19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference

Event dates
Denver, Colorado

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Deadline: Wednesday, July 13, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

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
  Early Bird
(Through July 18)
STS Physician Member $800 $900
Physician Non-member $900 $1,000
STS Associate, Resident/Fellow, and Medical Student Member $450 $550
Allied Health, Resident, and Medical Students Non-Member $575 $675
Industry Employee $900 $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

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The special STS group rate is $209.00 for a single/double (plus applicable taxes and fees). This rate is available until Wednesday, August 17, 2022, on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two ways to reserve a room in the STS block:

  • Reserve Online
  • Call +1-888-236-2427 and reference “STS 19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference” 

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 late July. 

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™.

STS has applied for nursing and perfusion CEUs for this course. Further information is forthcoming.