Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis: Stratifying Patients for Cardiac Operations

The COVID pandemic is changing cardiothoracic surgery practice and may lead to a prolonged need for procedural deferral. This week’s special COVID webinar, the second presented by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, focused on tiered patient triage for cardiac surgery. Moderators Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA, and Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD, and panelists from major cities in the US and Canada:

  • Discussed two new triage guidance documents—one prepared by the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons and the other by members of the STS COVID Task Force and the Society’s Workforce on Adult Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
  • Shared their COVID experiences in New York, Boston, Houston, Winnipeg, Durham, and Charlottesville
  • Described transitions in the traditional in-person assessment and outpatient follow-up for cardiac surgery patients
  • Answered questions from the audience


Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA


Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, FRCSC
St. Boniface Hospital
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
View Dr. Arora's presentation slides

Aubrey C. Galloway, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY
View Dr. Galloway's presentation slides

Sylvain Lother, MD, FRCPC
St. Boniface Hospital
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Carmelo A. Milano, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Ourania A. Preventza, MD, MBA
Baylor College of Medicine, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX