Quality, Research & Patient Safety

Quality, research, and patient safety initiatives are vital components of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons efforts to help members provide the highest quality of care for patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery.


The STS National Database and its quality assessment activities, development of nationally recognized quality measures, and quality improvement initiatives are all built on the foundation of more than 4.5 million surgical records. 


Research activities, based on STS National Database data, to date have resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the scientific literature and have significantly advanced knowledge in cardiothoracic surgery.

Patient Safety

STS, committed to optimizing patient safety in cardiothoracic surgery, also provides resources and education that promote leadership and foster teamwork to help surgeons create patient-centered environments and improve their practices.

Public Reporting

The Society is leading the way in public reporting through its collaboration with Consumers Union and its STS Public Reporting Online initiative. Cardiothoracic surgeons participating in the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database voluntarily report surgical outcomes to promote transparency for consumers and help engage patients and their families in shared decision-making.