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Meeting at a GlanceThe American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting is the oldest and largest cardiothoracic surgery meeting in North America. The 94th will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 26-30, 2014. Approximately 2,600 professionals are expected to attend. These will include:• Cardiothoracic Surgeons• Physicians in related specialties including Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Gastroenterology, and Thoracic Oncology• Fellows and Residents in Cardiothoracic and General Surgical training programs• Allied Health Professionals involved in the care of cardiothoracic surgical patients• Medical students with an interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Highlights• Organize Your Mind in the Operating RoomMonday, April 28, 9:45 AM ETMargaret “Coach Meg” Moore, CEO, Wellcoaches CorporationThe neuroscience of effective coaching and the way in which the brain adapts to master coaching for life-long improvement in judgment and technical skill• Presidential Address: Clarity of Purpose and Focused Attention – The Essence of ExcellenceMonday, April 28, 11:25 AM ET David J. Sugarbaker, Brigham & Women’s Hospital• Honored Guest Lecture: The One-Day Contract Tuesday, April 29, 11:40 AM ETRick Pitino, Head Coach, University of Louisville Men’s Basketball TeamThe principles of coaching that can be applied to educating residents

The AATS Annual Meeting is a primary opportunity to receive continuing medical education and learn about the latest products and services in thoracic treatment and care. Exhibits of the latest technologies from nearly 100 vendors will showcase products to improve patient care and professional development.• AATS Learning Center – Case videos of novel procedures and surgical techniques• Scientific Sessions – The latest research and developments in the field• Surgeon of the Future – Speakers discuss their real life experiences• Working with Industry – The surgeon’s role in developing products used to treat patients• Skills and Decision Making – Technical and decision-making skills for surgeons• Allied Health Personnel Symposium – New developments for nurses, nurse-practitioners, perfusionists, and physician assistants

Mobile App Mobile App available through iTunes Store, Android Market, and the AATS websiteAccess an interactive version of the program, with searchable program topics, faculty, exhibitors, social functions, and local Toronto information. This app also includes live polling and audience response in many sessions to increase interactivity. Presentation News ReleasesHighlighted presentations: All releases are under embargo until date and time of presentation

Release: Applying Lessons from NASA Helps Manage Threats and Errors in Pediatric Cardiac SurgeryPresentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Describes Steps to Break Error Cycles and Improve Patient SafetyPresentation: “NASA ‘threat and error model’ applied to pediatric cardiac surgery: Error cycles precede ~85% of patient deaths,” by Edward J Hickey, Yaroslavna Nosikova, Eric Pham-Hung, Michael Gritti, Steven Schwartz, Christopher A Caldarone, Andrew Redington, and Glen S Van Arsdell Time: April 28, 8:10 AM ETAbstract:

Release: Technological Advancements Extend Long-Term Survival of Transplanted Hearts Across SpeciesPresentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Describes Combination of Donor Genetic Modifications and Host-Targeted ImmunosuppressionPresentation: “Genetically Engineered Pigs And Target-Specific Immunomodulation Provide Significant Graft Survival and Hope for Clinical Cardiac Xenotransplantation,” by Muhammad M. Mohiuddin, MD, Avneesh K. Singh, PhD, Philip C. Corcoran, MD, Robert F. Hoyt, DVM, Marvin L. Thomas III, DVM, David Ayares, PhD, Keith A. Horvath, MDTime: April 28, 2:20 PM ETAbstract:

Release: Major Lung Resection Safer than Ever, Especially at the Busiest Hospitals According to New Study Presented at the 94th Annual AATS MeetingPresentation: “The Impact of Annual Hospital Volume on 30-Day and Conditional 90-Day Mortality Rates for 121,099 Patients Undergoing Major Pulmonary Resection for Lung Cancer,” by Christopher M. Pezzi, MD, Katherine Mallin, PhD, Andres Samayoa Mendez, MD, E. Greer Gay, PhD, Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MDTime: April 29, 10:40 AM ETAbstract:

Release: Poor Quality of Life Doesn’t Predict Low Survival Rates in High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing SurgeryPresentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Presentation: “Analysis of longitudinal quality of life data in high-risk operable patients with lung cancer: Results from ACOSOG Z4032 (Alliance) a multicenter randomized trial,” by Hiran C. Fernando, MD, Rodney J. Landreneau, MD, Sumithra J. Mandrekar, PhD, Francis C. Nichols, MD, Thomas A. DiPetrillo, MD, Bryan F. Meyers, MD, Dwight E. Heron, MD, Shauna Hillman, MS, David R. Jones, MD, Sandra L. Starnes, MD, Angelina D. Tan, BS, Benedict D. T. Daly, MD, and Joe B. Putnam, MD, for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in OncologyTime: April 29, 11:20 AM ETAbstract:

Release: Very Low 30-Day Mortality Can Give False Sense of Complacency in Arterial Switch OperationsWith Better Modern-Day Immediate Post-Surgical Care, Attention Is Drawn to the 30-to-90 Day Postoperative Period as Risky Phase of Operation Has Been Extended, According to Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Presentation: “Performance monitoring of the arterial switch operation: A moving target,” by Hanna A. Jensen, MD, PhD, Hopewell N. Ntsinjana, MD, Catherine Bull, MD, FRCP, Katherine Brown, MD, MPH, Andrew M. Taylor, MD, FRCP, FRCR, Martin Kostolny, MD, Marc de Leval, MD, FRCS, and Victor T. Tsang, MD Time: April 29, 4:55 PM ETAbstract:

Release: Breath Analysis Offers Non-invasive Method to Detect Early Lung CancerSpecificity Double that of PET Scans, According to Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Presentation: “Quantitative analysis of exhaled carbonyl compounds distinguishes benign from malignant pulmonary disease,” by Michael Bousamra II, MD, Erin Schumer, MS, MD, Mingxiao Li, PhD, Ralph J. Knipp, MS, Michael H. Nantz, PhD, Victor van Berkel, MD, PhD, and Xiao-An Fu, PhD Time: April 29, 5:15 PM ET

Release: Greater Surgeon Experience Increases Likelihood of Mitral Valve Repair vs ReplacementPresentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Confirms MV Repair Rates Still Vary Significantly by Hospital and by Surgeon Presentation: “Mitral valve repair rates correlate with surgeon and institutional experience,” by Damien J. LaPar, MD, MSc, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, James Isbell, MD, MSc, Ivan K. Crosby, MD, John A. Kern, MD, Jeffrey B. Rich, MD, Alan M. Speir, MD, Irving L. Kron, MD Time: April 30, 8:04 AM ETAbstract:

Release: CT in the Operating Room Allows More Precise Removal of Small Lung CancersProcedure Helps Spare Healthy Lung Tissue, According to Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Presentation: “Image-guided video assisted thoracic surgery (iVATS): A phase I/II clinical trial’s preliminary report,” by Yifan Zheng, Ritu Gill, Jagadeesan Jayender, Julianne Barlow, Erin Girard, Philip Meade Hartigan, and Rapheal Bueno Time: April 30, 8:48 AM ET

Future MeetingsAATS 95th Annual MeetingApril 25 - 29, 2015Washington State Convention and Trade CenterSeattle, WA, USA

AATS 96th Annual MeetingMay 14 - 18, 2016Baltimore Convention CenterBaltimore, MD, USA

AATS 97th Annual MeetingApril 29 – May 3, 2017Boston Hynes Convention CenterBoston, MA, USA

For More Information Contact:Nicole BaritotManaging Editor, AATS Scientific PublicationsAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery500 Cummings Center, Suite 4550Beverly, MA 01915 USA+1 [email protected]