Credentialed press representatives are invited to attend The Society of Thoracic Surgeons VIRTUAL 57th Annual Meeting. This interactive, fully digital experience—expected to be unlike anything that cardiothoracic surgery has experienced to date—will feature thought-provoking lectures, practice-changing science, and cutting-edge techniques and technologies.

What: 2021 STS Annual Meeting

When: January 29-31, 2021


Register: Contact Jennifer Bagley, STS Media Relations Manager, at 312-202-5865 or [email protected].


  • Immersive Video Experiences on Friday, January 29
  • Shark Tank on Friday, January 29
  • Scientific sessions that cover hot, top-of-mind subjects such as Beyond EXCEL, frontiers in lung cancer, ECMO/COVID-19, ERAS controversies, as well as patient-reported outcomes and health disparities (Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31)
  • Keynote lectures from high-profile speakers:
    • The (Radically) Changing Landscape of Medical Technology Innovation” by Paul Yock, MD, from Stanford University in California, on Friday, January 29
    • The Long Shadow of Racism and Racial Bias in the Lack of Diversity in Medicine and Surgery: A Prescription for the Future” by Quinn Capers, MD, from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, on Friday, January 29
    • Personal Reflections from COVID-19” by a worldwide panel, including Enrico Ruffini, MD, from the University of Torino in Italy and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Craig R. Smith Jr., MD, from Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and Alan D.L. Sihoe, MD, MA, FRCSEd, from Gleneagles Hospital in Hong Kong, on Sunday, January 31
  • Press briefings available throughout the meeting

Press Briefing Topics

  • Sex Disparities in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Techniques: A Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database Analysis
    • Presenter: Oliver K. Jawitz, MD, MHS, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
    • Discussant: Robbin G. Cohen, MD, MMM, University of Southern California in Los Angeles
  •  The Impact of Residential Racial Segregation on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment and Outcomes
    • Presenter: Chandler Annesi, Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts
    • Discussant: Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, University of Utah in Salt Lake City
  • Enhancing Recovery in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery: Effect on Outcomes
    • Presenter: Nathalie Roy, MD, Boston Children's Hospital in Massachusetts
    • Discussant: Lauren C. Kane, MD, Children's Hospital New Orleans in Louisiana
  • Trends and Outcomes in Adult Cardiac Surgery Patients During the COVID Pandemic: Analysis of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database
    • Presenter: Tom C. Nguyen, MD, University of California San Francisco

More details are available in the Annual Meeting Program.

Registered reporters will have access to:

      • More than 75 educational sessions covering all aspects of the specialty
      • Immersive Video Experiences—a new series that includes 360° views of operating rooms during procedures performed by surgical luminaries and “deep dives” into various complex cardiothoracic operations
      • Press briefings spotlighting some of the most exciting research from the meeting
      • Renowned experts
      • Embargoed press materials
      • Social and wellness events, including a live show from The Second City, cocktail and cooking classes, and group Peloton rides

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 7,500 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 advance cardiothoracic surgeons’ delivery of the highest quality patient care through collaboration, education, research, and advocacy.