Global leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery will debate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the specialty, in a panel debate at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which will be held virtually from 29‒31 January.
In a statement, STS said that the interactive, fully digital experience is “expected to be unlike anything that cardiothoracic surgery has experienced to date”. STS added that the event will feature thought-provoking lectures, practice-changing science, and cutting-edge techniques and technologies.
Featuring more than 75 educational sessions covering all aspects of the specialty, highlights from the three-day conference include a keynote lecture from Paul Yock of Stanford University, Stanford, USA, and from Quinn Capers, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA.
The event will also feature a worldwide panel discussion about the present and future impacts of COVID-19 on medicine and cardiothoracic surgery. Panelists include Enrico Ruffini from the University of Torino, Torino, Italy and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Craig R Smith Jr from Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, USA, and Alan DL Sihoe, FRCSEd from Gleneagles Hospital in Hong Kong.