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Featured Speakers at the STSA 66th Annual Meeting

STSA is excited to host a wonderful line of speakers, both guests and colleagues, at this year’s STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL on November 6-9, 2019.

This year’s meeting will feature the following speakers:

  • President’s Invited Lecturer – Decision Making in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery…The Rational or Irrational Basis for Why We Do What We Do, by James A. Quintessenza, MD. Dr. Quintessenza is currently a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a Professor of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UK HealthCare Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Dr. Quintessenza will focus on the rationale for decision making in cardiothoracic surgery at multiple levels, both personally and professionally.
  • President’s Invited Keynote – Why BE a Cardiothoracic Surgeon…Nice Work if You Can Get It; A Life of Privilege, by Martin J. Elliott, MD. Dr. Elliott is currently the Professor of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University College London and the Director of the National Service for Severe Tracheal Disease in Children based at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in the United Kingdom. Dr. Elliott will focus on his life as a cardiothoracic surgeon and share a look behind why he decided to pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery.

On Friday morning, STSA will feature a special plenary session titled: DIVERSITY, HISTORY, and ADVOCACY.

  • DIVERSITY: Kent Trinkle LectureshipRobert S.D. Higgins, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present the Kent Trinkle Lectureship titled Education and Diversity in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Higgins will describe methods and strategies to ensure diversity among a cardiothoracic surgical workforce.
  • HISTORY: Constantine Mavroudis, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will present a comprehensive story on the history of medical illustration through the ages with his talk titled Medical Illustration in the Era of Cardiac Surgery.
  • ADVOCACY: Keith S. Naunheim, MD from St. Louis University, and John E. Mayer, MD from Boston Children’s Hospital will present the talk titled: Why Professionalism Advocacy is Important to Me. They will focus on the importance of professional advocacy and how it serves as a critical component of professionalism for cardiothoracic surgeons.

New this year, STSA will feature scientific e-posters in the meeting space foyer! E-posters will be on display in the meeting space foyer during the course of the meeting on both Thursday and Friday. Although CME will not be offered in conjunction with these posters, it’s an opportunity to engage with fellow surgeons in an informal, social environment.

The Advance Program is now available. Review the full list of educational sessions and presentations scheduled to occur at the meeting.

Register for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting today! You may register online or download a printable registration form.

Reserve your room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 7, 2019, 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 Meeting Registration and Hotel Information for more information. Follow the direct link to the JW Marriott reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at 800.438.4373. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s annual meeting. Please note: the hotel will appear sold out if you do not reserve accommodations through the STSA housing link.

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

STSA 66th Annual Meeting
This activity will be 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.

August 29, 2019 | By More

Book Early to Secure Your Room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Plan to Attend the STSA 66th Annual Meeting
Book Early to Secure Your Room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Remember that registration and housing are available for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL, November 6-9, 2019.

The Advance Program is now available. View all the educational sessions.

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

Join STSA at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. With stunning new guest accommodations, new and re-imagined restaurants, and state of the art fitness and entertainment areas, you can make memories in the resort’s spectacular settings, enjoy enriching experiences, indulge in culinary masterpieces and relax and rejuvenate at the newly renovated Spa by JW. The new JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers a new dimension in luxury, and more ways than ever to work and play in Paradise.

A limited number of rooms are available at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort at a special group rate on a first-come, first-served basis. The STSA block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 7, 2019, provided rooms are still available in our room block. After this date, room reservations will be accepted based upon availability only. Book early to secure your room at the host resort!

Reserve your room by visiting the JW Marriott reservation site or by calling the hotel reservations department at (800) 438-4373. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

Please visit the Social Events & Resort Activities page for more details on resort activities and local excursions available through the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

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


STSA 66th 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 Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

August 22, 2019 | By More

STSA 66th Annual Meeting Registration & Housing Now Available

Register, Reserve Your Room, and Review the Meeting Program Outline

Registration and housing are now available for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL, November 6-9, 2019. The 66th Annual Meeting is packed with dynamic educational sessions and opportunities to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that the Southern Thoracic is known for.

Highlights include:

  • Jeffery P. Jacobs, MD’s Presidential Address, “Y“;
  • President’s Invited Lecture by James A. Quintessenza, MD, “Decision Making in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery…The Rational or Irrational Basis for Why We Do What We Do“;
  • President’s Invited Keynote by Martin J. Elliott, MD, “Why BE a Cardiothoracic Surgeon…Nice Work If You Can Get It; A Life of Privilege”;
  • Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship by Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, “Education and Diversity in Cardiothoracic Surgery”;
  • Scientific oral presentations, debates, history presentations, and STSA/CTSNet surgical videos;
  • New this year, “Rapid Fire” abstract presentations;
  • New this year, electronic scientific posters will be featured in the meeting space foyer during the course of the meeting;
  • Subspecialty-specific breakout sessions including adult cardiac, thoracic, congenital, adult congenital and ECMO/transplant;
  • Attend the Postgraduate Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 6 which will kick-off the meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. Join in the informal Postgraduate Session titled “I Wish I Could Have Done That Case Over: Complex Case Presentations and Interactive Discussions about Patients Who Required Multiple Operations” to follow at 7:00 p.m. A light dinner and refreshments will be served.
  • The popular Dinner Gala will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 beginning with a reception at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner, awards and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.;
  • A concluding Postgraduate Breakfast Session on Saturday, Nov. 9 featuring talks on “Charity, Innovation and Quality” 

View the Meeting Program Outline

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

Reserve your room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach ResortA block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 7, 2019, 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/66thannual and click on the direct link to the Marriott reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at (800) 438-4373. 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.


STSA 66th Annual Meeting
This activity will be 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.

August 15, 2019 | By More

Upcoming Membership Application Deadline: September 15

New STSA members were recognized and welcomed at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting.

STSA represents more than 1,100 cardiothoracic surgeons throughout the country with a mission of supporting southern and southern-trained members of the cardiothoracic surgery community and their families in the pursuit of the highest quality patient care, education, scientific achievement, collegiality, and life balance. The small, intimate size of STSA and emphasis on collegiality sets it apart from other national organizations.

STSA is currently accepting membership applications for the following membership categories:

  • Active Membership
    For Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons who currently practice or have previously practiced cardiothoracic surgery 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
    For healthcare professionals working in the Southern region including, but not limited to, physician assistants, perfusionists, nurses, nurse practitioners, practice administrators, data managers and other health care professionals who support and work directly with cardiothoracic surgeons.
  • Candidate Membership
    For cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows matched or enrolled in a thoracic surgery educational program accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery under the authority of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that is within the Southern region. Individuals who have completed their cardiothoracic surgery residency in the Southern region and are in the process of acquiring certification in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery are eligible to apply for Candidate Membership.
  • Pre-Candidate Membership
    For medical students and general surgery residents enrolled at a program in the Southern region and interested in pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery.

Member benefits include reduced registration fees to attend the STSA Annual Meeting and leadership opportunities. If you’re already a member, please consider inviting your partners, CT surgery team members, and mentees to apply. If you are not a member yet, visit www.stsa.org/membership to learn more and download an application. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2019.

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

July 29, 2019 | By More

Read the latest issue: STSA News – Summer 2019

The Summer 2019 issue of STSA News is now available. This issue features:

  • A letter from STSA President, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD;
  • STSA membership recruitment information;
  • Highlights from the STSA 65th Annual Meeting;
  • Updates from the Program and Postgraduate Committees and;
  • 2019 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.

July 19, 2019 | By More

STSA Medical Student and Resident Scholarships Available

Applications Now Being Accepted

STSA is currently accepting applications for two scholarships available for medical students and general surgery residents training at an institution in the STSA region. Applications from students and residents training outside of the STSA region but who are nominated by a STSA member (Active or Senior) will also be considered.

Second, third, and fourth year medical students interested in pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery can apply for the STSA James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship.

General surgery residents pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery can apply for the STSA James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship.

Both awards are named for Jim Brooks, past president of the STSA and a great mentor to countless residents and students.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to attend the STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL, November 6-9, 2019;
  • A three-night hotel stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort;
  • Round-trip coach-class airfare to the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Meyers, FL;
  • Tickets to the President’s Mixer and Dinner Gala, where they will be recognized; and
  • An assigned STSA mentor to assist in planning a schedule of educational programming, answer questions, and facilitate introductions.

Interested applicants must apply online. In addition to completing an application form, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV, a letter of nomination from a STSA member (Active or Senior), and a letter of support from his or her medical institution dean or program director confirming permission to travel to the meeting in Florida. Visit www.stsa.org/awards to learn more and access the online applications.

The application deadline is July 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision in early September.


Medical students and general surgery residents are eligible for STSA Pre-Candidate
membership. Learn more and download an application at www.stsa.org/membership.

June 11, 2019 | By More

2 Days Left to Submit STSA 66th Annual Meeting Abstracts

LAST CALL for STSA 66th Annual Meeting Abstracts
stsa.org/abstracts
| Deadline: April 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association abstract submission deadline is Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The STSA 66th Annual Meeting will be held November 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL. If you started an abstract in the submission website and it is currently in draft mode, please complete and submit your abstract before the deadline. Abstracts in draft mode will not be considered.

Oral and video abstract submissions are accepted, and the submission categories include adult cardiac, congenital, and general thoracic, as well as history, surgical education, simulation and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications.

Access the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission website.

You may review the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission guidelines at the beginning of the submission process and prior to selecting your submission type. This website will appear different than the submission site from previous STSA Annual Meetings as STSA has migrated to a new submission module. The company now hosting the STSA abstract submission site also manages the STSA Annual Meeting CME evaluations and mobile application. If you have attended an STSA Annual Meeting in the past four years and/or have claimed CME credits, it is highly likely that you already have an account in the system. All existing account credentials have been reset. You may login with your e-mail address as the username and as the password. Passwords may be changed upon logging in. If you have changed institutions and no longer have access to your former e-mail address used for previous CME evaluations, you may create a new account.

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. In addition, 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.

Please direct any support questions regarding abstract submissions and account login credentials to STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

April 12, 2019 | By More

STSA 66th Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline Extended to April 14!

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association abstract submission deadline has been extended to Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The STSA 66th Annual Meeting will be held November 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL. If you started an abstract in the submission website and it is currently in draft mode, please complete and submit your abstract before the deadline. Abstracts in draft mode will not be considered.

Oral and video abstract submissions are accepted, and the submission categories include adult cardiac, congenital, and general thoracic, as well as history, surgical education, simulation and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications.

Access the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission website.

You may review the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission guidelines at the beginning of the submission process and prior to selecting your submission type. This website will appear different than the submission site from previous STSA Annual Meetings as STSA has migrated to a new submission module. The company now hosting the STSA abstract submission site also manages the STSA Annual Meeting CME evaluations and mobile application. If you have attended an STSA Annual Meeting in the past four years and/or have claimed CME credits, it is highly likely that you already have an account in the system. All existing account credentials have been reset. You may login with your e-mail address as the username and as the password. Passwords may be changed upon logging in. If you have changed institutions and no longer have access to your former e-mail address used for previous CME evaluations, you may create a new account.

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. In addition, 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.

Please direct any support questions regarding abstract submissions and account login credentials to STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

April 5, 2019 | By More

Last Week to Submit Abstracts for the 2019 STSA 66th Annual Meeting

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association abstract submission deadline is less than one week away! The STSA 66th Annual Meeting will be held November 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL. The deadline to submit abstracts is Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you started an abstract in the submission website and it is currently in draft mode, please complete and submit your abstract before the deadline. Abstracts in draft mode will not be considered.

Oral and video abstract submissions are accepted, and the submission categories include adult cardiac, congenital, and general thoracic, as well as history, surgical education, simulation and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications.

Access the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission website.

You may review the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission guidelines at the beginning of the submission process and prior to selecting your submission type. This website will appear different than the submission site from previous STSA Annual Meetings as STSA has migrated to a new submission module. The company now hosting the STSA abstract submission site also manages the STSA Annual Meeting CME evaluations and mobile application. If you have attended an STSA Annual Meeting in the past four years and/or have claimed CME credits, it is highly likely that you already have an account in the system. All existing account credentials have been reset. You may login with your e-mail address as the username and as the password. Passwords may be changed upon logging in. If you have changed institutions and no longer have access to your former e-mail address used for previous CME evaluations, you may create a new account.

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. In addition, 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.

Please direct any support questions regarding abstract submissions and account login credentials to STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892

April 3, 2019 | By More

Coach Lou Holtz’s Lecture at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting Now Available Online

STSA 65th Annual Meeting Banner

Coach Lou Holtz’s Lecture Now Available Online

Thank you to everyone who joined STSA at its 65th Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, FL this past November. President’s Invited Lecturer, Coach Lou Holtz’s talk titled Reflections on Leadership is now available online.

Listen to Coach Lou Holtz’s lecture, Reflections on Leadership.

Additional 65th Annual Meeting Content Available Online:

Mark your calendar for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting, November 6-9, 2019, at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL! Abstracts are being accepted through April 7, 11:59 PM EST. Review additional information here.


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 Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

March 19, 2019 | By More