STSA’s Top-Notch Postgraduate Program at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting

August 22, 2018 | By More

STSA is excited to announce that Wednesday night programming has been reincorporated into the STSA 65th Annual Meeting schedule. The 2018 Postgraduate Program has been broken out into two interactive educational sessions for the upcoming Annual Meeting in November.

Join us on Wednesday evening, November 7, for a casual welcome reception and informal dinner featuring wings, pizza and refreshments 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:

Adult Cardiac: Complicated Endocarditis: Timing, Approaches and Creative Techniques
Dr. Bradley Leshnower, Emory University
Dr. Tomas Martin, Florida Hospital Orlando​​
Management of Esophageal Perforation: Stent or Primary Repair?
Dr. Richard Freeman, St. Vincent’s Health and Hospital System
Dr. Allan Pickens, Emory University
Thoracic: Complex Lung Resections: Does Approach Matter?
(Video-assisted thoracic surgery [VATS] and Robot-assisted thoracic surgery [RATS])
Dr. M. Blair Marshall, Georgetown University Hospital
Dr. Daniela Molena, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
​TAVR: Sometimes the Simple Becomes Complicated…Lessons Learned and Pitfalls to Avoid
Dr. Vinod Thourani, Medstar Heart and Vascular Institute
Dr. Michael Reardon, Methodist DeBaket Heart & Vascular Center

The Postgraduate Program will host its second session on Saturday morning, November 10, beginning with a light grab n’ go breakfast to fuel your morning. With a theme of “The Past, Present and Future,” Dr. Wayne Sotile will discuss the topic of physician resilience. Dr. Sotile is a pioneer in the fields of health psychology, resilience and work/life balance for high performing individuals. He is one of the world’s most seasoned clinicians specializing in life coaching for physicians. Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend this special presentation. More information about Dr. Sotile can be found at

Following Dr. Sotile’s presentation, the Postgraduate Program will feature another living legend in cardiothoracic surgery. This year’s spotlight will be on Dr. Alec Patterson from Washington University School of Medicine interviewed by Dr. Daniel Miller from WellStar Health System. Dr. Patterson has served as associate editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the American Journal of Transplantation and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is currently Editor in Chief of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He is the author of 470 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 75 book chapters. His current interests focus on general thoracic surgery and lung transplantation.

To close the program, Dr. David M. Shahian from Massachusetts General Hospital, will deliver a special presentation on surgeon performance metrics. Historically, STS has provided feedback to providers on performance at the hospital or program level, which they have the option of reporting publicly if they wish. However, many commercial organizations and some state agencies are publishing both hospital and surgeon-level results, sometimes based on suboptimal data or methodologies. Dr. Shahian will address a number of challenging issues surrounding surgeon-level reporting including should all surgeons be provided with their individual outcomes, whether or not they choose to make these public? If cardiothoracic surgery is a team sport, why do surgeon results matter? Do we have an accurate, reliable way to measure surgeon performance in adult cardiac surgery? What if my Department or Division chair wants to see my results?

Be sure to join us on both Wednesday, November 7 and Saturday, November 10 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.

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