Latest News:

  • Check out this link to read about Jessica Hudson’s experience as the recipient of the Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award.
  • WTS-Intuitive Robotic Fellowship: The application process for the 2019 WTS-Intuitive Robotic Fellowship is now open. Applications are due December 14, 2018. Review more information about the fellowship here.
  • Save the Date! The 2019 WTS Membership Meeting & Reception will be held on January 28, 2019 in San Diego at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.
  • WTS Educational Session at the STS 55th Annual Meeting: We are pleased to offer a WTS Educational Session on Sunday afternoon, January 27, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in the San Diego Convention Center. Drs. Jessica Donington, Mimi Ceppa, Jane Yanagawa and Robert Higgins will address the need to recognize and define unconscious and implicit bias in our actions and provide tools to avoid the negative influence it may have on our actions and interactions with others. This special session will be delivered in a similar manner as TED-style lectures and posted on wtsnet.org at a later date.
  • The latest issue of the Oracle is now available! Follow this link to read exciting features, including:
    • A letter from WTS President, Dr. Shanda Blackmon;
    • A tribute to Brigid Scanlan Eiynck;
    • A look inside the Robotic Fever;
    • Scholarship opportunities;
    • Motherhood perspectives from Dr. Mara Antonoff;
    • Surgical Giants: The early years of WTS; and
    • An article by Oracle Editor, Dr. Erin Gillaspie, on the Importance of Mentors
  • You can now request a WTS mentor online, using this simple link and web form! Check it out–there are mentors waiting!
  • Residents and fellows, we now have a corner of our website just for you! Here you’ll find links and articles geared to residents, as well as featured profiles of women CT surgery residents!
  • Check out the brand new sections of our website, featuring profiles of outstanding women in our specialty! Here you will find tributes to historic women who changed our field, as well as phenomenal examples of women currently practicing CT surgery!
  • The WTS would like to share the following resource with our members: Sexual Harassment of Women
    Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018)
  • Congratulations to the new 2018 WTS leaders, announced at the WTS reception in Fort Lauderdale, including incoming President: Shanda Blackmon! We are excited to welcome several outstanding women surgeons to our new leadership roster. 
  • Visit our Scanlan/WTS Traveling Scholarship page to read about Rosalie Sterner’s experience with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton!
Award Recipient Rosalie Sterner with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton

Award Recipient Rosalie Sterner with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton

  • WTS Contribution to #NYerORCoverChallenge: On April 3, 2017, The New Yorker’s Health, Medicine & the Body Issue this year featured the animated cover “Operating Theatre,” by the French artist Malika Favre.  Since that time, the cover has been replicated by women surgeons all over the world.  Check out these photos of WTS members at AATS recreating the famed New Yorker cover art as part of the social media movement, the #NYerORCoverChallenge! In addition, read more about the movement on CTSNet, at this link!


  • Read our latest article in the MedStudent Corner, contributed by Brienne Ryan, on Dispelling the Myths: What I learned from the 2017 STS Conference
  • Read about the experiences of the 2016 recipients of the Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award! Robin Boyer describes her opportunity to visit Dr. Cynthia Herrington at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Kyla Joubert highlights her travels to MD Anderson in Houston, where she was mentored by Dr. Mara Antonoff.
  • Announcing the WTS-Intuitive Robotic Fellowship: this is a unique opportunity for advanced robotic training for a female thoracic surgeon by a female thoracic surgeon. More information can be found here.
  • 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!
  • 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

  • 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

  • We are now featuring periodic articles on our site written by medical students and residents, 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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