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Read the latest issue: STSA News – Fall 2019

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

  • A letter from STSA President, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD;
  • Announcement of STSA Brooks Scholarship and WTS Carpenter Scholarship Recipients;
  • STSA 66th Annual Meeting Guest Speakers & Highlights;
  • New! E-Posters at the 66th Annual Meeting;
  • STS to Host Resident Jeopardy Competition;
  • JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort Activities & Entertainment 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.

October 9, 2019 | By More

Check Out STSA’s Top-Notch Postgraduate Program at the STSA 66th Annual Meeting

STSA’s Top-Notch Postgraduate Program at the STSA 66th Annual Meeting

Similar to last year’s STSA Annual Meeting, Wednesday night programming will be a part of the STSA 66th Annual Meeting schedule. The 2019 Postgraduate Program has been broken out into two interactive educational sessions for the upcoming Annual Meeting in November.

Join us on Wednesday evening, November 6, for a casual welcome reception and informal dinner to kick off the meeting. The first half of the STSA Postgraduate Program will showcase complex case presentations and interactive discussions from STSA experts; reflecting on “I Wish I Could Have Done That Case Over”. Featured speakers and presentation topics will include the following:

Cardiac Transplantation:

  • Cardiac Transplantation Case Presentation
    Carl L. Backer, MD
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Aortic Surgery:

  • Aortic Surgery Case Presentation Part 1
    Constantine Mavroudis, MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Tomas D. Martin, MD
    Florida Hospital
  • The Science Behind the Case
    Scott A. LeMaire, MD
    Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Heart Institute

Thoracic Surgery:

  • Thoracic Surgery with 3-Dimensional Modeling Case Presentation
    Shanda H. Blackmon, MD
    Mayo Clinic
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery Case Presentation
    Robert J. Cerfolio, MD
    NYU Langone Health
  • Esophageal Surgery Case Presentation
    Christine L. Lau, MD
    University of Virginia

Mitral Surgery:

  • Mitral Surgery Case Presentation 1
    Vinay Badhwar, MD
    West Virginia University
  • Mitral Surgery Case Presentation 2
    Vinod H. Thourani, MD
    MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute and Georgetown University
  • Mitral Surgery Case Presentation 3
    Kevin D. Accola, MD
    Cardiovascular Surgeons, P.A.

The Postgraduate Program will host its second session on Saturday morning, November 9, beginning with breakfast to fuel your morning. With a theme of “CHARITY, INNOVATION, and QUALITY,” Dr. Joseph A. Dearani from Mayo Clinic, will present Charitable Cardiothoracic Surgery. Congenital heart disease is a global problem. Although diagnosis and treatment for most or all congenital cardiac anomalies are currently available in many parts of the world, the majority of children suffering from these conditions do not receive adequate, if any, care. As we move into the future, it is essential for physicians/surgeons to be actively involved in political, economic, and social aspects of society in order to defend the interest of impoverished people around the world and have the greatest impact.

Following Dr. Dearani’s presentation, the Postgraduate Program will feature another living legend in cardiothoracic surgery. This year’s spotlight will be on Dr. Duke E. Cameron from Massachusetts General Hospital, interviewed by Dr. Marshall L. Jacobs from Johns Hopkins Cardiac Surgery, and Dr. Luca A. Vricella from the University of Chicago. Dr. Cameron is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Medical School. He completed his general surgery training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his cardiothoracic fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2017, where he now focuses on surgery for aortic and adult congenital heart disease. He has edited several textbooks in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery and authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers.

To close the program, Dr. David M. Shahian from Massachusetts General Hospital, will reflect on his four decade career in surgery and the contemporaneous changes that have transformed healthcare quality. This evolving quality landscape impacted each phase of his career—as a busy, clinical CT surgeon; developer of a new cardiac surgery program in a highly regulated state; department professor and chair; and hospital, state and national quality leader. Dr. Shahian will trace the development of surgical quality from periodic M&M conferences focused on individual adverse events, to contemporary feedback and voluntary public reporting of comprehensive, nationally benchmarked, risk-standardized composite measures for all major cardiothoracic procedures. He will emphasize the importance of clinical registries, scientifically valid risk models and performance measures, data-driven quality improvement, and outcomes transparency.

Be sure to join us on both Wednesday, November 6 and Saturday, November 9 for a Postgraduate Program complete with an array of didactic presentations that will encompass a number of trending topics in cardiothoracic surgery. Review the Advance Program for more details.

Visit stsa.org/66thannual/ to register and learn more about this year’s STSA 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.

September 18, 2019 | By More

STSA 66th Annual Meeting – Don’t miss the fun social events!

Take note of social activities at the STSA 66th Annual Meeting

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

  • Postgraduate Program Welcome Reception | Wednesday, Nov. 6 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: Complex Case Presentations Involving Patients that Required Multiple Operations and Interactive Discussions” at 7:00 pm. A light dinner and refreshments will be served. 
  • All Attendee Luncheon | Thursday, Nov. 7 at 12:00 pm. Dessert will be served in the Exhibit Hall from 1:30 pm-2:00 pm.
  • Residents Reception | Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Residents and medical students are encouraged to attend this event and network with leaders in their field.
  • President’s Mixer | Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Two complimentary tickets are included with registration. (Additional tickets may be purchased for $25.)
  • Early Practitioner’s Luncheon | Friday, Nov. 8 at 12:00 pm. Cardiothoracic surgeons in practice less than 10 years are invited to attend this luncheon to network with other early practitioners.
  • Dinner Gala* | Friday, Nov. 8 from 7:00-10:00 pm. Advance registration is recommended. A limited number of tickets will be sold on site. (Adult tickets are $125, Children’s tickets (ages 12 and below) are available at a reduced price of $40.)

*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 will provide easy listening during the dinner hour. Although black tie is always in fashion, you are welcome to wear cocktail attire.

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

Reserve your hotel room in one of the following ways:

  • Online via the JW Marriott reservation website
  • 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.

​Visit www.stsa.org/66thannual for additional meeting details.

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.

September 12, 2019 | By More

Don’t Miss These Notable Presentations at the STSA 66th Annual Meeting

STSA is enthused about its remarkable lineup of featured speakers, both guests and colleagues, scheduled to participate in this year’s STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL on November 6-9, 2019.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Harold Urschel History Lectureship Randolph Chitwood Jr., MD, Past President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, will present the Harold Urschel History Lectureship entitled: Max Brödel: Father of American Surgical Illustration Did He Help Make Cardiac Surgeons Famous?
  • President’s Invited LecturerDecision 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 KeynoteWhy 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.
  • Presidential AddressY, by Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD. STSA President, Dr. Jacobs was previously Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He served for 21 years as a cardiac surgeon at All Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jacobs will focus on the importance of FINDING and KNOWING our WHY!

Friday, November 8, 2019

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

  • DIVERSITY: Kent Trinkle LectureshipRobert S.D. Higgins, MD is Chief of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Higgins will present the Kent Trinkle Lectureship titled Education and Diversity in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Higgins will describe methods and strategies to ensure diversity among the cardiothoracic surgical workforce.
  • HISTORY: Constantine Mavroudis, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is Past President of The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and Past President of The Congenital Heart Surgeon’s Society. Dr. Mavroudis 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, Past President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Past President of The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and John E. Mayer, MD from Boston Children’s Hospital and Past President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 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.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

On Saturday morning, to close the STSA 66th Annual Meeting, the second half of the STSA Postgraduate Program will feature a plenary session titled: CHARITY, INNOVATION, and QUALITY.

  • CHARITY: Charitable Cardiothoracic SurgeryJoseph A. Dearani, MD, current Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and Professor of Surgery in the Mayo College of Medicine, will present Charitable Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dearani is current President of The Congenital Heart Surgeon’s Society and Vice President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

    Congenital heart disease is a global problem. Although diagnosis and treatment for most or all congenital cardiac anomalies are currently available in many parts of the world, the majority of children suffering from these conditions do not receive adequate, if any, care. As we move into the future, it is essential for physicians/surgeons to be actively involved in political, economic, and social aspects of society in order to defend the interest of impoverished people around the world and have the greatest impact.

  • INNOVATION: A Conversation with a Legend – The STSA Postgraduate Program will feature another living legend in cardiothoracic surgery. Duke E. Cameron, MD, Past President of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery, from Massachusetts General Hospital, will be interviewed by Marshall L. Jacobs, MD, Past President of The Congenital Heart Surgeon’s Society, from Johns Hopkins Cardiac Surgery and Luca A. Vricella, MD, current Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Chicago.

    Cameron is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Medical School. He completed his general surgery training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his cardiothoracic fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2017, where he now focuses on surgery for aortic and adult congenital heart disease. He has edited several textbooks in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery and authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers.

  • QUALITY: A Surgeon Reflects on the First Four Decades of the Quality EraDavid M. Shahian, MD, former Chair of the STS Workforce on National Databases, from Massachusetts General Hospital will present A Surgeon Reflects on the First Four Decades of the Quality Era.

    Dr. Shahian will reflect on his four decade career in surgery and the contemporaneous changes that have transformed healthcare quality. This evolving quality landscape impacted each phase of his career—as a busy, clinical CT surgeon; developer of a new cardiac surgery program in a highly regulated state; department professor and chair; and hospital, state and national quality leader. Dr. Shahian will trace the development of surgical quality from periodic M&M conferences focused on individual adverse events, to contemporary feedback and voluntary public reporting of comprehensive, nationally benchmarked, risk-standardized composite measures for all major cardiothoracic procedures. He will emphasize the importance of clinical registries, scientifically valid risk models and performance measures, data-driven quality improvement, and outcomes transparency.

The Advance Program is available online. 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.

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.

September 6, 2019 | By More

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