STS News - Winter 2017

In this issue, read about STS National Database improvements, an exciting new Participant User File Research Program, the launch of public reporting for the General Thoracic Surgery Database, a recap of the recent STS Legislative Fly-In, and more.

President's Column: Shattering the Paradigm with Innovation

Adoption of new technology can be a very slow process, especially in cardiothoracic surgery. We have a mandate for quality, which is critically important, but sometimes great quality can be at odds with innovation, especially for “early adoption.” We can’t stay stuck in old paradigms, however.

Executive Director's Column: On Pace

Regular readers of this space (both of you, not counting members of my family) know that I regularly use this issue of STS News as an opportunity for a personal “year in review” and “what’s on deck preview” from the vantage point of an STS staffer who has witnessed a lot over the course of these past 30 years working with and for the Society.

STS National Database Launches General Thoracic Public Reporting

With the launch of public reporting for the General Thoracic Surgery Database, the STS National Database is giving general thoracic surgeons the same opportunity to display their commitment to transparency and quality improvement as their adult cardiac and congenital heart surgery colleagues have had.