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

GTSD v2.41 Training Manual Posted

The training manual for Version 2.41 of the General Thoracic Surgery Database is now available. You also can access the Data Collection Forms on the GTSD Data Collection Resources page.


Take Important Data Manager Survey

The Society is seeking data manager input on how often data are submitted, timing of data abstraction, how analysis reports are used, and more details on your organization’s participation in the STS National Database. If you are a data manager, please take 10 minutes to complete this important survey.


New Participant Contact Form Available

STS has created a new web-based Participant Contact Form for you to submit important updates. This webform replaces the PDF form that was used previously. Use the form to add or remove contacts (including participating surgeons), change your software vendor, or update your hospital name and NPI number.


Avoid Payment Cut—Submit Data to CMS through STS

Cardiothoracic surgeons participating in the ACSD and GTSD can consent to have STS submit data on their performance on certain quality measures to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. Submit your consent form by October 1. This service is FREE for STS members.


Check Out Photos from Intermacs Meeting

In May, more than 100 attendees gathered at the 2018 STS Intermacs Meeting to learn about patient-reported outcomes, new science, clinical trials, adverse events, and new technologies related to FDA-approved mechanical circulatory support devices used to treat advanced heart failure. Check out photos of the engaging sessions, poster and networking reception, and award presentation that are posted in the Society’s flickr album.


Access AQO Online

AQO Online is available for those who attended the 2017 Advances in Quality & Outcomes meeting or those who purchased access.

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."