STS News - Spring 2019

In this issue, read about the Society's new surgeon-specific feedback reports and other updates planned for the STS National Database, the new STS CEO/Executive Director, dissemination of nearly $1 million in awards from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, and a recap of the most recent STS Annual Meeting.

Cardiac Surgeons Can Request Personal Performance Data from STS

The Society is offering a new opportunity for self-assessment and quality improvement in cardiothoracic surgery—surgeon-specific outcomes reports from the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD). For those who opt in, these reports will be available beginning in fall 2019 and will include data on coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic valve replacement (AVR), CABG+AVR, mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR), and CABG+MVRR.

New Officers, Directors Elected

New STS officers and directors were elected during the Annual Membership (Business) Meeting on Monday, January 28, at the 55th Annual Meeting in San Diego.

President's Column: An Epoch of Belief

I am honored to have been elected this year as the Society’s 55th President. Words are inadequate to express my appreciation for all of the support I have received from former partners and trainees, mentors, and colleagues. In my career, this certainly is a capstone accomplishment that warrants pride and appreciation for the opportunities to serve STS members.

Practice Management: A Systems Approach Can Improve Surgical Outcomes and Patient Safety

Good surgical skills combined with a high level of team performance are key to achieving low mortality rates. In order to achieve that high performance, you need to take a systems
approach—optimizing the working environment, paying attention to equipment design and function, understanding the subtleties of decision-making in a dynamic and often fluid situation, and enhancing team communication.

Elaine Weiss Named CEO/Executive Director of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

STS has hired Elaine Weiss, JD as its Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director effective April 15, 2019. She replaces Robert A. Wynbrandt, JD, who retired on March 15 after more than 30 years with the Society—17 years as Executive Director & General Counsel and 15 years as outside legal counsel before STS became a self-managed organization in 2002.

TSF Announces $916,500 in Funding for Cardiothoracic Surgery Grants

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) distributed 24 grants totaling $916,500 as part of its 2019 awards program supporting research, education, and surgical volunteerism in cardiothoracic surgery. These grants will help advance treatment options for patients with heart, lung, and other chest diseases and offer much-needed assistance to underserved patients.

Highlights of the STS 55th Annual Meeting

Read a recap of the Presidential Address by Keith S. Naunheim, MD, check out the award winners, and see photos from the STS 55th Annual Meeting in San Diego, January 27–29, 2019.