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 VIII, Section 2)

John H. Calhoon, Chair — San Antonio, TX
Sean C. Grondin — Calgary, Canada
Thomas E. MacGillivray — Houston, TX
Jennifer C. Romano — Ann Arbor, MI
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 VIII, Section 3)

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

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall consider all applications for membership and report its recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Membership Committee also shall oversee the recruitment of new members.
(STS Bylaws Article VIII, Section 5)

Michael J. Weyant, Chair — Fairfax, VA
Edward B. Savage, Vice Chair — Stuart, FL
Barry Gibney — Charleston, SC
Aditya K. Kaza — Boston, MA
W. Brent Keeling — Atlanta, GA
Puja Gaur Khaitan — Washington, DC
Shelly C. Lall — Traverse City, MI
Daniel L. Miller — Marietta, GA
Sandra L. Starnes — Cincinnati, OH
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, International or Candidate Member shall be nominated for election to office; that no Honorary or Candidate 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 VIII, 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
Sean C. Grondin — Calgary, Canada
John H. Calhoon, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting — San Antonio, TX

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 VIII, Section 6)

J. Scott Millikan, Chair — Scottsdale, AZ
Andrea J. Carpenter, Vice Chair — San Antonio, TX
Leah M. Backhus — Stanford, CA
Sharon Ben-Or — Kansas City, MO
David Blitzer — New York, NY
John Braxton — Billings, MT
Thomas Burdon — Palo Alto, CA
DuyKhanh P. Ceppa — Indianapolis, IN
Robbin G. Cohen — Los Angeles, CA
Daniel H. Drake — Traverse City, MI
Jessica G.Y. Luc — Vancouver, Canada
Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce — Ottawa, Canada
Sudish C. Murthy — Cleveland, OH
Allan Pickens — Atlanta, GA
Patrick Roughneen — Dallas, TX
Michael Smith — Phoenix, AZ
James S. Tweddell — Cincinnati, OH
Sean C. Grondin, Ex-Officio — Calgary, Canada

Council Operating Boards & Workforces

Council on Meetings and 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
S. Adil Husain — Chair, Workforce on Annual Meeting
Stephanie M. Fuller — 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
M. Blair Marshall — 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
Jonathan W. Haft — Chair, Workforce on Surgical Treatment of End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease
Gorav Ailawadi — Chair, Workforce on Technology and Innovation
James R. Edgerton — Appointed Member
John Kennedy, III — Resident Appointee
Leah M. Backhus — Ex-Officio
John H. Calhoon — Ex-Officio
Gregory P. Fontana — 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
David M. Shahian — 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
Kevin D. Accola — Ex-Officio
Jennifer C. Romano — Ex-Officio
James S. Tweddell — Ex-Officio


Council on Health Policy and Relationships


Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr. — Council Chair
Francis C. Nichols, III — Chair, Workforce on Coding and Reimbursement
Stephen J. Lahey — Chair, Workforce on Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy
Keith A. Horvath — Appointed Member
John E. Mayer, Jr. — Appointed Member
Keith S. Naunheim — Appointed Member
Alan M. Speir — Appointed Member
David Blitzer — Resident Appointee
Thomas E. MacGillivray — Ex-Officio
John D. Mitchell — Ex-Officio
Ara A. Vaporciyan — Ex-Officio


Council on Clinical Practice and 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
Anthony L. Estrera — Ex-Officio
Thomas G. Gleason — Ex-Officio
Wilson Y. Szeto — Ex-Officio