2018 STS Intermacs Meeting

Event dates
Rosemont, IL

Course Description

Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is an evolving treatment for heart failure patients. The 2018 STS Intermacs Meeting will focus on patient reported outcomes, new science, clinical trials, adverse events, and new technologies related to FDA-approved MCS devices used to treat advanced heart failure.

Sessions will feature invited lecturers, poster presentations, and an enhanced overview of user interactions with the STS Intermacs Database. Participants also will be updated on the status of Intermacs, including new initiatives and research opportunities.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • State some of the achievements and challenges of an MCS device registry from the viewpoints of the agencies, hospitals, physicians and other health care workers, and device manufacturers
  • Explain how quality of life surveys are collected and how these impact MCS device patients
  • Define adverse events in the adult and pediatric MCS device populations
  • Describe how to request and apply for data through the STS Research Center
  • Identify new MCS devices and their likely future impact


The STS group rate at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare has expired, but there is still availability at the hotel. There are two ways to book your housing:

Sherri Ann Wissman Memorial Excellence Award 

The nomination deadline has passed. 

An outstanding ventricular assist device (VAD) coordinator will be recognized and awarded the Sherri Ann Wissman Memorial Excellence Award during the 2018 STS Intermacs Meeting. This award is presented in memory of longtime Intermacs VAD Coordinator Sherri Ann Wissman, who passed away on December 20, 2016. 

The recipient of this award must be a VAD coordinator who demonstrates the following: 
•    Loyalty and dependability
•    Helpfulness to fellow employees and patients
•    Selflessness
•    Contribution to the overall quality of life of VAD patients

STS Physician Members $600
STS Allied Health (Associate), Candidate, and Pre-Candidate Members $400
Non-Member Physicians $700
Non-Member Residents, Medical Students, and Allied Health $500
Non-Exhibiting Industry Personnel $700

CME and Nursing Credit

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 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). 

Corexcel designates this learning activity as 10.75 Contact Hours.