January 27-28

Review STS University Lecture Material Online

STS University courses feature only hands-on learning. No didactic lectures will be given during the activity, so attendees are encouraged to view the lectures online prior to Wednesday morning. You can access the lectures at the STS University viewing station located in the Floridian Ballroom Foyer. You also can access them through the STS Meetings app or by visiting sts.org/stsuniversity.

Claim Continuing Medical Education Credit

The STS 54th Annual Meeting utilizes an entirely electronic evaluation and CME/Perfusion CEU credit claim process. Both physicians and perfusionists can use this system to claim credit, complete evaluations, and print CME/Perfusion CEU certificates. Certificates of Attendance also are available for other attendees and international physicians not wishing to claim CME/Perfusion CEU credit. Attendees will not be able to evaluate and claim CME/Perfusion CEU credit for ticketed sessions unless they have registered for those sessions. Please note that CME credit is not available for the Residents Symposium, Residents Luncheon, or STS/AATS Tech-Con 2018.

Attendees can complete the overall meeting evaluations and all individual session evaluations onsite at CME Stations located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and the Floridian Ballroom Foyer. Certificate printing is available.

Attendees also can complete evaluations and claim credit by visiting sts.org/2018evaluation or using the STS Meetings app. In order to make this process more convenient for attendees, the meeting evaluations will be available online through Monday, February 12, 2018.

Attendees can log in to the website with the following information:

Username: 6-digit member ID number located on the upper right corner of their meeting badge

Password: First initial and last name

CT Surgery Residents Prepare to Win Jeopardy Title

Cardiothoracic surgery residents from Europe and the United States will face off Sunday evening in the ultimate cognitive challenge—the STS Cardiothoracic Surgery Jeopardy Championship.

Qualifying competitions were held at the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting in October 2017 and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Annual Meeting in November 2017.

EACTS winners Priyadharshanan Ariyaratnam, MRCS and Joshil Lodhia, MRCS from Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, United Kingdom, will compete against STSA winners Terry Shih, MD and Stephanie G. Worrell, MD from the University of Michigan on Sunday from 4:45 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall Learning Lab Theater.

Thank You

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons gratefully acknowledges the following companies for providing educational grants for the STS 54th Annual Meeting.

Platinum Benefactors
Provided $50,000 or above

Silver Benefactors
Provided $10,000-$24,999
Boston Scientific
Getinge Group
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
St. Jude Medical

This list is accurate as of January 16, 2018.

Learning Opportunities Available in the Exhibit Hall

Exhibiting companies and others will present talks and demonstrations in the Learning Lab Theater, located in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 1736.


4:45 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.
STS Jeopardy Championship


10:55 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Transseptal Access for Transcatheter Mitral Procedures: Surgeons Can Master This Too!

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
The AngioVac System: When Is It the Device of Choice?


10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
The Science of Tissue Management

Hear from Experts at Industry-Sponsored Satellite Activities

Satellite activities are programs offered by industry and held in conjunction with the STS 54th Annual Meeting. They are not developed or sponsored by STS.


Hemodynamics Matter for Exercise Reserve, Left Ventricular Mass Regression, and Durability
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Grand Ballroom E
1881 SE 17th St.

AtriCure/MediaSphere Medical
Concomitant Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: Navigating Controversies and Growing Your Practice
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Caribbean V
3030 Holiday Dr.

Challenge the Burden of Bleed: Discussing the Clinical Value of an FDA-Accepted Bleeding Severity Scale
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Atlantic Ballroom 2
1881 SE 17th St.

Edwards Lifesciences
Latest Innovations in Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Grand Ballroom D
1881 SE 17th St.


Thompson Surgical
Optimal Exposure for Mitral Valve Surgery: If You Can’t See It, You Can’t Fix It
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Grand Ballrooms ABCD
1881 SE 17th St.