In this short video, STS members exchange viewpoints on a new study that found patients with postoperative PE had increased 30-day mortality, reintubation, and readmission rates, which was presented at the 2024 STS Annual Meeting.

Robbin Cohen, MD, Cedars-Sinai at Huntington Hospital, is joined by the study’s lead author, Andrea L. Axtell, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Michael Smith, MD, Norton Thoracic Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, and John Mitchell, MD, University of Colorado Health, to discuss the research methodology, findings and impact on improving patient care. 

Apr 2, 2024
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Late-breaking research presented at the 2024 STS Annual Meeting resulted in a new risk model for isolated tricuspid valve surgery.
Jan 28, 2024

July 25, 2023, Chicago, Ill… The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has launched its next-generation Operative Risk Calculator to assess the risk of adult cardiac surgery operations.

Jul 25, 2023

Annals of Thoracic Surgery Short Reports provides a modern venue for authors to present their research in a digestible format, while also making it available immediately, permanently, and universally. 

During Peer Review Week, Annals 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 and how research drives quality.
1 hr. 2 min.

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.

1 hr.

STS News, Winter 2022 — Year after year, manuscript after manuscript, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery continues to rely on the valuable contributions and hard work of its peer reviewers—who in 2021, reviewed approximately 2,500 submissions.

“The best reviewers can take a manuscript from good to great. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery is deeply indebted to the more than 900 global cardiothoracic experts who provided peer reviews this year,” said Editor-in-Chief Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS.

In recognition of those who consistently provided a combination of high-quality, thorough, and professional reviews in a timely manner, The Annals presented “Reviewer of the Year” awards to the following outstanding recipients:

General Thoracic

Olugbenga T. Okusanya, MD, from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Adult Cardiac

Masashi Kawabori, MD, from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts



Fawwaz R. Shaw, MD, from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia



Makoto Hibino, MD, MPH, PhD, from the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada

"Last year, The Annals received nearly 4,000 new submissions, selected the best for peer review, and published the top 15% or so. The intellectual contribution of peer reviewers to the journal is invaluable. A detailed review takes time and thought, and these award winners have performed the most highly rated reviews this year," said Dr. Chikwe.

This award is presented to four reviewers on an annual basis. All peer reviewers are eligible, and the criteria include the number of completed reviews, average review rating (1-5 scale), and reviews submitted on time (within 14-day deadline). Feedback from the deputy editors also is considered.

If you are interested in joining the Annals Reviewer Volunteer program, contact

Dec 27, 2021
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An expert panel discusses findings and recommendations from a new guideline on patient blood management developed by STS and three other medical specialty organizations.
1 hr. 2 min.

Network Answers Call to Be ‘Good Citizens’ During Public Health Emergency

CHICAGO (April 14, 2021) — After dramatically changing its scope of work and mobilizing resources in record time, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) became a major contributor to life-changing COVID-19 research and has been recognized as the gold standard for performance across all of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored research networks. 

Apr 12, 2021

The 2021 C. Walton Lillehei Lecture was presented during The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 57th Annual Meeting by Paul G. Yock, MD, MA, founder and director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign in California.

During the lecture, Dr. Yock encourage participants to view innovation as a discipline—one that can be taught, practiced, and recreated. He acknowledged, though, that comprehensive innovation can be difficult in the health care setting because it involves multiple stakeholders. He likened the “user” in this scenario to an “eight-headed monster.”