Media Advisory: Save the Date for Virtual STS Annual Meeting   

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



  • Immersive Video Experiences on Friday, January 29
  • Shark Tank on Friday, January 29
  • Scientific sessions Friday, January 29 – Sunday, January 31
  • Keynote lectures from high-profile speakers:
    • Paul Yock, MD, from Stanford University in California, on Friday, January 29
    • Quinn Capers, MD, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, on Friday, January 29
    • On Sunday, January 31, a worldwide panel will participate in a roundtable discussion about the present and future impacts of COVID-19 on medicine and cardiothoracic surgery. The panelists include 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.
  • Press briefings available throughout the meeting

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 procedures
  • 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, yoga classes, and group Peloton rides

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


Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,400 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.