Candidate Membership

Candidate Membership is 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.

Annual membership dues are $50. Candidate Members may retain membership for up to three years following the completion of their thoracic surgery training. Candidate members who have been certified in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) may, upon written request to the Association and with a letter of recommendation from an Active member of STSA and approval of the Membership Committee and the Council, transition directly, with no initiation fee applied, to Active Membership.

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

Candidate Member Application Instructions:

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

2. Have your Program Director read the completed application, review the requirements, and sign the Program Director Verification portion of the application.

3. Mail or e-mail the completed application and a current version of your CV to the address below.

4. 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