International Connection: July/August 2018

July/August 2018

Early Bird Deadline Is August 14 for Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference
Register by Tuesday, August 14, to take advantage of special early bird pricing ($250 for physicians and $150 for non-physicians) for the STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference, which will be held November 15-17 in Cartagena, Colombia. Sessions will concentrate on the multidisciplinary approach to coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, thoracic aorta disease, atrial fibrillation, and the surgical management of heart failure. New this year, select presentations will focus on congenital heart disease. View the preliminary program for this innovative conference, and register today.

If you’re interested in presenting at the conference, abstracts are being accepted until Friday, August 3. View submission instructions and get started.

Travel Scholarships Available Soon for Latin America Conference
Cardiothoracic surgeons who treat underserved patients and can demonstrate a financial need are eligible to apply for $1,000 travel awards from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation to attend the Latin America conference. Underserved people are those who have a health disparity as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate health care. Each scholarship will cover a 3-night hotel stay at the Hilton Cartagena, meeting registration, and $250 to defray travel costs. Application information will be provided soon in a separate email.

STS Has Presence at ASCVTS, ESTS Meetings
President Keith S. Naunheim, MD and other STS leaders represented the Society recently at the annual meetings of two international cardiothoracic surgical societies. After attending The Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS) Annual Meeting in Moscow, Russia, Dr. Naunheim flew to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to attend the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) Annual Meeting.

STS Treasurer Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD,
Secretary Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, and
Dr. Naunheim visited Moscow’s Red Square
during the ASCVTS Annual Meeting.

Gilbert Massard (ESTS President), Dr. Naunheim,
Kostas Papagiannopoulos, MD (ESTS Past President),
and Felix G. Fernandez, MD, MSc (Chair, STS Workforce
on Research Development) exchanged ideas
in Ljubljana at the ESTS Annual Meeting.

Team America Wins Masters Cup
Also at the ESTS Meeting in Ljubljana, Team America captured the highly sought Masters Cup, challenged by strong teams from Europe and Asia. Team America participants included (from left) Nassrene Y. Elmadhun, MD, Julien Hubert, MD, Sai Yendamuri, MD (team captain), Rafael Carvalho, MD, Rodrigo Villarroel, MD, Eric B. Howell, MD, Robert M. van Haren, MD, MSPH, and Raul Caso, MD, MS.

Download Patient Handout in English or Spanish
The Society’s patient website,, provides easily understandable information, videos, and graphics on cardiothoracic diseases, as well as what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Available in both English and Spanish, this website is viewable on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Download a printable PDF in English or Spanish to share with your patients so that they can access this helpful resource between appointments. If you have feedback on the website, contact Jennifer Bagley.

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