to assist in covering meeting-related costs.

Select STSA 2015 video presentations – including invited talks by Tirone David, MD and Robert Bartlett, MD – are available on CTSNet. Visit www.stsa.org/62ndannual to learn more about the meeting and review the full educational program.

If you joined STSA at the 62nd Annual Meeting, we want to hear from you. STSA is seeking feedback from 2015 Annual Meeting professional attendees to help determine the long-term impact of the educational program. All meeting registrants received an e-mail this morning including a link to the STSA 2015 Annual Meeting 6-month Follow-up Survey. If you attended the November 2015 STSA Annual Meeting but did not receive an e-mail inviting you to participate in the 6-month follow-up survey, please contact STSA and stsa@stsa.org or (312) 202-5892 for assistance. The deadline to complete the survey is May 4, 2016.

The purpose of the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting six-month follow-up survey is to measure the level to which CME content improved attendees’ long-term competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes in clinical practice. STSA also seeks to identify any barriers that have prevented attendees from implementing intended practice changes and improvements. Topic suggestions and feedback about current areas of need and professional practice gaps will be considered by the Postgraduate and Program Committees as they work to create the 63rd Annual Meeting November 9-12, 2016 in Naples, FL.

Save the date for STSA 2016: November 9-12 in Naples. The STSA 63rd Annual Meeting is shaping up to be another excellent event. STSA President, Dr. A.J. Carpenter, recently conducted a planning visit at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. The Postgraduate Committee is hard at work identifying 2016 invited talks and topics. The Program Committee is currently reviewing more than 260 abstract submissions in anticipation of their May 6 Program Planning Meeting in Chicago. Learn more at www.stsa.org/63rdannual.

April 26, 2016 | By More

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended Until Wednesday, April 6

The STSA abstract submission deadline has been extended. STSA will now accept oral and surgical video abstracts until Wednesday, April 6, 11:59 pm, ET. Abstracts selected for presentation at the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting will be included in the official Annual Meeting Program Book and will be considered for publication in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. The 63rd Annual Meeting will be held November 9-12, 2016 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL.

Learn more about the 63rd Annual Meeting abstract submission process at www.stsa.org/abstracts.

For technical questions regarding abstract submissions, e-mail Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com or call (434) 964-4100. Technical Support is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. For non-technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

April 4, 2016 | By More