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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

Residents Invited to Compete for 2018 Hawley Seiler Award

Joshua M. Rosenblum, MD accepted his 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Award at the November 2017 STSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Residents are invited to submit abstracts for the STSA 65th Annual Meeting and participate in the 2018 Hawley Seiler Residents Award Competition.

Named for STSA Past President and Founder, Hawley H. Seiler, MD, this award is presented annually to the resident who most excels in their manuscript and oral presentation at the STSA Annual Meeting.

The 2018 Hawley Seiler Residents Award recipient will receive $500, a personalized plaque, and their name will be engraved on a permanent plaque to be displayed at future STSA Annual Meetings. The recipient will be announced at the 2018 Annual Awards Dinner & Dance. Residents participating in the competition are eligible for reduced-price tickets to attend this event.

The deadline to submit abstracts is April 6, 2018, 11:59 pm, ET.

For technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com or call (434) 964-4100. Technical Support is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. For non-technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

March 23, 2018 | By More

STSA Members Receive TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Fellowship Awards

STSA congratulates members, Lisa M. Brown, MD, and Lauren C. Kane, MD on receiving 2017 TSF/WTS Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Awards.

Award Recipients

Lisa M. Brown, MD (left) and Lauren C. Kane, MD (right)

This Fellowship was established by Women in Thoracic Surgery and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation in 2013 in memory of Carolyn E. Reed, MD. Dr. Reed served as STSA Secretary/Treasurer from 1999-2002. She was elected the first woman STSA President in November 2006, and her Presidential year concluded at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, FL in November 2007. Dr. Reed was a successful thoracic surgeon, researcher, and educator; she was a beloved member of STSA and played an integral role in propagating the Southern Thoracic and the specialty throughout her career. Dr. Reed passed away in November 2012.

Past President Reed

John Hammon, MD (STSA Past President, 2007-08) presented Carolyn Reed, MD with her STSA Presidential plaque in November 2007 at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting.

The TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship funds a clinically established woman thoracic surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology. With a burgeoning field of surgical technology, many surgeons seek an opportunity to gain new experiences and return home with innovations and collaborations. As she was the consummate educator, the leaders of both WTS and TSF deemed it most appropriate to establish this initiative in honor of Dr. Reed.

Dr. Lisa M. Brown received funding for her project titled “University of Michigan Health Services Research Traveling Fellowship” in the amount of $10,000.

Dr. Lauren C. Kane received funding for her project titled “Learning Surgical Strategies with Later Presenting Congenital Heart Disease in India and Beyond” in the amount of $10,000.

Click here to view additional information about TSF awards programs and recipients.

 

March 21, 2017 | By More

Residents Invited to Compete for 2017 Hawley Seiler Award

J. Trent Magruder, MD (left) accepted his 2016 Hawley Seiler Residents Award at the November 2016 STSA Annual Meeting in Naples.

Residents are invited to submit abstracts for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting and participate in the 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Award Competition.

Named for STSA Past President and Founder, Hawley H. Seiler, MD, this award is presented annually to the resident who most excels in their manuscript and oral presentation at the STSA Annual Meeting.

The 2017 Hawley Seiler Residents Award winner will receive $500, a personalized plaque, and their name will be engraved on a permanent plaque to be displayed at future STSA Annual Meetings. The winner will be announced at the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner & Dance. Residents participating in the competition are eligible for reduced-price tickets to attend this event.

The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday April 7, 2017, 11:59 pm, ET. For technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com or call (434) 964-4100. Technical Support is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. For non-technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

March 1, 2017 | By More

Residents Invited to Compete for 2016 Hawley Seiler Award

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Emily Downs, MD accepted her 2015 Hawley Seiler Residents Award at the November 2015 STSA Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Residents are invited to submit abstracts for the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting and participate in the 2016 Hawley Seiler Residents Award Competition.

Named for STSA Past President and Founder, Hawley H. Seiler, MD, this award is presented annually to the resident who most excels in their manuscript and oral presentation at the STSA Annual Meeting.

The 2016 Hawley Seiler Residents Award winner will receive $500, a personalized plaque, and their name will be engraved on a permanent plaque to be displayed at future STSA Annual Meetings. The winner will be announced at the 2016 Annual Awards Dinner & Dance. Residents participating in the competition are eligible for reduced-price tickets to attend this event.

Washington University resident, Matthew Bott, MD, presented two abstracts at the 2014 STSA Annual Meeting. Matt described the STSA Annual Meeting as “an excellent forum for residents to disseminate their work. It is generally well-attended and discussions are very enlightening, yet amicable. The meeting is very academic and publication in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery makes submitting abstracts very worthwhile.” Matt went on to say, “The small group feel of the STSA meeting makes for a more relaxed atmosphere. This in turn, fosters energetic, yet light-hearted discussion.”

The deadline to submit abstracts is April 4, 2016, 11:59 pm, ET. For technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail Technical Support at ts.acsupport@thomson.com or call (434) 964-4100. Technical Support is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., ET. For non-technical questions regarding submissions, e-mail STSA at stsa@stsa.org or call (312) 202-5892.

February 26, 2016 | By More

Online STSA Brooks Scholarship Donations Now Accepted

STSA now accepts online donations for the James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship fund. The Brooks Scholarship was founded in 2010 to recognize and honor STSA Past President, Dr. Jim Brooks. Dr. Brooks was a lifetime supporter of the STSA, and he was a great mentor to countless residents and students during his career at the Medical College of Virginia.

The Brooks Scholarship is given annually to a promising 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year medical student interested in pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery and training in the STSA region (or training outside of the STSA region but who is nominated by an active STSA member). Scholarship recipients receive funding to attend the STSA Annual Meeting where they benefit from the guidance of STSA members. Since 2010, the Brooks Scholarship has funded the travel of seven medical student scholars to attend the STSA Annual Meeting where they are recognized and actively mentored by an STSA member. Each year, STSA receives dozens of applications for the Brooks Scholarship from accomplished and deserving medical students throughout the country.

Joseph Dearani, MD is Chair of the 2016 STSA Brooks Scholarship Committee. “Innovation and technology are rapidly advancing the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery,” says Dr. Dearani. “We need enthusiastic, bright and talented young surgeons. The Brooks Scholarship provides an awe-inspiring opportunity for medical students to visit and get to know elite surgeons and programs… and get inspired to join our specialty.”

Brooks

STSA Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Joe Dearani (left) attended an STSA 62nd Annual Meeting networking reception with his mentee and ’15 Brooks Scholar, Graham Ungerleider (center), and STSA Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Daniel Miller (right).

Donations made to the James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship will be used to fund the travel of future scholarship recipients. Donors are recognized on signage placed near registration at the STSA Annual Meeting.

Login to your STSA user account to make a donation online or download a printable pledge form that can be mailed to STSA with a check.

STSA will begin accepting applications for the 2016 Brooks Scholarship in May 2016. Learn more about the Scholarship and view a list past recipients.

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

February 10, 2016 | By More

STSA Members Receive TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Fellowship Awards

STSA congratulates members, Elizabeth David, MD, and Daniela Molena, MD on receiving 2016 TSF/WTS Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Awards.

Reed Recipients

Elizabeth David, MD (left) and Daniela Molena, MD (right) moderated a thoracic surgery breakout session in Orlando on November 7 during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting.

This Fellowship was established by Women in Thoracic Surgery and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation in 2013 in memory of Carolyn E. Reed, MD. Dr. Reed served as STSA Secretary/Treasurer from 1999-2002. She was elected the first woman STSA President in November 2006, and her Presidential year concluded at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, FL in November 2007. Dr. Reed was a successful thoracic surgeon, researcher, and educator; she was a beloved member of STSA and played an integral role in propagating the Southern Thoracic and the specialty throughout her career. Dr. Reed passed away in November 2012.

Past President Reed

John Hammon, MD (STSA Past President, 2007-08) presented Carolyn Reed, MD with her STSA Presidential plaque in November 2007 at the STSA 54th Annual Meeting.

The TSF/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship funds a clinically established woman thoracic surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology. With a burgeoning field of surgical technology, many surgeons seek an opportunity to gain new experiences and return home with innovations and collaborations. As she was the consummate educator, the leaders of both WTS and TSF deemed it most appropriate to establish this initiative in honor of Dr. Reed.

Dr. Elizabeth David received funding for her project titled “Mixed-methods Experimental Design and Data Analysis at the University of Wisconsin” in the amount of $6,750.

Dr. Daniela Molena received funding for her project titled “Learn Endoscopic Assessment Tools, Ablation, Resection of Early Stage Tumors, Submucosal Dissection and Peroral Endoscopy Myotomy (POEM) Skills at The Oregon Clinic” in the amount of $10,000.

Click here to view additional information about TSF awards programs and recipients.

 

February 5, 2016 | By More

STSA Brooks Scholarship Recipient Profile: Bogdan Kindzelski

The STSA Brooks Scholarship was established in 2010 in honor of Past President, James W. Brooks, MD. The Scholarship funds the travel of a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year medical student to attend the STSA Annual Meeting.

Bogdan Kindzelski, a 4th year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU, received a 2015 Brooks Scholarship. Richard Lee, MD, served as Bogdan’s STSA member mentor throughout the 62nd Annual Meeting. STSA Member, Keith Horvath, MD, nominated Bogdan for this award, saying “Bogdan has shown that he is a team player, has great rapport with patients and is beginning to develop and learn proper surgical techniques.”

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2015 STSA Brooks Scholar, Bogdan Kindzelski (left), attended an STSA 62nd Annual Meeting networking reception with Dr. Melanie Edwards and his STSA member mentor, Dr. Richard Lee (right).

Bogdan recently shared feedback with STSA about his experience as a Brooks Scholar attending the November 2015 STSA 62nd Annual Meeting.

What did you enjoy most about the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting and STSA Scholarship Program?
The meeting was fantastic; the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in addition to networking with the cardiothoracic surgery community, from fellow trainees to leaders in the field, was particularly memorable. My assigned mentor was exceptional and provided great career advice, facilitated introductions, and made sure that I felt welcome throughout the meeting.

Did the STSA Scholarship Program affect your level of interest in pursuing cardiothoracic surgery?
The program only strengthened my decision to pursue cardiothoracic surgery based on my experience from the scientific sessions, excellent lectures, jeopardy event, social events, interactions with other members, and guidance from my assigned mentor.

Was there anything about the STSA Annual Meeting that surprised you or stands out as different from your experiences at other national medical meetings?
The collegial atmosphere established during the STSA Annual Meeting was truly unique. The social events provided ample opportunity for exciting conversations and laughs. It was a privilege to interact with so many individuals who were willing to share their insight into the field of cardiothoracic surgery.  Everyone was cordial, approachable and truly vested in trainee mentorship and education.

Have you included your Brooks or Resident Scholarship award on your CV, and if so, do you believe the designation adds value to your resume?
Yes, it was an honor to include this designation on my CV. It has frequently become a talking point during my integrated cardiothoracic surgery interviews.

What was your overall impression of the STSA Scholarship Program?
My experience was exciting and enlightening. I would highly recommend any medical student considering cardiothoracic surgery to attend the STSA annual meeting and also to apply for the Brooks Scholarship.

STSA is pleased to announce that funding has been secured for two medical student Brooks Scholars to attend the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting, November 9-12, 2016 in Naples, FL. The 2016 Resident and Brooks Scholarship applications will be available in late-May.

Learn more about the STSA Brooks Scholarship and make a donation to help fund the program at www.stsa.org/awards. Contact STSA Headquarters with questions or to request additional information by e-mailing stsa@stsa.org or calling 312.202.5892.

February 2, 2016 | By More

2016 STSA Abstract Submission Process Coming Soon

The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association will begin accepting abstracts for the 63rd Annual Meeting early next month, with a submission deadline of April 4, 2016. Accepted submissions will be presented at the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting as oral presentations or surgical videos. Your cardiothoracic surgical team is encouraged to participate by submitting your work for consideration. You do not need to be an STSA member in order to submit abstracts.

Oral, video, and history abstracts will be accepted. Oral and video submission categories include the following:

  • Adult Cardiac
    • Aortic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Cardiac Transplantation / VAD
    • Ischemic Heart Disease
    • Miscellaneous (Arrhythmias, Tumors, etc.)
    • Valvluar
  • Congenital
    • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
    • Basic Science Research
    • Neonates and Children
  • General Thoracic
    • Basic Science Research
    • Esophageal Disease
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lung Transplantation
    • Miscellaneous
    • Other Lung
  • Surgical Education
  • Simulation and Team-Based Learning
  • Patient Safety
  • Lessons Learned from Intraoperative Problems, Misadventures, and Disasters

Residents submitting abstracts may select to participate in the 2016 Hawley Seiler Residents Competition. This award is bestowed upon the resident with the highest quality abstract, manuscript, and oral presentation.

The STSA Annual Meeting is the premier forum to disseminate information to the cardiothoracic surgery community. Accepted oral presentations are submitted for publication consideration to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, which has a circulation of more than 8,000 subscribers. The Association’s 63rd Annual Meeting will take place November 9-12, 2016 at the Naples Grande Beach Club in Naples, FL.

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

January 21, 2016 | By More

Hank Edmunds Named 2015 STSA Inspiration Award Recipient

Dr. & Mrs. Edmunds

Dr. Hank Edmunds and his wife, Martha Mel Edmunds, attended the November 2014 STSA Past Presidents Dinner in conjunction with the STSA 61st Annual Meeting in Tucson, AZ.

The STSA Inspiration Award was established in 2007 to recognize the important contribution of mentorship to the cardiothoracic surgery specialty and the Association, 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. L. Henry Edmunds, Jr., MD was named the 2015 Inspiration Award recipient by 2014-15 STSA President, John H. Calhoon, MD.

Dr. Edmunds is an Honorary Member of STSA and served on the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Executive Council from 2000-2015 as Editor of the Association’s official Journal, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Edmunds was nominated for the Inspiration Award by a fellow STSA Member, who described his contributions to the Annals in saying:

During his term as Editor, the Annals expanded dramatically. His many innovations to the Annals have, in large part, explained its now global reach. As Editor, Dr. Edmunds insisted on the highest quality of scholarship and rigorous peer review. His insightful commentary and advice on countless manuscripts have has a profound effect on the academic productivity of many members of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.

2015 Inspiration AwardNomination Letter Writer

Dr. Calhoon, announced Dr. Edmunds as the 2015 Inspiration Award recipient during the 62nd Annual Meeting Awards Dinner & Dance on November 7, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

STSA members will again have the opportunity to nominate a surgeon mentor for the Inspiration Award in 2016. Nominations should outline the specific merits of the nominee and his or her positive influences on the mentee(s). The recipient must be an STSA member in good standing. Submit nominations in writing to STSA and send via e-mail to stsa@stsa.org or mail to 633 N. Saint Clair St., Floor 23, Chicago, IL 60611. STSA President, Dr. Andrea Carpenter, will announce the 2016 Inspiration Award recipient during the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting Awards Dinner & Dance on November 12, 2016 in Naples, FL.

View a list of past Inspiration Award recipients at www.stsa.org/awards. Contact STSA Headquarters with questions at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892.

November 19, 2015 | By More