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96th American Association of Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting

American Association for Thoracic Surgery

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Meeting at a Glance

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting is the oldest and largest cardiothoracic surgery meeting in North America. The 96th will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, on May 14-18, 2016. Close to 3,000 professionals are expected to attend. These will include:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeons
  • Physicians in related specialties including Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Gastroenterology, and Thoracic Oncology
  • Fellows and Residents in Cardiothoracic and General Surgical training programs
  • Allied Health Professionals involved in the care of cardiothoracic surgical patients
  • Medical students with an interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Basic Science Lecture: Charting Our Future Together: Translating Discovery Science into Health Impact
    Gary H. Gibbons, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Monday, May 16, 9:45 AM ET
  • Presidential Address: Competition: Perspiration to Inspiration ("Aut viam inveniam aut faciam")
    Joseph S. Coselli, Baylor College of Medicine
    Monday, May 16, 11:25 AM ET
  • Honored Guest Lecture: Notre Dame Football - The Building Blocks for Success - Leadership ~ Program Building ~ Player Development
    Brian Kelly, Notre Dame Head Football Coach
    Tuesday, May 17, 11:40 AM ET

The AATS Annual Meeting is a primary opportunity to receive continuing medical education and learn about the latest products and services in thoracic treatment and care. Exhibits of the latest technologies from nearly 100 vendors will showcase products to improve patient care and professional development.

  • AATS Learning Center - Case videos of novel procedures and surgical techniques
  • Scientific Sessions - The latest research and developments in the field
  • Skills Courses - Technical and decision-making skills for surgeons
  • Interprofessional Cardiothoracic Team Symposium - New developments for nurses, nurse-practitioners, perfusionists, and physician assistants

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Mobile App available through iTunes Store and Android Market. To download, search AATS Week in your app store. Access an interactive version of the program, with searchable program topics, faculty, exhibitors, social functions, and local Toronto information. This app also includes live polling and audience response in many sessions to increase interactivity.

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Presentation News Releases

Highlighted presentations: All releases are under embargo until date and time of presentation

Release: Older Patients with Atrial Fibrillation at Greater Risk for Post-Op Tricuspid Regurgitation After Mitral Valve Repair
Presentation: "Tricuspid Regurgitation Is Uncommon after Mitral Valve Repair for Degenerative Disease," by Tirone E. David, Carolyn M. David, and Cedric Manlhiot
Embargo: May 16, 2016, 7:30 AM ET

Release: Long-Acting Cardioplegia Solution Results in Better Outcomes for Pediatric Heart Surgery Patients
Presentation: "Comparison of del Nido and St. Thomas Cardioplegia Solutions for Myocardial Protection in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Open Heart Surgery: A Prospective
Randomized Clinical Trial," by Sachin Talwar, Amolkumar Bhoje, Vishnubhatla Sreenivas, Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Balram Airan
Embargo: May 16, 2016, 7:50 AM ET

Release: Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Survival Rates Improved When Care Includes Four Specific Quality Measures
Presentation: "Surgical Quality Measures in Stage IIIA Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Are Associated with Improved Survival," by Pamela Samson, Traves D. Crabtree, Clifford G. Robinson, Daniel Morgensztern, Stephen R. Broderick, Daniel Kreisel, A. Sasha Krupnick, G. Alexander Patterson, Bryan F. Meyers, Varun Puri,
Embargo: May 16, 2016, 10:25 AM ET

Release: Implantation of Rapid Deployment Aortic Valve Found to Be Durable, Safe, and Effective
Presentation: "TRANSFORM US Clinical Trial: Safety and Performance of a Rapid Deployment Aortic Valve," by Walter Randolph Chitwood, Jr., Glenn R. Barnhart, Kevin D. Accola, Y. Joseph Woo, Eugene A. Grossi, Mubashir A. Mumtaz, Joseph F. Sabik III, Frank N. Slachman, Himanshu J. Patel, Michael A. Borger, Harvey Edward Garrett, Jr., Evelio Rodriguez, Patrick M. McCarthy, William H. Ryan III, Francis G. Duhay, Michael J. Mack
Embargo: May 16, 2016, 10:45 AM ET

Release: Risk Factors Identified for Readmission to Hospital Following Esophagectomy
Presentation: "Unplanned Readmission Following Esophagectomy: Complete Follow-Up in a One-Year Cohort With Identification of Risk Factors," by Karen J. Dickinson, James Taswell, Mark S. Allen, Shanda H. Blackmon, Francis C. Nichols III, K. Robert Shen, Dennis A. Wigle, Stephen D. Cassivi
Embargo: May 16, 2016, 3:00 PM ET

Release: MSK Surgeons Present Strategies for Increasing Survival in Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients With Lung Metastases Undergoing Resection
Presentation: "Pulmonary Metastasectomy with Curative Intent for Soft Tissue Sarcoma," by Neel P. Chudgar, Murray F. Brennan, Rodrigo R. Munhoz, Peter R. Bucciarelli, Kay See Tan, Sandra P. D'Angelo, Manjit S. Bains, Matthew Bott, James Huang, Bernard J. Park, Valerie W. Rusch, Prasad S. Adusumilli, William Tap, Samuel Singer, and David R. Jones
Embargo: May 16, 2016, 4:15 PM ET

Release: New Implantable VAD for Severe Heart Failure in Kids Shows Encouraging Results in Sheep
Presentation: "The Miniaturized Pediatric Continuous Flow Device: Pre-clinical Assessment in the Chronic Sheep Model," by Iki Adachi, Sarah Burki, David Horne, Gil G. Costas, Robert Jarvik, John Teal, J. Timothy Baldwin, Kurt Dasse, Jeff Conger, William E. Cohn, Charles D. Fraser, Jr.
Embargo: May 16, 2016, 4:35 PM ET

Release: External Stenting Can Relieve Chronic Airway Obstruction in Children
Presentation: "External Stenting: A Reliable Technique to Relieve Airway Obstruction in Small Children," by Makoto Ando, Yuuzou Nagase, Hisaya Hasegawa, and Yukihiro Takahashi
Embargo: May 17, 2016, 8:45 AM ET

Release: VA Hospitals Favor Mitral Valve Repair vs. Replacement
Presentation: "Mitral Valve Surgery in the US Veterans Administration Health System: 10-Year Outcomes and Trends," by Faisal G. Bakaeen, A. Laurie Shroyer, Marco A. Zenati, Vinay Badhwar, Vinod H. Thourani, James S. Gammie, Rakesh M. Suri, A. Marc Gillinov, Joseph F. Sabik III, Danny Chu, Laura A. Graham, Mary T. Hawn, G. Hossein Almassi, Lorraine D. Cornwell, Frederick L. Grover, Todd K. Rosengart, Shuab Omer
Embargo: May 17, 2016, 10:40 AM ET

Release: Critical Shortage of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Anticipated by 2035
Presentation: "Providing Cardiothoracic Services in 2035: Signs of Trouble Ahead," by Susan Moffatt-Bruce, Juan Crestanello, David Way, Thomas Williams
Embargo: May 17, 2016, 11:20 AM ET

Release: First Clinical Use of Bioabsorbable Vascular Grafts in Children Shows Promise
Presentation: "A Novel Bioabsorbable Vascular Graft in a Modified Fontan Procedure - the First Clinical Experience," by Leo Bockeria, Oleg Svanidze, Alex Kim, Konstantin Shatalov, Vladimir Makarenko
Embargo: May 17, 2016, 2:00 PM ET

Future Meetings

AATS 97th Annual Meeting
Boston Hynes Convention Center
April 29 - May 3, 2017
Boston, MA, USA

AATS 98th Annual Meeting
San Diego Convention Center
April 25- May 2, 2018
San Diego, CA


For More Information Contact:
Managing Editor, AATS Scientific Publications
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
500 Cummings Center, Suite 4550
Beverly, MA 01915 USA
+1 978-299-4520

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