The call for abstracts for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting is closed.  All authors will be contacted by June 1, 2018 regarding the status of their abstract submission. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract!

Review the 2018 STSA 65th Annual Meeting Abstract and Surgical Video Submission Guidelines.

Submission Categories

Oral and video abstract submissions are accepted, and the submission categories include:

  • Adult Cardiac
  • Congenital
  • General Thoracic
  • Transplant Surgery
  • History
  • Surgical Education
  • Simulation and Team-based Learning
  • Patient Safety
  • Lessons Learned From Intraoperative Complications
Benefits of Presenting Your Work at STSA

If you have attended an STSA meeting in the past, you understand why attendees return year after year. The collegiality, fun, and scientific value of the STSA Annual Meeting are unmatched.

Annual Meeting oral presentations are submitted for publication consideration in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. The STSA Annual Meeting continues to be an exceptional forum for disseminating your work to the entire field of cardiothoracic surgery.

STSA requires that all individual abstract authors submit their personal education and financial disclosure information. This enhancement to the STSA abstract submission site takes the responsibility off of the primary author to collect and provide disclosures for all co-authors. Authors must only provide their disclosure information one time for their participation in the STSA abstract submission process regardless of the number of abstracts they author/co-author. Contact STSA Manager, Laura Medek, with questions about the educational and financial disclosure process at lmedek@stsa.org or 312.202.5825.


Residents submitting STSA Annual Meeting abstracts may elect to participate in the Hawley Seiler Residents Award Competition. This Award is bestowed upon one resident each year at the Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Friday, November 9, this year. The award is given based on the quality of competing residents’ abstract submissions and manuscripts as well as their oral presentations. Learn more and view a list of past Hawley Seiler Award recipients.