Mentorship is an important component to success for many up-and-coming cardiothoracic surgeons. For established surgeons, being a good mentor is equally as important. Vinay Badhwar, MD (West Virginia University) moderates a discussion that includes Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH (Mayo Clinic), Melanie A. Edwards, MD (Saint Louis University), and David D. Odell, MD, MMSc (Northwestern University) talking about how mentorship is critical to the future of the specialty and what STS is doing to promote mentorship for early career surgeons.

Each year STS physician leaders recommend health policy priorities for the year ahead. This agenda represents key issues that STS volunteers and staff will focus on in 2023. STS will also continue to advocate many other issues of importance to the specialty as opportunities present themselves. 

STS Advocacy Update
The US House of Representatives voted to pass the ‘‘Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023.” The deal suspends the $31.5 trillion debt ceiling. STS Advocacy explains the implications related to PAYGO, veterans' medical care, COVID-19, and student loans.
3 min read
Molly Peltzman, STS Advocacy Team
Potential Debt Limit Implications
The US is approaching a potential breach of the debt limit for the first time in history and it could significantly impact healthcare.
2 min read
Haley Brown, STS Advocacy

STS is pleased to co-present this free webinar on the Advances in Surgery channel. Creation of a free account on the AIS site is required to view the program. 

8:00 a.m. ET
STS Advocacy staff outline how the end of the Federal Public Health Emergency will affect surgical practices and compensation, and explain how your advocacy efforts have helped to extend some flexibilities.
3 min read
Molly Peltzman, MA

Join STS President Thomas MacGillivray and DEI consultant James Pogue for an interactive virtual conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The hour-long town hall will feature audience polling, Q&A, insights from moderators, and an update on the Society’s efforts to bolster its commitment to DEI. Participants in this safe and engaging forum will come away with a deeper understanding of DEI, and the opportunities and challenges in advancing a culture of inclusivity within STS and the specialty.

7:00 p.m. ET
1 hr.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery Short Reports provides a modern venue for authors to present their research in a digestible format, while also making it available immediately, permanently, and universally. 

STS Advocacy - Influencing health care policy and championing causes important to the CT surgery specialty

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), STS's charitable arm, offers grants and scholarships that support much more than research projects. TSF funds travel to learn new skills like structural heart applications and robotics, and can match you with world-class mentors and state-of-the-art technology. The following are just a fraction of the projects awarded in the last year. See the full range of awards.


Be the voice of the cardiothoracic surgery specialty in Washington, DC—register to attend the 2023 STS Advocacy Conference.
Event dates
Oct 17–18, 2023
Washington, D.C.
  • The Annals of Thoracic Surgery: Editor's Choice highlights the latest from the preeminent scientific journal in cardiothoracic surgery.
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