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. Separate tracks will be offered for adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery, and the day will conclude with a joint session featuring a special keynote lecture, debates, and the popular "Shark Tank" presentations.

View a full list of topics for each session below. For a list with speakers, click here

Adult Cardiac Track I: New Technologies in Ischemic, Heart Failure, and Atrial Fibrillation Surgery

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • Minimally Invasive Left Atrial Appendage Closure Through the Transverse Sinus: Why and How I Do It
  • Sophisticated Mapping in the OR During Surgical Ablation: How to Do It With or Without Your Electrophysiologist
  • High-Risk Cardiac Surgery Using Temporary Circulatory Support: How I Do It
  • Smartphone App to Facilitate Donor Organ Harvesting
  • Is Subvalvular Repair Worthwhile in Severe Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation?  
  • Noninvasive Imaging for Coronary Bypass: What’s New in Anatomic and Functional Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Advanced Hybrid Coronary Revascularization: Are Two Internal Mammary Artery Grafts Better Than One?
  • Arterial Grafts: Lessons Learned from Arterial and Radial Conduits
General Thoracic Track I: New Technologies in Lung and Chest Wall Surgery

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • A Novel Wireless Surgical Marker for Small Lung Lesions
  • First Use of the ArtiSential Suite of Articulated Instruments in Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Update on Robotic Bronchoplasty Techniques
  • Novel Applications of Titanium Mesh in Thoracic Surgery
  • State-of-the-Art in Chest Wall and Diaphragm Reconstruction: Current Materials and Techniques
  • A Novel Approach to Patient Engagement
  • Targeted Lung Denervation to Treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Adult Cardiac Track II: New Technologies in Aortic and Structural Heart Disease

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Aortic Valve Repair Technology and Devices: Where Are We Going?
  • PHASTER: Proximal Hybrid Aortic Stent Graft for Extended Repair
  • Branched Endografts for the Aortic Arch
  • Minimally Invasive Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Mitral Annular Calcification: Pearls and Pitfalls
  • Transapical Mitral Replacement With Anterior Leaflet Splitting: A Novel Technique to Avoid Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction
  • Update on New Transcatheter Mitral Replacement Devices 
  • A New Sutureless Device to Repair Mitral Chords
  • First-in-Man Implantation of a Novel Balloon-Adjustable Mitral Ring
  • Tricuspid Extracellular Matrix Cylinder Valves in Endocarditis: Earliest Steps to In-Human Valve Generation
General Thoracic Track II: New Technologies in Esophageal Surgery

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Tissue-Engineered Esophagus
  • POP and STER: Endoscopic Pyloromyotomy and Submucosal Tumor Resection
  • FLIP for LINX: EndoFLIP for Antireflux Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure Device for Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair
  • Subxiphoid Approach to Mediastinal Tumor Resection
  • EndoVAC for Esophageal Leak
Joint Session: The Future of Cardiothoracic Surgery Is Here

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Keynote Address: Artificial Intelligence—Hype or Hope for Med Tech?
  • 2018 Year in Review: Summary of New Technologies and Major Research
  • A Call for Change: Maintaining the Future of Our Field
  • The Kinder, Gentler 4th Era of Heart Surgery
  • Planning for Future Reoperation: Choosing the Valve for the Present
  • Radiomics and Lung Cancer Detection/Modeling: Is This the Holy Grail?
  • Debate: Coronary Revascularization Should Be Performed Only by Dedicated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgeons
  • Debate: Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy Should Replace Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy
  • Past "Shark Tank" Presenters: Where Are They Now? What Have We Learned? 
  • Rapid and Leakproof Aortic Anastomosis Stapler
  • Toroidal Valveless Pulsatile-Flow Ventricular Assist Device
  • Neurostimulation for Pain Management After Cardiac Surgery
  • Tracheomend

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.