Committees, Council Operating Boards & Workforces

Standing Committees

Executive Committee

During the intervals between meetings of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee shall possess and may exercise all the powers of the Board of Directors in the management and direction of the affairs of the Society, except with respect to authority prohibited, prescribed or limited by resolution of the Board of Directors or by the Illinois General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act.
(from STS Bylaws Article IX, Section 2 (b))

Thomas E. MacGillivray, Chair — Washington, DC
John H. Calhoon — San Antonio, TX
Jennifer C. Romano — Ann Arbor, MI
Joseph F. Sabik, III — Cleveland, OH
Wilson Y. Szeto — Philadelphia, PA
Vinod H. Thourani — Atlanta, GA

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall work with the Executive Director in the development of the Society's annual budget and shall oversee the performance of the Society in light of that budget throughout the fiscal year. The Finance Committee also shall review the independent auditor's report, oversee the Society's investment and other financial matters, and generally provide guidance to the Board of Directors related to the fiscal well-being of the Society.
(from STS Bylaws Article IX, Section 3)

Richard L. Prager, Chair — Ann Arbor, MI
Andrea J. Carpenter — San Antonio, TX
Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr. — Aurora, CO
Jennifer C. Romano, Ex-Officio — Ann Arbor, MI
Wilson Y. Szeto, Ex-Officio — Philadelphia, PA
Vinod H. Thourani, Ex-Officio — Atlanta, GA

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall consider all applications for Surgeon Membership and report its recommendations to the Executive Committee.
(STS Bylaws Article IX, Section 5)

Michael J. Weyant, Chair — Fairfax, VA
Sandra L. Starnes, Vice Chair — Cincinnati, OH
Barry Gibney — Charleston, SC
Aditya K. Kaza — Boston, MA
W. Brent Keeling — Atlanta, GA
Puja Gaur Khaitan — Washington, DC
Scott LeMaire — Houston, TX
Robert A. Sorabella — Mountain Brook, AL
Philip J. Spencer — Rochester, MN
A. Claire Watkins — Stanford, CA

Nominating Committee

The committee shall prepare a slate of nominees for elected officers and the rest of the Board of Directors; provided, however, that no Honorary, Resident/Fellow, Medical Student, or Associate Member shall be nominated for election to office; that no Honorary, Medical Student, or Associate Member shall be nominated for election to the Board of Directors; and that no Senior Member shall be nominated for election to office or to the Board of Directors unless his or her nomination is approved by the Board of Directors.
(from STS Bylaws Article IX, Section 4)

Richard L. Prager, Chair — Ann Arbor, MI
Keith S. Naunheim — St. Louis, MO
Robert S.D. Higgins — Boston, MA
Joseph A. Dearani — Rochester, MN
John H. Calhoon — San Antonio, TX
Thomas E. MacGillivray, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting — Washington, DC

Standards and Ethics Committee

The Standards and Ethics Committee shall represent the Society, under the direction of the Board of Directors, in matters relating to standards of conduct in the specialty and in matters pertaining to medical ethics and discipline which involve members of the Society.
(STS Bylaws Article IX, Section 6)

J. Scott Millikan, Chair — Scottsdale, AZ
Robbin G. Cohen, Vice Chair — Los Angeles, CA
Leah M. Backhus — Stanford, CA
Sharon Ben-Or — Kansas City, MO
John Braxton — Billings, MT
Thomas Burdon — Palo Alto, CA
DuyKhanh P. Ceppa — Indianapolis, IN
Joshua B. Goldberg — White Plains, NY
Jessica G.Y. Luc — Vancouver, Canada
Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce — Ottawa, Canada
Francis C. Nichols, III — Rochester, MN
Patrick Roughneen — Dallas, TX
Ahmad Y. Sheikh — San Francisco, CA
Michael Smith — Phoenix, AZ
Shona E. Smith — Sudbury, Canada
John H. Calhoon, Ex-Officio — San Antonio, TX

Council Operating Boards & Workforces

Council on Education


Thomas K. Varghese, Jr. — Council Chair
Shari L. Meyerson — Council Vice Chair, Chair, Workforce on E-Learning and Educational Innovation
Pavan Atluri — Chair, Workforce on Adult Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
Karen M. Kim — Chair, Workforce on Annual Meeting
James D. St. Louis — Chair, Workforce on Congenital Heart Surgery
Ahmet Kilic — Chair, Workforce on Continuing Education and Maintenance of Certification
Rakesh C. Arora — Chair, Workforce on Critical Care
Joseph B. Shrager — Chair, Workforce on General Thoracic Surgery
S. Christopher Malaisrie — Chair, Workforce on International Education
Hani K. Najm — Chair, Workforce on Surgical Treatment of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
Michael S. Mulligan — Chair, Workforce on Surgical Treatment of End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease
Tsuyoshi Kaneko — Chair, Workforce on Technology and Innovation
James R. Edgerton — Appointed Member
Sue Wang — Resident Appointee
Thomas G. Gleason — Ex-Officio
Thomas E. MacGillivray — Ex-Officio
Ara A. Vaporciyan — Ex-Officio


Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety


Vinay Badhwar — Council Chair
Felix G. Fernandez — Council Vice Chair, Chair, Workforce on National Databases
Joseph F. Sabik, III — Chair, Workforce on Evidence Based Surgery
Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce — Chair, Workforce on Patient Safety
Jeffrey P. Jacobs — Chair, Workforce on Quality
Benjamin D. Kozower — Chair, Workforce on Research
Juan A. Crestanello — Appointed Member
David A. Fullerton — Appointed Member
Jennifer S. Nelson — Appointed Member
Sameer Hirji — Resident Appointee
Leah M. Backhus — Ex-Officio
John D. Mitchell — Ex-Officio
Joseph F. Sabik, III — Ex-Officio


Council on Health Policy and Relationships


Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr. — Council Chair
Francis C. Nichols, III — Chair, Workforce on Coding and Reimbursement
Keith A. Horvath — Chair, Workforce on Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy
John E. Mayer, Jr. — Appointed Member
Keith S. Naunheim — Appointed Member
Alan M. Speir — Appointed Member
David Blitzer — Resident Appointee
Raymond J. Strobel — Resident Appointee
Anthony L. Estrera — Ex-Officio
Gregory P. Fontana — Ex-Officio
Jennifer C. Romano — Ex-Officio


Council on Member Engagement


Shanda H. Blackmon — Council Chair
J. Michael DiMaio — Chair, Workforce on Cardiothoracic Surgery Practice Models
Mara B. Antonoff — Chair, Workforce on Career Development
David T. Cooke — Chair, Workforce on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Robbin G. Cohen — Chair, Workforce on Media Relations and Communications
Gaetano Paone — Chair, Workforce on Multidisciplinary Team Care
Elizabeth A. David — Chair, Workforce on Thoracic Surgery Resident Development
Irbaz Hameed — Resident Appointee
Kevin D. Accola — Ex-Officio
Stephanie M. Fuller — Ex-Officio
Wilson Y. Szeto — Ex-Officio