Podcast Episodes

The Society's podcast, Surgical Hot Topics, features leaders in cardiothoracic surgery discussing important issues in the field. Please note: The comments included in these episodes are that of the individuals involved and not necessarily that of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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  • #67: STS Summer Series: Addressing the Cardiac Surgery Opioid Crisis

    August 28, 2020

    In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, and Michael C. Grant, MD, MSE, moderate a panel of experts in Addressing the Cardiac Surgery Opioid Crisis. Two short presentations – Why Is This Even an Issue? by Daniel T. Engelman, MD, and Now What Do I Do? by Michael C. Grant, MD, MSE – explore the role of cardiac surgery as a contributor to the opioid epidemic. Then, the panel discusses alternative interventions for pain management and strategies to minimize opioid use in perioperative management of patients (both adult and pediatric) under cardiac surgical care. Panelists include: Daniel T. Engelman, MD, Michael S. Firstenberg, MD, Rita Karianna Milewski, MD, PhD, MSEd, and Nathalie Roy, MD.

  • #66: STS Summer Series: Pulmonary Metastasectomy

    July 31, 2020

    In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Bernard J. Park, MD, and Dirk E.M. Van Raemdonck, MD, PhD, moderate a multidisciplinary panel of experts in a discussion about Pulmonary Metastasectomy. The moderators begin by reviewing an STS Expert Consensus Document on Pulmonary Metastasectomy, published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. The panelists discuss the efficacy of local treatment vs. systemic therapy for metastases. Panelists include: Mara B. Antonoff, MD, Frank C. Detterbeck, MD, Michael Lanuti, MD, Andreas Rimner, MD, and Stephen B. Solomon, MD.

  • #65: Beyond the Abstract: Does Tweeting Improve Citations? One-Year Results from the TSSMN Prospective Randomized Trial

    July 23, 2020

    Hosted by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, the “Beyond the Abstract” program explores the “whys” behind articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and discusses next steps with authors and thought leaders. In the latest episode, Mara B. Antonoff, MD, Jessica G.Y. Luc, MD, and Jason J. Han, MD, join Dr. Varghese to examine how social media has become an “inescapable” part of academic life and its role in the academic publishing process. While social media engagements may seem fleeting, the authors agreed that durable scholarly impact of social media exists. Also discussed in this episode is how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a gap between the worlds of science and communication; so it is more important than ever to consider social media to help create pathways, form collaborations, grab attention, and explain the science. Read the related Annals article online: Does Tweeting Improve Citations? One-Year Results from the TSSMN Prospective Randomized Trial.

  • #64: STS Summer Series: SAVR vs. TAVR: Controversial Cases and Insights from the Experts

    July 17, 2020

    In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA, and Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD, moderate a panel of cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists as they review challenging cases of aortic stenosis and debate the merits of SAVR vs. TAVR as the preferred treatment. Cases include patients with bicuspid aortic valve, failed surgical bioprosthesis, small annulus, and concomitant coronary disease. Panelists include: Vinayak N. Bapat, MD, Adam B. Greenbaum, MD, Molly Szerlip, MD, and Vinod H. Thourani, MD.

  • #63: Beyond the Abstract: Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Pandemics, Ethical Considerations

    July 13, 2020

    Hosted by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, the “Beyond the Abstract” program explores the “whys” behind articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and discusses next steps with authors and thought leaders. In the latest episode, Robert M. Sade, MD, joins Dr. Varghese to discuss ethical considerations in the practice of cardiothoracic surgery during a pandemic. Dr. Sade mentions the application of ethical principles and ethical concerns with regard to limited resource allocation. Read the related Annals Article, “Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Pandemics: Ethical Considerations.”

  • #62: STS Summer Series: Clinical Research in VHD during COVID: Adapting to a Dynamic and Multifaceted Pandemic

    July 9, 2020

    STS/ACC TVT Registry leaders—Vinod H. Thourani, MD, and John D. Carroll, MD—moderate a panel of investigators, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and industry about valvular heart disease clinical research during COVID. They discuss the effects of the pandemic on research infrastructure, impediments to patient follow-ups and data collection, potential shifts in collaborative trial development guided by the FDA, and new techniques in post-market surveillance. Panelists include Dominic J. Allocco, MD, Andrew Farb, MD, Susheel K. Kodali, MD, Michael J. Mack, MD, Mark Reisman, MD, Barathi Sethuraman, PhD, Changfu Wu, PhD, Bram D. Zuckerman, MD.

  • #61: STS Summer Series: Economic Impact of COVID and Implications for the Future of Cardiothoracic Surgery

    July 3, 2020

    STS President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, moderates a panel discussion that includes surgeons, a hospital executive, and a health care consultant on the economic impact of COVID and its implications for cardiothoracic surgery. At a time when cardiothoracic surgeons face 7%-8% cuts in Medicare reimbursement, they talked about the financial strain that COVID has had on staffing and salaries, how cardiothoracic surgeons quickly adapted to their roles on the front lines, the potential need for surgeons to begin rebuilding their referral networks, and the positive accelerated development of telemedicine opportunities. Panelists include Vinay Badhwar, MD, Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA, Robert S. Jasak, JD, and Roberta Schwartz, PhD.

  • #60: STS Summer Series: How I Learned Robotic Cardiac Surgery

    June 13, 2020

    T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA, and Husam H. Balkhy, MD, moderate a discussion with surgeons who are experts in robotic cardiac procedures. They talk about how they got started in robotic surgery, the importance of institutional support for building and training a team, and the efficacy of robotic surgery as an instructional tool for residents and fellows. Panelists include Vinay Badhwar, MD, Arnar Geirsson, MD, Eugene A. Grossi, MD, Robert L. Smith II, MD, and Francis P. Sutter, DO.

     

  • #59: Beyond the Abstract: STS Intermacs 2019 Annual Report, The Changing Landscape of Devices and Indications

    June 12, 2020

    Hosted by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, the “Beyond the Abstract” program explores the “whys” behind articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and discusses next steps with authors and thought leaders. In the latest episode, Francis D. Pagani, MD, PhD, joins Dr. Varghese to discuss the findings of the Intermacs 2019 Annual Report. They mentioned the decrease in patients listed for a transplant when they received an LVAD, introduction of new technologies, and a comparison of technologies. Read the related Annals article online: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Intermacs 2019 Annual Report: The Changing Landscape of Devices and Indications

  • #58: STS Summer Series: Early Career Surgeons, COVID-19, and the Future

    June 5, 2020

    STS President Joseph A. Dearani, MD, and Mara B. Antonoff, MD, moderate an interactive panel discussion with early career cardiothoracic surgeons about how COVID has affected their scope of work and how it may change going forward. They also discuss the expanding role of telemedicine and silver linings from the COVID pandemic. Panelists include Elizabeth A. David, MD, Melanie A. Edwards, MD, Gabriel Loor, MD, HelenMari L. Merritt-Genore, DO, Olugbenga T. Okusanya, MD, and Elizabeth H. Stephens, MD, PhD.