Western Thoracic Surgical Association Western Thoracic Surgical Association
Fall 2017

Ross M. Bremner, M.D.
WTSA President

For those of us with a strong affinity for the traditions of Cardiothoracic Surgery, change can be challenging. And yet, for us to survive as leaders of healthcare delivery and of our communities, we must be nimble and adaptable in an era where change appears to be the only constant. We need to lead the charge in building change resilience for ourselves and in our organizations if we are to protect that which is most dear to us: caring for our patients to the best of our ability while maintaining balance between our calling at work and the rest of our lives. More
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. More
WTSA 44th Annual Meeting, June 27-30, 2018

For the 2018 Annual Meeting, the abstract submission site is now open. Housing for members will be open in December 2017.

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Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST

For over two decades, the Postgraduate Course at the Western Thoracic Surgical Association Annual Meeting benefited from the support of the Lyman A Brewer, III, Research and Education Fund of the White Memorial Charitable Foundation; and more recently, the PG Course received multi-year support from Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty. These endowments have now ended, and the WTSA Council is seeking new support to ensure the long-term viability of the Postgraduate course as well as other educational activities offered at the annual meeting. To achieve this goal, the Council is pleased to announce the establishment of the 21st Century Founders Fund. More
The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association was held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 21-24, 2017. The meeting included oral presentation of 22 original papers, panel discussions, a postgraduate course, and 24 other papers presented during concurrent forums in the disciplines of adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital heart disease. More
View photos from the 43rd Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. More
The Western Thoracic Surgical Association wishes to thank the companies and organizations who supported the 43rd Annual Meeting. More
Congratulations to the 2017 New Members. More
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. More
2017 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. More
View 2017-2018 Committees and Representatives.


Ross M. Bremner, M.D.

Vice President
Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, MD

Immediate Past President
James I. Fann, M.D.

Sean C. Grondin, M.D.

Richard I. Whyte, M.D.

Craig J. Baker, M.D.

Anthony P. Furnary, M.D.

Brian L. Reemtsen, M.D.

Arthur N. Thomas, M.D.

Douglas E. Wood, M.D.

Richard D. Weisel, M.D.