Keynote Lectures from STS 2021

C. Walton Lillehei Lecture: 
The (Radically) Changing Landscape of Medical Technology Innovation

Dr. Yock, known for his inventions and work on developing and testing new device technologies, shares his experiences and vision for the future of cardiothoracic surgery. 

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Paul G. Yock, MD, MA
Stanford University
Stanford, California


Vivien T. Thomas Lecture:
The Long Shadow of Racism and Racial Bias in the Lack of Diversity in Medicine and Surgery: A Prescription for the Future 

With diversity and inclusion initiatives at the forefront in many areas of society, Dr. Capers addresses why they are essential in medicine. Following the lecture, Dr. Capers answers questions from the audience. 

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Quinn Capers IV, MD
The University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, Texas 


Thomas B. Ferguson Lecture: 
Personal Reflections from COVID-19

The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world and abruptly changed cardiothoracic surgery practice. Three highly regarded cardiothoracic surgeons, each in a major city on a different continent, describe how the virus impacted their respective epicenters and institutions and share their personal experiences on the front lines. 

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Craig R. Smith Jr., MD
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York, United States

Enrico Ruffini, MD
University of Torino
Chieri, Italy

Alan D.L. Sihoe, MBBS, MA, FRCSEd
Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital
Tai Wai, Hong Kong, China