Leadership Beyond the Operating Room for Early Career Surgeons

Event dates
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA

Course Directors 
Mara B. Antonoff, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
David T. Cooke, MD, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Melanie A. Edwards, MD, Integrated Health Associates, Ypsilanti, MI
Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, John Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Jennifer S. Lawton, MD, John Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Muhammad Faraz Masood, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Course Description    
Leadership Beyond the Operating Room for Early Career Surgeons is a new course designed to help develop the next generation of leaders in the profession. Cardiothoracic surgeons who are in their first 8 years of practice (academic or private practice) are invited to participate and learn about core leadership skills that are imperative for success in an ever-changing health care environment.

This interactive afternoon course will focus on three core areas—managing people, managing finances, and managing yourself. Each topic area will include brief lectures from STS surgeon leaders and invited experts, followed by small group discussions of case studies and then a full group discussion. Surgeon mentors will be placed strategically in each of the groups. At the conclusion of the course, attendees are invited to stay for a special networking reception. 

Target Audience
Cardiothoracic surgeons in their first 8 years of practice

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

  • Discuss the impact of organizational culture and how to influence change
  • Identify tools for communicating effectively within a diverse working environment
  • Describe the structure of institutional finances and keys to service line profitability
  • Summarize strategies for achieving personal goals inside and outside of the workplace
  • List the definitions of wellness and identify skillsets for obtaining work/life balance

Application submission to attend this invite-only course is now closed.

Surgeons in their first 8 years of practice were required to apply and have a sponsor in order to be considered for this prestigious, limited-space event. View the list via below. 

2020 Leadership Summit Attendee List

Evgeny Arshava, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Gabor Bagameri, Mayo Clinic
Keki Balsara, Vanderbilt
Lisa Brown, University of California, Davis
Errol Bush, Johns Hopkins
Edward Chan, Houston Methodist
Mohiuddin Cheema, Hartford Hospital
Chun Choi, Johns Hopkins University
Andrei Churyla, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
George Comas, St John Medical Center
Janet Edwards, University of Calgary
Amber Edwards, St. Thomas Heart
Carlos Encarnacion, HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center 
Nicole Geissen, John H. Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County / Rush University Medical Center
Charles Ghee, Cardiac Surgery Associates, S.C.
Danielle Gottlieb, Sen Children's Hospital New Orleans/LSU Health Sciences Center
Kendra Grubb, Emory University
Mark Hennon, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jeremy Herrmann, Indiana University School of Medicine
Darius Hollings, Ascension/Saint Thomas Health
Taryne Imai, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Arman Kilic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Anita Krueger, Baylor Scott & White-All Saints Medical Center
Kiran Lagisetty, University of Michigan
Melissa Levack, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jeremiah Martin, Southern Ohio Medical Center
Daniel McCarthy, University of Wisconsin
Brian Mitzman, NYU Langone Health
Jacob Moremen, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Raghav Murthy, Mount Sinai Hospital
Jennifer Nelson, Nemours Children's Hospital; UCF College of Medicine
Olugbenga Okusanya, University of Pittsburgh
Shakirat Oyetunji, University of Washington Medical Center
Joseph Phillips, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Timothy Pirolli, UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center in Dallas
Andrew Popoff, Henry Ford Hospital
Deyanira Prastein, Rochester General Hospital
Ravi Rajaram, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Matthew Reinersman, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Kristen Sell-Dottin, University of Louisville
Elliot Servais, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Aleem Siddique, University of Nebraska Medical Center
David Spurlock, Spectrum Health 
Paul Tang, University of Michigan
Robert Van Haren, University of Cincinnati
Panos Vardas, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Claire Watkins, Stanford University
Stephanie Worrell, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University
Moritz Wyler von Ballmoos, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
Brittany Zwischenberger, Duke University

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