In this issue, read about the first patient blood management guideline in a decade and the latest data on cardiothoracic surgeons' salaries. Also don’t miss the details of the new enhancements to the STS Public Reporting program, the expert lineup for a new provocative podcast series, the story of a member's personal experience with heart surgery, a Q&A with STS Legislator of the Year Senator John Boozman, and more.
For the first time since 2011, a patient blood management guideline has been published. The document includes 23 new or updated recommendations.
When determining salaries for cardiothoracic surgeons, institutions and health systems often rely on survey data—but these data vary significantly from survey to survey and don’t represent the highly nuanced variables of cardiothoracic surgery discipline, practice type, regional demand, and value units.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, promotions, and appointments for Drs. Abeel Mangi, David Tom Cooke, Christopher Mascio, David Meyer, Richard Anderson, Min Kim, Virginia Litle, Thomas Gleason, and Nazly Shariati.
STS recently hosted its first Town Hall webinar during which Society leaders listened to key issues of concern to our members. In this column, I highlight the top five priorities identified by STS members and describe the initiatives that STS leadership currently is undertaking to address these concerns.
“The Resilient Surgeon” is a provocative new STS podcast series that aims to help surgeons be their best selves inside and outside of the operating room. The first episode airs July 9.
The STS Public Reporting program now features more visual, easy-to-understand graphical data, with substantial changes recently implemented to help participants better understand their performance and make real advances toward quality improvement.
The prospect of heart surgery is understandably frightening for patients, but Todd C. Crawford, MD, can tell them from personal experience that it’s worth it.
Harma K. Turbendian, MD, with sponsorship from a Thoracic Surgery Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters Award, traveled to Armenia in March 2021 with the goal of advancing the country’s cardiac care system.
Read the latest on the Society's aggressive fight against tobacco, plans from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to move forward with reimbursement cuts, and CMS's consideration of public comments after reopening the National Coverage Determination for low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening. Also, STS Legislator of the Year Senator John Boozman offers his thoughts on important health care issues.
Read about upcoming virtual courses, new chapters available in the STS Cardiothoracic Surgery E-Book, the Annals record-high impact factor, LTTF scholarship application details, the STS Leadership Series, and more.
A celebrated cardiothoracic surgeon known for his dedication to foundations and family died March 27 at age 90 at Emory University Hospital, where he worked and taught for more than 3 decades. Charles Ross Hatcher Jr., MD, became the Society’s 22nd President in 1986 after previously serving in various other STS leadership roles.