Tech-Con 2019

Event dates
San Diego, CA

Stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge developments in cardiothoracic surgery by attending Tech-Con, which will be held immediately prior to the STS 55th Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 26. The 2019 program will feature technologies anticipated to be available in the next 1-3 years, as well as innovative, off-label, and outside-the-box techniques that address complex problems.

The adult cardiac sessions will explore advancements in ischemic disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation surgery, and aortic and structural heart disease. Attendees at the general thoracic sessions can expect to learn about evolutions in lung and chest wall surgeries, as well as esophageal surgery.

An expanded general session will feature a keynote lecture on the role of artificial intelligence in medical technology, as well as a 2018 year in review that will summarize major research, innovations, and new technology. Two exciting debates will consider whether coronary revascularization should be performed only by dedicated coronary artery bypass grafting surgeons and whether peroral endoscopic myotomy should replace laparoscopic Heller myotomy.

The day will conclude with the popular Shark Tank presentations, in which inventors pitch their ideas to a panel of experts and the audience. Devices on deck for discussion include a leakproof aortic anastomosis stapler and a valveless pulsatile-flow ventricular assist device.

Tech-Con registration is separate from Annual Meeting registration, so make sure to register for both. Registration is now open!

Because information on new technologies provided by commercial interests will be included in Tech-Con, continuing medical education cannot be offered for this activity.

Tech-Con Presentation Proposals

Tech-Con proposal submissions have now closed. If you have questions about your proposal, please contact the Education Department.