STS National Database


The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database has four components, each focusing on a different area of cardiothoracic surgery

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

Update on Launch of the Next Generation STS National Database

Posted 2/23/2020

GREAT News! The phase 1 launch of the next generation STS National Database is now live for the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and the General Thoracic Surgery Database. Please keep an eye on your inbox for an email from IQVIA, our new data warehouse, which will be distributing user names and passwords to Database participants and data managers. 

Your feedback will be crucial throughout the phased-in launch. 

Live Webinars 

You are invited to participate in a series of live, monthly webinars to get an update on the exciting changes under way to the STS National Database. Registration is not required for the webinars, but you will need to sign in with your name and email address to participate.

The webinars will be recorded and available online within 48 hours from the STS National Database Webinars page.

Recent Updates


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.

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."