Editor's Choice

Discover some of the featured content in each month’s The Annals of Thoracic Surgery issue, personally selected by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joanna Chikwe. 

May 2024

STS Document | The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database: 2023 Update on
Outcomes and Research Annual Report
Kumar, Eghtesady, and coauthors, p. 904

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Aorta | Reinterventions After Repair of Acute Type A Aortic Dissection: Incidence, Outcomes, and Risk Factors Research
Brown, Sultan, and coauthors, p. 915 

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Lung | Predictors of Venous Thromboembolism After Lung Cancer Resection Research
Axtell, Lanuti, and coauthors, p. 998

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Annals Animated

Each month’s issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery includes an “Annals Animated” video—a graphical summary of a selected research article.

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About The Annals

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery is the official journal of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. First published in 1965, The Annals is an international, peer-reviewed journal that provides outstanding original coverage of recent progress in adult and congenital cardiovascular and chest surgery and related fields. This leading monthly receives approximately 4,000 manuscripts for consideration annually and maintains rigorous acceptance standards under the editorial leadership of Joanna Chikwe, MD, and a distinguished editorial board.

The journal's current impact factor, an important journal metric published by Clarivate Analytics each year, is 5.102, and the Journal Citation Report ranks The Annals 28 out of 211 surgery journals. The Annals is the most-cited journal in cardiothoracic surgery, and the fifth most-cited journal in all of surgery.

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