Active Membership

Active Membership is for those surgeons certified in the United States and Canada in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. An applicant for Active Membership must be certified in cardiothoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery or the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada or its equivalency.

No payment is due upon application. You will be invoiced after you are elected to membership, and dues will be prorated based on the time of year you are elected. Active applicants are approved for membership three times a year by the STS Board of Directors at each in-person meeting (January, Spring, Fall). 


Application DeadlineApproval Date
March 15, 2017April 30, 2017
August 31, 2017October 21, 2017
November 27, 2017January 15, 2018

Annual membership dues are based on where the member lives:

  • Active Members living in the United States – $750
  • Active Members living in Canada – $650
  • Active Members living outside the United States and Canada* – $300 

*Active Members living in low or lower middle income countries, per the World Bank – $100

There is a one-time initiation fee of $250. This initiation fee is waived for STS Candidate Members who become Active Members within 2 years of certification.


Approved at
Annual Meeting
Approved at
Spring Board Meeting
Approved at
Fall Board Meeting
United States$750.00$500.00$250.00
Outside the United States
and Canada
Low or Lower Middle
Income Countries*

*per the World Bank