2019 Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Event dates
Atlanta, GA

Course Description

The STS Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery will offer extensive hands-on procedural experience in a state-of-the-art robotics training facility. Specially designed for surgical teams—a surgeon and a bedside assistant or other surgical team member—the Workshop will put participants in a realistic, cardiac robotics simulation environment where they can hone their skills in mitral valve repair, coronary bypass, and other cardiac surgery procedures.  

This 2-day, Friday/Saturday educational activity will be led by world-renowned instructors with successful track records in robotic surgery and will benefit surgeon teams of all skill levels. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Outline steps and discuss the finances needed to launch a robotic cardiac surgery program within a hospital setting
  • Coordinate surgical plans for robotic cardiac surgery procedures from beginning to end
  • Outline preoperative evaluation, patient selection, and postoperative care pathways
  • Describe the multidisciplinary components of building a robotic cardiac surgery program, including hospital administration and health care team personnel
  • Identify the ideal prerequisites for surgeon/team selection and the hospital/program selection for starting and sustaining a robotic cardiac surgery program
  • Carry out the basic steps to perform a robotic mitral valve repair procedure and a robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass procedure

Target Audience

This course is designed for the entire cardiac surgical team, including cardiothoracic surgeons with their bedside assistants, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, operating room staff, cardiac anesthesiologists, perfusionists, and others involved with cardiac robotic surgeries.

STS Member Surgeon + Assistant $1,800
Non-Member Surgeon + Assistant $2,100


A block of rooms for symposium attendees has been reserved at the Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners (475 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA). The special group rate is $129, plus state and local taxes. This rate is available until Thursday, March 7, 2019, on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two ways to reserve a room in the STS block:

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

Ethical MedTech Compliance
The  2019 Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery has been assessed by Ethical MedTech and is COMPLIANT with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.