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STSA 67th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

STSA 67th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts | April 5 Deadline

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association is pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the STSA 67th Annual Meeting. The STSA 67th Annual Meeting will be held November 4-7, 2020 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando™ in Orlando, FL. The deadline to submit abstracts is Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Oral, video, history (oral), oral/poster, and poster only abstract submissions are being accepted. The submission categories include adult cardiac, congenital, and general thoracic, as well as surgical education, simulation and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications.

Access the STSA 67th Annual Meeting abstract submission website.

You may review the STSA 67th Annual Meeting abstract submission guidelines at the beginning of the submission process and prior to selecting your submission type. Of important note, STSA requires that all abstract authors (primary and co-authors) submit their commercial and financial disclosure information by the abstract submission deadline of April 5, 2020.  Co-authors may login and complete their personal commercial relationship form. Only one form is required per author for the meeting.

The 2020 abstract submission website is hosted by the same company STSA used last year. You may use the login credentials you set up during your abstract submission in 2019. It is also the same provider STSA uses for CME evaluations and the mobile application. If you have attended a STSA Annual Meeting in the past five years and claimed CME credits, you may already have an account within the system. If you do not retain your account information, please use the reset password link first to assist with the prevention of creating duplicate accounts. If your e-mail address is found within the system, an e-mail will be sent to you with further instructions. If not, please create a new account.

If you have attended a 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. The STSA Annual Meeting continues to be an exceptional forum for disseminating your work to the entire field of cardiothoracic surgery.

Abstracts accepted to the Annual Meeting for oral presentation are required to submit a manuscript for publication consideration in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. During the abstract submission process, authors may indicate if they wish to request a waiver from submitting their manuscript to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Requests will be reviewed during the STSA Program Committee Meeting in May. Subsequent requests will not be considered.

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

February 10, 2020 | By More

Congratulations to STSA’s 2019 Scholarship and Award Winners

At this year’s STSA 66th Annual Meeting, the following individuals were recognized at the Dinner Gala held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Please join STSA members in congratulating this year’s award and scholarship recipients.

Clifford van Meter President’s Award
Eric Charles, MD |University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Patient-Reported Outcomes at One Year Define Successful Cardiac Surgery

Carolyn Reed President’s Award
Zhizhou Yang, MD | Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Nighttime Operation is Associated With Adverse Outcomes After Lung Transplantation

George R. Daicoff President’s Award
Tom Hoel, MD |Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome – Twenty Years Follow-up in Norway

STSA Inspiration Award
Charles Fraser, MD

Francis Robicsek, MD

Tiki Award
Jeffrey Jacobs, MD | Saint Petersburg, FL

Osler Abbott Award
Carl Backer, MD
| Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship
Robert S. D. Higgins, MD |
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Hawley H. Seiler Resident’s Award
Navin Vigneshwar, MD
| University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
Clinical Predictors of In-Hospital Mortality in Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Patients With Refractory Cardiogenic Shock

Harold Urschel History Lectureship
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD

Mavroudis-Urschel Award
Robert Cerfolio, MD
| NYU Langone Health, New York City, NY

James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship
Nicholas Goel
|University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Samantha Halpern | Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Selena Li | Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA
Phillip Mackie | University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship
Eric Etchill, MD
| Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
C. Corbin Frye, MD | Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Gregory Leya, MD | Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Rodrigo Zea Vera, MD | Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

For a narrative of each award and a list of past recipients, please visit

December 6, 2019 | By More

STSA 66th Annual Meeting Program Book Available + Scientific Session Highlights

The countdown begins! STSA President, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD along with STSA Program Committee Co-Chairs, Joseph A. Dearani, MD and Daniela Molena, MD encourage you to join STSA at its 66th Annual Meeting in Marco Island, FL, November 6-9, 2019.

The STSA 66th Annual Meeting Program Book is now available. Of important note, STSA has added scientific e-Posters as supplemental education into this year’s Annual Meeting. Join us on Wednesday, November 6, for a casual evening of networking and complex case presentations which will kick off the meeting at 7:00 pm. A Postgraduate Welcome Reception immediately precedes this session beginning at 6:00 pm in the Calusa Ballroom Foyer.

Review the Program Book for a complete schedule of scientific programming. Please be advised there have been minor changes to the educational program which include modifications to speakers and assigned discussants since the Program Book has been finalized. All changes will be reflected in the STSA Mobile Application which will be available in the coming days and on site during the meeting. Live updates will be applied to the app as needed on site.

Highlights include:

  • Wednesday night’s casual Postgraduate Session titled “I Wish I Could Have Done That Case Over”;
  • The Harold Urschel History Lectureship presented by W. Randolph Chitwood, MD;
  • President’s Invited Lecturer and Keynote Speakers, James A. Quintessenza, MD and Martin J. Elliott, MD;
  • Scientific Sessions scheduled for Thursday and Friday will include oral presentations and STSA/CTSNet surgical videos  selected by the Program Committee;
  • Concurrent subspecialty breakouts include Adult Cardiac, Thoracic, Congenital, Adult Congenital, and ECMO/ Transplant;
  • A special session on Friday morning titled: DIVERSITY, HISTORY, and ADVOCACY featuring talks from Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, Constantine Mavroudis, MD, Keith Naunheim, MD and John E. Mayer, MD.
  • Scientific e-Posters in the meeting foyer on Thursday and Friday;
  • A concluding Postgraduate Session on Saturday, November 9, will feature a plenary session titled: CHARITY, INNOVATION, and QUALITY. Featured speakers include Joseph A. Dearani, MD, Duke E. Cameron, MD and David M. Shahian, MD.

If you have not registered, registration will be available on site at the Annual Meeting in Marco Island, FL. For housing, please contact the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort to check availability at 800.438.4373. If there is no availability at the Marriott, please check room availability at the following hotel located .4 miles from the JW Marriott. (Please note that STSA will not be providing transportation between the JW Marriott and the Hilton.)

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
560 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145

We hope to see you in Marco Island.


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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.

October 24, 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 to register and learn more about this year’s STSA Annual Meeting.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at 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 Members Receive TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Fellowship Awards

STSA congratulates members, Elizabeth David, MD, and Daniela Molena, MD on receiving 2016 TSF/WTS Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Awards.

Reed Recipients

Elizabeth David, MD (left) and Daniela Molena, MD (right) moderated a thoracic surgery breakout session in Orlando on November 7 during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting.

This Fellowship was established by Women in Thoracic Surgery and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation in 2013 in memory of Carolyn E. Reed, MD. Dr. Reed served as STSA Secretary/Treasurer from 1999-2002. She was elected the first woman STSA President in November 2006, and her Presidential year concluded at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, FL in November 2007. Dr. Reed was a successful thoracic surgeon, researcher, and educator; she was a beloved member of STSA and played an integral role in propagating the Southern Thoracic and the specialty throughout her career. Dr. Reed passed away in November 2012.

Past President Reed

John Hammon, MD (STSA Past President, 2007-08) presented Carolyn Reed, MD with her STSA Presidential plaque in November 2007 at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting.

The TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship funds a clinically established woman thoracic surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology. With a burgeoning field of surgical technology, many surgeons seek an opportunity to gain new experiences and return home with innovations and collaborations. As she was the consummate educator, the leaders of both WTS and TSF deemed it most appropriate to establish this initiative in honor of Dr. Reed.

Dr. Elizabeth David received funding for her project titled “Mixed-methods Experimental Design and Data Analysis at the University of Wisconsin” in the amount of $6,750.

Dr. Daniela Molena received funding for her project titled “Learn Endoscopic Assessment Tools, Ablation, Resection of Early Stage Tumors, Submucosal Dissection and Peroral Endoscopy Myotomy (POEM) Skills at The Oregon Clinic” in the amount of $10,000.

Click here to view additional information about TSF awards programs and recipients.


February 5, 2016 | By More

Videos Posted: Aspects of Lung Cancer Screening

The Postgraduate Program Expert Panel on Lung Cancer Screening took place on November 6, 2014

Richard Freeman, MD (left) and John Howington, MD participated in the 2014 Postgraduate Program expert panel on lung cancer screening at academic and non-academic institutions.

STSA partnered with CTSNet to create and share select video presentations from the STSA 61st Annual Meeting with the CT surgery community online. The 61st Annual Meeting took place November 5-8, 2014 in Tucson, AZ.

Video of the November 6, 2014 Postgraduate Program expert talks on lung cancer screening at academic and non-academic institutions is now available. In these videos, two experts address lung cancer screening. Richard Freeman, MD of St. Vincent’s Health and Hospital System/Indiana Heart Institute, Indiana, discusses the rationale and best practices for lung cancer screening. John Howington, MD of Northshore University HealthSystem, Illinois, discusses the management of pulmonary nodules.

The presentations’ learning objectives include:

  • Comprehend the scientific foundation of CT screening for lung cancer.
  • Identify the currently accepted patient selection criteria for CT lung cancer screening.
  • Have a working knowledge of evidence-based follow-up for patients undergoing CT screening found to have an abnormality.

View the STSA Expert Panel Talks on Aspects of Lung Cancer Screening:

Rationale and Best Practices, Richard Freeman, MD

Pulmonary Nodule Management, John Howington, MD

The 2015 STSA Postgraduate Program will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in conjunction with the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. View the full lineup of 2015 talks and expert faculty.

June 4, 2015 | By More