Event Information

Abstracts

To read scientific abstracts, click the "Abstracts" button in the bottom navigation bar on the app home screen. Abstracts are also available in the online Program. Unless otherwise noted in this Abstract PDF or by the speakers, speakers have no commercial relationships to disclose and will be presenting information only on devices, products, or drugs that are FDA approved for the purposes they are discussing. Abstract content appears as it was submitted; only titles have been edited for clarity and consistency.

Annals Manuscript Submission

Each abstract that is presented orally or as a poster during the STS 56th Annual Meeting must be submitted before or at the time of the meeting to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery for publication consideration. Manuscripts must be submitted via The Annals online manuscript tracking system (editorialmanager.com/annals) by Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 4:59 p.m., Central Time.

Annual Meeting Online

Access to the STS 56th Annual Meeting Online is included with Annual Meeting registration. With such a full meeting schedule, it’s impossible to attend every presentation of interest. This web-based video presentation will provide an opportunity to review sessions of special interest and earn CME credit for sessions that you were unable to attend—all from the comfort of your home or office. The Online product will be available in early March and will be accessible for up to a year. Visit sts.org/AMonline to learn more.

Career Fair

The STS/CTSNet Career Fair gives attendees the chance to meet face-to-face with top employers. Recruiters will be available to talk with potential candidates about career opportunities. The Career Fair will be held in the Exhibit Hall at the back of aisles 1100 and 1200.

Sunday, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 

Coat & Luggage Check

Complimentary coat and luggage check is available near Registration on the first floor of the convention center.

Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Sunday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 

Continuing Medical Education

The STS 56th Annual Meeting utilizes an entirely electronic evaluation and CME/Perfusion CEU credit claim process. Both physicians and perfusionists can use this system to claim credit, complete evaluations, and print CME/Perfusion CEU certificates. Certificates of Attendance also are available for other attendees and international physicians not wishing to claim CME/Perfusion CEU credit. Attendees will not be able to evaluate and claim CME/Perfusion CEU credit for ticketed sessions unless they have registered for those sessions. Please note that CME credit is not available for the Residents Symposium, Residents Luncheon, Tech-Con Lunch and Learns, or Tech-Con Joint Session. 


Attendees can complete evaluations by clicking on the Credit/Evaluation button on the app home screen, by going to sts.org/2020evaluation, or by visiting computer stations located in the Great Hall Lobby on the first floor near Registration. In order to make this process more convenient for attendees, the meeting evaluations will be available through Friday, February 13, 2020.


Attendees can log into the website with the following information:

  • Username: 6-digit STS member ID number printed on their meeting badge
  • Password: First initial and last name

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

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 27.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the results of clinical and laboratory investigations designed to reveal new knowledge of cardiothoracic diseases or develop new technology applicable to the management of cardiothoracic diseases 
  • Evaluate the impact of new knowledge and the application of new technology on the treatment of cardiothoracic diseases
  • Discuss the importance of patient safety issues and how current strategies can be introduced into one’s practice or institution 
  • Discuss surgical techniques in order to improve the standard of care within the specialty 
  • Examine how public policy can impact the treatment of one’s patients 
  • Share and summarize information provided through small group discussions facilitated by leaders in cardiothoracic surgery
     
Dining Options

The concession stands in the Exhibit Hall will be open:

Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available during the Sunday Opening Reception, and coffee will be available at scheduled breaks on Monday and Tuesday in the Exhibit Hall. Starbucks is located in Lobby C on the first floor and will open daily at 6:00 a.m. 

Additional concessions are located in Lobby B and C on the first floor during the following times:

Twain’s Deli (Lobby C), 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Atrium (Lobby C), 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grab n Go (Lobby B), 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 

First Aid

First aid services are available in the Great Hall Lobby outside of Exhibit Hall B2.

Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 

Housing Help Desk

The Housing Help Desk is located across from registration in the Great Hall Lobby on the first floor of the convention center. It will be open during the following times:

Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lost & Found

Lost items may be claimed at the Information Desk near Registration. After the meeting, all unclaimed items will be discarded.

Meditation Room

A prayer/meditation room is available for all attendees on the second floor of the convention center in Show Office B213.

Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 

Mobile App Help Desk

The Mobile App Help Desk is located across from registration in the Great Hall Lobby on the first floor of the convention center. It will be open during the following times:

Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mother's Room

A lounge dedicated for nursing mothers is available in Show Office B201 and B202 on the second floor.

Photography & Recording Policy

Photography and video recording of Tech-Con 2020 sessions are strictly prohibited, except by authorized personnel. Video recording of STS 56th Annual Meeting sessions is strictly prohibited, except by authorized personnel.

Registration

Attendee and exhibitor registration is located in Great Hall Lobby on the first floor of the convention center.

Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Badges must be worn at all times and are required for admission to scientific sessions and the STS Exhibit Hall. 

Annual Meeting registrants will receive complimentary access to Annual Meeting Online and also may purchase separate tickets for Tech-Con, STS University courses, and the President’s Reception.
 

Speaker Ready Room

The Speaker Ready Room is located in Room 214 on the Second Floor of the convention center. All presenters must visit the Speaker Ready Room at least 24 hours before their scheduled presentation time so they can upload their PowerPoint into the presentation system.

Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.