Keynotes & Presidential Address

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

Friday, January 29
2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET

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

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 

Friday, January 29
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. ET

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

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


Presidential Address: 
Resilience. Hope. Unity.

Saturday, January 30
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET

Dr. Dearani will take a look at what the specialty has endured and how it has evolved over the past year and explain why cardiothoracic surgeons have one of the most gratifying and impactful careers in all of medicine.

Joseph A. Dearani, MD
Mayo Clinic and STS President
Rochester, Minnesota


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

Sunday, January 31
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. ET

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

Enrico Ruffini, MD
University of Torino
Chieri, Italy

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

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