Western Thoracic Surgical Association Western Thoracic Surgical Association
Fall 2019
Richard I. Whyte, MD
WTSA President

It is my great pleasure to write this message as your President of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. The organization has meant a great deal to me during my 20 years of membership and I am both humbled and most appreciative of the opportunity to serve and give back to the organization. More
Save the Date for the 46th Annual Meeting in Vail, Colorado, taking place June 24-27, 2020.
Save the Date for the 46th Annual Meeting in Vail, Colorado, taking place June 24-27, 2020. More
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 ended in 2016, at which time the WTSA Council sought 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 established the 21st Century Founders Fund. More
The 45th Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association was held at Squaw Creek at Lake Tahoe, in Olympic Valley, California, June 26-29, 2019. 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 45th Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, California.
The Western Thoracic Surgical Association wishes to thank the companies and organizations who supported the 45th Annual Meeting. More
Congratulations to the 2019 New Members. More
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 WTSA Traveling Fellowship for Residents, Trainees, and Practicing Surgeons, the goal of which is to promote interaction and learning between residents / trainees / practicing surgeons and WTSA 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
2020 dues invoices will be sent in October 2019 by email. If you have not already paid your 2019 dues, please consider doing so online via the Members Only Area of the WTSA website. More
View 2019-2020 Committees and Representatives.


Richard I. Whyte, MD

Vice President
Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr., MD

Immediate Past President
Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, MD

Michael P. Fischbein, MD, PhD

Jessica S. Donington, MD

Brian L. Reemtsen, MD
Daniel L. Serna, MD
Y. Joseph Woo, MD

Arthur N. Thomas, MD

Douglas E. Wood, MD

Richard D. Weisel, MD