STS News - Fall 2019

In this issue, read about the exciting educational program for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, ongoing enhancements to the STS National Database, the importance of putting patients first, a free heart surgery brochure for patients, and more.

President's Column: Patients First

With the change of seasons comes new hope for the academic year, full of promise and excitement tempered by the challenges that any change in season represents. So too is the resolve and efforts of the STS surgeon leader and staff teams to continue the work of our specialty during these times of change to improve the well-being of patients with cardiovascular and thoracic diseases.

Member News: Fall 2019

Find the latest updates on STS member job changes and promotions, including for Drs. Joanna Chikwe, Christine Lau, Mark Berry, Robert Kormos, Tara Karamlou, Marc Pelletier, Sunil Malhotra, Edgar Chedrawy, and Mani Daneshmand.

Executive Director's Column: Stirring the Pot

It is fall, my favorite season. Leaves are falling, mornings are brisk and hearty, and homemade soup is simmering on the stove. And a lot is simmering here at STS. Or at least we’re stirring the pot.

News Briefs: Fall 2019

Read about a free heart surgery brochure for patients, educational courses on structural heart disease and critical care, the Surgeon Match Challenge for the Society's charitable arm, an important cardiothoracic surgery practice survey, and more.

Washington Scene: STS Advocacy Secures Big Win; Fight Isn’t Over

The Society’s advocacy efforts regarding extracorporeal membrane oxygenation recently paid off in a major way, but challenges still lie ahead for physician reimbursement. It will take active engagement from all STS members to fend off these latest attacks on the specialty.