49th Annual Meeting Just Weeks Away


STS News, Winter 2013 -- It’s almost here! The STS 49th Annual Meeting will kick off on Saturday, January 26, and will be packed with exciting debates, important research presentations, networking opportunities, and much more.

Weekend Highlights
Saturday will feature standalone courses held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. One is jointly sponsored by STS and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and is titled “Intraoperative Echo and Decision Making in Cardiovascular Surgery.” The course will provide instruction on standard intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram imaging techniques and their interpretation.

New this year is a course co-sponsored by STS and the American College of Chest Physicians. The “Primer on Advanced and Therapeutic Bronchoscopy: Theory and Hands-On Session” course will start off with lectures and case presentations covering endobronchial ultrasound and airway obstruction, and then move into hands-on workstations to familiarize attendees with many types of equipment.

And as always, STS/AATS Tech-Con 2013 begins on Saturday with sessions on coronary revascularization strategies, how to improve coronary artery bypass grafting results, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The program continues on Sunday with sessions on the changing landscape of aortic valve therapies, tracheal replacement, and more.

Also on Sunday—in addition to Tech-Con and the STS Practice Management Summit—there are several other course options, including the STS/AATS Cardiothoracic Critical Care Symposium and parallel surgical symposia on general thoracic and congenital heart surgery. The day will wrap up with the International Reception and Symposium, which will provide insight into treating rheumatic mitral valve disease, including the optimal timing of the operation and when to replace instead of repair a valve. Speakers will present views from around the world—The Netherlands, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, and the United States.

Exciting Research Unveiled
Learning about new scientific research is always an important part of the Annual Meeting. The Richard E. Clark Papers and J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Papers represent some of the most exciting work in the field.

This year’s Richard E. Clark Papers, which highlight research made possible by the STS National Database, include:

Adult Cardiac Surgery: Preoperative Beta-Blocker Use Should Not Be Used as a Quality Metric for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: A Statewide, Multi-institutional STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database Analysis

General Thoracic Surgery: Evaluation of the Reliability of Clinical Staging of T2N0 Esophageal Cancer: A Review of the STS General Thoracic Surgery Database

Congenital Heart Surgery: Multi-institutional Experience with Surgery for Ebstein’s Malformation: An Analysis of the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database 

The J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Papers chosen this year are:

Adult Cardiac Surgery: Composite Analysis of 189,793 Medicare Patients with Multi-vessel Coronary Disease Demonstrates a Long-Term Advantage for CABG Compared to Stent Placement

General Thoracic Surgery: National Cooperative Group Trials of “High-Risk” Patients with Lung Cancer: Are They Truly High-Risk?

Congenital Heart Surgery: Effect of Conduit Type and Size on Right Ventricle-Pulmonary Artery Conduit Durability in Infants Less Than 2 Years of Age: A Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society Study

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: The 49th Annual Meeting will feature dozens of oral abstract presentations during the scientific sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Additionally, you’ll be able to stroll through 99 posters throughout the meeting.

Check Out What’s New
In addition to the new STS/ACCP course, this year’s meeting will have a variety of offerings that you haven’t seen in the past. On Tuesday, new parallel sessions include “Cardiothoracic Surgical Education,” “Clinical Trials: Reflections on Old and Plans for New,” and “What CT Surgeons Need to Know about Vascular Surgery in 2013.” Tuesday afternoon, STS will continue the spirit of collaboration by pairing up with the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists for the new “SCA @ STS” session, which will take a look at the disparate utilization of blood products and discuss the risks of transfusion.

If you haven’t already booked your spot to attend one of the largest and most prestigious cardiothoracic surgery meetings in the world, be sure to register soon at www.sts.org/annualmeeting, as pricing will increase after January 18. If you have questions about registration, contact Debbie Watrous, Meetings Coordinator, at dwatrous [at] sts [dot] org or (312) 202-5836.