The Western Thoracic Surgical Association
The Western Thoracic Surgical Association (WTSA) was founded in 1974. It was originally named the Samson Thoracic Surgical Association in honor of Paul "Buck" Samson, a Pioneer in Thoracic Surgery on the west coast with his surgical base in Oakland, California. Along with his partner, Dave Dugan, they had a tremendous influence in the development of Thoracic Surgery in the Western United States.
49th WTSA Annual Meeting
June 21-24, 2023
Coeur d'Alene, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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WTSA Traveling Fellowship for Residents, Trainees, and Practicing Surgeons
The application deadline is December 15, 2021. Apply today!
Donald B. Doty Award
The application deadline is February 15, 2022. Apply today!
Learn more about all of the Awards and Travelling Fellowship opportunities the WTSA has available
The 21st Century Founders Fund
Learn about the ways to support the 21st Century Founders Fund and view the donor list
WTSA Mentorship Program
Read more about the WTSA’s Mentorship Program and how to sign-up and participate
Read the latest issue of the WTSA Newsletter