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Meeting at a Glance

Newswise — The American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting is the oldest and largest cardiothoracic surgery meeting in North America. The 99th will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Canada, on May 4 - 7, 2019. Close to 3,000 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



Comprehensive AATS Quality Program for the 21st Century

Eugene H. Blackstone, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Saturday, May 4, 3:40PM

Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer: Outcomes and Remaining Challenges

Scott J. Antonia, Duke University

Saturday, May 4, 5:05PM

Honored Guest Lecture: Global Health Initiatives to Address Undertreatment in Cardiovascular Disease

Valentin Fuster, Mount Sinai Health System

Sunday, May 5, 12:00PM            

If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who? A Plan to Increase Access to Cardiac Surgery for the World’s Forgotten People

Morton Bolman, University of Colorado

Sunday, May 5, 10:07AM

How Lung Cancer Screening Can Address Undertreatment

Christine Berg, NIH

Sunday, May 5, 10:55AM

The Pursuit of Excellence in Surgery

Tirone E. David, Toronto General Hospital

Monday, May 6, 9:50AM

Presidential Address: Vision, Leadership, and Scholarship

David H. Adams, Mount Sinai Health System

Monday, May 6, 11:30AM

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Mobile App available through iTunes Store and Android Market. To download, search AATS Week in your app store.

Access 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.

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Presentation News Releases

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

Release:  A New Technique for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Lung Cancer – Ultrasonic Device is Safe and Effective for Lung Vessel Sealing in Minimally Invasive Lobectomy

Presentation:   “Prospective, Multi-Center, International Phase 2 Trial Evaluating Ultrasonic Energy for Pulmonary Artery Branch Sealing in VATS Lobectomy” by Moishe Liberman, Eric Goudie, Chris Morse, Waël C. Hanna, Nathaniel R. Evans, Kazuhiro Yasufuku, Richard Malthaner, Joel Dunning, Edwin Lafontaine, Pasquale Ferraro, Cameron Wright, Hugh Auchincloss, Michael Lanuti, Jocelyne Martin, Harald C. Ott, Henning A. Gaissert, John Sampalis

Embargo:         Sat. May 4, 2019, 11:05AM


Release:  Clinical Trial Shows Promise for Increasing Lung Transplant Patients’ Life Expectancy

Presentation:   “First in Human, Use of Regadenoson: An Adenosine 2A Receptor Agonist in Lung Transplant Recipients” by Christine L. Lau, Jennifer V Phillips, Michael J Cosner, Mark R Conaway, Gina R Petroni, A. Sasha Krupnick, Yunge Zhao, Joel Linden, Irving L Kron, Joshua Boys

Embargo:         Sunday, May 5, 2019, 4:55PM


Release:  New Model Improves Staging and Risk Predictions for Esophageal Cancer Patients

Presentation:   “A Clinical Nomogram for Predicting Node Positive Disease in Esophageal Cancer”

Tara R. Semenkovich, Melanie Subramanian, *Bryan F. Meyers, *Benjamin D. Kozower, Ruben Nava, *G. Alexander Patterson, *Daniel Kreisel, *Varun Puri, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis,

Embargo:         Monday, May 6, 2019, 8:02AM


Release:  Trans-Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement Can Improve Outcomes in Low-Risk Surgical Patients

Presentation:   “The PARTNER 3 Low-Risk TAVR Trial: A Detailed Analysis of Key Secondary Endpoints by Martin B. Leon, Michael J. Mack, Raj Makkar, Vinod Thourani, Susheel Kodali, Samir Kapadia, Wilson Szeto, Philippe Pibarot, John Webb, David J. Cohen, and Craig R. Smith. 

Embargo:         Monday, May 6, 2019, 10:15AM


Release:  Clinical Trial Concludes Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Can Be Considered for Patients in All Surgical Risk Classes

Presentation:   “Causes of death and periprocedural recovery following transcatheter or surgical aortic valve replacement in patients at low surgical risk for mortality” by Basel Ramlawi, Michael Deeb, Jeffery J Popma, Steven J Yakubov, Michael Reardon

Embargo:         Monday, May 6, 2019, 4:48PM


Future Meetings

AATS 100th Annual Meeting

New York, NY

April 25 – 28, 2020

AATS 101st Annual Meeting

Seattle, WA

May 1 – 4, 2021

AATS 102nd Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

May 14 – 17, 2022

AATS 103rd Annual Meeting

Los Angeles, CA

May 6-9, 2023

For More Information Contact:

Alexis Merry

Marketing Manager

American Association for Thoracic Surgery

+1 617-827-0608

[email protected]


Meeting Link: AATS 99th Annual Meeting