Western Thoracic Surgical Association Western Thoracic Surgical Association
NEWSLETTER
Fall 2015


John D. Mitchell, MD, WTSA President I would like to thank all of our members for the honor and privilege of serving as the President of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. I often reflect how unique and special the WTSA is – an organization characterized by outstanding science, warm collegiality between surgical peers, and unforgettable family moments – and thus realize how lucky we all are to be members of the most distinctive society in cardiothoracic surgery. With this in mind, one of our goals should be to share our organization with other eligible surgeons who trained or practice within the western US or Canada.
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The Western Thoracic Surgical Association proudly announces its NEW Traveling Fellowship for Residents, Trainees, and Practicing Surgeons. The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning between residents / trainees / practicing surgeons and WTSA members. The traveling fellow will visit a University-affiliated or academic practice of his/her choosing, within the boundaries of the WTSA, for a period of one to two weeks, under the sponsorship of a Western member at the hosting institution. The traveling fellow does not need to be a WTSA member; the award is open to any resident / trainee / practicing surgeon.
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WTSA 42nd Annual Meeting
For the 2016 Annual Meeting, the abstract submission site is now open. Housing for members will be open by December 2015.
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The 41st Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association was held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, British Columbia, June 24-27, 2015. The meeting included oral presentation of 22 original papers, panel discussions, a postgraduate course, and 23 other papers presented during concurrent forums in the disciplines of adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart disease.
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View photos from the 41st Annual Meeting in Whistler, British Columbia. The gallery highlights many of the memorable events such as the Fun Run, New Member Introductions, Theme Dinner, Family Luncheon, President’s Reception and Dinner Dance, and more.
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The Western Thoracic Surgical Association wishes to thank the companies and organizations who supported the 41st Annual Meeting.
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Congratulations to the 2015 New Members.
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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 applicant’s name, phone, and e-mail address, or applicants may themselves initiate their own applications.
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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.
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View 2015-2016 Committees and Representatives.
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COUNCIL

President
John D. Mitchell, M.D.

Vice President
Rep to ACS Board of Governors

James I. Fann, M.D.

Immediate Past President
Michael S. Mulligan, M.D.

Secretary
Sean C. Grondin, M.D.

Treasurer
Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr., M.D.

Councilor-at-Large
Craig J. Baker, M.D.

Councilor-at-Large
Anthony P. Furnary, M.D.

Councilor-at-Large
Richard I. Whyte, M.D.

Councillor/Founder
Arthur N. Thomas, M.D.

Historian
Marvin Pomerantz, M.D.

Editor
Richard D. Weisel, M.D.