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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

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

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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

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

Featured Speakers at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting

STSA is excited to host a wonderful line of speakers, both guests and colleagues, at this year’s STSA 65th Annual Meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL on November 7-10, 2018.

This year’s meeting will feature the following speakers:

  • President’s Invited Lecturer – Reflections on Leadership by sports legend, Coach Lou Holtz

Coach Lou Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. He is the only coach in the history of college football to:

1) Take 6 different teams to a bowl game
2) Win 5 bowl games with different teams
3) To have 4 different college teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll

For many years, Coach has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. He speaks on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them. He has built a reputation as a motivator, a demanding disciplinarian, and someone who relishes challenges and hard work. Join us for this interactive presentation on Thursday morning.

  • On Friday afternoon, Jerrold H. Levy, Professor of Anesthesiology from Duke University Hospital, will discuss how to manage the new anticoagulants from a surgical perspective.
  • During the Saturday morning Postgraduate Breakfast Session titled: “The Past, Present and Future,” STSA will feature invited guest, Wayne Sotile, discussing the topic of Physician Resilience.

Dr. Sotile is a pioneer in the fields of health psychology, resilience and work/life balance for high performing individuals. He is one of the world’s most seasoned clinicians specializing in life coaching for physicians. Dr. Sotile’s solution-focused life coaching process emphasizes practical applications of evidence-based findings from the combined fields of resilience, positive psychology, marriage/family systems, and adult developmental psychology. Attendees and their spouses and guests are encouraged to attend this special presentation on Saturday morning at the Postgraduate Course.

  • Following Dr. Sotile’s presentation, the Postgraduate Program will feature another living legend in cardiothoracic surgery. This year’s spotlight will be on Alec Patterson from Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Closing the program, David M. Shahian from Massachusetts General Hospital, will deliver a special presentation discussing the trending topic of “Surgeon Performance Metrics: Why, What, and When?”

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear these educational presentations from the selected individuals. See the full list of educational sessions in the Advance Program.

Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting today! Register online or download a printable registration form.

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.

STSA 65th 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 14, 2018 | By More

Read the Latest Issue: STSA News – Spring 2018

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

  • A letter from STSA President, Kevin D. Accola, MD
  • STSA membership recruitment information
  • Highlights from the STSA 64th Annual Meeting
  • 2018 awards and scholarship opportunities
  • Updates from the Program and Postgraduate Committees and
  • 2018 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.

June 20, 2018 | By More

Robert Bartlett’s STSA 2015 ECMO Talk Deemed Superb by Meeting Attendees

Robert Bartlett, MD

Robert Bartlett, MD presented the talk “ECMO: Past, Present and Future” at STSA 2015 on Nov. 5, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

Robert Bartlett, MD, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, presented an informative talk on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting in Orlando on November 5, 2015.

Dr. Bartlett’s 2015 Postgraduate Program talk was one of the highest rated presentations of the entire STSA 62nd Annual Meeting. Meeting attendees provided the following comments on their meeting evaluations:

  • “Bartlett offers excellent insight into the past and future of ECMO applications.”
  • “Dr. Bartlett was superb!”
  • “Loved the addition of Dr. Bartlett to the program.”
  • “Dr. Bartlett is a wonderful pioneer.”

Video of this talk is now available on CTSNet.

ECMO: Past, Present, and Future

The 2016 STSA Postgraduate Program will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Meeting. An agenda will be available in the coming weeks.

March 25, 2016 | By More

Glenn Whitman to Present at STSA on Thoracic Surgeon’s Role in the ICU

Glenn J.R. Whitman, MD

Glenn J.R. Whitman, MD (STSA 2015 Postgraduate Program Invited Speaker)

Glenn J.R. Whitman, MD will deliver an invited talk during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program on Thursday, November 5, 10:50 am-11:20 am. His talk, titled “Role of the Thoracic Surgeon in the ICU,” will address the importance of multidisciplinary rounds in the intensive care unit and factors that affect performance improvement in the clinical setting, including organizational structure and defining metrics that can be used to improve quality.

“It has become apparent that fulltime intensivists can decrease mortality and morbidity,” says Dr. Whitman. The purpose of this presentation is to address the important features of intensive care that have been shown to improve outcomes in the postoperative treatment of cardiac surgery patients.

STSA Annual Meeting participants who attend Dr. Whitman’s talk will learn:

  • What conditions are necessary for successful, high-quality, and efficient delivery of intensive care in the postoperative setting;
  • The benefits associated with multidisciplinary rounds and involvement of the bedside nurse;
  • The importance of clinical pathways, and the methodology underlying performance improvement; and
  • How to structure a quality assurance program.

Dr. Whitman currently serves as Director of Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Adult Heart Transplant and is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. There’s still time to make your plans to join STSA in Disney this year. Download an on-site registration form, review the full educational program, and learn about hotel options at www.stsa.org/62ndannual.

Learn more about the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program.

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

October 27, 2015 | By More

Tirone E. David, MD to Deliver STSA Special Session Talk

Tirone E. David, MD

Tirone E. David, MD (STSA 2015 Postgraduate Program Special Session Speaker)

Tirone E. David, MD of Toronto General Hospital will present the 2015 STSA Postgraduate Program Special Session talk on Thursday, November 5 from 11:20 am-12:00 pm.

Dr. David’s talk, titled “Lifelong Observations on Heart Valve Surgery,” is based on his more than 30 years of clinical practice and experience. Topics that Dr. David plans to discuss include functional anatomy of heart valves and their role in surgical treatment, comparative results of various devices used for heart surgery, and repair versus replacement for the treatment of heart valve disease. Dr. David will also examine operative mortality, morbidity, and long-term outcomes, as well as procedures that improve patients’ survival and functional recovery.

STSA 62nd Annual Meeting attendees who participate in this session will develop a better understanding of the effects that various cardiothoracic surgical procedures have on patient outcomes. Participants will learn to compare the outcomes presented with their own outcomes in order to determine if improvement is realistic.

A past president of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. David currently serves as professor and head of the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada. He is world-renown for his surgical skills and innovations.

Don’t miss Dr. David’s Special Session talk on Thursday, November 5 at 11:20 am. Register for the 62nd Annual Meeting online or download a printable registration form. The deadline to pre-register for the meeting is this Tuesday, October 13. After October 13, registration fees increase and attendees must register on-site.

Download the 62nd Annual Meeting Program Book to review the entire educational program and schedule of events. Visit www.stsa.org/62ndannual to learn more. Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872.

October 7, 2015 | By More

ECMO Expert, Robert H. Bartlett, MD, to Deliver Invited Talk at STSA on November 5

Robert H. Bartlett, MD

Robert H. Bartlett, MD (2015 STSA Postgraduate Program Invited Speaker)

Robert H. Bartlett, MD of Ann Arbor, MI will deliver an invited talk titled “ECMO – Past, Present, and Future” during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program on Thursday, November 5, 10:20 am-10:50 am, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Dr. Bartlett’s November 6 talk will review and update attendees about ECMO indications, techniques, and results in cardiac and pulmonary failure. Ample time will be provided for questions and open discussion.

Dr. Bartlett is renowned for his role in developing ECMO, a modified heart-lung machine used around the world for patients with acute heart or lung failure. He currently serves as Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Sections of General and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan. In addition to his contributions to the scientific advancement of CT surgery, a July 6, 2005 article published in The Ann Arbor News characterized Bartlett as “a brilliant surgeon and researcher who is simultaneously humble and compassionate.” Review Dr. Bartlett’s full biography, published by the University of Michigan Faculty Memoir Project.

Make your plans to attend Dr. Bartlett’s talk on November 5 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL!

Learn more about the 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program and the 2015 STSA Postgraduate Committee.

Contact STSA with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872.

October 5, 2015 | By More

John S. Ikonomidis, MD to Deliver 2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lecture

John S. Ikonomidis, MD

John S. Ikonomidis, MD (2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lecturer)

In honor of J. Kent Trinkle, MD’s (STSA President, 1981-82) remarkable dedication to student education, a cardiothoracic surgery Program Director is selected each year to discuss their training program during the STSA Annual Meeting General Session.

STSA President, John H. Calhoon, MD, selected John S. Ikonomidis, MD to deliver the 2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship during the upcoming STSA 62nd Annual Meeting. The 62nd Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The preregistration deadline is October 13.

Dr. Ikonomidis’ Kent Trinkle Education Lecture is titled “Integrating the Integrated Program: The MUSC Experience” and will take place on Friday, November 6 at 10:30 am in Grand Harbor Ballroom North.

Dr. Ikonomidis is currently the Horace G. Smithy Professor, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship was established in 1993. Previous lecturers include:

  • 1993 – Benson R. Wilcox, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1994 – George C. Kaiser, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1995 – J. Kent Trinkle, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1996 – Irving L. Kron, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1997 – William A. Baumgartner, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1998 – Donald C. Watson, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1999 – Fred A. Crawford, Jr., Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2000 – Robert A. Guyton, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2001 – Joel D. Cooper, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2002 – W. Steves Ring, Dallas, Texas
  • 2003 – Walter G. Wolfe, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2004 – Joseph Coselli, Houston, Texas
  • 2005 – Neal Kon, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2006 – Joe B. Putnam, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2007 – Walter H. Merrill, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2008 – Curtis Tribble, Gainsville, Florida
  • 2009 – Irving L. Kron, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 2010 – Michael R. Mill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2011 – John H. Calhoon, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2012 – Bartley P. Griffith, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2013 – Michael Argenziano , New York, New York
  • 2014 – Mark S. Slaugher, Lousiville, Kentucky

Make your plans now to attend Dr. Ikonomidis’ 2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lecture during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting General Session on Friday, November 6 at 10:30 am in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

September 28, 2015 | By More