Webinars

STS offers on-demand webinars on a variety of topics, allowing you to learn new content when it is most convenient for you. 

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STS Webinar Series 2022

Current Management of Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Changing Paradigm • November 10, 2022

The management of stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is evolving in the era of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. In the past, there has been a great deal of controversy regarding the optimal management of patients with N2 nodal metastasis at the time of diagnosis of NSCLC. There are some new questions to address when considering the results of the Checkmate 816 and the NADIM II clinical trials which demonstrated improved disease-free survival and overall survival with neoadjuvant combined chemotherapy and Nivolumab. In addition, what is the role for perioperative radiation in resectable stage IIIA NSCLC in patients who receive neoadjuvant immunotherapy? In this webinar, the moderators and an interdisciplinary panel from major cancer centers across the country discuss the current management of resectable stage IIIA NSCLC in the era of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Panelists: David P. Carbone, MD, PhD​, Jessica Donington, MD​, MSCR (moderator), Nathaniel R. Evans III, MD (moderator), Robert E. Merritt, MD​, and Maria Werner-Wasik, MD

New FDA-Approved Aortic Technologies • November 3, 2022

Recent approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have made available two new technologies for treating aortic disease. The GORE® TAG® Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis (TBE) is single-branch aortic stent graft that provides an off-the-shelf solution for patients that need zone II aortic coverage and obviates the need for prior left subclavian revascularization. The Thoraflex Hybrid Frozen Elephant Trunk (FET) device is a pre-mated surgical graft and an aortic stent graft to facilitate single-stage treatment of arch and proximal descending aortic pathologies. In this 1-hour STS webinar, a panel of surgeons share an overview of both devices and consider case presentations for each, including patient selection and technical considerations. Panelists: Nimesh Desai, MD, PhD, G. Chad Hughes IV, MD (moderator), Arminder S. Jassar, MBBS (moderator), Ourania A. Preventza, MD, MBA, Malakh Shrestha, MD, PhD, Amelia Claire Watkins, MD. This webinar is supported by W.L. Gore & Associates and Terumo Aortic.

Prolonged Static Lung Storage: Refrigerated or on Ice? • October 18, 2022

Last year, the lung transplant community was excited by reports from Toronto General Hospital of successful lung transplants with seemingly improved perioperative outcomes compared to standard of care ice storage, after donor lungs were stored for up to 16 hours at 10 degrees Celsius. While a clinical trial is ongoing, preclinical evidence suggests that organ storage may be successfully extended to more than a day, with intermittent normothermic ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) utilization. Is it time to consider lung transplantation as a semi-elective procedure? During this STS webinar, an international panel of surgical leaders provides an update on preclinical and clinical trials on prolonged organ storage and discuss the clinical application of these findings, as well as the advantages and disadvantages to local and global implementation. Panelists: Errol L. Bush, MD (moderator), Jose Luis Campo-Cañaveral de la Cruz, MD, PhD, Marcelo Cypel, MD, MSc, Konrad Hoetzenecker, MD, PhD, Jasleen Kukreja, MD, Michael A. Smith, MD, Erik E. Suarez, MD

Annals Celebrates “Peer Review Week”: Research Integrity and Priorities • September 22, 2022

In this STS webinar—scheduled during Peer Review Week (Sept 19-23)—The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Editor-in-Chief Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS, is joined by a panel of editors, editorial board members, and experts to highlight touchstones of publication ethics, how research drives quality and affects patient safety, and a focused discussion on research priorities for our specialty, with audience Q&A. Panelists: Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS, Tirone E. David, MD, FRCSC, Pedro del Nido, MD, Mario F.L. Gaudino, MD, PhD, Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, Robert M. Sade, MD, and Elaine E. Tseng, MD.

Segmental Resection for Lung Cancer • September 15, 2022

Recent data from two large randomized studies of segmentectomy for small (≤2cm) peripheral non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment suggest a change is coming in the standard of care. In this STS webinar, an expert panel discusses how evolving robotic and imaging technologies are changing the landscape of treatment for early stage NSCLC. The session features a review of recent trials, advanced imaging, complex segmentectomy videos, and case scenarios. Panelists: Abbas E. Abbas, MD, Nasser K. Altorki, MD, Mark R. Dylewski, MD, Jason M. Long, MD, MPH (moderator), David C. Rice, MD (moderator), Kazuhiro Yasufuku, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Arrest after Cardiac Surgery: Is Your Team Ready? • August 18, 2022

During this installment of the STS Webinar Series, an expert panel highlights a team-based approach to managing cardiac surgery patients who suffer sudden postoperative cardiac arrest. The panel also discusses the implementation of Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support protocols and their utility in failure-to-rescue algorithms. Panelists: Subhasis Chatterjee, MD, Anna L. Ciullo, MD (moderator), J.W. Awori Hayanga, MD, MPH (moderator), Allison Kirkner, BSN, MSN, ACNP, Adrian Levine, MBBS, FRCS, Aaron Morton, DMSc, MMSc, PA-C, and Nicholas Teman, MD.

Rapid-Fire Patient Safety Rounds 2.0 • August 4, 2022

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, a panel comprising residents and surgeons demonstrate a novel approach to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) rounds. Two case scenarios demonstrate a resident-led, structured, and multidisciplinary approach to phase-of-care analysis of CT surgery patients. The expert panel discusses how a QIPS program could be used to launch targeted, institution-specific quality improvement initiatives. Panelists: Joel Bierer, MD, Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA, Edgar G. Chedrawy, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Francis D. Ferdinand, MD, Steven D. Harrington, MD, MBA, Rachel E. NeMoyer, MD, MPH, Takuya Ogami, MD, Monisha Sudarshan, MD, MPH, FRCSC, and Garrett L. Walsh, MD.

An Inside Look at STS Advocacy: Understanding Your Impact • July 28, 2022

Learn about the different facets of STS advocacy, what it can do for you, and how you can make a lasting impact on the cardiothoracic surgery specialty. Presenters share how STS advocacy intersects with everyday aspects of members' surgical practices, as well as their personal, professional, and institutional priorities from quality improvement to coding and reimbursement. The expert panel shares how members can elevate their concerns to STS, how the Society’s advocacy agenda is shaped, and ways in which the STS-PAC promotes that agenda and advances the causes of the cardiothoracic surgery community. This webinar is an excellent source of information for STS members who want to get involved in advocacy at any stage of their career. Panelists: Joseph C. Cleveland Jr., MD, Vinay Badhwar, MD, Karen M. Kim, MD, Stephen J. Lahey, MD, Francis C. Nichols III, MD, and Raymond Strobel, MD, MSc.

Robotic Mitral Valve Repair Essentials • June 29, 2022

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, an expert panel discusses the necessary components of building a successful robotic mitral valve repair program. Topics include gaining institutional buy-in, training pathways, patient selection, technical considerations like choosing between an endo-balloon and a Chitwood clamp, and the way in which a robotic mitral valve surgery is similar to a Broadway musical. Panelists include: T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA, Arnar Geirsson, MD, Eugene A. Grossi, MD, and Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD, FRCSC.

Understanding and Implementing the New CoC Lung Cancer Standards • April 28, 2022

Recently the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) updated its Quality of Care Measures for CoC-accredited cancer programs to treat patients. In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, an expert panel discusses the rationale behind the revised CoC Standard 5.8, how implementation of the new measures can optimize surgical processes and improve patient outcomes—and how to react when your institution’s performance reports indicate you could do more. Participants include: Michael A. Archer, DO, Daniel J. Boffa, MD, Gail E. Darling, MD, FRCSC, Matthew A. Facktor, MD, Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH (moderator), Timothy W. Mullett, MD, MBA, and Nirmal K. Veeramachaneni, MD. (View the Q&A transcript.)

Management of Type B Aortic Dissection: Takeaways from the STS/AATS Guideline • March 17, 2022

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, a panel comprising several coauthors of the STS/AATS Clinical Practice Guideline on the Management of Type B Aortic Dissection discuss the key takeaways from this comprehensive, up-to-date summary of the state of the evidence. Discussion topics include: optimal medical therapy as the recommended treatment for patients with uncomplicated TBAD; thoracic endovascular aortic repair for patients with complicated hyperacute, acute, or subacute TBADs and favorable anatomy; and conditions under which open surgical repair is the preferred treatment option, including for patients with connective tissue disorders.

Dos and Don'ts of the Mobile ECMO Team • March 3, 2022

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, a multidisciplinary panel shares their expertise in establishing and maintaining an effective mobile ECMO unit. In addition to optimal staffing, logistical details, and contingency plans for transport, the panel discusses findings from research on ECMO-facilitated resuscitation and contraindications for deploying the mobile ECMO unit.

Coronary Revascularization Guideline: Why STS and AATS Did Not Endorse • February 17, 2022

Senior leaders from STS and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery discuss the concerns that informed the decision not to endorse the 2021 Guideline for Coronary Artery Revascularization published in December by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Concerns discussed include: the devaluation of both coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) as a treatment option and the evidence supporting bypass surgery as a preferred approach in select high-risk patient populations, and the superior long-term benefits of CABG versus percutaneous coronary intervention in decreasing repeat reintervention.

Bronchoscopy: Electromagnetic, Robots, & Ablation • February 10, 2022

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, an international panel of surgeons shares their experiences with electromagnetic and robotic approaches to bronchoscopy, as well as ablation of lung cancers. Topics include: a comparison of two robotic platforms currently available for bronchoscopy, electromagnetic navigation for nodule localization, and the use of bronchoscopic microwave ablation for patients ineligible for stereotactic body radiation therapy.

STS Webinar Series 2021

Rapid-Fire Patient Safety Rounds: A New Paradigm for Safety Discourse  • December 16, 2021

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, a panel comprising residents and surgeons shares a novel approach to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) rounds. Two case scenarios are used to demonstrate a structured, multidisciplinary approach to phase-of-care analysis of CT surgery patients. The group also discusses the impact of QIPS rounds on team culture within a surgical division that has adopted the framework.

Tricuspid Valve Disease Treatment—Surgical or Transcatheter? • November 18, 2021

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, a multidisciplinary panel of experts discusses the landscape of transcatheter devices and their place in tricuspid valve disease treatment. The program includes a case review of degenerative mitral disease with tricuspid complications, a look at the newest transcatheter tricuspid replacement technologies, and a detailed discussion of recently released trial data on surgical tricuspid repair.

Surgeons and Comprehensive Biomarker Testing for Lung Cancer Patients • November 4, 2021

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, surgeons from different practice environments in the US and Canada share their experiences with establishing biomarker testing protocols for lung cancer patients. Topics include the evidence base for adjuvant targeted therapy for EGFR-positive patients, the variability in biomarker testing practices at the panelists’ institutions, and the decision-making process behind tissue acquisition for biomarker testing.

Transforming Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery Practice and Education • October 2021

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, authors and editors of the STS Cardiothoracic Surgery E-book discuss the potential impact of such a comprehensive, interactive resource on congenital heart surgery practice and education. Topics include the value of detailed illustrations and embedded surgical videos for resident education, portability and access by members at every level of the surgical team, and benefits of the e-book in securing informed consent from patients and their families. 

Patient Blood Management Guideline: A Discussion with the Authors • September 2021

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, an expert panel discusses findings and recommendations from a new guideline on patient blood management developed by STS and three other medical specialty organizations. The panel, made up of guideline coauthors, shares 10 key takeaways about conserving blood resources, managing anemia, optimizing coagulation, and improving patient outcomes.

Perioperative Coronavirus Vaccination—Timing and Implications • August 2021

In the latest episode of the STS Webinar Series, a panel of infectious disease, cardiology, and cardiothoracic surgery experts discusses findings and recommendations from a new guidance statement on perioperative vaccination for CT surgery patients. They offer personal experiences and advice on administering the COVID vaccine in the perioperative period, potential adverse effects, and considerations for booster shots.

How to Start a Surgeon-Led Lung Cancer Screening Program • July 2021

In the latest episode of the STS Webinar Series, an expert panel discusses the surgeon’s role in program development and increasing screening rates. The discussion also includes a review of the new United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines for lung cancer screening and the implications for surgeons of expanded screening.

 

HVAD Is Off the Market — Now What? • June 2021

Following the market removal of the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) system, surgeons and industry representatives from the US and Europe discuss patient care implications, including new data from the Intermacs Database on survival benefits from a device exchange. The latest episode of the STS Webinar Series is presented in conjunction with the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Ask STS—A Town Hall with Surgeon Leaders • June 2021

STS President Sean C. Grondin, MD, MPH, FRCSC, moderates an interactive Q&A session about issues facing the Society and the cardiothoracic surgery specialty. Dr. Grondin and a number of STS surgeon leaders respond to member questions on a variety of topics, including: efforts to meet the educational needs of members during and after the pandemic; new awards and traveling fellowships developed by The Thoracic Surgery Foundation; plans for the in-person 2022 STS Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida; new initiatives to help career development and promote wellness (including the forthcoming Resilient Surgeon podcast); and ongoing advocacy efforts related to Medicare reimbursement cuts and updated lung cancer screening criteria.

The Resilient Surgeon: Strategies to Be Your Best Self, In and Out of the OR—No Matter What • May 2021

Michael A. Maddaus MD, moderates a panel of game changers in the high-performance and wellness space, including a cardiothoracic surgeon, a former Navy Seal, and a clinical psychologist. Topics include: the crucial habits that make up the “resilience bank account,” the role of meaning, wonderment, and relationships in countering despair, and the myth of a balanced life. Panelists include: Brian Ferguson, Cynthia S. Herrington, MD, Michael A. Maddaus, MD, and Wayne M. Sotile, PhD.

Sedate or Cannulate? ECMO Strategies During COVID • May 2021

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) strategies during COVID are discussed in this spirited and fast-paced episode of the STS Webinar Series. J.W. Awori Hayanga, MD, MPH, and an esteemed panel consider sedation or cannulation when placing a COVID patient on ECMO. They do so while addressing lessons learned during the pandemic, amidst multiple COVID surges and evolving therapeutic modalities. Topics include: the relationship between patient selection and survivability, anticoagulation strategies in COVID patients, and the challenges of weaning patients off of sedation. Panelists include: Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, who also serves as a digital moderator, Subhasis Chatterjee, MD, Bo Soo Kim, MD, Jonathan W. Haft, MD, HelenMari L. Merritt-Genore, DO, and Rita Karianna Milewski, MD, PhD, MSEd. 

High-Impact Studies in Cardiac Surgery: Key Takeaways • April 2021

In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, and an expert panel engage in a lively and robust debate on takeaways from three recent and very prominent adult cardiac surgery manuscripts. Topics include findings from the ISCHEMIA trial, 2-year outcomes in low-risk transcatheter aortic valve replacement patients, and a new guideline on the timing and intervention for patients with valvular heart disease.

E/M Coding in 2021: Changes in Documentation and Code Selection • March 2021

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New codes and code changes are now in effect related to office/outpatient visits. In this webinar, Aaron M. Cheng, MD, Francis C. Nichols III, MD, and Julie R. Painter, MBA, CCVTC, CPMA, provide cardiothoracic surgeons with an overview of 2021 evaluation and management (E/M) codes, including changes to history, physical exam, medical decision-making and time, and how documentation and code-level selection have been impacted. Detailed case examples and audience questions about unique coding scenarios are addressed.

STS Summer Series

Addressing the Cardiac Surgery Opioid Crisis (Episode 7, August 27)


Pulmonary Metastasectomy (Episode 6, July 30)

 

SAVR vs. TAVR: Controversial Cases and Insights from the Experts (Episode 5, July 16)

 

Clinical Research in Valvular Heart Disease during COVID: Adapting to a Dynamic and Multifaceted Pandemic (Episode 4, July 8)

 

Economic Impact of COVID and Implications for the Future of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Episode 3, July 2)

 

How I Learned Robotic Cardiac Surgery (Episode 2, June 18)

 

Early Career Surgeons, COVID-19, and the Future (Episode 1, June 4)

Quality Webinars

STS Quality Webinar Series: Failure to Rescue • October 2022

STS Phase of Care Mortality Analysis Webinar • December 2019

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Data Manager Webinars

Webinars for the STS National Database have their own dedicated webpage. These webinars are targeted mainly to data managers, but also could benefit surgeon Database participants, hospital administrators, and vendors.