Don’t Wait: Register Today for the Annual Meeting

STS News, Winter 2018 -- The STS 54th Annual Meeting is just a few weeks away, but it’s not too late to join your colleagues in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for one of the largest cardiothoracic surgery meetings in the world. Save $100 from onsite pricing by registering on or before January 25 at

Registration provides access to all educational sessions on Sunday, January 28, Monday, January 29, and Tuesday, January 30. Additionally, you will receive complimentary access to Annual Meeting Online, a web-based video presentation of most sessions offered at the Annual Meeting. Separate tickets are required to attend the President’s Reception (Sunday, January 28) and STS University courses (Wednesday, January 31). Registration also is separate for STS/AATS Tech-Con 2018, which will be held on Saturday, January 27.

Browse the educational program, save favorite sessions/presentations to your custom itinerary, read scientific abstracts, and more by downloading the STS Meetings app. Search for “STS Meetings” in the Apple App or Google Play stores, or visit

You can view all of the abstracts for the scientific oral and poster presentations via the STS 54th Annual Meeting Abstract Book that is available as a PDF at; please note that printed copies will not be distributed onsite.

Save $100 from onsite pricing by registering on or before January 25.

Hear From Experts Around the Globe

A session to be presented on Monday, January 29, by STS, the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons will provide information on the management of airway injuries post-esophagectomy, management of N2 disease in non-small cell lung cancer, and more. Also on Monday, surgeons at the International Symposium will explain their treatment approaches, challenges, and ethical dilemmas related to dealing with infectious heart disease in young adults—especially in light of the current opioid epidemic.

On Tuesday, January 30, the Society will team up with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery in a session on the treatment options available for bicuspid aortic valve disease associated with pure aortic valve insufficiency and root dilation. In the afternoon, STS will partner with the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation in a new session on contemporary experience with left ventricular assist device therapy around the globe. Finally, STS will join with the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons to discuss controversial issues in general thoracic surgery, including surgical management of pulmonary metastases, management of malignant pleural mesothelioma, surgery in small cell lung cancer, and chest wall tumors.

The Best Forum for Scientific Research

The general session on Monday morning will include presentation of the J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Papers, which represent some of the top-rated abstracts at the meeting.

The Chamberlain Paper for adult cardiac surgery examines whether surgical atrial fibrillation ablation improves long-term survival. The congenital heart surgery paper takes a look at congenital heart surgery referral patterns in the United States. And the general thoracic surgery paper reviews an enhanced recovery protocol that decreases pulmonary and cardiac complications following thoracotomy for primary lung cancer.

The Annual Meeting will feature dozens of oral abstract presentations, along with invited talks by renowned speakers, lively debates, and surgical videos.

The Richard E. Clark Memorial Papers highlight research utilizing data from the STS National Database. Rather than being presented en masse during Monday’s general session, as has been customary, two of the papers will be featured during specialty-specific parallel sessions.

The Clark Paper for adult cardiac surgery looks at outcomes of elective hybrid arch debranching with endograft exclusion versus total arch replacement procedures. The congenital heart surgery paper outlines the development of a congenital heart surgery composite quality measure, and the general thoracic surgery paper evaluates the use of invasive mediastinal staging for lung cancer.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Annual Meeting will feature dozens of oral abstract presentations, along with invited talks by renowned speakers, lively debates, and surgical videos. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Registration and housing are available at If you have questions about registration, contact the Society’s official registration partner, Experient, at 800-424-5249 (toll free), 00-1-847-996-5829 (for international callers), or

Put Knowledge into Practice at STS University

Cap off your Annual Meeting experience by attending STS University, which will be held on Wednesday, January 31. STS U is a series of hands-on courses that allow attendees to gain experience with a wide variety of cardiothoracic surgical procedures. 

Each STS U course will be offered twice on Wednesday morning, and you must purchase separate tickets in addition to your Annual Meeting registration. Please note that STS U features only hands-on learning, and attendees are strongly encouraged to review the didactic lectures for those courses in advance. View course materials at

Course 1 Essentials of TAVR
Course 2 TEVAR and Aortic Arch Debranching Procedures
Course 3 Mitral Valve Repair
Course 4 Valve-Sparing Aortic Root Replacement
Course 5 Aortic Root Enlargement Procedures and Aortic Valve Leaflet Reconstruction
Course 6 VATS Lobectomy
Course 7 Advanced Open Esophageal and Tracheal Procedures
Course 8 Chest Wall Resection, Reconstruction, and Pectus Surgery
Course 9 Minimally Invasive Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery
Course 10 POEM Skills


Thank You

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons gratefully acknowledges the following companies for providing educational grants for the STS 54th Annual Meeting.

This list is accurate as of December 22, 2017.

Platinum Benefactors

Provided $50,000 or above

Silver Benefactors

Provided $10,000-$24,999
Getinge Group
St. Jude Medical