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Register for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting

The STSA 64th Annual Meeting will take place November 8-11, 2017 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX.

Registration for the STSA 64th Annual Meeting is now available.

  • Register for the STSA 64th 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 2017 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.

When registering for the meeting, be sure to secure your social activity tickets. The following activities will be available exclusively to STSA meeting registrants:

  • Annual Awards Dinner: Join fellow meeting attendees and their families for an evening of dining and entertainment at the always-memorable Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 10. Award presentations will be shortened to maximize time to socialize and enjoy your friends and family at the STSA. Children’s tickets are available.
  • Golf Outing: Participate in the 2017 STSA Golf Outing at TPC San Antonio on Saturday, November 11. Tee times begin at 1:00pm. A Peter Dye-crafted par-72 course sits on a great piece of land which provides panoramic views of an adjacent 700-acre nature preserve. The design, which measures more than 7,000 yards, is true to nature and to the flow of the land. The dramatic elevation changes and hill country views make this course not only challenging, but breathtaking as well. The Golf Outing is expected to sell-out; register early and in advance to secure your ticket.

Learn how to reserve your room at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, make dining reservations, and book tee times.

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

Contact STSA Headquarters with questions about STSA 64th Annual Meeting registration and housing by e-mailing stsa@stsa.org or calling 312.202.5892.

July 19, 2017 | By More

Members Appointed to STSA Leadership Committee Positions

More than 60 STSA members participated in the 2017 self-nomination process. Thank you to everyone who nominated themselves to be considered for an STSA Committee leadership position.

Six members were selected to serve on the Program, Postgraduate, Membership, and Scholarship Committees. The newly appointed Committee leaders are as follows:

  • Program Committee Appointments:
    • Joseph A. Dearani, MD, Rochester, MN
    • Daniela Molena, MD, New York, NY
  • Postgraduate Committee Appointments:
    • Matthew Bott, MD, New York, NY
    • Ahmet Kilic, MD, Columbus, OH
  • Membership Committee Appointments:
    • James J. Gangemi, MD, Charlottesville, VA
  • Brooks Scholarship Committee Appointments:
    • Min Kim, MD, Houston, TX

Appointees will serve three- to four-year terms; they will assume to role of Committee Chair/Co-chair in the final year of their term. Committee Chairs/Co-chairs attend STSA Council Meetings and assist in the overall management of the Association.

STSA Executive Council Members attended a Council Meeting on November 9, 2016 in conjunction with the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting.

STSA will accept nominations for 2018 Committee leadership position vacancies in December 2017.

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

March 7, 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

Spring 2016 Issue of STSA News Published

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The Spring 2016 issue of STSA News is now available. This issue features:

  • A letter from STSA President, Andrea J. Carpenter, MD;
  • STSA membership recruitment information;
  • Highlights from the STSA 62nd Annual Meeting;
  • Important information about the upcoming STSA 63rd Annual Meeting, including updates from the Program and Postgraduate Committees; and
  • 2016 awards and scholarship opportunities.

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.

May 26, 2016 | By More

May 2-6 is National Perfusionist Appreciation Week

STSA wishes all of its perfusionist Associate Members a happy National Perfusionist Appreciation Week!

According to the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology, National Perfusionist Appreciation Week draws awareness to the crucial role perfusionists play on the cardiovascular surgical team.

STSA President, A.J. Carpenter, MD, shared her perspective on how perfusionists drive advancements in the field of cardiothoracic surgery:

“The advent of cardiopulmonary bypass is clearly one of the most critical developments in the advancement of cardiac surgery. As the technology evolved and spread, the perfusionist became a critical member of the heart team. These dedicated professionals are not only valued members of daily life in cardiac surgery, but they also have been, and continue to be, a driving force in the evolution of our profession. Improvement in CPB circuits and elements has been driven by perfusionists who draw on their experience and perform high quality research. Operations that were once impossible are today quite routine. Cardiopulmonary support has saved literally millions from previously lethal diseases and injuries. We owe much of this progress to the creativity of our perfusionists, and we owe them all of our gratitude.”

Andrea J. Carpenter, MD
University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Perfusionists practicing at an institution in the Southern region are eligible for STSA Associate Membership. Membership applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline to apply is September 15.

Perfusionists and all interdisciplinary care providers working in the field of CT surgery are encouraged to participate in the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting, November 9-12, 2016 in Naples, FL. New in 2016, the November 10 Postgraduate Program will feature a session designed specifically for the interdisciplinary care team.

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

National Perfusionist Appreciate Week

May 2-6 is National Perfusionist Appreciation Week. Learn more at www.amsect.org.

May 2, 2016 | 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

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended Until Wednesday, April 6

The STSA abstract submission deadline has been extended. STSA will now accept oral and surgical video abstracts until Wednesday, April 6, 11:59 pm, ET. Abstracts selected for presentation at the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting will be included in the official Annual Meeting Program Book and will be considered for publication in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. The 63rd Annual Meeting will be held November 9-12, 2016 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL.

Learn more about the 63rd Annual Meeting abstract submission process at www.stsa.org/abstracts.

For technical questions regarding abstract 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.

April 4, 2016 | By More

Enter Your STSA Abstract Disclosure Information in 3 Easy Steps

STSA Call for Abstracts 2016

The deadline to participate in the STSA 2016 call for abstracts is Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:59 pm, ET.

The deadline to submit STSA 63rd Annual Meeting abstracts is Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:59 pm, ET. Visit www.stsa.org/abstracts for additional information about the abstract submission process and the many benefits of presenting your work at the STSA Annual Meeting.

New in 2016, each STSA abstract co-author is required to submit their personal financial disclosures. This process has been put in place to alleviate the burden on primary authors (who were previously responsible for collecting and submitting all co-author disclosures) and to ensure that the financial disclosure collected is as accurate and complete as possible.

To submit your disclosure information, follow these three easy steps:

1. Log in to the STSA abstract submission site using your personal username and password, and select General Information from the dropdown next to your name on the top right-hand menu.

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2. On the General Information page, go to the Disclosure step, and complete all sections with a red asterisk next to them.

Enter Disclosures

3. Save changes.

Not sure of your STSA abstract submission site username or password? Click here to access the Forgot Password page.

Call or e-mail us for additional assistance. 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.

April 1, 2016 | By More

AJ Carpenter Conducts Successful Planning Session in Naples

STSA President, Andrea J. Carpenter, MD, joined STSA staff in Naples, FL March 22-24 for the STSA 63rd Annual Meeting planning session. The 2016 Annual Meeting will take place November 9-12 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Meeting registration and housing as well as the Advance Program will be available in mid-June.

Following a full tour of the Naples Grande Beach Resort property, Dr. Carpenter and STSA staff are confident that STSA meeting attendees and their families will enjoy all that the Naples Grande has to offer.

“The Naples venue has been seriously updated since our last visit there in 2012, and it will be a great site for our meeting,” says Dr. Carpenter. “There will be terrific activities available to entertain family and friends while attendees are busy learning.”

The resort is located just 15 minutes from downtown Naples and features three miles of white-sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico as well as three pools. In addition to a premium educational program and over 20 hours of CME sessions, highlights that STSA 2016 attendees and their families can look forward to include:

  • Golf and fishing tournaments will take place on Saturday, November 12;
  • The Saturday evening Awards Dinner & Dance will again feature live music and the attire will be attendees’ choice — cocktail or evening wear. New this year, STSA is planning a special kids-only party for children during the Awards Dinner so that they can have just as much fun as their parents.
  • Waived resort fees for STSA attendees that book within the STSA room block provide complimentary in-room Wi-Fi and fitness center access;
  • On-property restaurants and a full-service spa (STSA attendees and guests receive a 10% discount on all spa services);
  • A Kid’s Club available daily for children ages 4-11, and baby-sitting options are offered through a certified service.

Mark your calendar now and plan to reserve early. E-mail stsa@stsa.org to join STSA’s mailing list and be notified as soon as 63rd Annual Meeting registration and hotel reservations are available.

The STSA 2016 abstract submission deadline is less than one week away on April 4. Review submission guidelines and access the submission site.

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

March 29, 2016 | By More