New Session Focuses on Diversity in CT Surgery

Diversity and Inclusion in Cardiothoracic Surgery: What’s in it For Me?

Monday, January 29
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom B-C

Recognizing the growing diversity of cardiothoracic surgery patients and the population at large, the Society’s Special Ad Hoc Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion has designed a new session to address the role of diversity and inclusion in the cardiothoracic surgery workforce and explore why physicians who are underrepresented in medicine are important for the optimal delivery of cardiothoracic surgical care.

During the session, David A. Acosta, MD will explain how a diverse environment can improve health care outcomes, as well as an organization’s overall effectiveness and productivity. Dr. Acosta is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Following Dr. Acosta’s talk, a panel discussion will be held among Society leaders, a patient advocate, a medical student, a cardiothoracic surgery resident, and academic and community-based cardiothoracic surgeons. Initial results from a recent survey of US-based STS members will be presented, and questions from the audience will be encouraged.