Featured Experts

Mara B. Antonoff, MD
Dr. Antonoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.


Melanie A. Edwards, MD
Dr. Edwards is a General Thoracic Surgeon at IHA Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at St. Joe's Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She holds leadership positions in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Women in Thoracic Surgery.


Erin A Gillaspie, MD, MPH
Dr. Gillaspie is an Assistant Professor and Head of Thoracic Surgery Robotics in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Barbara C.S. Hamilton, MD, MAS
Dr. Hamilton is a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.


Damien J. LaPar, MD, MSc
Dr. LaPar is an associate professor of cardiovascular surgery, associate chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery, and director of neonatal heart surgery at The University of Texas Health Houston Children's Heart Institute. 


Melissa M. Levack, MD  
Dr. Levack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her clinical interests include adult congenital heart and valve disease, aortic aneurysms cardiac valve disease, coronary heart disease, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement.


Gabriel Loor, MD
Dr. Loor is the Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and Co-Chief of the Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, Texas.


Clauden Louis, MD
Dr. Louis is a resident physician in cardiothoracic surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester New York. He volunteers extensively for the AHA, ACC, STS and TSRA.


Brian Mitzman, MD 
Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute, focusing on non-cardiac General Thoracic Surgery.


Tom C. Nguyen, MD
Dr. Nguyen is internationally recognized with expertise in performing complex heart operations through the smallest possible incision. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive mitral, aortic, atrial septal defect (ASD) closures, and robotic heart surgery. He is also an expert in transcatheter procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip, performing more than 2,400 implants. Dr. Nguyen serves as the Chief of the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Helen and Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.  


David D. Odell, MD, MMSc
Dr. Odell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago.


Olugbenga T. Okusanya, MD
Dr. Okusanya is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He specializes in thoracic surgery. 


Joseph D. Phillips, MD
Dr. Phillips is an Assistant Professor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.


V. Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA
Dr. Reddy is the Surgical Director of the Structural Heart Program at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He also is the current President of the Nashville Academy of Medicine.


Ibrahim Sultan, MD
Dr. Sultan is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.


Betty C. Tong, MD, MHS, MS
Dr. Tong is a Surgical Oncologist and Thoracic Surgeon at Duke Health in Durham, NC. She is also an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine.


Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS
Dr. Varghese is the Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, and Chief Value Officer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. He recently was appointed as the Deputy Editor of Digital Media and Digital Scholarship of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and holds leadership positions in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Surgical Outcomes Club. 


Douglas E. Wood, MD
Dr. Wood is the Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves as Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Lung Cancer Screening Panel and Vice-Chair of the NCCN Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Panel. He also is an STS Past President, a Past President of Thoracic Surgery Foundation, and has represented the Society on the Lung Cancer Guidelines panel of the American College of Chest Physicians.