STS Gears Up for Its 50th Anniversary

Robert A. Wynbrandt, Executive Director & General Counsel
Natalie Boden, Director of Marketing & Communications

STS News, Spring 2013 -- With this spring edition of STS News, we return this space to other members of the Society’s management team for insights and developments within their respective areas of activity. Here, Natalie Boden, our Director of Marketing & Communications, addresses the Society’s 50th Anniversary celebration that will culminate at our Annual Meeting in Orlando this coming January. Natalie is celebrating an anniversary of her own this spring, completing her first year of service with the Society; she previously served as Director of Communications and Public Relations at The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center and as Director of Marketing and Member Communications at the Radiological Society of North America.

The year 1964 holds an important place in history. The Beatles came to the US for the first time, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, students staged the first of many major demonstrations against the Vietnam War,
and a group of general thoracic surgeons met in Montreal to sign documents that would officially create The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

STS Founders had a vision. They wanted a society that could serve as a forum for all practicing thoracic surgeons to gather, share experiences, and exchange ideas. STS has evolved over the past 50 years from its humble beginnings with a few hundred members in seven countries, to its current 6,600 members in 85 countries.

To honor the Founders and the Society’s five decades of accomplishments, STS has embarked on a yearlong celebration that began at the 49th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles and will culminate at the 50th Annual Meeting in Orlando.

You may have noticed the commemorative logo that was unveiled in Los Angeles. The logo is now on the STS website and appears in communications and publications, including this issue of STS News. A countdown clock has been added to the website so you can know exactly how many days, hours, and minutes until the big event begins in Orlando. The Society also has launched a series of flashback columns in STS News and video snapshots from Founders, Past Presidents, and others. The videos will be released every few weeks on the STS YouTube Channel with links offered in STS Weekly.

To heighten anticipation, news about some of the celebratory events will not be unveiled until right before the Annual
Meeting, January 25–29. We do, however, want you to watch your mailbox in late December for a special 50th Anniversary supplement to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery that will be mailed with the January 2014 issue. Chapters will highlight remembrances from Founders, Past Presidents, and current STS leaders, including W. Gerald Rainer, Thomas B. Ferguson, Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, and Douglas E. Wood.

We welcome your old STS photos, documents, and anecdotes to add to our collection. Society Historians have amassed
a treasure trove of memorabilia, but not all years are represented—especially the earliest years. Please e-mail your STS history contributions to nboden [at] sts [dot] org or mail your information to Natalie Boden, STS, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Floor 23, Chicago, IL 60611-3658. Please make sure photos are accompanied by a description about whom or what the photo depicts and what year the photo was taken.

Along with all of you, the STS staff is looking forward to a fun year and a very memorable 50th Annual Meeting! Please plan to be there for this once-in-a-lifetime event.