STS News - Summer 2020

In this issue, read about the global summit of cardiothoracic surgery leaders, new methods of education and information sharing influenced by the COVID pandemic, the Society’s actions against planned Medicare cuts, the latest round of updates to the STS National Database, results from the 2019 STS Practice Survey, and more.

Member News: Summer 2020

Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, including for Drs. Ali Dodge-Khatami, Jeffrey Jacobs, Chris Rokkas, M. Sertaç Çiçek, Charles Murphy, James Edgerton, and Alexander Schutz.

President's Column: We Will Prevail

The medical profession—and specifically cardiothoracic surgeons—have performed really quite well under very untoward circumstances these past few months. I feel proud to be part of a profession in which the higher the pressure, the better the performance. I hope you feel the same way.

Silver Linings from the COVID Pandemic

During a recent STS webinar on “Early Career Surgeons, COVID-19, and the Future,” panelists described some of the things that the pandemic has helped them better appreciate.

Foundation Expands Award Opportunities for 2021

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation is accepting applications for 2021 awards through September 15, 2020. Offerings include grants for research, education, leadership, and surgical outreach, as well as the new Saha Scholarship Award.

Washington Scene: New Campaign Sets Sights on Reversing Impending Reimbursement Cuts

The Surgical Care Coalition, of which STS is a founding member, has launched a multifaceted campaign designed to make lawmakers and the public aware of the value of surgeons and how planned Medicare cuts will impact patients’ timely access to surgical care. The strategy consists of legislative and regulatory advocacy, a public relations campaign, research and data collection on the impact of the cuts, and—potentially—legal action.