There’s Still Time! Help Celebrate the Society's 50th Anniversary

STS News, Winter 2014 -- The STS 50th Annual Meeting in Orlando is only weeks away, but it’s not too late to join your cardiothoracic surgery colleagues at one of the premier international educational events in the field—and this year will be even more special because it marks the Society’s 50th anniversary.

Registration is still available at, as well as onsite in Orlando. Spots for ticketed sessions, such as the Early Riser Sessions and STS University, are going quickly, so don’t delay. Allied health care professionals (both STS members and non-members) can take advantage of a new Sunday-only pass, which offers attendance at all courses on Sunday for a low rate.

All members of the surgical team are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting. A number of sessions have been designed to address all facets of CT surgery, including the Practice Management Summit and the CT Surgery Interprofessional Education Symposium.

To celebrate the Society’s golden anniversary, special exhibits will be on display and tributes will take place during the General Sessions. Watch congratulatory messages from prominent public figures and other medical societies, honor the Founder Members who helped develop STS into the prestigious organization it is today, and learn how the Society and the specialty have evolved since that first Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

Groundbreaking Research to be Presented
The Annual Meeting is your chance to learn about cutting-edge research being conducted in the field. Renowned experts
from each subspecialty will offer a variety of viewpoints on hot topics.

The J. Maxwell Chamberlain Papers chosen this year are:

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery: Safety Implications of Robotic Surgery: Analysis of Recalls and Adverse Event Reports of da Vinci Surgical Systems
  • General Thoracic Surgery: A Comparative, Propensity-Matched Analysis of Wedge Resection and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
  • Congenital Heart Surgery: Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Superoxide Dismutase Gene Variants Have an Additive Adverse Effect on Covariate-Adjusted Transplant-Free Survival After Surgery for Isolated Congenital Heart Disease

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

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery: The Association of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Availability, Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement Case Volume, and In-Hospital Mortality in the United States: A Report From the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and the STS/ACC TVT Registry™
  • General Thoracic Surgery: Wedge Resection Reduces the Incidence of Major Morbidity by Nearly 50% as Compared to Lobectomy: An STS General Thoracic Surgery Database Propensity-Matched Analysis
  • Congenital Heart Surgery: Epidemiology and Outcomes of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest After Pediatric Cardiac Surgery: An Analysis of the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Annual Meeting will feature dozens of oral abstract presentations during the scientific sessions on Monday and Tuesday. The General Session on Tuesday afternoon will also feature three abstracts identified as “hot topics” in cardiothoracic surgery that are sure to stimulate thought-provoking debate.

If you can’t make the Annual Meeting (and even if you can), be sure to purchase the STS 50th Annual Meeting Online Products now before prices rise.

Don’t miss this opportunity. If you have questions about registration, contact Erin Luytjes, Meetings Coordinator, at eluytjes [at] sts [dot] org. We hope to see you in Orlando!