Western Thoracic Surgical Association Western Thoracic Surgical Association
Fall 2012

It is a real privilege to serve as President of WTSA, one of the most vibrant organizations in medicine and a leading voice in Cardiothoracic Surgery. I have seen firsthand how influential the WTSA has been in the advancement of meaningful clinical care. More
Strategic Planning Retreat
The Western will be conducting a Strategic Planning Retreat in January in conjunction with the STS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The primary goal of this Strategic Planning session will be to identify key objectives and develop strategic initiatives that will allow the WTSA to fulfill its mission. In preparation for this important Strategic Planning meeting, the Western be sending a member needs assessment survey to all of its members in November; you are encouraged to take a few minutes to provide your feedback as this will lay the groundwork for the future of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association.
The 38th Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association was held at the Grand Wailea on Maui, Hawaii, June 27-30, 2012. The meeting included oral presentation of 20 original papers, panel discussions, a postgraduate course, and 39 additional papers presented during concurrent forums in the disciplines of adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart disease. More

The Western Thoracic Surgical Association wishes to thank the companies and organizations who supported the 38th Annual Meeting. More
Following is the list of new members elected at the 2012 Annual Meeting. More
View 2012 Committees and Representatives.



John C. Chen, M.D.

Vice President
Thomas A. Burdon, M.D.

Immediate Past President
Robert C. Robbins, M.D.

Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, M.D.

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

Ross M. Bremner, M.D.

James I. Fann, M.D.

Mark T. Metzdorff, M.D.

Arthur N. Thomas, M.D.

Marvin Pomerantz, M.D.

Governor, American College of Surgeons
John D. Mitchell, M.D.

Lawrence H. Cohn, M.D.