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

September 6, 2019 | By More

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.

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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.

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