AATS: A time of transition
Thoralf M. Sundt, III, MD
97th President, AATS
This is an exciting time for the Association. While continuing to honor the tried and true values of scholarship, innovation and leadership, I have observed a remarkable evolution in the organization over the last 10 years. With the aim of engaging the energetic involvement of more of the membership, we have developed a more comprehensive committee structure and encouraged self-nominations to positions within these important arms of the Association. We have expanded our educational offerings including the Aortic Symposium and the Mitral Conclave as well as the Clinical Trials Methods Course and the Grant Writing Workshop. We have increasingly added a greater focus internationally reflecting the attendance at our meeting and submissions to our journal. International membership is up and we have instituted an annual International Cardiovascular Valve Symposium, first in Turkey, then Brazil and this year in China. We have had a longstanding interest in collaborating with other organizations in these efforts as exemplified by the annual AATS/ACC Heart Valve Summit meeting in Chicago. Most recently we have collaborated with the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA), the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS) and the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (AmSECT) in conducting a very successful Surgical Patient Safety Program in Boston attended by 200 professional delegates from 11 countries.
Our recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary communication and multidisciplinary learning will also be manifest in this year’s Annual meeting. In addition to being a landmark event marking the end of our first 100 years and the beginning of our second century, this will be the first ever to be held in collaboration with another national organization – the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology. The collaboration will be most evident during the didactic program held Saturday and Sunday. A combined didactic program committee has created an interactive interdisciplinary program drawing faculty from both organizations to address topics of common interest to both. This builds on our efforts in the past in creating the very successful “interdisciplinary” didactic track and poster sessions. We hope that you will find this new dimension exciting and informative bringing unique value to you and your team.
So please join us next April 29-May 3, in Boston, as the AATS celebrates the Centennial of its founding in the offices of Dr. Willy Meyer, Attending Surgeon to the German and Post-Graduate Hospitals, in New York City on June 7, 1917. We promise you an outstanding scientific program as well as a trip down memory lane illustrating how much our specialty has progressed over this past century. The advances in science have been extraordinary but the expanded emphasis on multidisciplinary care have been of enormous benefit to our patients.
See you in Boston in April!
Dr. Sundt is looking forward to an exciting year full of growth and expansion of AATS educational programs, increased collaboration with other organizations, more involvement of AATS members, and a clear focus on multidisciplinary, team-based patient care.