AATS 99th Annual Meeting

Call for Abstracts and Case Videos

The abstract and case video submission sites are now open for the AATS 99th Annual Meeting. The 99th AATS Annual Meeting format has been redesigned to enhance the educational opportunities for all attendees. From the opening Plenary Session on Saturday, May 4th, to the over 100 simultaneous breakout and video sessions taking place through Tuesday, May 7th, the meeting will have a completely different feel, allowing customization of your scholarship experience like never before. 

The Abstract & Case Video Submission and late-breaking clinical evidence abstract submission site is now closed.


Abstract Categories

Abstracts, Case Videos, and Late Breaking Clinical Evidence Abstracts may be submitted for the following categories:


Coronary Artery Disease

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery – Techniques
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery – Complications and Outcomes
  • Medical, Percutaneous, and Hybrid Approaches
  • Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Mitral and Tricuspid Valve

  • Mitral Valve Repair – Techniques, Complications, and Outcomes
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter or Novel Mitral Valve Intervention
  • Transcatheter or Novel Tricuspid Valve Intervention
  • Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Endocarditis
  • Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation
  • Other

Aortic and Pulmonary Valve

  • Aortic Valve Replacement – Techniques
  • Aortic Valve Replacement – Complications and Outcomes
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Repair and Valve Sparing Root Surgery
  • Endocarditis
  • Other


  • Aortic Root and Ascending Aortic Surgery
  • Arch and Descending Aorta
  • Cerebral and Spinal Protection
  • Endovascular and Hybrid Approaches

Heart Failure, Cardiogenic Shock, and Cardiomyopathy

  • Transplantation
  • Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Postcardiotomy Shock
  • Temporary Support Devices and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Novel Therapies for Heart Failure
  • Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy

Operative and Perioperative Care

  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Myocardial Protection
  • Operative Management and Decision Making
  • Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care
  • Medical Management of the Cardiac Surgical Patient
  • Care Pathways and Quality Improvement Initiatives
  • Dealing with Catastrophe: Perforations, Defects, or Ruptures
  • Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery

Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery

  • Minithoracotomy Approaches
  • Robotic Approaches
  • Midline and Off-pump Approaches
  • Hybrid Approaches

Arrhythmia Surgery

  • Techniques
  • Stand-Alone
  • Concomitant
  • Long-Term Outcomes

Database Research, Outcomes Evaluation and Education

  • Long-Term Outcomes Research – Large Registries or Data Sets
  • Evaluation of Surgical Outcomes and Public Reporting
  • Risk Stratification
  • Surgical Education and Training


  • International Cardiac Surgery
  • Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Emerging Devices and Techniques
  • Basic or Translational Research


Lung Cancer

  • Open, VATS or Robotic Approaches
  • Diagnosis and Staging
  • Prognostic and Pathologic Features
  • Induction and Adjuvant Therapies
  • Immunotherapy and Targeted Therapies
  • Enhanced Recovery Protocols, Outcomes
  • Peri-operative Care and Complications

Esophageal Cancer

  • Open, VATS or Robotic Approaches
  • Endoscopic Treatment of Early-stage Disease, Barrett's Esophagus
  • Peri-operative Care and Complications
  • Enhanced Recovery Protocols, Outcomes
  • Induction and Adjuvant Therapies

Lung Transplantation and LVRS

  • Outcomes and Complications
  • EVLP, DCD, ECMO, etc.; Strategies and Outcomes
  • Technical Considerations
  • Immunosuppression
  • LVRS - Indications, Techniques, and Outcomes

Mediastinal Tumors and Mesothelioma

  • Thymic Malignancies and Myasthenia Gravis
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Mesothelioma

Benign Esophageal Disease

  • Achalasia, POEM
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders

Database Research, Clinical Trials, Outcomes Evaluation, and Education

  • Long-Term Outcomes Research - Large Registries or Data Sets
  • Evaluation of Surgical Outcomes and Public Reporting
  • Clinical Trials
  • Risk Stratification
  • Surgical Education and Training

Basic and Translational Research

  • Tumor Genomics, Tumor Biology
  • Transplantation
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Other


  • Interventional Thoracic Surgery
  • Emerging Devices, Technology, and Imaging
  • Benign Lung and Pleural Diseases
  • Tracheobronchial Diseases
  • Chest Wall


Hypoplastic Left Heart

  • Borderline Left Heart
  • AV Valve Pathology

Congenital Mitral / Aortic Disease

  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Replacement Options
    • Melody Valves
    • Small Mechanical Valve (15mm)
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
    • Ross
    • Mechanical / Biologic

Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency / RVOT Reconstruction

  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency Status Post Tet Repair

Fontan / Fontan Complications

  • PLE / Liver Cirrhosis
  • Follow-up Protocol

Biventricular Conversions

  • Nikaidoh Operation
  • Yasui Operation
  • Rastelli Operation

Congenital Coronary Anomalies

  • Anomalous Artery Origin of Coronary Artery
  • Anomalous Left Coronary

Transplant / Mechanical Support

Surgical Education

Basic and/or Translational Research

Late Breaking Clinical Evidence (LBCE) Presentations

The AATS 99th Annual Meeting will feature Late Breaking Clinical Evidence (LBCE) presentations.  This abstract type is targeted toward randomized clinical trial data, large population-based trial evidence, or novel translational evidence that is likely to be highly cited and impactful in clinical practice.  The deadline to submit is January 31st, 2019.  

C. Walton Lillehei Resident Competition

Limited to original work presented by residents in cardiothoracic surgery and/or residents in general surgical training programs who are working in a cardiothoracic surgical laboratory or clinical rotation in North America. Abstracts will be considered for presentation concerning basic and translational research as well as comparative effectiveness and related research.  Training Program Directors are urged to have residents submit abstracts for the competition and must acknowledge that the material being presented is original work and that of the resident. This year the Lillehei Abstracts will include 9 presentations comprised of the top three abstracts in adult cardiac, congenital, and thoracic surgery. Authors of selected abstracts should plan to submit a manuscript two weeks prior to the meeting as this is part of the grading criteria for the award. There will be three Lillehei Award winners representing each subspecialty with each winner receiving $3,000.   Each selected Lillehei presenter will receive complimentary registration for all events throughout the meeting.

Waiver of mandatory manuscript submission for publication in JTCVS may be requested at the time of submission.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.