STSA 68th Annual Meeting

STSA looks forward to bringing you an exceptional annual meeting November 3-6, 2021 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

Call for Abstracts

STSA is now accepting abstracts for the STSA 68th Annual Meeting, which will take place November 3-6, 2020 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The deadline to submit 68th Annual Meeting abstracts is Monday, April 5, 2021.

To submit an abstract, you will need to access the online submission site through X-CD System. The 2021 abstract submission website is hosted by the same company STSA used last year. You may use the login credentials you set up during your abstract submission in 2020. It is also the same provider STSA uses for CME evaluations and the mobile application. If you have attended an STSA Annual Meeting in the past five years and claimed CME credits, you may already have an account within the system. If you do not retain your account information, please use the reset password link first to assist with the prevention of creating duplicate accounts. If your e-mail address is found within the system, an e-mail will be sent to you with further instructions. If not, please create a new account. You may contact STSA Headquarters for additional login assistance at

Of important note, STSA requires that all abstract authors (primary and co-authors) submit their commercial and financial disclosure information by the abstract submission deadline of April 5, 2020. Co-authors may login and complete their personal commercial relationship form. Only one form is required per author for the meeting.

Submission Categories

Abstract submission types currently being accepted are Oral, Video, History (oral), Oral & Poster and Poster only. The submission categories include:

  • Adult Cardiac
  • Congenital
  • General Thoracic
  • Transplantation (Listed as a subcategory of Adult Cardiac & General Thoracic)
  • Surgical Education
  • Simulation and Team-based Learning
  • Patient Safety
  • Lessons Learned From Intraoperative Complications
  • History (Listed as a submission type, not a submission category)

Abstracts accepted to the Annual Meeting for oral presentation are required to submit a manuscript for publication consideration in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. During the abstract submission process, authors may indicate if they wish to request a waiver from submitting their manuscript to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Requests will be reviewed during the STSA Program Committee Meeting in May. Subsequent requests will not be considered.

Please direct any questions to STSA at or (312) 202-5892.