Serving Women in Thoracic Surgery Since 1986

WTS is the only organization dedicated to the support and advancement of women in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Please visit us via the following links on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

All-Women Team Makes History with Heart Transplant

Led by WTS Member, Dr. Amy Fiedler

An all-women team has made history at the University of California, San Francisco after performing a heart transplant on a female patient in early December. The five-hour procedure is notable since at UCSF, Fiedler told, they only performed about 50 heart transplants last year, and overall, men make up the majority of adult cardiac surgeons in the country. A 2019 STS Thoracic Surgery Practice and Access Task Force Workforce Report showed that, nationwide, women comprise 6.2% of adult cardiac surgeons. Watch the video to the right to learn more about this remarkable milestone for women in the industry!

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Apply For The AATS-WTS Mid-career Investigator Award

These two incredible opportunities are available to our members and provide mentorship and training to women in our field. Deadline to apply for both has been extended to Midnight PST, April 30 2023. Thank you to both Intuitive Surgical and Terumo Aortic for making these possible! Learn more by clicking here.

Register For The 49th WTSA Annual Meeting

Register now for the 49th WTSA Annual Meeting on June 21-24, 2023 at the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Learn more by clicking here.


Find an Expert

WTS has created an expert repository, connected directly to searchable member’s pages. It includes all WTS members in good standing that have a demonstrated area of clinical and/or research expertise.

Featured Posts

Deliberate Practice

Elizabeth H. Stephens, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Society

Balancing Two Careers

DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Advice for Healthcare Providers During COVID-19

Shanda Blackmon, MD, MPH
Mayo Clinic
Department of Thoracic Surgery



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