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Latest News:

  • Applications are now being accepted for the WTS Carpenter Scholarship
  • Check out the latest issue of the Oracle! Featuring:
    • Letter from WTS President Dr. Jessica Donington,
    • Highlights of our 30th anniversary celebration and photos,
    • Resident feature article by Dr. Jennifer Wilson,
    • Key insights and information from Drs. Lisa Brown and Katie Nason on how to be an outstanding peer reviewer.  For access to the full length article by Drs. Nason and Brown, it is available at this link: WTS Oracle Article – Peer Reviewing_Full article,
    • Information about the 2016 WTS Scholarship Recipients
    • Getting To Know You Feature on WTS Member Dr. Kristine Guleserian
    • Editorial by Dr. Elizabeth David on Innovation
  • Just released by the STS: 30th Anniversary Roundtable Discussion featuring Drs. Jennifer Lawton, Bill Baumgartner, AJ Carpenter, Jessica Donington, and Mara Antonoff.
  • We are excited to share Nora Burgess’s presentation from the STS reception, highlighting 30 years of important WTS history!
  • Check out this great video! We are pleased to share this video, featuring our loved ones, explaining what it’s like to be a CT surgeon.   The video debuted at our 30th anniversary celebration and was a huge hit!
  • Congratulations to the new WTS leaders, announced at the WTS reception in Phoenix:
    • Vice President: Shanda Blackmon
    • Members-at-Large: Lisa Brown, Yvonne Carter, and Lauren Kane
    • Resident Liaison: Jennifer Dixon
  • We are excited to announce the 2016 Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award recipients:
    • Robin Boyer, Ross University, who will visit Tara Karamlou
    • Kyla Joubert, University of Arkansas, who will visit Mara Antonoff
  • The latest recipients of the Carolyn Reed Award have been announced! Hats off to Drs. Elizabeth David and Daniela Molena! More to come on their experiences with the award in the coming months!
  • Please congratulate the latest recipients of the WTS Scholarship Program!  Award recipients will have the opportunity to attend the 2016 STS meeting in Phoenix in January.
  • Help celebrate WTS’s 30th Anniversary, and be sure to attend all of our events held in conjunction with the 2016 STS meeting in Phoenix.  Click for more details!
  • Read Dr. Melanie Edwardssummary of her experience as a 2015 TSFRE/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship recipient.
  • The Fall 2015 issue of Oracle is here! Follow the link to read the latest articles, including an update from WTS President Jennifer Lawton regarding our 30th anniversary, an article about surgical citizenship, an opportunity to learn more about our founder, Leslie Kohman, and many more great features brought to you by Oracle Editor Dr. Elizabeth David.
  • Follow this link to read a fascinating article featuring Dr. Kathleen Fenton, entitled “A Global Practice: My Experience with Cardiothoracic Surgery Mission Work.”

    Dr. Kathleen Fenton

    Dr. Kathleen Fenton

  • Read Dr. Jessica Donington‘s summary of her experience as a 2015 TSFRE/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship Award recipient.
  • Check out a recently published letter written by Dr. Shanda Blackmon regarding “How do we manage gender issues in Thoracic Surgery in the current era? When it is no longer unique to be a woman in Thoracic Surgery…. ”

    Dr. Blackmon

    Dr. Blackmon

  • The WTS is proud to share the efforts of our own Dr. Emily Farkas on her recent trip to Nepal.  The TSFRE, STS and Edwards Lifesciences sponsored a trip involving Dr. Farkas and her charity, CardioStart International, to provide emergency medical relief in Nepal following the earthquake, which occurred right before a previously planned trip to start a cardiac surgery program at Kathmandu University. Check out this article  regarding her efforts and this terrific video

    Dr. Emily Farkas in Nepal

    Dr. Emily Farkas in Nepal

  • WTS is pleased to announce a phenomenal presence in the AATS.  At the April 2015 meeting, Drs. Shanda Blackmon, Jessica Donington, and Joanna Chickwe were inducted into the AATS. In addition, the following individuals were appointed as new members and to several committees:
    • New members: Ouranzia Preventza, Leora Balsam, Ann Maria Ciccone, Silvana Marasco, and Isabella Schmitt-Optiz
    • Council: Jennifer Lawton
    • Committees:
      • Scientific Affairs and Government: Yolonda Colson, Joann Chickwe
      • Membership: Rose Kelly, Chris Lau
      • Abstracts: Jennifer Hirsch-Romano
      • Video: Shanda Blackmon
      • Ethics: Leslie Kohman, Susan Moffatt-Bruce
      • Info Tech: Shanda Blackmon, Mara Antonoff
  • We are now featuring periodic articles on our site written by medical students, aimed toward early trainees interested in CT surgery.  Our first medical student article, written by Caitlin Brown, is now available.  Follow this link to read her fantastic article on Lessons Learned, filled with tips for medical students interested in thoracic surgery! If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a message to mbantonoff@mdanderson.org.
  • WTS Now Accepts Online Payment
  • Encourage Colleagues, Institutions to Apply for WTS  Membership

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