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Listen to leaders in cardiothoracic surgery discuss hot topics in the field. Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide.

Please note: The comments included in these episodes are that of the individuals involved and not necessarily that of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Listen to leaders in cardiothoracic surgery discuss hot topics in the field. Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide.

Please note: The comments included in these episodes are that of the individuals involved and not necessarily that of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

    STS Webinar Series—ECMO Strategies during COVID

    STS Webinar Series—ECMO Strategies during COVID

    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) strategies during COVID are discussed in this spirited and fast-paced episode of the STS Webinar Series. J.W. Awori Hayanga, MD, MPH, and an esteemed panel consider sedation or cannulation when placing a COVID patient on ECMO. They do so while addressing lessons learned during the pandemic, amidst multiple COVID surges and evolving therapeutic modalities. Topics include: the relationship between patient selection and survivability, anticoagulation strategies in COVID patients, and the challenges of weaning patients off of sedation. Panelists include: Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, who also serves as a digital moderator, Subhasis Chatterjee, MD, Bo Soo Kim, MD, Jonathan W. Haft, MD, HelenMari L. Merritt-Genore, DO, and Rita C. Milewski, MD, PhD, MSEd.

    • 59 min
    Beyond the Abstract: Showcasing Your Cardiothoracic Training Program in the Virtual Era

    Beyond the Abstract: Showcasing Your Cardiothoracic Training Program in the Virtual Era

    Hosted by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, the “Beyond the Abstract” program explores the “whys” behind articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and discusses next steps with authors and thought leaders. In the latest episode—which was recorded approximately 400 days into the COVID-19 global pandemic—Mara B. Antonoff, MD, joins Dr. Varghese to discuss how the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of personal and professional life, including the ability to recruit the best and brightest to the field of cardiothoracic surgery. During the last year, many departments, divisions, and programs have had to quickly transition and “robustly” implement novel techniques and technology as travel restrictions remained the norm. What best practices have emerged? Dr. Antonoff shares what the authors uncovered in a literature review and offers advice on how programs should embrace the opportunities to innovate and engage in the virtual domain. Read the related Annals article online: Showcasing Your Cardiothoracic Training Program in the Virtual Era.

    • 28 min
    STS Webinar Series—High-Impact Studies in Cardiac Surgery: Key Takeaways

    STS Webinar Series—High-Impact Studies in Cardiac Surgery: Key Takeaways

    In this episode of the STS Webinar Series, Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, and an expert panel engage in a lively and robust debate on takeaways from three recent and very prominent adult cardiac surgery manuscripts. Topics include findings from the ISCHEMIA trial, 2-year outcomes in low-risk transcatheter aortic valve replacement patients, and a new guideline on the timing and intervention for patients with valvular heart disease. Panelists include Anelechi C. Anyanwu, MD, MSc, FRCS, Pavan Atluri, MD, Steven F. Bolling, MD, David A. Fullerton, MD, Katherine Harrington, MD, Marc Ruel, MD, MPH, FRCSC, and Vinod H. Thourani, MD. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee

    Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee

    In this episode, Dr. David Tom Cooke interviews accomplished thoracic surgical oncologist and clinical researcher Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee from City of Hope in Duarte, California. This episode explores her journey from an early childhood in the Bronx, New York, to growing up in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Erhunmwunsee’s experience as a “southern black Christian girl who grew up in a Nigerian home” opened her eyes to the importance of different perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. “It’s the way to win,” she shares. Listeners will learn that Dr. Erhunmwunsee chose a career in cardiothoracic surgery because “there is no place more beautiful than the chest—the beating heart, the lungs that are inflating and deflating—doing their own thing, but working in concert.” She explains her passion surrounding the removal and better understanding of cancer. Hear also what Dr. Erhunmwunsee says about sponsorship and mentorship, as well as the future of thoracic oncology and the role of multidisciplinary evaluation. “Same Surgeon, Different Light” is a program from the Society designed to demystify cardiothoracic surgery, revealing the men and women behind their surgical masks.
    Learn more about STS diversity and inclusion efforts at sts.org/diversity.
    Patients can learn more about cardiothoracic diseases and their treatments at ctsurgerypatients.org.

    • 45 min
    Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Elaine Tseng

    Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Elaine Tseng

    In this episode, Dr. David Tom Cooke interviews Dr. Elaine Tseng from the University of California San Francisco. When it comes to the triple threat in academic surgery, Dr. Tseng “walks the walk.” A surgeon, scientist, and professor, she credits encouraging words from mentors and a near-death personal experience with helping her decide on a career in cardiothoracic surgery. Listeners will hear the details of Dr. Tseng growing up in North Carolina and sometimes feeling “stuck and not understood in many ways.” When she attended a high school for gifted and talented students, Dr. Tseng became part of a diverse community full of people from many different backgrounds; there, she finally felt accepted. Dr. Tseng shares that at 16, she started college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which she describes as a “transformative experience.” And you don’t want to miss what Dr. Tseng says about the fields of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery “coming closer and closer together” and what this means for patients. “Same Surgeon, Different Light” is a program from the Society designed to demystify cardiothoracic surgery, revealing the men and women behind their surgical masks.
    Learn more about STS diversity and inclusion efforts at sts.org/diversity.
    Patients can learn more about cardiothoracic diseases and their treatments at ctsurgerypatients.org.

    • 51 min
    STS Webinar Series—E/M Coding in 2021: Changes in Documentation and Code Selection

    STS Webinar Series—E/M Coding in 2021: Changes in Documentation and Code Selection

    New codes and code changes are now in effect related to office/outpatient visits. This podcast episode provides the audio from a webinar in which Aaron M. Cheng, MD, Francis C. Nichols III, MD, and Julie R. Painter, MBA, CCVTC, CPMA, gave cardiothoracic surgeons an overview of 2021 evaluation and management (E/M) codes, including changes to history, physical exam, medical decision-making and time, and how documentation and code-level selection have been impacted. Detailed case examples and audience questions about unique coding scenarios were addressed. 

    • 1 hr 6 min

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

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Virtual interviews, SoMed and the web

How do we level the field for applicants - insightful discussion regarding Dr Antonoff’s (et al) work exploring how a residency program can represent year round, not only during interview time, how it educates residents, the best and brightest, who are our future in Thoracic Surgery.

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Best CT Surgery Podcast

Deep dives into the giants of CT Surgery. This podcast is natural, raw, and incredibly inspiring. Must listen for students & trainees.

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