STS News, Spring 2019 — More than 4,300 people, including 2,317 cardiothoracic surgeons and allied health care professionals, gathered in San Diego, January 27-29, for the STS 55th Annual Meeting. To view meeting photos, program content, and daily editions of the STS Meeting Bulletin, visit sts.org/annual-meeting-archive.
“The wide application to PCI in the absence of evidence appeared inappropriate, and it fell to us, the cardiothoracic surgery community, to affirmatively address this misguided practice,” Dr. Naunheim said. STS and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) used data from both organization’s databases to compare long-term outcomes of CABG and PCI. The ASCERT Trial, published in 2012, demonstrated long-term survival benefits for CABG in multiple subgroups.
"I am convinced that we can and will meet those future challenges and prevail."
The Society also led the creation of appropriate use guidelines for PCI in cooperation with ACC, the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the American Heart Association. By 2015, the chance of PCI being appropriately used rose from 30% to nearly 50%, while the inappropriate use of PCI fell by half and CABG volume increased.
“The good guys are winning,” Dr. Naunheim said.
Good women are winning, too, as more women become cardiothoracic surgeons. To help spur this growth of women cardiothoracic surgeons, STS leaders again collaborated with others to promote and strengthen the specialty. This time it was with a focus on the development of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive surgery, and robotics, all attractive, cutting-edge procedures for young surgeons. And the Society worked with Women in Thoracic Surgery to develop and present role models for female medical students and residents.
“We’ve come a long way, but there is still much improvement possible,” Dr. Naunheim said. “Our specialty has been and continues to be under assault from multiple directions, and we have to respond on every front. I am convinced that we can and will meet those future challenges and prevail.”
This article was adapted from the Tuesday edition of the 2019 STS Meeting Bulletin.
The entire Presidential Address is available as a video at sts.org/naunheimaddress.
Adult Cardiac Surgery:
STS Overall Composite Scores: A Better Measure of High-Quality Cardiac Surgery (Julia Coughlin, MD)
Congenital Heart Surgery:
More Than 25 Years of Experience With the Ross Procedure in Children: A Single-Center Experience (Elisabeth Martin, MD, MPH, FRCSC)
Platelet Nadir Following Cardiopulmonary Bypass Is Independently Associated With Postoperative Mortality, Infection, Acute Kidney Injury, and Prolonged Intensive Care Unit Stay (Benjamin Griffin, MD)
General Thoracic Surgery:
A Tumor-Specific Staging System for Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Lung Needs to Incorporate Histological Grade: An Analysis of the National Cancer Database (Anee Sophia Jackson, MD)
Outcomes of Nonelective Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Performed on Weekends (Jared P. Beller, MD)
Access STS 55th Annual Meeting Online
STS Annual Meeting Online provides access to more than 100 hours of recorded sessions. Access to Annual Meeting Online was included with Annual Meeting registration. Non-attendees can purchase the online product at sts.org/AMonline.
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