Important LinksConference homepage: http://aats.org/annualmeeting Webcast Feed (beginning Sunday, April 26, noon PT): http://webcast.aats.org/2015 Conference Program: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/Program.cgi Daily News: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Daily-News.cgi Mobile App: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Mobile-App.cgi AATS homepage: www.aats.org

Meeting at a GlanceThe American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting is the oldest and largest cardiothoracic surgery meeting in North America. The 95th will be held at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, on April 25-29, 2015. More than 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• Basic Science Lecture: Biologically Inspired Engineering – The Next Technology WaveMonday, April 27, 9:45 AM PTDonald E. Ingber, MD, PhD, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering• Presidential Address: Technological Innovation in Cardiothoracic Surgery – A Pragmatists ApproachMonday, April 27, 11:25 AM PT Pedro J. del Nido, MD, Boston Children's Hospital• Honored Guest Lecture: Three Ideas About Changing ThingsTuesday, April 28, 11:40 AM PTColonel Casey Haskins, BLK SHP INNOVATIONS

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 Apphttp://aats.org/annualmeeting/Mobile-App.cgi 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.

Deep Dive SessionsDeep Dive Sessions highlight presentations that are presented during the Plenary and Simultaneous Scientific Sessions on Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28. These allow the audience and a panel of experts to take a deeper look into studies through discussion and questions. Check the Program at http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/Program.cgi. Presentation News ReleasesHighlighted presentations: All releases are under embargo until date and time of presentation

Release: Age at Surgery and Type of Valve in Pulmonary Valve Replacement Are Key Determinants of Re-Intervention in Congenital Heart DiseasePresentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting Indicates Greater Risk for Younger and Smaller ChildrenPresentation: “Long-term clinical outcome and performance of pulmonary valve replacement with bioprosthetic valves in patients with congenital heart disease,” by Rio S. Nomoto, BA, Lynn A. Sleeper, ScD, Michele Borisuk. MS, MSN, Lisa Bergersen, MD, MPH, Frank A. Pigula, MD, Sitaram Emani, MD, Francis Fynn-Thompson, MD, John E. Mayer, MD, Pedro J. del Nido, MD, Christopher W. Baird, MDEmbargo: April 28, 2015, 9:05 AM PTAbstract: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/47.cgi

Release: Study Allays Concerns that Cardiothoracic Physicians-In-Training Provide Suboptimal CareSimilar Outcomes Seen When CABG Performed by Supervised Residents or Attending Physicians, According to Presentation at 95th AATS Annual MeetingPresentation: “Resident versus Attending Surgeon Patency and Clinical Outcomes in On- versus Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery,” by G. Hossein Almassi, Muath Bishawi, Annie Laurie Shroyer, Jacquelyn A. Quin, Brack Hattler, Todd H. Wagner, Joseph F. Collins, Joseph C. Cleveland, Frederick L. Grover, Faisal G BakaeenEmbargo: April 28, 2015, 10:40 AM PTAbstract: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/50.cgi

Release: New Studies Examine the Significant Risk of Life-Threatening Blood Clots in Post-Surgical Lung Cancer Patients Presentations at the 95th AATS Annual Meeting Present Data on the Incidence of VTEs Underscore the Importance of Screening and Proactive Treatment and Use of an Effective Risk Assessment ToolPresentations: “The incidence and burden of venous thromboembolism after major lung resection: A prospective cohort analysis,” by Yaron Shargall, Waël C. Hanna, Colin Schieman, Christian J. Finley, Laura Schneider, Terri Schnurr, John Agzarian, Dennis Nguyen-Do, Yury Peysakhovich, Thomas K. Waddell, Marc de Perrot, Lori-Ann Linkins, Mark Crowther, James Douketis. “Routine venous thromboembolism screening after pneumonectomy: The harder you look, the more you find,” by Siva Raja, MD, PhD, Jay J. Idrees, MD, Eugene H. Blackstone, MD, Jiayan He, ScD, Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH, David P. Mason, MD, Thomas W. Rice, MD, Daniel P. Raymond, MD, Heather L. Gornick, MD, Sudish C. Murthy, MD, PhD“Caprini risk assessment for postoperative venous thromboembolism in surgical lung cancer patients,” by Krista J. Hachey, Phillip D. Hewes, Liam P. Porter, Doug G. Ridyard, Pamela Rosenkranz, David McAnemy, Hiran C. Fernando, Virginia R. LitleEmbargo: April 28, 2015, 1:30 PM PTAbstracts: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/P33.cgi http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/23.cgi http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/P34.cgi These three presentations comprise the General Thoracic Deep Dive Session, April 27, 3:20-3:55 PM PT, moderated by Keith S. Naunheim and Sidharta P. Gangadharan. Deep Dive Sessions allow the audience and a panel of experts to take a deeper look into studies through discussion and questions.

Release: Pneumonectomy or Lobectomy? Study shows that Surgeon’s Experience May Be a Contributing Factor for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer PatientsPresentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting Has Important Implications for Long-Term OutcomesPresentation: “The effect of surgeon volume on procedure selection in non-small cell lung cancer surgeries,” by Ivana Camposilvan, BHSc, Noori Akhtar-Danesh, PhD, Laura Schneider, BSc, Christian J. Finley, MD MPHEmbargo: April 28, 2015, 4:15 PM PTAbstract: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/73.cgi

 Release: A Simple, Active, Post-Discharge Intervention Program After Major Thoracic Surgery Reduces ER Visits and Saves MoneyPresentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting Describes Benefits of the First Thoracic Surgery Post-Discharge Intervention Program of Its Kind Presentation: “The Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) program: A novel homecare initiative after major thoracic surgery,” by Yaron Shargall, Waël C Hanna, Laura Schneider, Colin Schieman, Christian J Finley, Anna Tran, Shantel Demay, Carolyn Gosse, James M. Bowen, Gord Blackhouse, Kevin SmithEmbargo: April 28, 2015, 4:35 PM PTAbstract: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/74.cgi

Release: Durable Benefits Seen for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery for Emphysema Findings Should Help Dispel Reluctance of Pulmonologists to Recommend Procedure, According to a Presentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting Presentation: “Safety, Efficacy, and Durability of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery: A 10-Year Experience,” by Mark E. Ginsburg, MD, Byron M. Thomashow, MD, William M. Bulman, MD, Patricia A. Jellen, MSN, Beth A. Whippo, MSN, Cody Chiuzan, PhD, Dan Bai, MS, Joshua Sonett, MDEmbargo: April 29, 2015, 7:31 AM PTAbstract: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/104.cgi

Release: 5-Year Survivors of Esophageal Cancer Still Face Low But Constant RisksClinicians Should Remain on the Lookout for Recurrence, Other Primary Cancers, and Chronic Respiratory Distress, According to Presentation at 95th AATS Annual MeetingPresentation: “Locally advanced esophageal cancer: What becomes of five year survivors?,” by Galal Ghaly, MD, Mohamed Kamel, MD, Abu Nasar, MS, Subroto Paul, MD, Paul C. Lee, MD, Jeffrey L. Port, MD, Brendon M. Stiles, MD, Nasser K. Altorki, MDEmbargo: April 29, 2015, 9:08 AM PTAbstract: http://aats.org/annualmeeting/Program-Books/2015/111.cgi

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

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

AATS 98th Annual MeetingSan Diego Convention Center April 25- May 2, 2018 San Diego, CA

For More Information Contact:Nicole BaritotManaging Editor, AATS Scientific PublicationsAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery500 Cummings Center, Suite 4550Beverly, MA 01915 USA+1 978-299-4520[email protected]www.aats.org