Presidential Greeting to Our 100th Academic Year 2017-2018

Dear Members:
The Centennial NYSTS fall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the University Club (One West 54th Street). Cocktails will start at 6:00pm with dinner and the Centennial celebration program to follow at 7:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Thoralf M. Sundt, MD who will be talking about the history of cardiothoracic surgery in the United States.
Dr. Sundt is the Edward D. Churchill Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Sundt is a graduate of Princeton University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He did his general surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Washington University. Following an additional year of training in transplantation and advanced cardiac surgery at Harefield Hospital, London, he joined the faculty at Washington University. In 2001, he relocated to the Mayo Clinic where he advanced to the position of professor of Surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery. He returned to the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011 to serve as their chief of Cardiac Surgery.
Dr. Sundt is widely recognized as an expert in the field of aortic surgery. With over 300 peer reviewed publications, Dr. Sundt is also a prolific academic surgeon. Most recently, Dr. Sundt served as the president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery during their Centennial celebration.
We are looking forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the NYSTS with you at the upcoming Fall meeting. Please mark this date in your calendar. You will shortly be able reserve your tickets online at our website.
Jenny Yu, M.D.; Secretary, NYSTS

Welcome to the 100 year of The New York Society for Thoracic Surgery.
I am excited to serve as the NYSTS president and invite you all to join in the celebration of our society, the oldest thoracic surgery society in the United States. When I moved to New York a decade ago, the NYSTS served as an amazing venue for me to meet surgeons throughout the New York area and to become part of the thoracic surgery community. It is astonishing to think that it has served a similar roll for thoracic surgeons in New York for the last 100 years. The NYSTS is one of the things that make practicing in New York unique and special. I find it is ironic that 100 years ago surgeons gathered in Dr. Meyer’s office contemplating the technologic challenge of operating on the open chest, and today we meet and discuss ways to perform cardiothoracic procedures without opening the chest. Clearly the exchange of new ideas and knowledge is as important today as it was 100 years ago.

I am truly honored to serve as the president and hope that I can continue the mission of comradery and education for the betterment of ourselves and our patients. We have an exciting educational program for the coming year. We will celebrate our Centennial at the November meeting at the University Club, with a history of our society and thoracic surgery in the United States. In January we will host our city-wide mock oral boards and our spring meeting will be held at an outside venue and continue to focus on our illustrious history. Please plan to join us in these events, each will be enriched by your presence and participation.

Jessica Donington