In this issue, read about what to expect during STS 2021, including the new course series “Immersive Video Experiences,” and learn the details of the STS Mentorship Program, the newest enhancements to the STS National Database, the state of TAVR, the latest on the Medicare payment cuts, and more.
STS 2021 will offer a state-of-the art virtual conference platform with an innovative learning environment, reliable functionality, and intuitive navigation. With increased flexibility and expanded reach, attendees will be able to connect in ways never before possible and actively learn in a uniquely immersive and engaging online setting.
The Society has launched a year-round mentorship program designed to connect those seeking mentorship with seasoned surgeons. Through this program, STS members at any career level can apply for mentorship or to become a mentor.
Find the latest updates on STS member job changes, promotions, and appointments, including for Drs. Tom Nguyen, Sean Grondin, Gorav Ailawadi, Edward Chen, Jennifer Romano, Anthony Estrera, Dimitrios Avgerinos, Basel Ramlawi, Stephen Bailey, Daniel Lee, Mamdouh Dakhel Al-Ahmadi, Arthur Katz, Austin Ward, Sunjay Kaushal, and Dante Dali.
I’m glad that 2020 is in the rearview mirror. 2020 took a toll on everyone—from the global pandemic and greater awareness about social injustices, to wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. No one was immune from stress, exhaustion, and uncertainty. Cardiothoracic surgeons rose to the challenge, however, and showed their grit throughout the year.
STS 2021 will feature a new and exciting course series, "Immersive Video Experiences," that will allow attendees to enjoy 360° views of operating rooms during various procedures performed by surgical luminaries. The series also will include 11 "Deep Dive” sessions.
Nine years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device, TAVR therapy volume is skyrocketing and patient outcomes continue to improve.
Significant new features of the next generation STS National Database continue to roll out, helping participants with self-assessment, quality improvement, and—most important—patient care.
The first public reporting results for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures in the United States are expected to be available in fall 2021.
In recognition of Dr. Nicholas Kouchoukos’s dedication to cardiothoracic surgery and its future, he recently was honored with a TSF fellowship award in his name—The Kouchoukos Award.
In a major win for cardiothoracic surgeons and their patients, significant Medicare reimbursement cuts set to take effect on January 1 were halted. Also, read the latest on other key STS priorities such as 21st Century Cures 2.0, as well as Medicare's coverage with evidence development and for breakthrough devices.
An internationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeon known for his humility and civility passed away on November 20 at the age of 93. Vincent L. Gott, MD, became the Society’s 27th President in 1992 after having served as the Society’s Vice President.