Itís only the middle of fall and it's time to begin preparations for the 41st Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. Many challenges currently face our specialty: diminishing research funds, increasing scrutiny regarding our relationships with industry, and the need to redesign the way we educate residents and fellows. Many of our members in the WTSA are indeed the leaders that are defining our responses to these challenges. The WTSA has always defined what is best about our specialty and the surgeons who practice it. There is a need to embrace this is as a time of renewal and to frame the current challenges as opportunities rather than threats.
The 40th Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association was held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California, June 25-28, 2014. The meeting included oral presentation of 20 original papers, panel discussions, a postgraduate course, additional invited speaker sessions, and 24 other papers presented during concurrent forums in the disciplines of adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart disease.
View photos from the 40th Annual Meeting in Dana Point, California.
The Western Thoracic Surgical Association wishes to thank the companies and organizations who supported the 40th Annual Meeting.
Congratulations to the 2014 New Members.
The WTSA is now accepting Applications for Membership online for Active as well as Candidate membership status. Visit the WTSA Web site to read the complete membership eligibility requirements. Current WTSA members may initiate a new application by logging into the Members Only Area and entering the applicantís name, phone, and e-mail address, or applicants may themselves initiate their own applications.
2015 dues invoices were sent in October by email. If you have not already done so, please consider paying your dues online via the Members Only Area of the WTSA website.
View 2014-2015 Committees and Representatives.
For the 2015 Annual Meeting, the abstract submission site is now open. Housing for members will be open by December 2014.
The Western is pleased to announce that Medtronic is once again supporting the Donald B. Doty Educational Award in 2015. The application deadline is March 31, 2015.
Michael S. Mulligan, M.D.
Rep to ACS Board of Governors
John D. Mitchell, M.D.
Immediate Past President
Thomas A. Burdon, M.D.
Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, M.D.
Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr., M.D.
Sean C. Grondin, M.D.
Mark T. Metzdorff, M.D.
Richard I. Whyte, M.D.
Arthur N. Thomas, M.D.
Marvin Pomerantz, M.D.
Richard D. Weisel, M.D.