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STSA Pre-registration Deadline is Tomorrow, October 13

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7, 2015 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The deadline to pre-register for the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13. After tomorrow, registration fees will increase and attendees must register for the meeting and social activities on-site. The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Visit www.stsa.org/62ndannual to review the 62nd Annual Meeting educational program. Here you’ll also find instructions to secure a hotel room in Orlando at reduced group rates.

When registering for the 62nd Annual Meeting, be sure to secure your tickets to STSA social activities, such as the golf tournament, fishing tournament, and Saturday evening Awards Dinner & Dance. Learn more about social activities scheduled for STSA 62nd Annual Meeting attendees.

Make your plans now to join STSA in Walt Disney World® for one of the most exciting CT surgery educational events of the year!

Annual Meeting by the Numbers

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872.

October 12, 2015 | By More

Tirone E. David, MD to Deliver STSA Special Session Talk

Tirone E. David, MD

Tirone E. David, MD (STSA 2015 Postgraduate Program Special Session Speaker)

Tirone E. David, MD of Toronto General Hospital will present the 2015 STSA Postgraduate Program Special Session talk on Thursday, November 5 from 11:20 am-12:00 pm.

Dr. David’s talk, titled “Lifelong Observations on Heart Valve Surgery,” is based on his more than 30 years of clinical practice and experience. Topics that Dr. David plans to discuss include functional anatomy of heart valves and their role in surgical treatment, comparative results of various devices used for heart surgery, and repair versus replacement for the treatment of heart valve disease. Dr. David will also examine operative mortality, morbidity, and long-term outcomes, as well as procedures that improve patients’ survival and functional recovery.

STSA 62nd Annual Meeting attendees who participate in this session will develop a better understanding of the effects that various cardiothoracic surgical procedures have on patient outcomes. Participants will learn to compare the outcomes presented with their own outcomes in order to determine if improvement is realistic.

A past president of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. David currently serves as professor and head of the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada. He is world-renown for his surgical skills and innovations.

Don’t miss Dr. David’s Special Session talk on Thursday, November 5 at 11:20 am. Register for the 62nd Annual Meeting online or download a printable registration form. The deadline to pre-register for the meeting is this Tuesday, October 13. After October 13, registration fees increase and attendees must register on-site.

Download the 62nd Annual Meeting Program Book to review the entire educational program and schedule of events. Visit www.stsa.org/62ndannual to learn more. Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872.

October 7, 2015 | By More

October 6-12 Is National PA Week

#PAWEEK

Happy National PA Week! Physician Assistant (PA) Week takes place each year from October 6-12 and celebrates the profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants, there are more than 100,000 certified PAs in the U.S. and PAs are consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing professions. Furthermore, PAs were ranked the most promising job of 2015 by Forbes.com.

PAs are an integral part of the cardiothoracic surgery team, according to STSA Program Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Steve Yang.

“For over 25 years, our Physician Assistants have played a critical role in personalizing patient care, partnering with surgeons in and out of the OR, and training the next generation of CT surgeons and advanced practitioners. To them, we owe a great debt of gratitude and respect for their caring dedication in all medical specialties.”

Stephen C. Yang, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

STSA invites all PAs and fellow interdisciplinary care professionals to attend the upcoming 62nd Annual Meeting, November 4-7, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Reduced registration rates are available, and the deadline for early registration is October 13.

Interdisciplinary care professionals practicing in the Southern region may also join STSA as Associate Members. Learn more about STSA Associate Membership and download an application.

Contact STSA with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872.

Save the date: National Nurse Practitioners Week is coming up November 8-14!

October 6, 2015 | By More

ECMO Expert, Robert H. Bartlett, MD, to Deliver Invited Talk at STSA on November 5

Robert H. Bartlett, MD

Robert H. Bartlett, MD (2015 STSA Postgraduate Program Invited Speaker)

Robert H. Bartlett, MD of Ann Arbor, MI will deliver an invited talk titled “ECMO – Past, Present, and Future” during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program on Thursday, November 5, 10:20 am-10:50 am, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Dr. Bartlett’s November 6 talk will review and update attendees about ECMO indications, techniques, and results in cardiac and pulmonary failure. Ample time will be provided for questions and open discussion.

Dr. Bartlett is renowned for his role in developing ECMO, a modified heart-lung machine used around the world for patients with acute heart or lung failure. He currently serves as Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Sections of General and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan. In addition to his contributions to the scientific advancement of CT surgery, a July 6, 2005 article published in The Ann Arbor News characterized Bartlett as “a brilliant surgeon and researcher who is simultaneously humble and compassionate.” Review Dr. Bartlett’s full biography, published by the University of Michigan Faculty Memoir Project.

Make your plans to attend Dr. Bartlett’s talk on November 5 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL!

Learn more about the 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program and the 2015 STSA Postgraduate Committee.

Contact STSA with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872.

October 5, 2015 | By More

Rooms Available for STSA Meeting Attendees at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Join STSA in Orlando November 4-7 at the 62nd Annual Meeting! Over 400 of your colleagues and their family members are already registered. Review the educational program and register today at www.stsa.org/62ndannual. The deadline for early registration is October 13.

STSA 62nd Annual Meeting attendees and their guests may now book rooms at a reduced rate of $255 per night (plus tax) at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a luxury resort located approximately ten minutes by car from Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, where all STSA Annual Meeting educational and social events will take place. Transportation will not be provided, but taxis will be readily available.

Depending on your dates of travel, you may also be able to secure a hotel room at the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting host resort, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, or Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resorts.

  • Book rooms at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts by calling the hotel group reservations department office at 407.939.4686. To obtain the special group rate of $255 per night (plus tax), be sure to mention that you are part of the STSA meeting. Group reservations hours of operation are as follows: Monday-Friday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
  • The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort is located just next door to – and within easy walking distance from – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. The STSA group rate is $229 per night (plus tax).

Contact STSA with questions or concerns about your Orlando hotel options at 800.685.7872 or stsa@stsa.org.

October 2, 2015 | By More

John S. Ikonomidis, MD to Deliver 2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lecture

John S. Ikonomidis, MD

John S. Ikonomidis, MD (2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lecturer)

In honor of J. Kent Trinkle, MD’s (STSA President, 1981-82) remarkable dedication to student education, a cardiothoracic surgery Program Director is selected each year to discuss their training program during the STSA Annual Meeting General Session.

STSA President, John H. Calhoon, MD, selected John S. Ikonomidis, MD to deliver the 2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship during the upcoming STSA 62nd Annual Meeting. The 62nd Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The preregistration deadline is October 13.

Dr. Ikonomidis’ Kent Trinkle Education Lecture is titled “Integrating the Integrated Program: The MUSC Experience” and will take place on Friday, November 6 at 10:30 am in Grand Harbor Ballroom North.

Dr. Ikonomidis is currently the Horace G. Smithy Professor, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship was established in 1993. Previous lecturers include:

  • 1993 – Benson R. Wilcox, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1994 – George C. Kaiser, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1995 – J. Kent Trinkle, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1996 – Irving L. Kron, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1997 – William A. Baumgartner, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1998 – Donald C. Watson, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1999 – Fred A. Crawford, Jr., Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2000 – Robert A. Guyton, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2001 – Joel D. Cooper, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2002 – W. Steves Ring, Dallas, Texas
  • 2003 – Walter G. Wolfe, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2004 – Joseph Coselli, Houston, Texas
  • 2005 – Neal Kon, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2006 – Joe B. Putnam, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2007 – Walter H. Merrill, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2008 – Curtis Tribble, Gainsville, Florida
  • 2009 – Irving L. Kron, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 2010 – Michael R. Mill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2011 – John H. Calhoon, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2012 – Bartley P. Griffith, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2013 – Michael Argenziano , New York, New York
  • 2014 – Mark S. Slaugher, Lousiville, Kentucky

Make your plans now to attend Dr. Ikonomidis’ 2015 Kent Trinkle Education Lecture during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting General Session on Friday, November 6 at 10:30 am in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

September 28, 2015 | By More

STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Program Book Published

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7, 2015 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7, 2015 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Program Book is now available online.

The Program Book includes a full schedule of events to take place November 4-7 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. 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 our wonderful Walt Disney World® Resort venue. Learn more about social activities and purchase your family’s tickets today.

Early registration for the 62nd Annual Meeting is available until October 13, 2015.

Learn more about the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting at www.stsa.org/62ndannual and contact STSA headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872 with questions.

September 18, 2015 | By More

2015 Scholarship Recipients & Finalists Announced

The STSA Brooks Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the following 2015 medical student and resident Scholarship recipients.

2015 STSA Brooks Scholarship Recipients:

  • Bogdan Kindzelski, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Graham Ungerleider, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Bogdan was nominated by STSA member, Keith Horvath, MD. A 2014 Brooks Scholarship Finalist, Bogdan is currently a fourth year medical student, and his surgical areas of interest include adult cardiac surgery, transplant surgery, and aortic surgery.

Graham was nominated by STSA member and Past President, Ross Ungerleider, MD. He is currently in his third year of medical school and his surgical area of interest is congenital heart surgery.

2015 STSA Resident Scholarship Recipients:

  • Erin Schumer, MD, MPH, University of Louisville
  • Mansi Shah, MD, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Dr. Schumer was nominated by STSA member, Mark Slaughter, MD. She is a PGY 5 general surgery resident interested in general thoracic surgery and transplant surgery.

Dr. Shah was nominated by STSA member, Benjamin Haithcock, MD. She is a PGY 5 general surgery resident interested in general thoracic surgery.

The Scholarship Committee also named the following 2015 Scholarship Finalists:

2015 STSA Brooks Scholarship Finalists:

  • K. Candice Jones, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Brendan Lovasik, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Ryan Meyerhoff, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Parth Patel, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Matthew Terwelp, University of Texas Medical School at Houston

2015 STSA Resident Scholarship Finalists:

  • James Mehaffey, MD, University of Virginia
  • Vivekkumar Patel, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Eden Payabyab, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University/National Institutes of Health
  • William Ragalie, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Walter Wakwe, MD, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Judson Williams, MD, Duke University Medical Center

Thank you to everyone who applied or wrote a letter of nomination! Both Scholarship Programs will be offered again in 2016. The 2016 Scholarship application process will open in late-May 2016, and the deadline to apply will be July 15, 2016.

Introduce yourself to the 2015 Scholarship recipients during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting. Scholarship recipients will have an orange scholar ribbon affixed to their name badge. Register for the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting, secure your tickets to the Annual Awards Dinner & Dance, and make hotel reservations at www.stsa.org/62ndannual.

Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872 with questions.

September 1, 2015 | By More

Residents Invited to Compete in JCTSE Jeopardy at STSA

The Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education (JCTSE) will host a Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident Jeopardy Competition during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting. Eligible residents (all residents enrolled in an ACGME- and/or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada-approved thoracic surgery residency program are eligible to participate) can now enter to compete in the live Competition by taking an individual online screening exam. The exam will be available until September 1 on the Thoracic Surgical Curriculum website.

Residents will have 20 minutes to answer 60 questions, and the top six two-member teams will be invited to compete during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting for what is sure to be a lively, exciting live event.

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Jeopardy Resident Competition schedule is as follows:

  • Round #1: Friday, November 6, 1:00 pm-1:30 pm in the Exhibit Hall
  • Round #2: Friday, November 6, 1:30 pm-2:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall
  • Round #3: Friday, November 6, 3:30 pm-4:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall
  • Final: Saturday, November 7, 9:00 am-9:15 am in the General Session Room

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) will also hold its first Jeopardy Competition at their upcoming Annual Meeting in October. The North American team that wins the Competition held during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting will face off with the EACTS winning team during the Jeopardy Championship at the STS 52nd Annual Meeting, January 23-27, 2016.

The Jeopardy Competition is among a host of exciting educational and social activities that STSA has planned for the 62nd Annual Meeting, November 4-7, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Contact Rebecca Mark, JCTSE Administration and Education Manager, at rmark@jctse.org with questions about the Jeopardy Competition. Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 800.685.7872 with questions about the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting.

JCTSE Jeopardy Held During the AATS Annual Meeting, April 2015

STSA Past President, Dr. Robert Cerfolio, moderated the inaugural Jeopardy Competition held during the AATS Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 2015.

August 25, 2015 | By More

Alan Speir to Present on SGR Reform During 62nd Annual Meeting

Alan M. Speir, MD

Plan to attend Alan Speir, MD’s talk on SGR Reform during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting, Saturday, November 7, 7:40 am.

STSA Member, Alan M. Speir, MD of Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA, will deliver an important talk during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting, titled “SGR Reform: What Got Us Here, Won’t Get Us There.”

“Obviously the SGR repeal and cessation of the global unbundling has been an incredible win for our specialty,” said STSA Program Committee Member Richard Lee, MD, MBA of Saint Louis University. “That said, a whole new area of relevant practice changes is imminent as a result.”

Dr. Speir’s STSA 62nd Annual Meeting presentation will address misunderstood aspects of the SGR Reform Bill (MACRA) and how the current practice of CT surgery may have to be modified in compliance with new components of the Bill. The presentation will also explain how current payment is calculated in the specialty; the importance of blocking the “0-day global” measures planned for implementation by CMS in 2016; and how surgeons can further document and define care activities in CT Surgery with an emphasis on improvement of clinical outcomes in the expanding environment of value-based purchasing.

Dr. Speir’s talk will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 7:40 am-8:00 am at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Review the entire STSA 62nd Annual Meeting educational lineup in the Advance Program.

Register for the 62nd Annual Meeting and reserve your hotel room today at www.stsa.org/62ndannual. This will be an educational and fun meeting that you and your family won’t want to miss!

August 25, 2015 | By More