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 WTS Terumo Aortic Fellowship

The Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS) and Terumo Aortic have partnered to bring a unique opportunity for one of our members to learn new surgical and endovascular cardiac/aortic techniques. This four-week program will provide funding for a single recipient to study with a renowned female surgeon at her institution, and is open to early & mid-career adult cardiac surgeons. Deadline to apply for this fellowship is Midnight PDT, March 31, 2023. Learn more by clicking here.

Apply For The WTS Intuitive Robotic Scholarship

The Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS) and Intuitive Surgical, Inc. have partnered to create a unique opportunity in advanced robotic training for female thoracic surgeons. This scholarship establishes a mentoring relationship for a new female robotic surgeon and assists her in successfully launching her robotic surgical practice. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is Midnight PDT, March 31, 2023. PDT. 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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