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103rd Annual Meeting

May 6 - 9, 2023 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The world's most prestigious thoracic surgery event. Grow your expertise, network with leading experts, and help build the future of thoracic surgery.

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Welcome from our President and the Planning Committee

Welcome from our President and the Planning Committee

Dr. Yolonda L. Colson is the 103rd President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, having served in many roles since becoming a member in 2003, including as Co-chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting and Chair of the Advisory Council for the AATS Foundation. She is the Chief for the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Hermes C. Grillo Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. In addition to her cardiothoracic surgical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, her academic training includes a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.D. from Mayo Medical School, and a Ph.D. and general surgery residency at University of Pittsburgh. Career awards include: the inaugural Michael A. Bell Family Chair in Healthcare Innovation, the George H.A. Clowes, Jr. Research Career Development Award from the American College of Surgeons, the Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation, and serving as the current Exam Chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She is the current PI/co-PI on four NIH R01 Grants and has recently been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Yolonda L. Colson welcomes all attendees to the 103rd Annual Meeting
Read Dr. Yolonda Colson's Biography

Featured Sessions

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Working in Teams: Data and Communication

Moderator: James Jaggers, Childrens Hospital Colorado
Moderator: Jennifer Nelson, Nemours Children’s Health

American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS): Update and MOC 2023

Moderator: Joseph Dearani, Mayo Clinic
Moderator: Stephen Yang, MD, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Moderator: Jennifer Romano, University of Michigan

Hematologic Challenges in the ICU

Moderator: Victor Ferraris, Lexington VAMC
Moderator: Jonathan Haft, Michigan Medicine

Meeting Highlights

Food Truck Festival

Los Angeles Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
Sunday, May 7, 2023 12:00 – 1:45PM
Monday, May 8, 2023 12:00 – 1:45PM

AATS is thrilled to announce a Food Truck Festival at the 103rd Annual Meeting. Join your fellow attendees in the Exhibit Hall for lunch at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8 for an assortment of delicious food options in a fun and informal setting. Located conveniently in the convention center so you won’t miss any afternoon sessions. Tickets may be purchased in advance, and we encourage you to purchase tickets for your surgical teams so all can attend and be a part of this special AATS community event.

*This is a Ticketed Event

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Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance

The 103rd Annual Meeting is filled with more abstracts than ever before. There are great speakers, summits and master classes that are bringing the cardiothoracic surgical community together.

Planning Committee Chairs

Planning Committee Chairs

The 103rd Annual Meeting has planning committee chairs in Adult Cardiac, Congenital, Thoracic, Perioperative Care as well as Summit Directors. Take a moment to read the biographies of the Planning Committee Chairs.

Registration and Housing

Registration and Housing

Registration for the Annual Meeting is now open.


General Information

We’ve compiled key information to help you navigate the AATS 103rd Annual Meeting. AATS staff and volunteers are here to help, let us know how we can assist you.

Make a Donation

Get Together, Give Together

As we get together at the 103rd Annual Meeting, the AATS Foundation invites you to join your colleagues to give together. Your contribution will honor the specialty and continue to support cardiothoracic surgeons in research and education during the 50th anniversary of the philanthropic arm of the AATS.

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Discover Los Angeles

Travel Information

We look forward to welcoming you to the AATS 103rd Annual Meeting in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Here’s everything you need to know about LA before you go.

Discover Los Angeles

Exhibit and Sponsorship

Reach the cardiothoracic community at the 103rd Annual Meeting by sharing your brand, products, and services with thousands of experts in the field.

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