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Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery News: Fall 2016

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the exciting projects and topics of the Council. We’d also like to highlight the great learning and professional development resources for cardiothoracic surgeons and other interested stakeholders offered during Clinical Congress 2016 in October. 

The Advisory Council convened for its interim meeting earlier this year at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Annual Meeting. The following are brief updates from the Council. Please feel free to contact the Advisory Council’s Chair, David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS, or the Advisory Council Communications Pillar Member and Resident and Associate Liaison, Monisha Sudarshan, MD, FRCSC, with questions or for more information.

Advisory Council Updates

Register Today for Clinical Congress 2016

There’s still time to register! Search for cardiothoracic surgery sessions on the Clinical Congress website or by using the Clinical Congress app. 

Monday, October 17
3D Printing in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Fad or Transformative?
11:30 am–1:00 pm 

Tuesday, October 18
How to Introduce New Technology and Advanced Procedures into a Cardiothoracic Surgery Practice
12:45–2:15 pm 

Chest Wall Injuries: Innovative Approaches and Management
2:30–4:00 pm 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
4:15–5:45 pm 

Wednesday, October 19
Cardiothoracic Surgery Maintenance of Certification at Your Own Institution
9:45–11:15 am

Edward VerrierJohn H. Gibbon, Jr., Lecture by Dr. Verrier

Monday, October 17, 2016
9:45–10:45 am

This lecture commemorates John H. Gibbon, Jr., MD, FACS, who is widely renowned for his revolutionary advancements in cardiac surgery and the invention of the heart-lung bypass machine in 1937. 

Edward D. Verrier, MD, FACS, the K. Alvin and Shirley E. Merendino Endowed Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UW Medical Center, has been selected to present the prestigious John H. Gibbon, Jr., Lecture at the Clinical Congress. His lecture, “The Elite Athlete... the Master Surgeon,” promises to enlighten.

Opening Ceremony/Martin Memorial Lecture by Dr. Cosgrove

Monday, October 17, 2016
8:00–9:30 am

The Martin Memorial Lecture was established in 1946 to honor Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, founder of the College, and his wife, Isabelle Hollister Martin. 

Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, FACS, the chief executive officer and president of the Cleveland Clinic, will present the Martin Memorial Lecture. His topical lecture is titled “Transforming Health Care.”

Special Interest Session

Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Future: Technology Overview for Residents and Medical Students 

Monday, October 17, 2016
5:30–9:00 pm
Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and Society of Thoracic Surgeons

This course will introduce surgery residents and medical students to conventional and complex procedures performed by cardiothoracic surgeons. New technologies and cardiothoracic surgery training paradigms, such as the integrated six-year residency, will be discussed. The program will be taught by cardiothoracic surgeons who are leaders in their respective fields of cardiac and general thoracic surgery. 

For additional information, please contact Nicole Schroeder, STS Education Manager, at

Other Information

Increasing Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident Recruitment to the RAS-ACS

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is reaching out to cardiothoracic surgery residents to inform them of the many opportunities that RAS membership has to offer. In addition to several leadership opportunities, RAS provides valuable scholarships, international meeting exchange opportunities, platforms to publish, career networking, and much more. RAS has been instrumental in shaping young surgeons as leaders and educators and hopes to extend these opportunities to all surgery residents. 

Resident membership is only $20 a year. First-year membership for Associate Fellows (fewer than six years in practice) is only $75. Learn more about RAS-ACS.

Enhancing Communication between the Advisory Councils and ACS Governors and Regents

The Advisory Councils were recently reorganized into a pillar structure in order to enhance communication and recommendations to the ACS Board of Governors and Board of Regents. The five Advisory Council pillars are Advocacy, Communication, Education, Member Services, and Quality.
The Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery representatives are:

  • Advocacy: John Chen, MD, FACS
  • Communication: Monisha Sudarshan, MD
  • Education: David Cooke, MD, FACS
  • Member Services: John Ikonomidis, MD, FACS
  • Quality: Walter Merrill, MD, FACS

I’m a Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Why Should I Join ACS?

The College’s top priority is providing value for our members. As a member and Fellow representing a surgical specialty, we encourage you to review this member benefits page, which articulates the specific value the ACS brings to you as a cardiothoracic surgeon. 

As surgeons and advocates for our profession, we understand the profound impact that the ACS has had on our own career development and the integral role the College has played in advancing patient care for more than 100 years. We know that engaging young cardiothoracic surgeons in the College while emphasizing the critical support and opportunities provided is essential to fostering the next generation’s leadership growth and innovation. We encourage you to share this specialty flyer with your network of residents and junior colleagues who may not yet be members of the ACS and encourage them to join today.

You Can Make a Difference

The Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery is interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions. You may forward your comments to the Council’s staff liaison at