At the end of January, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) had its 52nd annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. A multidisciplinary team of residents, interns, fellows, attending thoracic and cardiovascular attending represented the University of Virginia. Here is a brief recap of presentations given and awards received by our thoracic and cardiovascular surgery team:
UVA moderated or spoke at 19 sessions. Additionally, UVA has representatives on 10 committees, councils, or workforces, including a deputy editor for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. This includes: Resident Director, Dr. Damien J. LaPar, Workforce on Annual Meeting; Dr. Gorav Ailawadi, Workforce on Annual Meeting (Program Task Force); Dr. Gorav Ailawadi, Workforce on Annual Meeting (Tech-Con Task Force) Co-Chair; Dr. Gorav Ailawadi, Co-Chair, Workforce on Critical Care; Dr. James M. Isbell, Work Force on Thoracic Surgery Resident Issues; Drs. Curt Tribble and Dr. Leora Yarboro, Workforce on National Databases; Dr. Benjamin D. Kozower, Workforce on Health Policy, Reform and Advocacy; Dr. Christine L. Lau, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Editorial Board Deputy Editor, Adult Cardiac; Dr. John A. Kern; and Editorial Board Member, Dr. Damien J. LaPar. After the STS Annual Meeting, Dr. Ailawadi also welcomed the Editorial Board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery as an Associate Editor for Features.
Dr. Gorav Ailawadi represented UVA as the STS/AATS (American Association for Thoracic Surgery) Tech-Con Chair. He was also the chair of the “how-to” video session. This session was brand-new for the 52nd Annual Meeting. This exciting and innovative video session demonstrated, “How to: technical tricks and pitfalls to simplify cardiac surgery procedures.”
At the General Thoracic Session on Lung Transplantation, Dr. Eric Charles presented his team’s laboratory research looking at optimization of ex-vivo lung perfusion for organ rehabilitation. The presentation was titled “Cold Preservation of Donation-After-Cardiac Death Lungs Following Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Allows Transport from Lung Rehabilitation Centers to Suitable Recipients.”
Dr. Damien LaPar presented the Richard E. Clark Memorial Paper for Adult Cardiac Surgery, titled “Development of a Risk Prediction Model and Clinical Risk Score for Isolated Tricuspid Valve Surgery: Analysis of the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database.” The paper highlights research made possible by the STS National Database and recognizes the best STS paper for cardiac surgery. Dr. LaPar is mentored by Dr. Ailawadi.
Dr. LaPar also presented the Richard E. Clark paper for Adult Cardiac Surgery at the 2013 STS Annual meeting. He was recognized in 2015 for the TSDA Benson R. Wilcox Award – an award acknowledging the best scientific abstract submitted by a cardiothoracic surgery resident to the STS Annual Meeting, the 2014 Hawley H. Seiler Resident’s Award for Best Research from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and the 2011 C. Walton Lillehei Award from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Dr. LaPar has also held numerous leadership positions during his tenure at UVA, which include serving as the Resident Director on the STS Board of Directors, the Thoracic Surgery Resident Association (TSRA) President from 2014-2015, and as an active member of the Research and Writing Committee for the Virginia Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative (VCSQUI). He has also held numerous editorial positions, including membership on the editorial boards for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Dr. LaPar is a prolific writer with 125 peer reviewed publications and 124 invited abstracts and presentations and as the presenting author on 56 of those abstracts and presentations. He currently has 19 manuscripts submitted to journals for peer review. Dr. LaPar has also been invited for review and commentary on nine separate occasions and has authored four book chapters. Dr. LaPar has published three books through TSRA.
Congratulations to all on such outstanding work! In particular, congratulations to Dr. LaPar for your many outstanding contributions to Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. We are proud of your accomplishments and wish you continued success.