How to Successfully Implement Surgical Innovations and New Technologies into Practice

Health care professionals tend to be traditional and conservative when it comes to practice, so incorporating new technologies and innovations into the hospital and the operating room can be a challenge. Four cardiothoracic surgery change drivers — Shanda Blackmon, MD, MPH (Mayo Clinic), James Luketich, MD (UPMC Presbyterian), T. Sloan Guy, MD, MBA (Weill Cornell Medical Medicine), and Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH (University of Virginia) — provide advice on how to get buy-in from hospital administrators, as well as team members.

The Consequences of Refusing Surgery

Two studies presented at the recent STS Annual Meeting showed that surgical therapy is superior to alternative treatment approaches for both esophageal cancer and coronary artery disease in younger patients. In light of these findings, Robbin G. Cohen, MD, MMM (University of Southern California), Mark S. Allen, MD (Mayo Clinic), Sebron W. Harrison, MD (Weill-Cornell Medicine), and Alan M.

New STS HQ Office

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons moved into its new headquarters office on February 20, 2018. The Society previously was on the 23rd floor of the American College of Surgeons building in Chicago; the new offices are on the 21st floor.

Take a video tour of the completely renovated space, which is modern and sophisticated with a gray, blue, and white color scheme, accented with wood tones and glass.

Evolving Trends in TAVR

The volumes of two aortic valve replacements (AVR) procedures have changed dramatically over the past few years, with more transcatheter procedures now being performed than open surgical procedures. Four cardiac surgeons discuss the evolving trends in TAVR, why the changes are occurring, and what’s ahead for TAVR and SAVR. Wilson Y. Szeto, MD (University of Pennsylvania) moderates the discussion that also features Michael J. Mack, MD (The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano), John V. Conte, MD (Penn State University), and Thomas E. MacGillivray, (Houston Methodist).

Mentorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mentorship is an important component to success for many up-and-coming cardiothoracic surgeons. For established surgeons, being a good mentor is equally as important. Vinay Badhwar, MD (West Virginia University) moderates a discussion that includes Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH (Mayo Clinic), Melanie A. Edwards, MD (Saint Louis University), and David D. Odell, MD, MMSc (Northwestern University) talking about how mentorship is critical to the future of the specialty and what STS is doing to promote mentorship for early career surgeons.

The STS National Database Expands

The STS National Database recently expanded to include a registry for the clinical outcomes of patients who receive an FDA-approved mechanical circulatory support device to treat advanced heart failure. With an increasing use of MCS as a result of newer continuous flow technology, the STS Intermacs Database adds important longitudinal information to an already comprehensive and highly respected clinical outcomes database.