Active Membership

Active Membership is for cardiothoracic surgeons who currently reside, or have previously practiced cardiothoracic surgery for at least one year, or have completed a thoracic surgery or general surgery residency program, or have completed a thoracic or cardiovascular research or clinical fellowship for at least one consecutive year in the Southern region. Applicants for Active Membership must be certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Equivalent foreign training and certification may be acceptable following review by the Membership Committee and Council.

Annual membership dues for Active Members are $450. New members pay a one-time $150 initiation fee. Members receive reduced Annual Meeting registration fees of $500 (compared to $700 for non-member physicians) and are required to attend one meeting within the first four years of their membership to confirm active status.

Review the STSA Bylaws or contact STSA Headquarters at for more information about Active Membership and to confirm if this is the right membership category for you.

Active Member Application Instructions:

1. Review the requirements for membership and complete the application.

2. Provide a current copy of your Curriculum Vitae and bibliography.

3. Have two members of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association who are familiar with your current practice read the completed application, review the requirements, and submit a letter of recommendation. Only one sponsor may be a partner or associate of the applicant.

4. Mail, e-mail, or fax the completed application (with letters of recommendation if they have been supplied to you) to the address below.

5. Membership applications are now accepted year-round and reviewed multiple times per year. Once your membership application materials are complete, you may send them by e-mail to

Send your application materials to:

Hugh Van Gelder, MD, Membership Committee Chair
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
500 Cummings Center, Suite 4400
Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: +1 978-927-8330
Fax: +1 978-524-0498