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

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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

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

Join Us in the STSA Exhibit Hall for Additional Video Presentations

New This Year – Video Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

As noted in the Advance Program, we are pleased to announce that due to the overwhelming number of video abstract submissions received for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting, four additional video presentations will be presented in the Exhibit Hall during specified break times. The meeting will take place November 7-10, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL.

The video abstracts to be presented during the scheduled break times are as follows:

Thursday, November 8
Scheduled Break Time: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
V1. VATS Resection for Extralobar Pulmonary Sequestration With a Large Aberrant Artery After Endoluminal Stenting and Plug Occlusion
​Gopal Singh, Bianca Bromberger, Richard Green, *Joshua R. Sonett
New York Presbyterian/Columbia University, New York, NY

Friday, November 9
Scheduled Break Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
V2. Early Migration of a Self-expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Prosthesis Causing Coronary Occlusion: A Practical Technique for Surgical Explantation
Jordan P. Bloom, Michael Kwon, George Tolis
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Scheduled Break Time: 10:00 am – 10:30 am
V3. Giant Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm: Evaluation and Surgical Repair
*Faisal G. Bakaeen, Eric E. Roselli, Gosta B. Pettersson, Lars G. Svensson
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Scheduled Break Time: 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
V4. Novel Cannulation Technique for Temporary Right Ventricular Assist Device After LVAD Placement William Z. Chancellor, Jared P. Beller, Emily A. Downs, *Leora Yarboro
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

*Please note: These video abstract presentations will begin approximately ten minutes after the scheduled break time has begun to allow for attendees to transition from the general session rooms into the Exhibit Hall. *Actual presentation start times may vary. Each presentation is allotted eight minutes followed by another five minutes of discussion.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from these knowledgeable presenters and join the discussion with your fellow colleagues.

Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting today! Register online or download a printable registration form. Early registration is available until Monday, October 8, 2018. After this date, you must register on site at the Annual Meeting. Please note that there will be an additional $50 fee for registering on site.

Reserve your room at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 8, 2018, 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 www.stsa.org/65thannual and click on the direct link to the Omni reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at 888-444-6664. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s Annual Meeting.

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

*Indicates STSA Member

September 6, 2018 | By More

Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting and Support Say Goodnight to Hunger

The STSA 65th Annual Meeting will take place November 7-10, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL. Register for the meeting and stay with Omni to help end hunger in America.

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has partnered with Feeding America for the campaign, Say Goodnight to Hunger. Through the campaign, Omni will provide one meal per actualized hotel reservation. Over 48 million Americans struggle with putting food on the table. By booking your room for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting, you not only get a sensational meeting, but you can also help make a meaningful difference in local communities. To learn more please visit the Omni hotel website.

Reserve your room at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 8, 2018, 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 www.stsa.org/65thannual and click on the direct link to the Omni reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at 888-444-6664. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s annual meeting.

Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting today! Register online or download a printable registration form. Early registration is available until Monday, October 8, 2018. After this date, you must register on site at the Annual Meeting. Please note that there will be an additional $50 fee for registering on site.

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

August 27, 2018 | By More

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

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​​
Thoracic:
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 sotile.com.

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.

Visit www.stsa.org/65thannual to register and learn more about this year’s STSA Annual Meeting.

August 22, 2018 | By More

Featured Speakers at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting

STSA is excited to host a wonderful line of speakers, both guests and colleagues, at this year’s STSA 65th Annual Meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL on November 7-10, 2018.

This year’s meeting will feature the following speakers:

  • President’s Invited Lecturer – Reflections on Leadership by sports legend, Coach Lou Holtz

Coach Lou Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. He is the only coach in the history of college football to:

1) Take 6 different teams to a bowl game
2) Win 5 bowl games with different teams
3) To have 4 different college teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll

For many years, Coach has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. He speaks on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them. He has built a reputation as a motivator, a demanding disciplinarian, and someone who relishes challenges and hard work. Join us for this interactive presentation on Thursday morning.

  • On Friday afternoon, Jerrold H. Levy, Professor of Anesthesiology from Duke University Hospital, will discuss how to manage the new anticoagulants from a surgical perspective.
  • During the Saturday morning Postgraduate Breakfast Session titled: “The Past, Present and Future,” STSA will feature invited guest, Wayne Sotile, discussing 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. Dr. Sotile’s solution-focused life coaching process emphasizes practical applications of evidence-based findings from the combined fields of resilience, positive psychology, marriage/family systems, and adult developmental psychology. Attendees and their spouses and guests are encouraged to attend this special presentation on Saturday morning at the Postgraduate Course.

  • Following Dr. Sotile’s presentation, the Postgraduate Program will feature another living legend in cardiothoracic surgery. This year’s spotlight will be on Alec Patterson from Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Closing the program, David M. Shahian from Massachusetts General Hospital, will deliver a special presentation discussing the trending topic of “Surgeon Performance Metrics: Why, What, and When?”

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear these educational presentations from the selected individuals. See the full list of educational sessions in the Advance Program.

Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting today! Register online or download a printable registration form.

Reserve your room at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 8, 2018, 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 www.stsa.org/65thannual and click on the direct link to the Omni reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at 888-444-6664. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s annual meeting.

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

STSA 65th 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 14, 2018 | By More

Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting

The STSA 65th Annual Meeting will take place November 7-10, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, FL.

Registration for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting is now available!

  • Register for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting online. Log in to your STSA user account to register for the Annual Meeting. STSA members and previous STSA Annual Meeting attendees have an existing user account. Non-members and first-time STSA Annual Meeting attendees should create an account in order to register.
  • Download a printable registration form. Completed registration forms can be mailed with check payment to STSA, PO Box 809204, Chicago, IL 60680. If paying by credit card, please register online or fax your completed registration form to 773.289.0871.

Please note that STSA members may only register at the reduced member rate if 2018 membership dues have been paid in full. Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892 with questions about your membership or to submit a dues payment.

Highlights for this year’s meeting include:

  • Kevin D. Accola, MD’s Presidential AddressReflection on a Career in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Maintaining Humanistic Values in a Changing Environment”
  • Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 7 which will kick-off the meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. Join in the casual Postgraduate Session titled “I Wish I Could Have Done That Case Over” to follow at 7:00 p.m. Wings, pizza and refreshments will be served.
  • Dinner Gala: Join fellow meeting attendees and their families for the always-memorable Dinner Gala, on Friday, November 9, complete with a cocktail reception, dinner, awards, and music entertainment. A local band has been added to this year’s program and will provide easy listening during the dinner hour. Make sure to add this ticket to your registration. You don’t want to miss it!

Reserve your room at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. A block of discounted hotel rooms is being held until Monday, October 8, 2018, 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 www.stsa.org/65thannual and click on the direct link to the Omni reservation website or call the hotel reservations department at 888-444-6664. To qualify for the special meeting rate, be sure to mention that you are attending the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s annual meeting.

The Advance Program is now available. Click here to review all the educational sessions in detail.

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions about STSA 65th Annual Meeting registration and housing by e-mailing stsa@stsa.org or calling 312.202.5892.

July 25, 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