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STSA 65th Annual Meeting Content Available Online

Thank you to everyone who joined STSA at its 65th Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, FL last month. Even if you weren’t able to attend in person, you can now access select 65th Annual Meeting content online.

Mark your calendar now for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL!


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.

December 20, 2018 | By More

Dan Miller Named 2018 STSA Mavroudis Urschel Award Recipient

Dr. Dan Miller proudly accepts the Mavroudis-Urschel Award at the Dinner Gala.

The Mavroudis-Urschel Award was established in 2006 to recognize and honor an STSA member who made important contributions to the STSA scientific program and uniquely personified the social spirit, camaraderie, and fun for which the STSA is famous. The Award is named for STSA Past Presidents Constantine “Gus” Mavroudis and Harold Urschel, who both contributed significantly to STSA.

Daniel L. Miller, MD received the 2018 STSA Mavroudis Urschel Award at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting, in Amelia Island, FL.

Dr. Miller has held various leadership positions with STSA, including serving on the Program Committee and the Postgraduate Committee. Most notably, he has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the past four years. He has enthusiastically supported the STSA Annual Meeting, year after year, whether it be as a speaker, moderator, or interviewer. He has demonstrated to be a dedicated member of STSA, and encouraged others to participate. Through the Mavroudis Urschel Award, STSA recognizes Dr. Miller’s significant contributions to the association.

The Award was presented during the Dinner Gala by the then President, Dr. Kevin Accola, at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting on November 9, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida. View a list of past Mavroudis-Urschel Award recipients at www.stsa.org/awards.

December 7, 2018 | By More

Walter Wolfe and Gordon Murray Named 2018 STSA Inspiration Award Recipients

The STSA Inspiration Award was established in 2007 to recognize the important contribution of mentorship to the specialty and the organization, and to encourage upcoming generations of CT surgeons by helping to cultivate mentors worthy of emulation.

The Award is given to the STSA member who has demonstrated exceptional efforts in motivating, inspiring, and cultivating the clinical and research talents of medical students, residents and/or early career CT surgeons. Nominations are submitted in writing to the President, to be considered for presentation at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting. The award is given at the discretion of the President in consultation with the Council. Drs. Walter Wolfe and Gordon Murray were named the 2018 Inspiration Award recipients at this year’s Dinner Gala.

 

Dr. Judson Williams accepts the award on behalf of Dr. Walter Wolfe.

Dr. Walter Wolfe has been a long-time Member of STSA. Nomination letters regarded his sage advice in or out of the operating room as always profound, and noted that he can always be counted on to “do the right thing”. Unable to accept the award at the Dinner Gala, he sent a kind note remarking that he was honored and humbled by this recognition.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition. I am so sorry that I cannot be there. My joy in life was training residents in surgery. I was unaware of the impact I had but am so grateful to know this at this stage in my life. I am blessed to have been a small part of the training of so many talented and gifted surgeons while being a faculty member at Duke. It was my privilege and my blessing. Your friendships are treasured.”

 

Dr. Gordon Murray’s family proudly accepted the award on his behalf.

Dr. Gordon Murray who passed on May 21, 2018, was President of STSA in 1993, and a valued colleague to all members of STSA. Dr. Kevin Accola presented the award and said of Dr. Murray, “His recent passing saddened us all as he will be remembered as a sincere friend and a consummate gentlemen. I am humbled to present this award to Dr. Gordon Murray in honor of his memory, and we’re so pleased his family could be with us this evening”. Mrs. Murray attended the Dinner Gala and was escorted by Drs. Vinay Badwar and David Jones to the stage to accept the Award on behalf of her late-husband.

 

The Awards were presented during the Dinner Gala by the then President, Dr. Kevin Accola, at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting on November 9, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida. View a list of past Inspiration Award recipients at www.stsa.org/awards.

December 4, 2018 | By More

Congratulations to STSA’s 2018 Scholarship and Award Winners

At this year’s STSA 65th Annual Meeting, the following individuals were recognized at the Dinner Gala held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Please join STSA members in congratulating this year’s award and scholarship recipients.

Clifford van Meter President’s Award
Melissa Levack, MD | Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Permanent Pacemaker Implantation after Aortic Valve Replacement

Carolyn Reed President’s Award
Tamar Nobel, MD
| Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Optimal Surveillance for Node Negative Early Stage Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Following Esophagectomy

George R. Daicoff President’s Award
Jeff Jacobs, MD | Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Saint Petersburg, FL
The Importance of Noncardiac Congenital Disease: Refining The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD) Mortality Risk Model With Enhanced Adjustment for Chromosomal Abnormalities, Syndromes, and Noncardiac Congenital Anatomic Abnormalities

Tiki Award
William A. Baumgartner, MD | Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Osler Abbott Award
David R. Jones, MD
|Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Hawley H. Seiler Resident’s Award
Tessa Watt, MD
| University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Does Mitral Valve Repair Restore Normal Life Expectancy?

Mavroudis-Urschel Award
Daniel L. Miller, MD
| WellStar Health System, Marietta, GA

Robert M. Sade Ethics Lecture
The Ethics Debate is a wonderful component of the STSA Annual Meeting each year. In honor of Dr. Robert M. Sade’s contributions to these outstanding ethics debates, the annual event has been named the Robert M. Sade Ethics Lecture.

STSA Inspiration Award
Walter Wolfe, MD
Gordon Murray, MD

James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship
Walker M. Blanding
| Medical University of South Carolina, Mt. Pleasant, SC
William C. Frankel | Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Shawn M. Shah | University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship
Alexander P. Kossar, MD
| Upstate University Medical Center, Suffern, NY

For a narrative of each award and a list of past recipients, please visit stsa.org/awards.

November 28, 2018 | By More

STSA Members Elect Dr. Jeff Jacobs as President

STSA members elected Jeff Jacobs, MD, as the next President of STSA at its annual Business Meeting held on November 9, 2018.

Council Chair, Dr. Kevin Accola, hands the gavel to the new STSA President, Dr. Jeff Jacobs.

Dr. Jacobs has been active with STSA for several years, serving on the Finance Committee, as Chair of the Program Committee, and as Vice President. Dr. Jacobs is Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute in St. Petersburgh, FL.

Join your fellow members for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting, November 6-9, 2019 in Marco Island, FL, where Dr. Jacobs will present his Presidential Address.

November 26, 2018 | By More

Application Deadline Extended until September 24/ Help Recruit New STSA Members

STSA Membership Application Deadline Extended Until September 24
Help Recruit New STSA Members!

Dear Member,

STSA is currently accepting applications for Active, Associate, Candidate and Pre-Candidate Membership. The application deadline, previously scheduled for Saturday, September 15 has been extended until Monday, September 24.

Help STSA grow by encouraging your colleagues, mentees and CT surgery team members to submit an application to STSA membership. Offer to write a letter of nomination as a member sponsor.

Here are the available STSA membership categories:

  • Active Membership is available for Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons who currently practice or have previously practiced in the Southern region 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 is available for interdisciplinary care professionals working on a cardiothoracic surgery team in the Southern region.
  • Candidate Membership is available for cardiothoracic surgery residents training at an institution in the Southern region.
  • Pre-Candidate Membership is available for general surgery residents and medical students interested in pursuing cardiothoracic surgery and training in the Southern region.
  • Please contact the STSA Heaining at an institution in the Southern region.

Click here to see a map of the states/territories which are considered part of the STSA region.

Applications are available at www.stsa.org/becomeamember/.

Please contact the STSA headquarters office at 312.202.5892 or stsa@stsa.org with questions.

Sincerely,

STSA Membership Committee Members
Edward Savage, MD, Committee Chair
James Gangemi, MD
W. Brent Keeling, MD
Andrew Lodge, MD

September 14, 2018 | By More

Help Recruit New STSA Members!

STSA Membership Applications Due September 15

STSA is currently accepting applications for Active, Associate, Candidate and Pre-Candidate Membership.

Help STSA grow by encouraging your colleagues, mentees and CT surgery team members to submit an application to STSA membership. Offer to write a letter of nomination as a member sponsor.

Here are the available STSA membership categories:

  • Active Membership is available for Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons who currently practice or have previously practiced in the Southern region 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 is available for interdisciplinary care professionals working on a cardiothoracic surgery team in the Southern region.
  • Candidate Membership is available for cardiothoracic surgery residents training at an institution in the Southern region.
  • Pre-Candidate Membership is available for general surgery residents and medical students interested in pursuing cardiothoracic surgery and training at an institution in the Southern region.

Click here to see a map of the states/territories considered part of the Southern region.

Applications are available at www.stsa.org/membership. The deadline to apply is September 15.

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

August 9, 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

Members Appointed to STSA Leadership Committee Positions

More than 60 STSA members participated in the 2017 self-nomination process. Thank you to everyone who nominated themselves to be considered for an STSA Committee leadership position.

Six members were selected to serve on the Program, Postgraduate, Membership, and Scholarship Committees. The newly appointed Committee leaders are as follows:

  • Program Committee Appointments:
    • Joseph A. Dearani, MD, Rochester, MN
    • Daniela Molena, MD, New York, NY
  • Postgraduate Committee Appointments:
    • Matthew Bott, MD, New York, NY
    • Ahmet Kilic, MD, Columbus, OH
  • Membership Committee Appointments:
    • James J. Gangemi, MD, Charlottesville, VA
  • Brooks Scholarship Committee Appointments:
    • Min Kim, MD, Houston, TX

Appointees will serve three- to four-year terms; they will assume to role of Committee Chair/Co-chair in the final year of their term. Committee Chairs/Co-chairs attend STSA Council Meetings and assist in the overall management of the Association.

STSA Executive Council Members attended a Council Meeting on November 9, 2016 in conjunction with the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting.

STSA will accept nominations for 2018 Committee leadership position vacancies in December 2017.

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

March 7, 2017 | By More

STSA Welcomes 56 New Members

STSA membership voted to confirm the applications for 56 new Active, Associate, Candidate and Pre-Candidate members during the November 11, 2016 Annual Business Meeting. STSA gratefully acknowledges the Membership Committee’s work in recruiting and reviewing applications over the past year. Chaired by James Robert Headrick, MD, 2016 Membership Committee Members also included Edward Chen, MD; Andrew Lodge, MD; and Edward Savage, MD.

The deadline to submit application materials for consideration at the November 2017 Business Meeting is September 15, 2017.

Learn more about STSA member categories and download an application:

Active Members

  • Raed M. Alnajjar, MD
  • Brett Beecher, MD
  • Donnell K. Bowen, DO
  • Stephen R. Broderick, MD
  • Lisa M. Brown, MD, MAS
  • Errol L. Bush, MD
  • Wilson Monroe Clements, MD
  • David C. Cleveland, MD, MBA
  • William C. Conner, MD
  • Matthew R. Danter, MD, FRCSC
  • David A. Fullerton, MD
  • Dawn L. Hui, MD
  • Robert J. Keenan, MD
  • TK Susheel Kumar, MD
  • Lawrence Lee, MD
  • Virginia Litle, MD
  • Jenifer L. Marks, MD
  • HelenMari Merritt Genore, DO
  • Raghav Murthy, MD
  • Alykhan S. Nagji, MD
  • Soumya R. Neravetla, MD
  • Brian L. Pettiford, MD
  • J. Matthew Reinersman, MD
  • Sameh Said, MD
  • Gary S. Schwartz, MD
  • John H. Storey, MD
  • Benjamin Wei, MD
  • Derek E. Williams, MD
  • Leora T. Yarboro, MD

Associate Members

  • Michael Lapp, PA-C
  • Michael Loga, MSN-FNP
  • Nathan Woody, FNP-C

Candidate Members

  • Michael Archer, DO
  • Gautam Bhatia, MD
  • Alejandro Bribriesco, MD
  • Nels Carrol, MD
  • Tessa Cartwright, MD, MPH
  • Julie Doberne, MD, PhD
  • John Evans, MD
  • Meredith Harrison, MD
  • Matt Johnston, MD
  • Christopher Lawrance, MD
  • Bradley Lenoir, MD, MBA
  • Giovanni Piovesana, MD
  • Joshua Rosenblum, MD, PhD
  • Raina Sinha, MD, MPH
  • William Smith, DO
  • John Stringham, MD
  • Luis Velazco, MD
  • Brittany Zwischenberger, MD

Pre-Candidate Members

  • Hasina Maredia
  • Adishesh Narahari
  • Joshua Parreco
  • Benjamin Smood
  • Stanley Wolfe
  • Sara-Catherine Zingg

Congratulations and welcome to all of STSA’s newest members! Contact STSA Headquarters with questions about membership at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892.

February 16, 2017 | By More