STS National Database

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. As of January 1, 2018, the STS National Database has four components, each focusing on a different area of cardiothoracic surgery—Adult Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Heart Surgery, as well as mechanical circulatory support via the Intermacs Database. The Database has grown exponentially over the years, both in terms of participation and stature.

View maps with the locations of STS National Database participants here.

What's New

2019 STS Annual Participant Contact Update Information

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) are requesting participants in the Adult Cardiac, General Thoracic and Congenital Heart Databases review and, if needed, update the contact information for all roles and surgeons associated with your Participant ID(s). The update process begins Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and will end on Friday, September 27, 2019. You can access more information here.


February 2019 ACSD Training Manual Updates

The latest training manual published on the ACSD Data Collection page contains important information to help with data abstraction. Key changes are noted below, including some that are retroactive to January 1, 2019.

  • Bedside spirometry is now allowed to be used if NOT read by a pulmonologist. Please make this adjustment starting with January 1, 2019 cases.
  • Leave the carotid stenosis field blank for carotid dissections. The only exception is if the internal carotid is totally occluded as a result of the dissection. For cases where dissection resulted in occlusion, please submit details to the FAQ Mailbox for clarification/verification. 
  • New valves that are not on the Valve/VAD list will be added with the next ACSD version upgrade. Until that time, please enter "Other FDA-Approved" or "Other Non FDA Approved" as appropriate. 

Data Manager Mentorship Program

STS is now offering a mentorship program for data managers. Experienced data managers will be paired with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. Sign up as either a mentor or mentee.


CHSD v3.41 Takes Effect

Version 3.41 of the CHSD is in effect as of January 1, 2019. Data collection resources, including the training manual, data collection form, data specifications, and itemized changes, are available.

Announcing the Next Generation STS National Database

(April 2019) A major transformation is coming in early 2020 to the STS National Database and three of its component databases—the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD).

The Society has partnered with IQVIA, a leading global provider of technology solutions to become the new warehouse for the Database; the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will remain the analytics center for the Database.

IQVIA will help speed innovation, incorporate a cloud-based system, significantly streamline data collection (ACSD), offer rapid data access, and new dashboard reporting.


Clinical Question Request Form

Are you struggling with a clinical question regarding data abstraction? Fill out the Clinical Question Request Form and get a response within 30 days.


Data Analysis Reports

STS National Database participants can log in here to access their Data Analysis Reports, AFib Reports, and Anesthesia Reports.


Join the Database

The STS National Database has become the gold standard for clinical registries. Find out how you can become involved, discover opportunities for international participants, and get information on participation fees.


HIPAA Information

The execution of the Participation Agreement and the Appendix I: Business Associate Contract & Data Use Agreement acknowledges that Participants, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Duke Clinical Research Institute agree to comply with all statutes and regulations, under federal and state laws, concerning patient privacy and data security, including but not limited to the privacy regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or "HIPAA."