International Connection: September/October 2018

September/October 2018

Register Now for the STS Annual Meeting
Join the Society in San Diego, California, USA, for its 55th Annual Meeting, January 27-29, 2019. This prestigious educational event provides an opportunity to network with cardiothoracic surgeons from around the world, learn about new scientific discoveries, and participate in dynamic, hands-on learning activities. Sessions are planned with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons. View the Registration & Housing Brochure and register today. If you need a formal letter of invitation to obtain a visa, fill out the Visa Invitation Letter Request Form.

Tech-Con Offers Glimpse of Newest Technology
Tech-Con 2019 will be held immediately prior to the Annual Meeting, on Saturday, January 26, focusing on cutting-edge technologies and new developments in cardiothoracic surgery. An expanded general session will feature a keynote lecture on the role of artificial intelligence in medical technology, as well as a 2018 year in review that will summarize major research, innovations, and new technology. The day will conclude with the popular Shark Tank presentations, in which inventors pitch their ideas to a panel of experts and the audience. Reminder: Tech-Con requires separate registration from the Annual Meeting.

Don’t Miss the Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference 
The 2018 STS/EACTS Latin America Cardiovascular Surgery Conference begins in a few weeks! This year’s program, November 15-17 in Cartagena, Colombia, is expected to be even more robust and globally diverse than last year’s highly successful conference, which attracted more than 230 people from 23 countries. Sessions will concentrate on the multidisciplinary approach to treating cardiovascular and congenital heart diseases and incorporate invited lectures from a world-class international faculty, as well as technical videos and original scientific abstracts. View the conference program and register online now.

Visit STS During the EACTS Annual Meeting in Milan
Say hello to STS staff at booth #B29 during the EACTS Annual Meeting, October 18-20 in Milan, Italy. While there, get the latest information on member benefits (ask how you can easily pay your 2019 dues if you haven’t done so already!), the upcoming STS Annual Meeting and other educational offerings, international participation in the STS National Database, and more. Bring your non-member colleagues so they can apply for membership, and if they submit a completed application during the meeting, you’ll both receive a special STS-branded gift.

STS National Database Continues to Grow Internationally
The STS National Database now has participants in 13 countries, with surgeons at the New Age Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, India, recently joining the Congenital Heart Surgery Database. International institutions that participate in the Database receive well-developed, detailed risk models and an opportunity to compare surgical outcomes to STS benchmarks. To learn more about participation and pricing, visit or contact Derek Steck.

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