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The American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting is the oldest and largest cardiothoracic surgery meeting in North America. The 101st Annual Meeting will be held virtually April 30 – May 2, 2021.

Worldwide cardiothoracic professionals are expected to participate. 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



Guest Lecturer: A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State

11:00AM, Saturday, May 1, 2021

"The theme of the 101st AATS Annual Meeting is Diversity without Exclusion in a Culture of Safety. As such, I was eager to invite an individual who epitomized these ideals as my honored guest. I consider Dr. Rice to be one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, and revered leaders of my generation. I am thrilled that she will be joining us this year to share her thoughts on how we can continue to advance not only cardiothoracic surgery but all of society in the coming years."  – Marc R. Moon, AATS President


Sugarbaker Lecture: Presented by William G. Kaelin, Jr.

11:00AM, Sunday, May 2, 2021

Dr. Kaelin is currently the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. A Nobel laureate, Dr. Kaelin received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He has received numerous other awards including the MSKCC Paul Marks Prize, the AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Prize, a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, the Canada International Gairdner International Award, the ASCI Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award, the Scientific Grand Prix of the Foundation Lefoulon-Delalande and the Institute of France, the Albert Lasker Prize, the Helis Award, and the Massry Prize.


Presentation News Releases

Highlighted presentations: All releases are under embargo until date and time of presentation.

Release:          Study Finds Similar Long-Term Outcomes for Mechanically-Ventilated COVID-19 Patients Treated With and Without ECMO

Presentation:   “Long-term Recovery of COVID-19 Survivors is Not Negatively Impacted by ECMO: A Multicenter Study from the ORACLE Group,” Lauren J Taylor, Chintan Ramani, Shoaib Fakhri, Kirby P Mayer, Eric W Etchill, Matthew F Mart, Sarah E Jolley, Alexandra Kadl, Skyler Peterson, Ashley A Montgomery-Yates,  Ann M Parker, Carla Sevin, Kathryn Colborn,  Nicholas Teman,  Jordan Hoffman,  Kyle Enfield,  Karsten Bartels, Bo Soo Kim,  Sung-Min Cho, Joseph Hippensteel, Glenn J.R. Whitman,  Joseph B Zwischenberger,  Jessica Y Rove

Embargo:         9:00AM, April 30, 2021

Release:          Clinically Viable Blood Test for Donor-Derived Cell-Free DNA Can Vastly Reduce the Need for Routine Surveillance Biopsies Following Heart Transplantation

Presentation:  “Donor Fraction Cell-Free DNA and Rejection in Pediatric and Adult Heart Transplantation,” Marc E Richmond, Shriprasad R Deshpande, Steven D Zangwill, David P Bichell, Steven J Kindel, Jacob N Schroder, Mark A Wigger, Kenneth R Knecht, Elfriede Pahl, Nunzio A Gaglianello, William T Mahle, Huan ling Liang, Pippa M Simpson, Mahua Dasgupta, Liyun Zhang, Paula E North, Aoy Tomita Mitchell, Michael E Mitchell

Embargo:         9:00AM, April 30, 2021

Release:          Integrated Cardiothoracic Residency Continues to be Most Challenging Specialty to Match

Presentation:   “Characteristics in the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Match: Trends in

Positions, Gender, Race, and Qualifications Among Applicants when Compared with those of other Surgical Subspecialties.” Lauren Bougioukas, Alyssa Heiser, Adrian Berg, Marek Polomsky, Chris Rokkas, Fuyuki Hirashima

Embargo:        11:00AM, April 30, 2021

Release:          Modifications to ERATS Protocol Significantly Reduces Post-Operative Opioid Usage

Presentation:   “Optimization Of An Established Enhanced Recovery After Thoracic Surgery

Protocol: Aiming For Schedule II Opioid-free Pain Control Following Robotic Surgery.” Karishma Kodia, Joanne Szewczyk, Joy Stephens-McDonnough, Nestor R. Villamizar, Dao M Nguyen

Embargo:         2:05PM, April 30, 2021

Release:          Multidisciplinary Panel Finds 30-Day Course of VTE Prophylaxis Post-Discharge Improves Outcomes

Presentation:   “Joint 2021 European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) and American

Association for Thoracic Surgeons (AATS) Guidelines for the Prevention of Cancer-associated Venous Thromboembolism in Thoracic Surgery,” Shargall Y, Wiercioch W, Brunelli A, Murthy S, Lin J, Hofstetter W, Li H, Linkins LA, Crowther M, Schünemann F, Davis R, Morgano GP, Muti- Schünemann G, Schünemann HJ, Douketis J, Litle V

Embargo:         2:05PM, April 30, 2021

Release:          Study Finds Up to 24 Percent of Esophagectomy Patients Can Develop VTE Post-Operatively

Presentation:   “The Contemporary Significance of Venous Thromboembolism [Deep Venous

Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolus (PE)] in Patients Undergoing Esophagectomy: A Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Study to Evaluate the Incidence and Clinical Outcomes VTE after Major Esophageal Resections.” Yaron Shargall, Sudish Murthy, Jules Lin, Gail Darling, Richard Malthaner, Biniam Kidane, Andrew Seely, Hui Li, Mark Crowther, Lori-Ann Linkins, Esther Lau, Laura Schneider, Wael C Hanna, Christian Finley, John Agzarian, James Douketis.

Embargo:         9:00AM, May 1, 2021

Release:          Low Profile Thoracic Aortic Endograft Device Reduces Complications and Expands Patient Pool

Presentation:   “One Year Results of a Pivotal Study of a Second Generation Low-Profile Endograft in Subjects with Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Ulcer Pathologies,” Wilson Y Szeto, Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, Hitoshi Matsuda, Sina Moainie, Mel Sharafuddin, Joel Corvera, Christopher Smolock, Shinji Miyamoto, Thomas Naslund, Venkatesh Ramaiah

Embargo:         4:05PM, May 1, 2021

Release:          Study Suggests Most Mitral Regurgitation Patients Treated With TEER Will Require Mitral Replacement Surgery if Treatment Fails

Presentation:   “Operative outcomes of mitral surgery for failed transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) in the United States.” Joanna Chikwe, Patrick O'Gara, Stephen Fremes, Thoralf Sundt, Robert Habib, Georgina Rowe, George Gill, James Gammie, Mario Gaudino, Vinay Badhwar, Michael Acker, Marc Gillinov, Andrew B Goldstone, Thomas Schwann, Annetine Gelijns, Natalia N Egorova, Alfredo Trento, Michael Mack, David H Adams.

Embargo:         4:05PM, May 1, 2021

Release:          Atrial Fenestration During AVSD Repair is Associated With Increased Mortality

Presentation:   “Atrial Fenestration During Atrioventricular Septal Defect Repair Is Associated With Increased Mortality,” Connor P Callahan, Anusha Jegatheeswaran, David J. Barron, Osami Honjo, Pirooz Eghtesady, David M. Overman, Eugene H Blackstone, Jeevanantham Rajeswaran, Karthik Ramakrishnan, Adil Husain, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Jennifer S. Nelson, Anastasios Polimenakos, Christopher A. Caldarone, Stephanie M. Fuller, Robert J Dabal, James K. Kirklin, Tharini Paramananthan, Alistair Phillips, William M DeCampli, Brian W McCrindle

Embargo:         11:30AM, May 2, 2021

Release:          Pulmonary Endarterectomy Achieves Excellent Results for Patients with Segmental Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

Presentation:   “Outcome After Pulmonary Endarterectomy For Segmental Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension. A Canadian National Cohort Study.” Marc de Perrot, Laura Donahoe, Karen McRae, John Thenganatt , Jakov Moric,Jason Weatherald, Naushad Hirani, Mitesh Thakrar,, Doug Helmersen, John Swiston, Nathan Brunner, Robert Levy, Sanjay Mehta, Ali Kapasi, Dale Lien, Evangelos Michelakis, Paul Hernandez, Kristina Kemp, Andrew Hirsch, David Langleben, Nathan Hambly, Punginathn Dorasamy, Christine D'Arsigny, George Chandy, David Christiansen, George Fox, Karen Laframbroise, Steeve Provencher , John Granton.

Embargo:         11:30AM, May 2, 2021

Release:          AATS Foundation Scholarships Shown to Support Success in Academic Surgery

Presentation:   “The Impact of Receiving an award from American Association of Thoracic Surgery Foundation,” Edgar Aranda-Michel, James D Luketich, Rashmi Rao, Victor O Morell,  George J Arnaoutakis, Arman Kilic, Courtenay Dunn-Lewis, Ibrahim Sultan

Embargo:         12:35PM, May 2, 2021

Release:          Study Finds Heart Transplantation Using Donation After Cardiac Death with NRP Can Increase Organ Availability by 20 Percent

Presentation:   “The First Clinical Heart Transplantation in The United States from Donation After Cardiac Death (DCD) using Normothermic Regional Perfusion (NRP),” Deane E Smith, Zachary N Kon, Julius A Carillo, Claudia G Gidea, Greta L Piper, Amy L Friedman, Jennifer Pavone, Alex Reyentovich, Robert Montgomery, Aubrey C Galloway, Nader Moazami

Embargo:         2:50PM, May 2, 2021


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