STS2020 Round-Up

Photo Provided by Anthony Estrera, MD

On January 25th to 28th, 2020, over 4,000 medical professionals from over 65 countries around the world gathered in New Orleans to attend the Society of Thoracic Surgery 56th Annual Meeting and Exhibition. Several members from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department attended as representatives of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), along with many of our colleagues and peers from McGovern Medical School and the Texas Medical Center (TMC).  In collaboration with Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute at TMC, our team attended in effort to present and discuss recent results and advancements in thoracic surgery as they pertain to conditions, complications, treatments, technology, policy, organizational growth, and much more.

Selectively chosen to present for several plenary discussions at the meeting, our faculty members and clinicians were also appointed for committee and board seats, and moderated several panel discussions.

Highlights and photos from department faculty and staff who attended STS2020, below:

Lisa DeGarmo

  • Plenary talk on, “Staffing Models for Cardiac Surgery Care: How Should I Staff My Program?”
  • Selected as one of two advanced practice nurses to present
  • Roundtable talk with CTS.net to discuss hot topics in Advanced Practice

Anthony L. Estrera

  • Elected to Thoracic Surgery Foundation Board
  • Rotated off the Annals of Thoracic Surgery Editorial Board
  • Assembled for D&I work force
  • Assembled for STS/AATS Guidelines writing committee for Type B Dissection
  • Organized and Moderated Panel Session on “STS/SVS: What Would E. Stanley Crawford Think?” – bringing together surgery Icons Safi, Coselli and Svennson
  • Plenary Discussion on, “Visceral Malperfusion with Type A Aortic Dissection”
  • Plenary Discussion on, “Late-Breaking Abstract: ARISE Type A Dissection Early Feasibility Study”

Tom C. Nguyen

  • Selected as Co-Chair of STS University
  • Selected as Co-Chair of the STS Program Committee
  • Plenary discussion on, “Transcatheter Repair or Replacement for Functional Mitral Regurgitation: Will This Take On like TAVR?”
  • Plenary discussion on, “Building and Promoting Your Brand: How to Effectively Engage Your Community and Expand Your Patient Base”
  • Plenary talk at STS Leadership Academy on, “Finding Joy and Purpose in Life”
  • Edwards Lifesciences Evening Symposium on, “How is low-risk changing the SAVR landscape in 2020?”

Hazim J. Safi on “Discussant for the Importance of Diversity in the Surgical Workforce”

“Characteristics of Reintubation after Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Potential Implications for STS Quality Guidelines,” Presented by Mark T. Warner, in collaboration with: Benjamin M. Cohn, Alexander Nissen, Van T. Truong, Bindu Akkanti, Mark T. Warner, Steven Eisenberg, Richard M. Alexander, Michael P. Macris, Donald Gibson, Anthony L. Estrera, and Tom C. Nguyen

“Less Invasive Mitral Surgery versus Conventional Sternotomy Stratified by Mitral Pathology: Analysis of the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database”, Presented by Alexander Nissen, in collaboration with Tom C. Nguyen, Charles C. Miller, III, Vinod H. Thourani, Y. Joseph J. Woo, James Gammie, and Gorav Ailawadi