News Release 

Media advisory: Register for STS Annual Meeting and Press Conference

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Credentialed press representatives are invited to attend The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 56th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. This is the preeminent event in cardiothoracic surgery, offering more thought-provoking lectures, late-breaking scientific research, and cutting-edge techniques and technologies than any other meeting of its kind.

What: 2020 STS Annual Meeting

When: January 25-28, 2020

Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA; Press Office Room 205, Press Conference Room 204


  • Tech-Con, which includes Shark Tank, on Saturday, January 25

  • Scientific sessions Sunday, January 26 - Tuesday, January 28

  • Press conference featuring three hot topics on Monday, January 27

Keynote lectures by:

    o Clyde W. Yancy, MD, of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, will discuss the importance of diversity in medicine on Sunday, January 26.

    o Domenico Pagano, MD, FRCS(C-Th), FETCS, Secretary General of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), will question how to "make evidence great again" by challenging the soundness of data that support the practice of evidence-based medicine on Monday, January 27.

    o Bartley P. Griffith, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, will speak about the journey toward a wearable pump lung on Tuesday, January 28.

Press Conference Schedule (Monday, January 27)

12:30 - 12:35 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Moderator: Robbin G. Cohen, MD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

12:35 - 1:05 p.m.
Early Discharge is Not Associated with Worse Outcome and Re-Admission: A Preview of Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery
S. Chris Malaisrie, MD, Northwestern Medicine in Chicago

1:05 - 1:30 p.m.
Aortic Valve Replacement in Young and Middle-Aged Adults: Clarifying the Current and Potential Future Roles for TAVR
Jennifer S. Nelson, MD, Nemours Children's Health System in Orlando, FL

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Intraoperative Molecular Imaging Works to Enhance Visualization of Lung Cancer Tissue
Inderpal (Netu) S. Sarkaria, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania

More details are available in the expanded online program.

Registered reporters will have access to:

  • Complimentary meeting registration

  • Press office (available from Saturday, January 25 to Tuesday, January 28)

  • Press conference spotlighting some of the most exciting science from the meeting

  • Renowned experts

  • Embargoed press materials

  • Interview space

Register: Contact Jennifer Bagley, STS Media Relations Manager at 312-202-5865 or

The press office (Room 205) will be available for media use from Saturday, January 25 to Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Press releases and abstracts will be available in advance of meeting. Please contact STS Media Relations staff directly to schedule interviews and locate experts before and during the meeting, as well as to learn more information on the guest lecturers.


Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,400 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society's mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

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