Latest News:

  • Check out the latest Oracle from Summer 2019, featuring
    • A letter from WTS President, Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH, FACS
    • Interview with Living Legend, Dr. Valerie Rusch, by Melanie Edwards, MD
    • Lessons Learned (the hard way) From Infertility
    • Reflection from Brigid Scanlan-Eiynck Memorial Traveling Mentorship Award Recipient, Stephanie Nguyen, MD
    • Scholarship Opportunities
    • New AATS Inductees
    • Surviving The Imposter Syndrome by Oracle Editor, Erin Gillaspie, MD, MPH
    • Why Join the American College of Surgeons by Virginia Litle, MD, FACS
  • WTS Unconscious Bias Educational Session videos from the STS 55th Annual Meeting in San Diego, now available! Watch featured presentations from Drs. Jessica Donington, DuyKhanh Ceppa, Jane Yanagawa and Robert S.D. Higgins. Experience more of the exceptional content that was presented during the 2019 STS Annual Meeting from the comfort of your home or office. Learn how at sts.org/amonline.
  • Check out our latest featured surgeon profiles, Dr. Ginny Litle and Meghana Helder!
  • Cleveland Clinic & Boston Children’s join forces in New York Oct. 4-5, 2019. This day-and-a-half program aims to extend the knowledge and experience of 25 expert clinician faculty from Cleveland Clinic and Boston Children’s to adult and pediatric providers in cardiology, cardiac surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine and beyond. Registration information and full course details are at ccfcme.org/congenitalheart19.
  • Women As One aims to broaden and promote the global talent pool in medicine by providing unique professional opportunities to female physicians.
  • Pictured below, 2019 WTS Intuitive Robotic Fellowship recipients and their surgical assistants attend a didactic session and lab practice in Atlanta.
  • Read the brand new blog in the Residents’ Corner, entitled Accepting Help as a Resident, by Dr. Erin Corsini
  • Check out this link to see the latest WTS leadership roster!
  • Attend the 2nd International Conference on Sublobar Resections for Lung Cancer, September 26-27, in New York City. View more information here.
  • Check out this link to read about Jessica Hudson’s experience as the recipient of the Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award
  • 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)
  • 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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