President’s Message


Michael J. Walker, MD

I have been fortunate to be elected to serve as the president of one of the oldest and most traditional thoracic surgical societies in the United States. The Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society has its roots in the Pennsylvania Association for Thoracic Surgery and has been conducting annual meetings for over 50 years. Our society is a diverse and all-encompassing society, which strives to allow wide participation in our leadership structure and annual meetings. The ECTSS is committed to promoting cardiothoracic education and scientific production from residents and attendings alike in a friendly and informal environment. Our successful annual meetings attract many renowned cardiac and thoracic surgeons with a plethora of cutting edge lectures to keep all attendees up to date with the latest trends.

Innovations is the official journal of the ECTSS, opening an opportunity to publish original work presented at our annual meetings.  Last year scholarships for medical students and residents interested in cardiothoracic surgery were established to further young minds to be a part of our future.  Focuses on further improvement this year are to continue to grow this society from surgeons in other areas of the country that cannot participate in other regional thoracic societies and development of collaborative clinical research of our members from multi-institutional programs across the country.  I only hope to achieve half of what my predecessors have done in the past.

Our next annual meeting occurs at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida and I hope to see you there.