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 Intuitive Fellowship

The Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS) and Intuitive Surgical, Inc. have partnered to create a unique opportunity in advanced robotic training for mid career female thoracic surgeons. The overarching goals are to establish a mentoring relationship for a female robotic surgeon and assist her in growing her robotic surgical practice. WTS encourages mid career surgeons to consider this exceptional opportunity to enrich their surgical skill set.

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2024 at 11.59 PM PT.

Apply for the WTS Colson Scholarship

This award allows a woman in medical school or surgical training in the U.S. with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery the opportunity to attend the AATS 104th Annual Meeting, and to be mentored throughout the meeting by a WTS member.

Deadline for applications is February 29, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PDT.




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

Balancing Career and Family

Daniela Molena, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Director, Esophageal Surgery Program



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