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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

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

Compete for the 2019 Hawley H. Seiler Residents Award

Call for Abstracts & Hawley H. Seiler Residents Award Competition
stsa.org/abstracts | April 7 Deadline

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association is currently accepting abstracts for its upcoming 66th Annual Meeting, which will be held November 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL. Cardiothoracic and general surgery residents are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for the 2019 Hawley H. Seiler Residents Award Competition.

Named for STSA Past President and Founder, Hawley H. Seiler, MD, this award is presented annually to the resident who most excels in their manuscript and oral presentation at the STSA Annual Meeting. The 2019 Hawley H. Seiler Residents Award recipient will receive $500, a personalized plaque, and their name will be engraved on a permanent plaque to be displayed at future STSA Annual Meetings.The recipient will be announced at the 2019 Dinner Gala. Residents participating in the competition are eligible for reduced-price tickets to attend this event.

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.

The collegiality, fun, and scientific value of the STSA Annual Meeting are unmatched, and the Southern is an exceptional forum for disseminating your work. Oral abstract presentations are to be submitted for publication consideration in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. Should your abstract be selected for presentation, details outlining instructions for submitting your manuscript to the Annals of Thoracic Surgery will be provided at a later date.

The deadline to submit abstracts is April 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.

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

March 15, 2019 | By More

STSA 66th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

STSA 66th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
stsa.org/abstracts | April 7 Deadline

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association is pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting. 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.

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.

February 14, 2019 | By More

STSA 64th Annual Meeting Program Book Published

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting Program Book is now available online.

The Program Book includes a full schedule of events to take place November 8-11 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX. The book also includes paper presentation abstracts, a membership roster, exhibitor descriptions and booth numbers, information about Annual Meeting awards, and more.

The STSA Program and Postgraduate Committees put an enormous amount of effort into planning an exceptional educational program featuring presentations from some of the foremost cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. Social activities have been scheduled to provide opportunities for meeting attendees and their families to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of the Southern Thoracic community as well as the gorgeous grounds of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Learn more about social activities and purchase your family’s tickets today.

Early registration for the 64th Annual Meeting is available until October 18, 2017.

Learn more about the STSA 64th Annual Meeting at www.stsa.org/64thannual and contact STSA headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892 with questions.

October 13, 2017 | By More

Early Registration and Housing Deadline Extended for STSA 64th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting will take place November 8-11, 2017 at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, T

Don’t miss out! The STSA 64th Annual Meeting early registration and housing deadline is now extended until October 18, 2017.  Make your plans now to join STSA at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX, November 8-11, 2017.

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

After October 18, attendees can register for the meeting onsite at the host resort. There will be an additional $50 fee for attendees registering onsite.

A limited number of rooms are available at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa at a special group rate on a first-come, first-served basis. The STSA block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 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 hotel room online via the JW Marriott San Antonio reservation system or call the hotel reservations department at 877-622-3140. 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 64th Annual Meeting is packed with dynamic educational sessions and opportunities to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that the Southern Thoracic is known for.

  • The Annual Meeting Program Book is now available. Review the full educational line-up and Schedule of Events.
  • Make sure to register for social activities, including the golf outing and the Friday evening Awards Dinner.

Visit www.stsa.org/64thannual for all meeting-related information.

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

October 13, 2017 | By More

Register for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting will take place November 8-11, 2017 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX.

Registration for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting is now available.

  • Register for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting online. Log in to your STSA user account to register for the Annual Meeting. STSA members and previous STSA Annual Meeting attendees have an existing user account. Non-members and first-time STSA Annual Meeting attendees should create an account in order to register.
  • Download a printable registration form. Completed registration forms can be mailed with check payment to STSA, PO Box 809204, Chicago, IL 60680. If paying by credit card, please register online or fax your completed registration form to 773.289.0871.

Please note that STSA members may only register at the reduced member rate if 2017 membership dues have been paid in full. Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892 with questions about your membership or to submit a dues payment.

When registering for the meeting, be sure to secure your social activity tickets. The following activities will be available exclusively to STSA meeting registrants:

  • Annual Awards Dinner: Join fellow meeting attendees and their families for an evening of dining and entertainment at the always-memorable Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 10. Award presentations will be shortened to maximize time to socialize and enjoy your friends and family at the STSA. Children’s tickets are available.
  • Golf Outing: Participate in the 2017 STSA Golf Outing at TPC San Antonio on Saturday, November 11. Tee times begin at 1:00pm. A Peter Dye-crafted par-72 course sits on a great piece of land which provides panoramic views of an adjacent 700-acre nature preserve. The design, which measures more than 7,000 yards, is true to nature and to the flow of the land. The dramatic elevation changes and hill country views make this course not only challenging, but breathtaking as well. The Golf Outing is expected to sell-out; register early and in advance to secure your ticket.

Learn how to reserve your room at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, make dining reservations, and book tee times.

The Advance Program is now available. Click here to review all the educational sessions in detail.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions about STSA 64th Annual Meeting registration and housing by e-mailing stsa@stsa.org or calling 312.202.5892.

July 19, 2017 | By More

64th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting 2017 Abstract Submission
which will be held November 8-11, 2017 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX. The deadline to submit abstracts is Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Oral, video, and history abstracts will be accepted. Oral and video submission categories including the following:

  • Adult Cardiac
    • Aortic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Cardiac Transplantation/ VAD
    • Ischemic Heart Disease
    • Miscellaneous (Arrhythmias, Tumors, etc.)
    • Valvular
  • Congenital
    • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
    • Basic Science Research
    • Neonates and Children
  • General Thoracic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Esophageal Disease
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lung Transplantation
    • Miscellaneous
    • Other Lung
  • Surgical Education
  • Simulation and Team-Based Learning
  • Patient Safety
  • Lessons Learned from Intraoperative Complications

Residents submitting abstracts may select to participate in the 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Competition.  This award is bestowed upon the resident with the highest quality abstract, manuscript and oral presentation.

Learn more about the Hawley Seiler Competition and view a list of past award recipients.

The STSA Annual Meeting is the premier forum to disseminate information to the cardiothoracic surgery community. Accepted oral presentations are submitted for publication to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers.

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

February 16, 2017 | By More