Western Thoracic Surgical Association Western Thoracic Surgical Association
NEWSLETTER
Fall 2016


James I. Fann, M.D., WTSA President Upon reflecting on traditions, one is often impressed by the emphasis of the Western on collegiality, family, and friendship in the setting of education, innovation, and clinical excellence. Insightfully, our organization’s founders believed that its values—the basis of our surgical community—are what make our annual gatherings unique. Over the years, the community of the Western has become a major component in my development. Thus, it is truly an honor to serve as your President this year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment to the Association and to encourage you to continue to participate in its many initiatives.
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The Western Thoracic Surgical Association proudly announces its 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 43rd Annual Meeting
For the 2016 Annual Meeting, the abstract submission site is now open. Housing for members will be open by December 2016.
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The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association was held at the Hilton Waikoloa in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, June 22-25, 2016. The meeting included oral presentation of 20 original papers, panel discussions, a postgraduate course, and 39 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 42nd Annual Meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
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The Western Thoracic Surgical Association wishes to thank the companies and organizations who supported the 42nd Annual Meeting.
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Congratulations to the 2016 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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2016 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 2016-2017 Committees and Representatives.
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COUNCIL

President
James I. Fann, M.D.

Vice President
Ross M. Bremner, M.D.

Immediate Past President,
Rep to ACS Board of Governors
John D. Mitchell, M.D.

Secretary
Sean C. Grondin, M.D.

Treasurer
Richard I. Whyte, M.D.

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

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

Councilor-at-Large
Brian L. Reemtsen, M.D.

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

Historian
Douglas E. Wood, M.D.

Editor
Richard D. Weisel, M.D.