Western Thoracic Surgical Association Western Thoracic Surgical Association
Winter 2018 2019

Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, M.D.
WTSA President

I would like to thank all of our members for the honor and privilege of serving as the President of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. I am humbled to follow those before me and look forward to working on the challenges facing our organization. Together, we are working to ensure that our Association is a leader in promoting innovation, clinical excellence, and surgical education. It is also important that we strive to develop young surgeons, as well as provide all members with an environment to share ideas and grow professional friendships. More
WTSA 44th Annual Meeting, June 26-29, 2019
Housing for WTSA members is now open. 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 44th Annual Meeting of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association was held at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, in Goleta, California, June 27-30, 2018. 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 44th Annual Meeting in Goleta, California. More
The Western Thoracic Surgical Association wishes to thank the companies and organizations who supported the 44th Annual Meeting. More
Congratulations to the 2018 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
2019 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 2018-2019 Committees and Representatives.


Patricia A. Thistlethwaite, MD

Vice President
Richard I. Whyte, MD

Immediate Past President
Ross M. Bremner, MD

Sean C. Grondin, MD

Jessica S. Donington, MD

Craig J. Baker, MD

Brian L. Reemtsen, MD

Daniel L. Serna, MD

Arthur N. Thomas, MD

Douglas E. Wood, MD

Richard D. Weisel, MD