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STSA Medical Student and Resident Scholarships Available

Applications Now Being Accepted

STSA is currently accepting applications for two scholarships available for medical students and general surgery residents training at an institution in the STSA region. Applications from students and residents training outside of the STSA region but who are nominated by a STSA member (Active or Senior) will also be considered.

Second, third, and fourth year medical students interested in pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery can apply for the STSA James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship.

General surgery residents pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery can apply for the STSA James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship.

Both awards are named for Jim Brooks, past president of the STSA and a great mentor to countless residents and students.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to attend the STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL, November 6-9, 2019;
  • A three-night hotel stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort;
  • Round-trip coach-class airfare to the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Meyers, FL;
  • Tickets to the President’s Mixer and Dinner Gala, where they will be recognized; and
  • An assigned STSA mentor to assist in planning a schedule of educational programming, answer questions, and facilitate introductions.

Interested applicants must apply online. In addition to completing an application form, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV, a letter of nomination from a STSA member (Active or Senior), and a letter of support from his or her medical institution dean or program director confirming permission to travel to the meeting in Florida. Visit www.stsa.org/awards to learn more and access the online applications.

The application deadline is July 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision in early September.

Medical students and general surgery residents are eligible for STSA Pre-Candidate
membership. Learn more and download an application at www.stsa.org/membership.

June 11, 2019 | 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

Congratulations to STSA’s 2018 Scholarship and Award Winners

At this year’s STSA 65th Annual Meeting, the following individuals were recognized at the Dinner Gala held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Please join STSA members in congratulating this year’s award and scholarship recipients.

Clifford van Meter President’s Award
Melissa Levack, MD | Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Permanent Pacemaker Implantation after Aortic Valve Replacement

Carolyn Reed President’s Award
Tamar Nobel, MD
| Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Optimal Surveillance for Node Negative Early Stage Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Following Esophagectomy

George R. Daicoff President’s Award
Jeff Jacobs, MD | Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Saint Petersburg, FL
The Importance of Noncardiac Congenital Disease: Refining The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD) Mortality Risk Model With Enhanced Adjustment for Chromosomal Abnormalities, Syndromes, and Noncardiac Congenital Anatomic Abnormalities

Tiki Award
William A. Baumgartner, MD | Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Osler Abbott Award
David R. Jones, MD
|Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Hawley H. Seiler Resident’s Award
Tessa Watt, MD
| University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Does Mitral Valve Repair Restore Normal Life Expectancy?

Mavroudis-Urschel Award
Daniel L. Miller, MD
| WellStar Health System, Marietta, GA

Robert M. Sade Ethics Lecture
The Ethics Debate is a wonderful component of the STSA Annual Meeting each year. In honor of Dr. Robert M. Sade’s contributions to these outstanding ethics debates, the annual event has been named the Robert M. Sade Ethics Lecture.

STSA Inspiration Award
Walter Wolfe, MD
Gordon Murray, MD

James W. Brooks Medical Student Scholarship
Walker M. Blanding
| Medical University of South Carolina, Mt. Pleasant, SC
William C. Frankel | Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Shawn M. Shah | University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship
Alexander P. Kossar, MD
| Upstate University Medical Center, Suffern, NY

For a narrative of each award and a list of past recipients, please visit stsa.org/awards.

November 28, 2018 | By More

STSA 65th Annual Meeting – Don’t miss the fun social events!

Take note of social activities at the STSA 65th Annual Meeting

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

  • New this year: the Postgraduate Program Welcome Reception | Wednesday, Nov. 7 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” at 7:00 pm. Wings, pizza and refreshments will be served.
  • The All Attendee Luncheon | Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12:00 pm.
  • The Residents Reception | Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. (Event is for residents, fellows and medical students.)
  • The President’s Mixer | Thursday, Nov. 8 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Two complimentary tickets are included with registration. (Additional tickets may be purchased for $25.)
  • The Early Practitioner’s Luncheon | Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:00 pm.
  • The Dinner Gala* | Friday, Nov. 9 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Advance registration is recommended. A limited number of tickets will be sold on site. (Children’s tickets are available at a reduced price of $40.)

*The always popular Friday evening Dinner Gala is a must-attend event! 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 has been added to this year’s program and will provide easy listening during the dinner hour. Although black tie is always in fashion, you are welcome to wear cocktail attire.

It’s just over a week until the STSA 65th Annual Meeting early registration and housing deadline (October 8, 2018).

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

Reserve your hotel room or villa the following ways:

  • Online via the Omni reservation website
  • 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.

​Visit www.stsa.org/65thannual for additional meeting details.

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

September 28, 2018 | By More