International Membership

International Membership is for surgeons who have achieved appropriate certification or recognition of their achievements in cardiothoracic surgery in countries other than the United States or Canada and who devote their professional efforts to the interests of the specialty.


Are you a member of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)? Applicants who became EACTS members prior to 2009 and wish to join STS as International Members do not need to submit sponsorship information. Only a completed STS membership application and CV are required.

Initial dues payment may be prorated based on the date that completed application materials are submitted; payment will be processed upon submission. International applicants are approved for membership three times a year by the STS Board of Directors at each in-person meeting (January, Spring, Fall).

2019 Deadlines
Application Deadline Approval
March 25, 2019 May 5, 2019
September 16, 2019 October 27, 2019
December 5, 2019 January 26, 2020

Dues and Fees

Annual membership dues are based on where the member lives:

  • International Members living outside the United States and Canada* – $300
  • International Members living in the United States/Canada – $750/$650 

*International Members in low or lower middle income countries, per the World Bank – $100

There is a one-time initiation fee of $250. This initiation fee is waived for EACTS and ESTS members, members of ASCVTS in low or lower middle income countries defined by the World Bank, and STS Candidate Members who become International Members.

  Approved at Annual Meeting Approved at Spring Board Meeting Approved at Fall Board Meeting
Outside the United States and Canada $300.00 $200.00 $100.00
Low or Lower Middle Income Countries* $100.00 $75.00 $50.00
United States $750.00 $500.00 $250.00
Canada $650.00 $450.00 $200.00

*per the World Bank