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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.

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47th Annual Meeting

47th WTSA Annual Meeting
September 30-October 2, 2021
Arizona Grand, Phoenix, Arizona


The Western Thoracic Surgical Association is excited to announce that the 47th Annual Meeting will take place from September 30 - October 2, 2021 at the Arizona Grand in Phoenix, AZ. The Western is delighted to showcase one of its member states that is not part of the traditional rotation. The WTSA Annual Meeting is currently being planned in accordance with all federal, state, local and hotel guidelines.

Please know, the Western leadership is committed to providing continuous updates to the membership on the plans for the Fall Annual Meeting. To that effect, a scientific program will be available later this month, with registration and housing options to follow shortly thereafter. Your patience and understanding is appreciated as the Western finalizes its plans for the Annual Meeting.
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Mission & Vision of the WTSA
Mission & Vision of the WTSA

the western thoracic surgical association (wtsa)

Seeks persons who are dedicated to advancing the quality and practice of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery as a specialty (and who either reside in or have completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency training program within the western United States and Canada);
Encourages research and study of thoracic and cardiovascular health and conditions towards increasing knowledge and improving clinical care; and
Holds scientific meetings for the presentation and discussion of topics of interest to thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons promoting academic discourse and encouraging publication to these proceedings.
Seeks persons who are dedicated to advancing the quality and practice of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery as a specialty (and who either reside in or have completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency training program within the western United States and Canada);
Encourages research and study of thoracic and cardiovascular health and conditions towards increasing knowledge and improving clinical care; and
Holds scientific meetings for the presentation and discussion of topics of interest to thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons promoting academic discourse and encouraging publication to these proceedings.



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