2018 Annual Meeting Preview

Mingle Oceanside at the President’s Reception

Network with STS leaders and fellow meeting attendees at the President’s Reception on Sunday evening, January 28. This high-profile event will be held on an oceanfront terrace at the luxurious Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. While a tropical-themed band plays in the background, enjoy gourmet food stations and an open bar. Colorful tropical birds will be on hand to enhance the mood.

The reception replaces the STS Social Event, which formerly took place on Monday evening at previous Annual Meetings. This change leaves Monday evening open for industry-sponsored events and socializing with your colleagues.

Tickets can be purchased for $95. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with leaders in cardiothoracic surgery in a picturesque, informal setting.

Video-Based Sessions Highlight Unique Insights into Common Procedures

Textbooks and peer-reviewed publications are not ideal formats for showing the technical nuances of challenging operations. Cardiothoracic surgeons are visual learners, and videos are an important educational tool. To showcase this dynamic learning format, the 2018 Annual Meeting will feature three sessions that focus exclusively on videos within adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart surgery.

“Most meetings present a lot of data. The video presentations step away from the data and show you how to perform a typical operation,” said Gorav Ailawadi, MD, co-moderator of the adult cardiac session. “Attendees will get advice from experts on how to perform these operations quickly and safely.”


Sunday, January 28
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B

Adult Cardiac Surgery

In a daylong session, 24 videos will be shown in the categories of mitral/atrial fibrillation surgery, coronary artery disease, aortic valve/aortic surgery, and heart failure surgery.

“A lot of different topics will be covered, but the theme is to provide surgeons with something they can take back to their practices and institute immediately,” Dr. Ailawadi said.

In the first part of the session, videos will demonstrate challenging scenarios for mitral valve repairs, including patients with mitral annular calcification, rheumatic disease, and hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Two of the videos will demonstrate a robotic repair and minimally invasive techniques to reposition the papillary muscles together,  Dr. Ailawadi said.

Another two videos will demonstrate techniques to close the left atrial appendage during cardiac surgery. One is effective surgical closure using sutures, while the other uses clips and devices to close the appendage, he said.

During the section on coronary artery disease, videos will show a coronary endarterectomy to remove plaque, minimally invasive and robotic approaches to coronary artery bypass grafting procedures, and robotic hybrid coronary revascularization.

Several presentations will feature aortic valve procedures, such as sutureless aortic valve replacement, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) through alternative approaches including the carotid and transcaval arteries, removing a dysfunctional TAVR valve, arch reconstruction, and dealing with abscesses in the aortic root.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) will be among the topics highlighted in presentations about treating heart failure. Videos will demonstrate how to maintain perfusion to the lower extremities and how to decompress the left ventricle. Other videos will demonstrate techniques for the use of short- and long-term LVADs, as well as the subcostal approach for a pump exchange and a non-sternotomy approach for implanting an LVAD.


Sunday, January 28
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom A

Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Twelve video presentations in a half-day session will explore Ebstein anomaly, systemic atrioventricular (AV) valve disease, complex biventricular repairs, and mechanical surgical support.

“We’ve focused the videos in categories that highlight the procedures that congenital heart surgeons face every day. We want to emphasize interaction between the presenters and the audience so that attendees have all their questions answered,” said co-moderator James S. Tweddell, MD.

Videos will highlight approaches for treating newborns with severe Ebstein anomaly, including surgery on the tricuspid valve to achieve a two-ventricle repair, as well as a conversion of single-ventricle palliation. Patient selection for the various approaches also will be explained.

The second group of presentations will explore repair options for the left side systemic AV valve. Videos will show the use of a CorMatrix cylinder valve in newborns and infants with mitral valve disease, the use of a Melody valve as a mitral valve replacement, and an AV repair for patients with single-ventricle anatomy, Dr. Tweddell said.

Complex biventricular repairs will be highlighted in three videos. The first will explain the use of a Nikaidoh procedure to achieve a two-ventricle repair in patients with complex transposition, he said. A second video will demonstrate biventricular repairs in patients with complex heterotaxy, and a third will show a double-switch procedure for patients with a congenitally corrected transposition.

The final group of presentations will examine mechanical surgical support options, including an ECMO simulation training program, how to identify treatment options for patients with heart failure with congenital heart disease, and how to manage the complex anatomic challenges seen in older Fontan patients, Dr. Tweddell said.


Sunday, January 28
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Floridian Ballroom D

General Thoracic Surgery

Minimally invasive approaches for lobectomies, segmentectomies, and esophagectomies will be demonstrated in a series of general thoracic surgery video presentations. Other videos in the session will explain lean approaches to surgery and recovery, as well as novel techniques for finding nodules during procedures.

“This session is set up to help STS members engage in the process of higher quality, minimally invasive surgery. These videos are about better ways to do it and better ways to do it faster with higher quality and at lower cost,” said session moderator Robert J. Cerfolio, MD.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) and robotic approaches to lobectomies and segmentectomies will be shown. For esophagectomies, presenters will detail three approaches—robotic Ivor Lewis, transhiatal, and endoscopic.

“The robotic platform allows more patients to get a minimally invasive operation, but it comes down to the surgeon,” said Dr. Cerfolio. “If we can teach surgeons how to perform really good surgery with VATS, they don’t need a robot. If you have a robot, you can do it without VATS. We want high-quality surgery either way. We want them to do it with a robot or VATS, not an open technique.”

The one non-technical presentation in the session will be “Lean and Efficient Surgery and Recovery: A Systems Approach.” Lean systems can be used to reduce variables by optimizing processes supporting surgeries, from developing a surgery team to setting up the operating room.

“Reducing variables reduces costs and increases quality. That improves value,”  Dr. Cerfolio said. “The goal of this session is to show via video what quality surgery looks like. As in sports, everything is on the videotape. All of your mistakes and all of your victories are videotaped and can be broken down and assessed. That is true for surgery.”

STS 54th Annual Meeting Program


3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tech-Con Exhibits

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
BREAKFAST—Visit Tech-Con Exhibits

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Tech-Con Adult Cardiac Track I: Innovations in Aortic Valve and Aortic Aneurysm Management

Tech-Con General Thoracic Track I: Emerging and/or Game-Changing Technologies in the Management of Lung Cancer

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
BREAK—Visit Tech-Con Exhibits

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tech-Con Adult Cardiac Track II: Cutting-Edge Surgery for Heart Failure and Coronary Artery Disease

Tech-Con General Thoracic Track II: Emerging and/or Game-Changing Technologies in the Management of Esophageal Diseases

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
LUNCH—Visit Tech-Con Exhibits

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tech-Con Adult Cardiac Track III: Contemporary and Future Mitral Valve and Atrial Fibrillation Practice

Tech-Con General Thoracic Track III: Emerging and/or Game-Changing Minimally Invasive Surgery and Other Technologies

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
BREAK—Visit Tech-Con Exhibits

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tech-Con Joint Session: Robotic Cardiothoracic Innovations and “Shark Tank”—Rapid-Fire Pitches of Revolutionary Technology

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tech-Con Reception


7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Symposium: Surgical Management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery in Children and Adults

Practice Management Summit

STS/AATS Critical Care Symposium: When Things Go Wrong in the CTICU and What to Do About It

CHEST @ STS: Advanced Bronchoscopy and Surgical Airway Symposium

SCA @ STS: Integrating Perioperative Echocardiography Into Cardiac Surgical Clinical Decision Making

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Multidisciplinary Innovations in Cardiothoracic Patient Care

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“My Tube” Adult Cardiac How-To Video Session

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Residents Symposium: Transitioning From Residency to a Successful Practice

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
How-To Video Session: Technical Tips to Avoid Pitfalls and Simplify Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Procedures

How-To Video Session: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Efficiency in Minimally Invasive General Thoracic Surgery

2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Scientific Posters

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception in STS Exhibit Hall

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
President’s Reception



6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

Scientific Posters

7:00 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Papers

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Abstract Presentations

9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
BREAK—Visit Exhibits and Scientific Posters

9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Introduction of the President: Keith S. Naunheim

9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Presidential Address: Richard L. Prager

10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
BREAK—Visit Exhibits and Scientific Posters

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Adult Cardiac: Arrhythmia/Atrial Fibrillation

Basic Science Research: Adult Cardiac

Basic Science Research: General Thoracic

Congenital: Adult Congenital

Critical Care

NEW! Diversity and Inclusion in Cardiothoracic Surgery: What’s In It for Me?

General Thoracic: New Technology

STS/CATS/CSCS: Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery—Advice From Canadian and American Experts

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
BREAK—Visit Exhibits and Scientific Posters

1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Clinical Scenarios: Cardiologists and Surgeons Working Together

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Adult Cardiac: Aorta I

Adult Cardiac: Ischemic

Congenital: Pediatric Congenital I

General Thoracic: Lung Cancer I

General Thoracic: Lung Transplantation

International Symposium: Confronting Infectious Diseases in Young Adults Undergoing Cardiac Surgery

SVS @ STS: Sharing Common Ground for Cardiovascular Problems

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
BREAK—Visit Exhibits and Scientific Posters

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Adult Cardiac: VAD Transplant/ECMO

Ethics Debate: Neighborly Help or Itinerant Surgery?

Research Using the STS National Database

STS Key Contacts: Advocates for Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Annals Academy: Preparation and Interpretation of National Database Research

NEW! The Importance of Physician Documentation in Reimbursement

Women in Thoracic Surgery: How to Successfully Implement Surgical Innovations and New Technologies Into Practice

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Scientific Posters and Wine

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Business Meeting (STS Members Only)


6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Scientific Posters

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Meet the Experts Sessions

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Health Policy Forum: The Changing Medicare Quality Reporting and Payment Landscape

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Thomas B. Ferguson Lecture

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
BREAK—Visit Exhibits and Scientific Posters

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Award Presentations

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
C. Walton Lillehei Lecture

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BREAK—Visit Exhibits and Scientific Posters

Residents Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Adult Cardiac: General

Adult Cardiac: Mitral and Tricuspid Valves

Congenital: Pediatric Congenital II

EACTS @ STS: Bicuspid Aortic Valve Repair With Aortic Valve Insufficiency and Proximal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

NEW! STS/ISHLT Joint Symposium: LVAD Therapy in 2018 — Worldwide Perspectives

General Thoracic: Lung Cancer II

General Thoracic: Mediastinal/Pulmonary

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Patient Safety Symposium: Biases and Errors — Why We Do What We Do

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
BREAK—Visit Exhibits and Scientific Posters

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cardiothoracic Surgical Education

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Adult Cardiac: Aorta II

Adult Cardiac: Aortic Valve/Novel Technologies

Advanced Therapies for End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease

Congenital: Pediatric Congenital III

ESTS @ STS: Controversial Issues in General Thoracic Surgery — Perspectives From Europe and North America

General Thoracic: Esophageal

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Quality Improvement


6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
STS University

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
STS University (courses repeated)

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Register for the STS/CTSNet Career Fair

Meet face-to-face with potential employers at the STS 54th Annual Meeting. During the STS/CTSNet Career Fair, recruiters will be available to talk with you about career opportunities.

Maximize your exposure by posting your CV to the candidate database prior to the meeting. Participating employers will be able to view your CV in advance of the event and may schedule an appointment with you for an in-person interview to take place during the meeting. You can find more information about how to register at sts.org/careerfair.

The Career Fair will be held in the Exhibit Hall:

Sunday, January 28, 4:30 p.m.−6:30 p.m.

Monday, January 29, 9:00 a.m.−4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 30, 9:00 a.m.−3:30 p.m.

International Attendees: Request a Letter of Invitation

If you need a personalized letter of invitation, visit sts.org/annualmeeting and complete the Visa Invitation Letter Request Form. Once you have completed the request form, STS will email a personalized letter of invitation to you within 1 business week. Please note: STS cannot promise that you or your colleagues will receive a visa, nor can it change the decision of any governmental agency should your application be denied.

Take Advantage of Free Annual Meeting Online Access

Access to the STS 54th Annual Meeting Online is included with Annual Meeting registration. With such a full meeting schedule, it’s impossible to attend every presentation. This web-based video presentation will provide an opportunity to review sessions of special interest and earn CME credit—all from the comfort of your home or office. The Online product will be available approximately 1 month after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting and will be accessible for up to a year. Learn more at sts.org/AMonline.

Content from the STS 53rd Annual Meeting Online is still available at learningcenter.sts.org. Access is free if you attended the 2017 meeting in Houston; if you did not attend, you can purchase access and earn up to 105.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through January 31, 2018.

Become an STS Member

STS membership offers a wide range of benefits, including complimentary subscriptions to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the quarterly newsletter STS News, and more. STS members also receive reduced registration rates for the STS Annual Meeting and many other educational events throughout the year. Surgeon members may qualify for discounted participation fees in the STS National Database.

Anyone with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery can become a member. Visit sts.org/apply and fill out the application that best fits your role. If you are a member and know someone who has not yet joined, encourage him or her to apply! By promoting membership in STS, you’ll help your colleagues, the Society, and the specialty.