International Connection: November/December 2019

November/December 2019

Update on the Next Generation STS National Database
As we get closer to the January 2020 launch of the next generation STS National Database, new cloud-based dashboards and other technological enhancements are getting a test drive. A cross section of users—surgeons and data managers from across the country—are providing feedback, which will be incorporated within the next few weeks.
A second round of user testing begins at the end of November. If you would like to be included in that next phase of user testing, please contact Jane Han, STS Associate Director of Quality.


Annual Meeting Early Bird Deadline Approaches
Have you registered yet for the 2020 STS Annual Meeting, taking place January 25-28 in New Orleans? Don’t wait—early bird rates end next Tuesday, November 19, 2019. STS has partnered with surgical societies from Canada and Europe to ensure that the content reflects the realities of surgeons practicing in many different countries; relevant sessions include:

  • STS/Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons: Surgery for Advanced Stage Cancer—When Is Out of Bounds Not Out of Bounds?
  • STS/Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons: Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery for the Pragmatic Idealist
  • STS/European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS): Bicuspid Aortic Valve Repair with Aortic Root Aneurysm—Techniques and Outcomes
  • STS/European Society of Thoracic Surgeons: Getting Out of Trouble—Rescue Surgery after Common Nightmare Situations

Register now, and make sure to also book your housing by January 2, 2020, for the best rates.

See Who Will Take Home the Jeopardy Competition Title 
Residents from the United States and Germany will compete at the Annual Meeting to become international Cardiothoracic Surgery Jeopardy champions. Jaime-Jürgen Eulert-Grehn, MD, and Mir Timo Nazari-Shafti, MD, from Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin, won the European championship at the EACTS Annual Meeting in October, while Alexander A. Brescia, MD, MSc, and Curtis Bergquist, MD, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, secured the North American title at the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Annual Meeting last week. The teams will face off in New Orleans at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 26 in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by to cheer on your favorite team!

Secure Your Spot at International Cardiovascular Surgery Conference 
In just 1 week, the STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference will kick off in Cancun, Mexico. The conference, taking place November 22-24, will provide international perspectives on the latest developments and best practices in cardiovascular disease management. Peruse the agenda, featuring keynote lectures from STS Past President Michael J. Mack, MD (Dallas, Texas), Friedhelm Beyersdorf, MD (Freiburg, Germany), and Steven F. Bolling, MD (Ann Arbor, Michigan). You also can review the scientific abstracts that will be presented at the conference. Register now to secure your spot.

Access Your Annals Online Subscription
As an International Member, you receive a complimentary online subscription to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. In order to take full advantage of The Annals (videos, table of content alerts, topic alerts, saved searches, and more), visit and ensure that you’ve claimed your subscription. To get started, you must first register an account with Elsevier by clicking “Register” in the upper right-hand menu. Once logged in, click “Claim Subscription” (also in the upper right-hand menu) and check the box that says, “I receive my subscription through a society membership.” You then will be prompted to enter your 6-digit STS Member ID. If you need assistance locating your ID number, contact STS Member Services. For technical assistance, visit the Elsevier support center.

Want to read Annals articles on the go? You also can download the Annals app—available for iOS and Android devices. All online content (interactive figures, tables, multimedia presentations) is accessible within the app. Once downloaded, log in with the same username and password that you use for your online journal subscription.