Abbas E. Abbas, MD
As President of the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society (ECTSS), I would like to welcome you to our website and invite you to learn more about our Society and its goals.
The ECTSS, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Association for Thoracic Surgery (PATS) was first developed by Dr. Edward Kent of Pittsburgh, as a way to provide representation for thoracic surgeons in Pennsylvania. He therefore contacted the members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PMS) who were also members of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the parent organization for all thoracic surgery in the United States. The Society had its first meeting in 1963, and since then we have had 55 annual meetings. During this time, we have seen our membership grow and become more representative of a much larger geographic region than just Pennsylvania. For this reason the name was officially changed in 2014 to the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgery Society, in order to represent cardiothoracic surgeons in the entire Eastern United States.
As we have grown in size of membership, so too have our ambitions. The ECTSS is committed to three goals; surgical research, surgical education and patient care. In the field of research, we are creating a cooperative group of members from different institutions to develop multicenter scientific studies with direct sponsorship by the Society. In addition, our annual meetings attract renowned thoracic investigators that present some of their most cutting-edge research. The Society’s official journal, Innovations, provides an opportunity to publish the scientific abstracts and manuscripts presented at the annual meeting. All members of the ECTSS receive a subscription to this excellent journal.
As for thoracic education, we currently sponsor several grants for students and residents to attend the annual meeting and have plans to expand on these educational efforts by partnering with members to sponsor travel awards for trainees and young surgeons. We also encourage various sponsored courses held simultaneously with our meetings. As we continue to work together, we hope our society becomes an instrument for all of us to learn how to become better physicians in the care of our patients.
If you are a cardiothoracic surgeon, I would strongly encourage you to become a member of the ECTSS. The physicians who make up the ECTSS membership dedicate their careers to the care of patients with cardiac or thoracic diseases. Whether your main interest is in research, education or clinical practice, there will be a place for you in the ECTSS. The benefits include reduced registration fees for the annual meeting and automatic subscription to the Innovations journal. However, these benefits are far outweighed by the camaraderie and collegiality you will find in this Society that is old in age but young in enthusiasm and ambition.
Finally, I would like to say that I am extremely humbled by the immense trust I was given by the members of this Society. I do not take it for granted and can only admit that I stand on the shoulders of giants. I thank all the previous presidents of this great Society and promise to do my best in emulating their effort in representing the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgery Society to the best of my ability.
Abbas E. Abbas, MD, MS, FACS
Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery,
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University