Event dates
Mar 21, 2024 – Jan 23, 2025
Zoom, Chicago, and Los Angeles
An opportunity for early and mid-career STS surgeon members to learn how to lead in and out of the OR.

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 and mid-career surgeons who are STS members (not applicable to current residents and fellow trainees).

It includes five events: three virtual sessions and two in-person meetings. The Capstone event will take place in Los Angeles, CA in conjunction with STS 2025 Annual Meeting. Selected applicants are required to participate in all five events of the series. 

A dedicated workforce has implemented a rigorous and realistic course plan for the 2024-25 cohort. The encapsulated courses should guarantee a successful leadership path upon completion of all five activities.

Course Directors

Mara B. Antonoff, MD
Dawn S. Hui, MD
Anita R. Krueger, MD
Olugbenga T. Okusanya, MD
Joseph D. Phillips, MD
Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD
Panos N. Vardas, MD



Applications are now closed. Notifications regarding applications will be sent by end of February followed by registration details. Add your name to the interest list if you would like to be notified about the next cohort. 

A limited number of seats are available. To be considered, you must be selected through the application process. Registration to participate costs $650, STS 2025 registration is required, and attendees are responsible for travel-related expenses, including airfare and housing. Continuing medical education credits will be available. Annual meeting pricing will be available closer to the date of the meeting. Make sure to register while early bird rates are available. 

Required attendance at the following events

Session 1: Individual Growth – Virtual (Agenda)
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Session 2: Leading Others – Chicago, IL 
Saturday, April 13, 2024

Session 3: Leading Every Day: Applying Skills and Networking – Virtual 
Thursday, July 18, 2024

Session 4: Program Building – Virtual 
Thursday, October 17, 2024

Capstone Session: STS 2025, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, January 23, 2025

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.