STS News - Spring 2018

In this issue, read about the Society's new headquarters office, the cardiothoracic surgeon's role in addressing the opioid crisis, an exciting educational course on mechanical circulatory support, the power of political advocacy, and more.

STS Relocates Its Headquarters Office

After a chaotic few weeks immediately following the STS Annual Meeting, the Society opened its doors to a newly constructed headquarters office on February 20.

New Officers, Directors Elected

New STS officers and directors were elected during the Annual Membership (Business) Meeting on Monday, January 29, at the 54th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale.

President's Column: If You Are Not Part of the Solution...

There are many longstanding issues afflicting our cardiothoracic surgical specialty, including threats to reimbursement, liability issues, and burdensome regulation. The profession has addressed and continues to address these issues; however, just recently, a chronic but previously unrecognized danger to the specialty and our patients was identified—the national epidemic of opioid abuse.

Practice Management: Take Advantage of Practice Resources on

Your technical skills in the operating room are, of course, essential to developing a thriving cardiothoracic surgical career. But understanding how your procedures should be coded, navigating contract negotiations, and finding a good mentor also are important elements in ensuring your success.

Executive Director's Column: On Image

In this world of plentiful information available to the public about physicians, as a function of both advertising and other promotional vehicles created by physicians, as well as numerous sources of information generated by third parties, cardiothoracic surgeons are wise to pay attention to their public images.

News Briefs: Spring 2018

Read about how two STS members balance motherhood and cardiothoracic surgery, new video roundtable and podcast episodes, heart valve disease awareness events, and a recap of the Society's recent Symposium on Robotic Cardiac Surgery.

Highlights of the STS 54th Annual Meeting

Read a recap of the Presidential Address by Richard L. Prager, MD, check out the award winners, and see photos from the STS 54th Annual Meeting, held in Fort Lauderdale January 27–31, 2018.