Strategic Plan


Enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy


Improving the lives of patients with cardiothoracic diseases

Core Values

Quality, Innovation, Professionalism, Inclusiveness, Teamwork

Goals and Objectives

Lead Innovation and Education

1. Optimize the value, functionality, and sustainability of the STS National Database

2. Support research of proven and promising technologies and promote evidence-based practice to improve care for all patients with cardiothoracic disease

3. Expand and enhance STS educational offerings and platforms to meet the evolving needs of cardiothoracic surgical teams worldwide

Foster Collaboration and Connection

1. Actively engage health system administrators and other medical colleagues to assure the value and positive impact of cardiothoracic surgical care

2. Facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration with other medical and allied health societies and industry to support the highest quality patient care

3.  Support the personal and professional development of cardiothoracic surgeons, enabling effective, sustainable, and satisfying practice

Advance Quality

1. Position STS as a trusted source of clinical data, research and expertise for policy makers to drive optimal outcomes for patients

2. Increase awareness and understanding of the specialty among patients and the general public

3. Disseminate leading scholarship and evidence-based practice to improve the care of patients with cardiothoracic disease

Adopted by the STS Board of Directors: January 2016