Newswise — Credentialed press representatives are invited to attend The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 54th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, which will include late-breaking scientific research, thought-provoking lectures, cutting-edge technologies, and innovative cardiothoracic surgery products—some that are not yet available on the market. Cardiothroacic surgeons also will lead an in-depth discussion that explores the role of diversity and inclusion in the cardiothoracic surgery workforce and the surgeon’s role in the opioid epidemic.

What: 2018 STS 54th Annual Meeting and Press Conference

When: Meeting is January 27-31, 2018; Press Conference is Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Where: Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Press Office Room 209; Press Conference Room 208


  • Tech-Con, which includes Shark Tank, on Saturday, January 27
  • Scientific sessions Sunday, January 28 – Tuesday, January 30
  • Press conference featuring three abstracts presented by leading scientific researchers on Tuesday, January 30*
  • Keynote lectures on Tuesday, January 30 by:
    • Laura J. Snyder, American historian, philosopher, and award-winning author;
    • John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP, Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI); and
    • Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, Cardiologist and health policy researcher.

More details are available in the online abstract book and advance program.

Register: Contact Jennifer Bagley, STS Media Relations Manager at 312-202-5865 or [email protected]. The press office will be available for media use Saturday, January 27, to Tuesday, January 30, from 7:00am-5:00pm, Room 209.

*Press Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:05 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Moderator: Robbin G. Cohen, MD, University of Southern California

10:05 – 10:25 a.m.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Compared to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients Younger Than 50 Years of Age: Long-Term Outcomes

Wael I. Awad, MD, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Discussant: Robbin G. Cohen, MD, University of Southern California 

10:25 – 10:45 a.m.

Factors Associated With New Persistent Opioid Use After Lung Resection

Alex A. Brescia, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Discussant: David T. Cooke, MD, FCCP, FACS, UC Davis Health

10:45 – 11:05 a.m.

Consequences of Refusing Surgery for Esophageal Cancer: A National Cancer Database Analysis

Sebron Wood Harrison, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Discussant: Mark S. Allen, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Press releases and abstracts will be available in advance of meeting. Please contact STS Media Relations staff directly to schedule interviews and locate experts before and during the meeting, as well as to learn more information on the guest lecturers.


Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,100 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.