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Dan Miller Named 2018 STSA Mavroudis Urschel Award Recipient

Dr. Dan Miller proudly accepts the Mavroudis-Urschel Award at the Dinner Gala.

The Mavroudis-Urschel Award was established in 2006 to recognize and honor an STSA member who made important contributions to the STSA scientific program and uniquely personified the social spirit, camaraderie, and fun for which the STSA is famous. The Award is named for STSA Past Presidents Constantine “Gus” Mavroudis and Harold Urschel, who both contributed significantly to STSA.

Daniel L. Miller, MD received the 2018 STSA Mavroudis Urschel Award at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting, in Amelia Island, FL.

Dr. Miller has held various leadership positions with STSA, including serving on the Program Committee and the Postgraduate Committee. Most notably, he has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the past four years. He has enthusiastically supported the STSA Annual Meeting, year after year, whether it be as a speaker, moderator, or interviewer. He has demonstrated to be a dedicated member of STSA, and encouraged others to participate. Through the Mavroudis Urschel Award, STSA recognizes Dr. Miller’s significant contributions to the association.

The Award was presented during the Dinner Gala by the then President, Dr. Kevin Accola, at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting on November 9, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida. View a list of past Mavroudis-Urschel Award recipients at www.stsa.org/awards.

December 7, 2018 | By More

Walter Wolfe and Gordon Murray Named 2018 STSA Inspiration Award Recipients

The STSA Inspiration Award was established in 2007 to recognize the important contribution of mentorship to the specialty and the organization, and to encourage upcoming generations of CT surgeons by helping to cultivate mentors worthy of emulation.

The Award is given to the STSA member who has demonstrated exceptional efforts in motivating, inspiring, and cultivating the clinical and research talents of medical students, residents and/or early career CT surgeons. Nominations are submitted in writing to the President, to be considered for presentation at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting. The award is given at the discretion of the President in consultation with the Council. Drs. Walter Wolfe and Gordon Murray were named the 2018 Inspiration Award recipients at this year’s Dinner Gala.

 

Dr. Judson Williams accepts the award on behalf of Dr. Walter Wolfe.

Dr. Walter Wolfe has been a long-time Member of STSA. Nomination letters regarded his sage advice in or out of the operating room as always profound, and noted that he can always be counted on to “do the right thing”. Unable to accept the award at the Dinner Gala, he sent a kind note remarking that he was honored and humbled by this recognition.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition. I am so sorry that I cannot be there. My joy in life was training residents in surgery. I was unaware of the impact I had but am so grateful to know this at this stage in my life. I am blessed to have been a small part of the training of so many talented and gifted surgeons while being a faculty member at Duke. It was my privilege and my blessing. Your friendships are treasured.”

 

Dr. Gordon Murray’s family proudly accepted the award on his behalf.

Dr. Gordon Murray who passed on May 21, 2018, was President of STSA in 1993, and a valued colleague to all members of STSA. Dr. Kevin Accola presented the award and said of Dr. Murray, “His recent passing saddened us all as he will be remembered as a sincere friend and a consummate gentlemen. I am humbled to present this award to Dr. Gordon Murray in honor of his memory, and we’re so pleased his family could be with us this evening”. Mrs. Murray attended the Dinner Gala and was escorted by Drs. Vinay Badwar and David Jones to the stage to accept the Award on behalf of her late-husband.

 

The Awards were presented during the Dinner Gala by the then President, Dr. Kevin Accola, at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting on November 9, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida. View a list of past Inspiration Award recipients at www.stsa.org/awards.

December 4, 2018 | By More

Congratulations to STSA’s 2018 Scholarship and Award Winners

At this year’s STSA 65th Annual Meeting, the following individuals were recognized at the Dinner Gala held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Please join STSA members in congratulating this year’s award and scholarship recipients.

Clifford van Meter President’s Award
Melissa Levack, MD | Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Permanent Pacemaker Implantation after Aortic Valve Replacement

Carolyn Reed President’s Award
Tamar Nobel, MD
| Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Optimal Surveillance for Node Negative Early Stage Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Following Esophagectomy

George R. Daicoff President’s Award
Jeff Jacobs, MD | Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Saint Petersburg, FL
The Importance of Noncardiac Congenital Disease: Refining The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD) Mortality Risk Model With Enhanced Adjustment for Chromosomal Abnormalities, Syndromes, and Noncardiac Congenital Anatomic Abnormalities

Tiki Award
William A. Baumgartner, MD | Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Osler Abbott Award
David R. Jones, MD
|Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Hawley H. Seiler Resident’s Award
Tessa Watt, MD
| University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Does Mitral Valve Repair Restore Normal Life Expectancy?

Mavroudis-Urschel Award
Daniel L. Miller, MD
| WellStar Health System, Marietta, GA

Robert M. Sade Ethics Lecture
The Ethics Debate is a wonderful component of the STSA Annual Meeting each year. In honor of Dr. Robert M. Sade’s contributions to these outstanding ethics debates, the annual event has been named the Robert M. Sade Ethics Lecture.

STSA Inspiration Award
Walter Wolfe, MD
Gordon Murray, MD

James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship
Walker M. Blanding
| Medical University of South Carolina, Mt. Pleasant, SC
William C. Frankel | Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Shawn M. Shah | University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship
Alexander P. Kossar, MD
| Upstate University Medical Center, Suffern, NY

For a narrative of each award and a list of past recipients, please visit stsa.org/awards.

November 28, 2018 | By More

STSA Members Elect Dr. Jeff Jacobs as President

STSA members elected Jeff Jacobs, MD, as the next President of STSA at its annual Business Meeting held on November 9, 2018.

Council Chair, Dr. Kevin Accola, hands the gavel to the new STSA President, Dr. Jeff Jacobs.

Dr. Jacobs has been active with STSA for several years, serving on the Finance Committee, as Chair of the Program Committee, and as Vice President. Dr. Jacobs is Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute in St. Petersburgh, FL.

Join your fellow members for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting, November 6-9, 2019 in Marco Island, FL, where Dr. Jacobs will present his Presidential Address.

November 26, 2018 | By More

Read the Latest Issue: STSA News – Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 issue of STSA News is now available. This issue features:

  • A letter from STSA President, Kevin D. Accola, MD;
  • 2018 STSA Brooks Scholarship Recipients Announced;
  • Online Brooks Scholarship Donations Being Accepted;
  • STSA 65th Annual Meeting Guest Speakers;
  • STSA 65th Annual Meeting Highlights & Entertainment;
  • STS to Host Resident Jeopardy Competition;
  • Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Activities & Entertainment;
  • 65th Annual Meeting Schedule of Events;

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.

October 3, 2018 | By More

1 Week Left to Save on STSA 65th Annual Meeting Registration & Housing

STSA 65th Annual Meeting Early Registration and Housing Deadline: October 8, 2018
Book now to save on meeting registration fees and hotel villa rates!

The STSA 65th Annual Meeting early registration and housing deadline is just one week away. Make your plans now to join STSA at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL, November 7-10, 2018.

The deadline to pre-register for the meeting is October 8. Please note that there will be an additional $50 fee to register after this date.

Register for the Annual Meeting online or download a printable registration form.

A limited number of villas are available at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort at a special group rate on a first-come, first-served basis.The STSA block of discounted villas is being held until Monday, October 8, 2018, provided villas are still available in our room block. After this date, villa reservations will be accepted based upon availability only. Book now to secure your villa at the host resort!

Reserve your villa the following ways:

  • Online via the Omni reservation website
  • Call Omni Amelia Island Reservations at 888.261.6161. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

The STSA 65th Annual Meeting is packed with dynamic educational sessions and opportunities to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that STSA  is known for.

  • Review the full educational lineup in the Advance Program.
  • Don’t miss the fabulous social events, including the Friday evening Dinner Gala. Advance registration is recommended. A limited number of tickets will be sold on site. (Children’s tickets are available at a reduced price of $40.)

Visit www.stsa.org/65thannual for additional meeting details.

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

STSA 65th Annual Meeting
This activity has been  planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The STS designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

October 3, 2018 | By More

STSA 65th Annual Meeting – Don’t miss the fun social events!

Take note of social activities at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting

The STSA Annual Meeting would not live up to its great reputation without fabulous social events! Here’s the schedule:

  • New this year: the Postgraduate Program Welcome Reception | Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:00 pm. This casual event will kick-off the meeting followed by the Postgraduate Session titled “I Wish I Could Have Done That Case Over” at 7:00 pm. Wings, pizza and refreshments will be served.
  • The All Attendee Luncheon | Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12:00 pm.
  • The Residents Reception | Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. (Event is for residents, fellows and medical students.)
  • The President’s Mixer | Thursday, Nov. 8 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Two complimentary tickets are included with registration. (Additional tickets may be purchased for $25.)
  • The Early Practitioner’s Luncheon | Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:00 pm.
  • The Dinner Gala* | Friday, Nov. 9 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Advance registration is recommended. A limited number of tickets will be sold on site. (Children’s tickets are available at a reduced price of $40.)

*The always popular Friday evening Dinner Gala is a must-attend event! Join fellow meeting attendees and their families for the memorable Dinner Gala, complete with a cocktail reception, dinner, awards and music entertainment. A local band has been added to this year’s program and will provide easy listening during the dinner hour. Although black tie is always in fashion, you are welcome to wear cocktail attire.

It’s just over a week until the STSA 65th Annual Meeting early registration and housing deadline (October 8, 2018).

Register for the Annual Meeting and events online or download a printable registration form.

Reserve your hotel room or villa the following ways:

  • Online via the Omni reservation website
  • Call the hotel reservations department at 888.444.6664. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

​Visit www.stsa.org/65thannual for additional meeting details.

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

September 28, 2018 | By More

New Private Villas Available at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

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Hotel Rooms Going Quickly, Make Your Reservation Today!
New Private Villas available at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

STSA is pleased to announce that private one, two and three bedroom villas are available to book at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting, November 7-10, 2018. The villas can be reserved at the same guest room rate of $250 per night + tax. Villa buildings are a short walk to the main hotel building, or guests may use the resort’s complimentary shuttle. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort provides complimentary, on-demand shuttle transportation property-wide.

For photos of the various villa offerings, please click here.

If you have an existing reservation, in the main hotel building, but would like to upgrade to a villa, please contact Omni Amelia Island Reservations at 888.261.6161.

Reserve your hotel room or villa the following ways:

  • Online via the Omni reservation website
  • Call the hotel reservations department at 888.444.6664. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until October 8, 2018, provided rooms are still available in our room block. After this date, room reservations will be accepted based on availability only.

Register for the Annual Meeting online or download a printable registration form.

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


STSA 65th Annual Meeting
This activity has been  planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The STS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

September 19, 2018 | By More

Application Deadline Extended until September 24/ Help Recruit New STSA Members

STSA Membership Application Deadline Extended Until September 24
Help Recruit New STSA Members!

Dear Member,

STSA is currently accepting applications for Active, Associate, Candidate and Pre-Candidate Membership. The application deadline, previously scheduled for Saturday, September 15 has been extended until Monday, September 24.

Help STSA grow by encouraging your colleagues, mentees and CT surgery team members to submit an application to STSA membership. Offer to write a letter of nomination as a member sponsor.

Here are the available STSA membership categories:

  • Active Membership is available for Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons who currently practice or have previously practiced in the Southern region for at least one consecutive year, 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.
  • Associate Membership is available for interdisciplinary care professionals working on a cardiothoracic surgery team in the Southern region.
  • Candidate Membership is available for cardiothoracic surgery residents training at an institution in the Southern region.
  • Pre-Candidate Membership is available for general surgery residents and medical students interested in pursuing cardiothoracic surgery and training in the Southern region.
  • Please contact the STSA Heaining at an institution in the Southern region.

Click here to see a map of the states/territories which are considered part of the STSA region.

Applications are available at www.stsa.org/becomeamember/.

Please contact the STSA headquarters office at 312.202.5892 or stsa@stsa.org with questions.

Sincerely,

STSA Membership Committee Members
Edward Savage, MD, Committee Chair
James Gangemi, MD
W. Brent Keeling, MD
Andrew Lodge, MD

September 14, 2018 | By More

Join Us in the STSA Exhibit Hall for Additional Video Presentations

New This Year – Video Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

As noted in the Advance Program, we are pleased to announce that due to the overwhelming number of video abstract submissions received for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting, four additional video presentations will be presented in the Exhibit Hall during specified break times. The meeting will take place November 7-10, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL.

The video abstracts to be presented during the scheduled break times are as follows:

Thursday, November 8
Scheduled Break Time: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
V1. VATS Resection for Extralobar Pulmonary Sequestration With a Large Aberrant Artery After Endoluminal Stenting and Plug Occlusion
​Gopal Singh, Bianca Bromberger, Richard Green, *Joshua R. Sonett
New York Presbyterian/Columbia University, New York, NY

Friday, November 9
Scheduled Break Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
V2. Early Migration of a Self-expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Prosthesis Causing Coronary Occlusion: A Practical Technique for Surgical Explantation
Jordan P. Bloom, Michael Kwon, George Tolis
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Scheduled Break Time: 10:00 am – 10:30 am
V3. Giant Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm: Evaluation and Surgical Repair
*Faisal G. Bakaeen, Eric E. Roselli, Gosta B. Pettersson, Lars G. Svensson
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Scheduled Break Time: 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
V4. Novel Cannulation Technique for Temporary Right Ventricular Assist Device After LVAD Placement William Z. Chancellor, Jared P. Beller, Emily A. Downs, *Leora Yarboro
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

*Please note: These video abstract presentations will begin approximately ten minutes after the scheduled break time has begun to allow for attendees to transition from the general session rooms into the Exhibit Hall. *Actual presentation start times may vary. Each presentation is allotted eight minutes followed by another five minutes of discussion.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from these knowledgeable presenters and join the discussion with your fellow colleagues.

Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting today! Register online or download a printable registration form. Early registration is available until Monday, October 8, 2018. After this date, you must register on site at the Annual Meeting. Please note that there will be an additional $50 fee for registering on site.

Reserve your room at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 8, 2018, provided rooms are still available in the STSA room block. After this date, room reservations will be accepted based upon availability only. Book early to secure your room at the host resort! Visit www.stsa.org/65thannual and click on the direct link to the Omni reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at 888-444-6664. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

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

*Indicates STSA Member

September 6, 2018 | By More