19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference

Event dates
Denver, Colorado

Co-Sponsored by The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

Claim CME & CEU Credit
Log in to the conference website and claim the credit by clicking “Claim Credit and Evaluate” on the left-hand navigation menu. Physicians and PAs can claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, while nurses and perfusionists will be redirected to the Corexcel credit site to claim nursing contact hours or perfusion CEUs. 

Attendees of the 19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference will be immersed in the latest techniques and management strategies in cardiovascular and thoracic (CVT) critical care and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). The entire team of care providers for patients undergoing CVT operations and interventional procedures is invited to experience this dynamic 2.5-day event, which will feature interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, scientific abstracts, and expert panel discussions.

Experience this conference with your team of allied health care professionals! 

Program Directors 
Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, Subhasis Chatterjee, MD, HelenMari L. Merritt-Genore, DO, Vicki Morton, DNP, AGNP-BC, Sarah Schettle, PA, Clauden Louis, MD, and James H. Abernathy, MD, MPH

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the elements of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), including implementing an enhanced recovery protocol, methodologies for reducing the use of blood products, avoiding acute kidney injury, and reducing opioids for perioperative analgesia, and measuring effectiveness of an ERAS program
  • Evaluate strategies for optimizing the interaction and engagement of the interdisciplinary team during ICU rounds
  • Discuss the optimal management of postoperative atrial fibrillation
  • Demonstrate techniques in ECMO management, use of ultrasound for cardiac and intravascular volume status in postoperative patients, and management of postoperative cardiac emergencies
  • Describe elements of contemporary perioperative management of the heart failure patient
  • Explain the organization of the shock team
  • Describe the diagnosis and management of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, neurological catastrophes after descending thoracic aortic surgery, and RV Failure

Target Audience
This conference is designed for all members of the cardiothoracic and thoracic critical care team, including surgeons, cardiologists, interventionalists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, hospitalists, critical care nurses/nurse practitioners, perioperative registered nurses, physician assistants, catheter lab technicians, perfusionists, pharmacists, nutritionists, and respiratory therapists. In addition, surgical residents and cardiothoracic surgical fellows in training are encouraged to attend.

STS Physician Member $900
Physician Non-member $1,000
STS Associate, Resident/Fellow, and Medical Student Member $550
Allied Health, Resident, and Medical Students Non-Member $675
Industry Employee $900

*An STS Member ID (6 digits) is required to receive the discounted member rate. Database participation is not the same as STS membership. A Database participant ID is different from an STS Member ID. For help with an STS Member ID, please contact Member Services

Registration and Housing: Contact the STS Meetings department
Program: Contact the STS Education department.

COVID Information

STS requires that all professional registrants, faculty, exhibitors, guests, and STS staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their attendance. Attendees are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine; and, if eligible, have received a booster shot. 

STS has partnered with 42Chat/HealthShield, a third-party SMS texting-based service that will manage the collection of vaccine documentation. You will need to provide a telephone number through which you can be reached by SMS texting. Attendees will receive an invitation with instructions on how to upload their proof of vaccination in August. 

Accreditation Information

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 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


This learning activity was jointly planned and implemented by Corexcel and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This educational program provides a maximum of 14.08 contact hours.

This program has been approved by The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion for a maximum of 16.9 CEUs. Perfusionists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.