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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

STSA 66th Annual Meeting Registration & Housing Now Available

Register, Reserve Your Room, and Review the Meeting Program Outline

Registration and housing are now available for the STSA 66th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL, November 6-9, 2019. The 66th Annual Meeting is packed with dynamic educational sessions and opportunities to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that the Southern Thoracic is known for.

Highlights include:

  • Jeffery P. Jacobs, MD’s Presidential Address, “Y“;
  • President’s Invited Lecture by James A. Quintessenza, MD, “Decision Making in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery…The Rational or Irrational Basis for Why We Do What We Do“;
  • President’s Invited Keynote by Martin J. Elliott, MD, “Why BE a Cardiothoracic Surgeon…Nice Work If You Can Get It; A Life of Privilege”;
  • Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship by Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, “Education and Diversity in Cardiothoracic Surgery”;
  • Scientific oral presentations, debates, history presentations, and STSA/CTSNet surgical videos;
  • New this year, “Rapid Fire” abstract presentations;
  • New this year, electronic scientific posters will be featured in the meeting space foyer during the course of the meeting;
  • Subspecialty-specific breakout sessions including adult cardiac, thoracic, congenital, adult congenital and ECMO/transplant;
  • Attend the Postgraduate Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 6 which will kick-off the meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. Join in the informal Postgraduate Session titled “I Wish I Could Have Done That Case Over: Complex Case Presentations and Interactive Discussions about Patients Who Required Multiple Operations” to follow at 7:00 p.m. A light dinner and refreshments will be served.
  • The popular Dinner Gala will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 beginning with a reception at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner, awards and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.;
  • A concluding Postgraduate Breakfast Session on Saturday, Nov. 9 featuring talks on “Charity, Innovation and Quality” 

View the Meeting Program Outline

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

Reserve your room at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach ResortA 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 www.stsa.org/66thannual and click on the direct link to the 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.

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 15, 2019 | By More

Read the latest issue: STSA News – Summer 2019

The Summer 2019 issue of STSA News is now available. This issue features:

  • A letter from STSA President, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD;
  • STSA membership recruitment information;
  • Highlights from the STSA 65th Annual Meeting;
  • Updates from the Program and Postgraduate Committees and;
  • 2019 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.

July 19, 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

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

STSA Is Seeking Feedback from 2015 Annual Meeting Attendees

62nd Annual Meeting CME

More than 450 professional attendees earned 4,797 CME credits by participating in the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting November 4-7, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. STSA attendees can provide feedback about the long-term impact of the 62nd Annual Meeting on their practice by completing a 6-month follow-up survey.

The STSA 62nd Annual Meeting was held approximately six months ago from November 4-7, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

By all accounts the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting was a huge success. The educational program featured more than 20 hours of ACCME-accredited content, and STSA awarded 4,797 CME credits (or the equivalent) to professional meeting attendees for their participation.

2015 total meeting registration set an all-time record high for STSA. 636 individuals registered for meeting compared to an average of 530 registrants for the previous five Annual Meetings. Industry participation was equally as impressive: 40 companies were represented in the Exhibit Hall, and six companies awarded STSA educational grant funding to assist in covering meeting-related costs.

Select STSA 2015 video presentations – including invited talks by Tirone David, MD and Robert Bartlett, MD – are available on CTSNet. Visit www.stsa.org/62ndannual to learn more about the meeting and review the full educational program.

If you joined STSA at the 62nd Annual Meeting, we want to hear from you. STSA is seeking feedback from 2015 Annual Meeting professional attendees to help determine the long-term impact of the educational program. All meeting registrants received an e-mail this morning including a link to the STSA 2015 Annual Meeting 6-month Follow-up Survey. If you attended the November 2015 STSA Annual Meeting but did not receive an e-mail inviting you to participate in the 6-month follow-up survey, please contact STSA and stsa@stsa.org or (312) 202-5892 for assistance. The deadline to complete the survey is May 4, 2016.

The purpose of the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting six-month follow-up survey is to measure the level to which CME content improved attendees’ long-term competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes in clinical practice. STSA also seeks to identify any barriers that have prevented attendees from implementing intended practice changes and improvements. Topic suggestions and feedback about current areas of need and professional practice gaps will be considered by the Postgraduate and Program Committees as they work to create the 63rd Annual Meeting November 9-12, 2016 in Naples, FL.

Save the date for STSA 2016: November 9-12 in Naples. The STSA 63rd Annual Meeting is shaping up to be another excellent event. STSA President, Dr. A.J. Carpenter, recently conducted a planning visit at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. The Postgraduate Committee is hard at work identifying 2016 invited talks and topics. The Program Committee is currently reviewing more than 260 abstract submissions in anticipation of their May 6 Program Planning Meeting in Chicago. Learn more at www.stsa.org/63rdannual.

April 26, 2016 | By More

2016 Postgraduate Program Highlights Announced

The STSA Postgraduate Committee is tasked with creating the Association’s annual Postgraduate Program: a four hour educational session comprised of invited talks on pressing topics in the field of CT surgery. The 2016 Postgraduate Program will take place in conjunction with the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 11 from 7:00 am-12:15 pm in Naples, FL.

2016 Postgraduate Committee Members include:

  • Paul J. Chai, Chair
  • Scott A. LeMaire, Chair
  • John H. Calhoon
  • Andrea J. Carpenter
  • Robert J. Dabal
  • Melanie Edwards
  • Richard K. Freeman
  • Kirk R. Kanter
  • Daniel L. Miller
  • Chad N. Stasik

The Committee has reviewed 2015 Annual Meeting evaluation data and various other resources to identify existing educational needs and practice gaps in cardiothoracic surgery. The 2016 Postgraduate Program agenda will be published in the Spring issue of STSA News next month.

2016 STSA Annual Meeting attendees can look forward to the following Program highlights:

  • Invited talks on ECMO and best practices for blood conservation;
  • Adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital breakout sessions featuring complicated case presentations;
  • New in 2016, a fourth breakout session designed specifically for interdisciplinary care providers will focus on managing the post-operative care of cardiothoracic surgery patients;
  • A “How I Teach It” session featuring expert speakers will address the challenges of teaching cardiothoracic operations; and
  • A Legends Lecture by Mark B. Orringer, MD.

Be sure to check your inbox for STSA News in late-May for the full lineup of speakers and talks. Registration and housing for the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting will be available in mid-June. Learn more about the meeting at www.stsa.org/63rdannual. Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or (312) 202-5892 with questions.

April 20, 2016 | By More

Robert Bartlett’s STSA 2015 ECMO Talk Deemed Superb by Meeting Attendees

Robert Bartlett, MD

Robert Bartlett, MD presented the talk “ECMO: Past, Present and Future” at STSA 2015 on Nov. 5, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

Robert Bartlett, MD, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, presented an informative talk on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting in Orlando on November 5, 2015.

Dr. Bartlett’s 2015 Postgraduate Program talk was one of the highest rated presentations of the entire STSA 62nd Annual Meeting. Meeting attendees provided the following comments on their meeting evaluations:

  • “Bartlett offers excellent insight into the past and future of ECMO applications.”
  • “Dr. Bartlett was superb!”
  • “Loved the addition of Dr. Bartlett to the program.”
  • “Dr. Bartlett is a wonderful pioneer.”

Video of this talk is now available on CTSNet.

ECMO: Past, Present, and Future

The 2016 STSA Postgraduate Program will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Meeting. An agenda will be available in the coming weeks.

March 25, 2016 | By More

Video of Tirone David, MD’s Special Session Talk Posted

Tirone David, MD

Tirone David, MD presented the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program Special Session talk on November 5, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Tirone E. David, MD presented the Special Session invited talk during the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program on November 5, 2015 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Dr. David’s presentation, titled “Lifelong Observations on Heart Valve Surgery,” discusses the 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. He also draws upon his more than 30 years of clinical practice and experience to examine operative mortality, morbidity, and long-term outcomes, as well as procedures that improve patients’ survival and functional recovery.

View Dr. David’s STSA 62nd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program Special Session Invited Talk:

Lifelong Observations on Heart Valve Surgery

Dr. David is a past president of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, and he 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.

The STSA 63rd Annual Meeting Postgraduate Program will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Naples, FL at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. The Postgraduate Committee will meet in January to begin planning the Program in earnest. Contact STSA Headquarters with topic and speaker suggestions – or to share information about educational practice gaps in the field of CT surgery that you experience in your own practice – by e-mailing stsa@stsa.org.

December 16, 2015 | By More