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

Browse webinars based on the key areas listed below, and be sure to subscribe to the STS YouTube channel to receive alerts when new webinars are added.

STS Webinar Series

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)

Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis

Next Steps in Eradicating COVID-19: Emerging Treatments and Vaccines (Episode 9, December 10)


Looking Forward - Post-COVID Recovery & Impacts on the Field (Episode 8, May 14)


Impact on Residency and Training (Episode 7, May 7)

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Global Summit on Reactivating Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs (Episode 6, May 4)


STS/ACC TVT Registry: Rebooting Your Valve Program in a COVID-19 World (Episode 5, April 30)


Stratification of Thoracic Oncology Surgery (Episode 4, April 30)


ECMO Challenges and Considerations (Episode 3, April 23)

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Stratifying Patients for Cardiac Operations (Episode 2, April 16)

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View Rakesh C. Arora, MD presentation slides


Candid Conversations with Colleagues from Hot Spots in the US (Episode 1, April 9)

Quality Webinars

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.