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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 stsa.org/66thannual/ to register and learn more about this year’s STSA Annual Meeting.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org 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 66th Annual Meeting – Don’t miss the fun social events!

Take note of social activities at the STSA 66th Annual Meeting

The STSA Annual Meeting would not live up to its great reputation without fabulous social events! Here’s the schedule:

  • Postgraduate Program Welcome Reception | Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6:00 pm. This casual event will kick-off the meeting followed by the Postgraduate Session titled “I Wish I Could Have Done That Case Over: Complex Case Presentations Involving Patients that Required Multiple Operations and Interactive Discussions” at 7:00 pm. A light dinner and refreshments will be served. 
  • All Attendee Luncheon | Thursday, Nov. 7 at 12:00 pm. Dessert will be served in the Exhibit Hall from 1:30 pm-2:00 pm.
  • Residents Reception | Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Residents and medical students are encouraged to attend this event and network with leaders in their field.
  • President’s Mixer | Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Two complimentary tickets are included with registration. (Additional tickets may be purchased for $25.)
  • Early Practitioner’s Luncheon | Friday, Nov. 8 at 12:00 pm. Cardiothoracic surgeons in practice less than 10 years are invited to attend this luncheon to network with other early practitioners.
  • Dinner Gala* | Friday, Nov. 8 from 7:00-10:00 pm. Advance registration is recommended. A limited number of tickets will be sold on site. (Adult tickets are $125, Children’s tickets (ages 12 and below) are available at a reduced price of $40.)

*Join fellow meeting attendees and their families for the memorable Dinner Gala, complete with a cocktail reception, dinner, awards and music entertainment. A local band will provide easy listening during the dinner hour. Although black tie is always in fashion, you are welcome to wear cocktail attire.

Register for the Annual Meeting and events online or download a printable registration form.

Reserve your hotel room in one of the following ways:

  • Online via the JW Marriott reservation website
  • Call the hotel reservations department at (800) 438-4373. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

​Visit www.stsa.org/66thannual for additional meeting details.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org 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 12, 2019 | By More

Featured Speakers at the STSA 66th Annual Meeting

STSA is excited to host a wonderful line of speakers, both guests and colleagues, at this year’s STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL on November 6-9, 2019.

This year’s meeting will feature the following speakers:

  • President’s Invited Lecturer – Decision 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 Keynote – Why 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.

On Friday morning, STSA will feature a special plenary session titled: DIVERSITY, HISTORY, and ADVOCACY.

  • DIVERSITY: Kent Trinkle LectureshipRobert S.D. Higgins, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present the Kent Trinkle Lectureship titled Education and Diversity in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Higgins will describe methods and strategies to ensure diversity among a cardiothoracic surgical workforce.
  • HISTORY: Constantine Mavroudis, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 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, and John E. Mayer, MD from Boston Children’s Hospital 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.

New this year, STSA will feature scientific e-posters in the meeting space foyer! E-posters will be on display in the meeting space foyer during the course of the meeting on both Thursday and Friday. Although CME will not be offered in conjunction with these posters, it’s an opportunity to engage with fellow surgeons in an informal, social environment.

The Advance Program is now available. Review the full list of educational sessions and presentations scheduled to occur at the meeting.

Register for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting today! You may register online or download a printable registration form.

Reserve your room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 7, 2019, provided rooms are still available in the STSA room block. After this date, room reservations will be accepted based upon availability only. Book early to secure your room at the host resort! Visit Meeting Registration and Hotel Information for more information. Follow the direct link to the JW Marriott reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at 800.438.4373. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s annual meeting. Please note: the hotel will appear sold out if you do not reserve accommodations through the STSA housing link.

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

August 29, 2019 | By More

Book Early to Secure Your Room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Plan to Attend the STSA 66th Annual Meeting
Book Early to Secure Your Room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Remember that registration and housing are available for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL, November 6-9, 2019.

The Advance Program is now available. View all the educational sessions.

Register for the Annual Meeting online or download a printable registration form.

Join STSA at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. With stunning new guest accommodations, new and re-imagined restaurants, and state of the art fitness and entertainment areas, you can make memories in the resort’s spectacular settings, enjoy enriching experiences, indulge in culinary masterpieces and relax and rejuvenate at the newly renovated Spa by JW. The new JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers a new dimension in luxury, and more ways than ever to work and play in Paradise.

A limited number of rooms are available at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort at a special group rate on a first-come, first-served basis. The STSA block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 7, 2019, provided rooms are still available in our room block. After this date, room reservations will be accepted based upon availability only. Book early to secure your room at the host resort!

Reserve your room by visiting the JW Marriott reservation site or by calling the hotel reservations department at (800) 438-4373. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

Please visit the Social Events & Resort Activities page for more details on resort activities and local excursions available through the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

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


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.

August 22, 2019 | By More

Upcoming Membership Application Deadline: September 15

New STSA members were recognized and welcomed at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting.

STSA represents more than 1,100 cardiothoracic surgeons throughout the country with a mission of supporting southern and southern-trained members of the cardiothoracic surgery community and their families in the pursuit of the highest quality patient care, education, scientific achievement, collegiality, and life balance. The small, intimate size of STSA and emphasis on collegiality sets it apart from other national organizations.

STSA is currently accepting membership applications for the following membership categories:

  • Active Membership
    For Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons who currently practice or have previously practiced cardiothoracic surgery 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
    For healthcare professionals working in the Southern region including, but not limited to, physician assistants, perfusionists, nurses, nurse practitioners, practice administrators, data managers and other health care professionals who support and work directly with cardiothoracic surgeons.
  • Candidate Membership
    For cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows matched or enrolled in a thoracic surgery educational program accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery under the authority of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that is within the Southern region. Individuals who have completed their cardiothoracic surgery residency in the Southern region and are in the process of acquiring certification in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery are eligible to apply for Candidate Membership.
  • Pre-Candidate Membership
    For medical students and general surgery residents enrolled at a program in the Southern region and interested in pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery.

Member benefits include reduced registration fees to attend the STSA Annual Meeting and leadership opportunities. If you’re already a member, please consider inviting your partners, CT surgery team members, and mentees to apply. If you are not a member yet, visit www.stsa.org/membership to learn more and download an application. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2019.

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

July 29, 2019 | By More

2 Days Left to Submit STSA 66th Annual Meeting Abstracts

LAST CALL for STSA 66th Annual Meeting Abstracts
stsa.org/abstracts
| Deadline: April 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association abstract submission deadline is Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The STSA 66th Annual Meeting will be held November 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL. If you started an abstract in the submission website and it is currently in draft mode, please complete and submit your abstract before the deadline. Abstracts in draft mode will not be considered.

Oral and video abstract submissions are accepted, and the submission categories include adult cardiac, congenital, and general thoracic, as well as history, surgical education, simulation and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications.

Access the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission website.

You may review the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission guidelines at the beginning of the submission process and prior to selecting your submission type. This website will appear different than the submission site from previous STSA Annual Meetings as STSA has migrated to a new submission module. The company now hosting the STSA abstract submission site also manages the STSA Annual Meeting CME evaluations and mobile application. If you have attended an STSA Annual Meeting in the past four years and/or have claimed CME credits, it is highly likely that you already have an account in the system. All existing account credentials have been reset. You may login with your e-mail address as the username and as the password. Passwords may be changed upon logging in. If you have changed institutions and no longer have access to your former e-mail address used for previous CME evaluations, you may create a new account.

If you have attended an 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. In addition, Annual Meeting oral presentations are submitted for publication consideration in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. The STSA Annual Meeting continues to be an exceptional forum for disseminating your work to the entire field of cardiothoracic surgery.

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

April 12, 2019 | By More

STSA 66th Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline Extended to April 14!

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association abstract submission deadline has been extended to Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The STSA 66th Annual Meeting will be held November 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL. If you started an abstract in the submission website and it is currently in draft mode, please complete and submit your abstract before the deadline. Abstracts in draft mode will not be considered.

Oral and video abstract submissions are accepted, and the submission categories include adult cardiac, congenital, and general thoracic, as well as history, surgical education, simulation and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications.

Access the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission website.

You may review the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission guidelines at the beginning of the submission process and prior to selecting your submission type. This website will appear different than the submission site from previous STSA Annual Meetings as STSA has migrated to a new submission module. The company now hosting the STSA abstract submission site also manages the STSA Annual Meeting CME evaluations and mobile application. If you have attended an STSA Annual Meeting in the past four years and/or have claimed CME credits, it is highly likely that you already have an account in the system. All existing account credentials have been reset. You may login with your e-mail address as the username and as the password. Passwords may be changed upon logging in. If you have changed institutions and no longer have access to your former e-mail address used for previous CME evaluations, you may create a new account.

If you have attended an 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. In addition, Annual Meeting oral presentations are submitted for publication consideration in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. The STSA Annual Meeting continues to be an exceptional forum for disseminating your work to the entire field of cardiothoracic surgery.

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

April 5, 2019 | By More

Last Week to Submit Abstracts for the 2019 STSA 66th Annual Meeting

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association abstract submission deadline is less than one week away! The STSA 66th Annual Meeting will be held November 6-9, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL. The deadline to submit abstracts is Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you started an abstract in the submission website and it is currently in draft mode, please complete and submit your abstract before the deadline. Abstracts in draft mode will not be considered.

Oral and video abstract submissions are accepted, and the submission categories include adult cardiac, congenital, and general thoracic, as well as history, surgical education, simulation and team-based learning, patient safety, and lessons learned from intraoperative complications.

Access the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission website.

You may review the STSA 66th Annual Meeting abstract submission guidelines at the beginning of the submission process and prior to selecting your submission type. This website will appear different than the submission site from previous STSA Annual Meetings as STSA has migrated to a new submission module. The company now hosting the STSA abstract submission site also manages the STSA Annual Meeting CME evaluations and mobile application. If you have attended an STSA Annual Meeting in the past four years and/or have claimed CME credits, it is highly likely that you already have an account in the system. All existing account credentials have been reset. You may login with your e-mail address as the username and as the password. Passwords may be changed upon logging in. If you have changed institutions and no longer have access to your former e-mail address used for previous CME evaluations, you may create a new account.

If you have attended an 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. In addition, Annual Meeting oral presentations are submitted for publication consideration in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. The STSA Annual Meeting continues to be an exceptional forum for disseminating your work to the entire field of cardiothoracic surgery.

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

April 3, 2019 | By More

Coach Lou Holtz’s Lecture at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting Now Available Online

STSA 65th Annual Meeting Banner

Coach Lou Holtz’s Lecture Now Available Online

Thank you to everyone who joined STSA at its 65th Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, FL this past November. President’s Invited Lecturer, Coach Lou Holtz’s talk titled Reflections on Leadership is now available online.

Listen to Coach Lou Holtz’s lecture, Reflections on Leadership.

Additional 65th Annual Meeting Content Available Online:

Mark your calendar for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting, November 6-9, 2019, at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL! Abstracts are being accepted through April 7, 11:59 PM EST. Review additional information here.


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.

March 19, 2019 | By More

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