Event dates
Mar 23, 2023 – Jan 26, 2024
The STS Leadership Institute helps members in their first 15 years of practice to develop the skills necessary to lead teams in and out of the OR, strategize personal and professional goals, negotiate a career path, and influence change in the workplace.

The STS Leadership Institute develops skills for cardiothoracic surgeons that have become vital as healthcare delivery grows more complex and rapidly transforms. Physicians who have the necessary leadership skills are essential for medical teams to adapt and work together effectively in order to provide the best patient care. The STS Leadership Institute is targeted for early career (0-7 years in practice) and mid-career (8-15 years in practice) surgeons who are STS members. It includes five events: three virtual sessions and two in-person meetings. The Capstone event will take place in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with STS 2024 Annual Meeting. Selected applicants are required to participate in all five events of the series

Participants will work in tracks specific to their career standing and will have ample time to interact with the program’s faculty of prestigious leaders. Course Directors for the 2023-2024 program are Mara B. Antonoff, MD, David T. Cooke, MD, Dawn S. Hui, MD, Anita R. Krueger, MD, Tom C. Nguyen, MD, and Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD. Now in its 4th year, the STS Leadership Institute teaches key physician leadership skills that can influence career progression.

Session 1 Agenda Schedule

Upon completion, graduates receive a certificate that could be meaningful in support of promotion, tenure, and other career advancement opportunities.

Session 1: Individual Growth – (Virtual)
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Session 2: Leading Others – (Chicago, IL) 
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Session 3: Leading Every Day: Applying Skills and Networking – (Virtual)
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Session 4: Program Building – (Virtual) 
Thursday, October 12, 2023
Capstone Session: STS 2024 – (San Antonio, TX) 
Friday, January 26, 2024

This educational opportunity is for STS members only.

A limited number of seats are available. Registration is $600, and attendees are responsible for travel-related expenses, including airfare and housing. Continuing medical education credits will be available. Registration for STS 2024 also is required. 

The application deadline has passed. Notifications regarding applications will be sent by the end of February.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

These activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The exact number of available credits will be provided closer to the event dates.