The Society of Thoracic SurgeonsSOCIETY OF THORACIC SURGEONS

Society Mission:
The mission of the Society is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 5,400 surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible heart, lung, esophageal, and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is headquartered in Chicago and has another office in downtown Washington, DC.

What is a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon?
What Is Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery?
Thoracic surgery is the practice of medicine directed toward the surgical treatment of diseases of the chest including coronary artery disease; cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall; abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves; birth defects of the chest and heart; tumors in the organs contained in the chest cavity; and transplantation of the heart and lungs.

What Is A Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon?
Unlike general surgeons who may operate on most parts of the body, thoracic surgeons concentrate solely upon the following categories :

Cardiac Surgery: The surgical management of diseases of the blood supply to the heart, heart valves and the great vessels (aorta and vena cava) in the chest, including cardiac transplantation.

Vascular Surgery: The surgical procedures for treatment of blood vessel pathology in the entire body including aneurysm surgery (abdominal and thoracic aorta), blood vessel narrowing (including the carotid artery and iliac and femoral arteries) as well as endovascular surgery for treatment of aneurismal and occlusive vascular disease.

General Thoracic Surgery: A surgical field focusing on treatments for lung cancer, tumors of the chest wall, emphysema, esophageal swallowing problems, lung transplantation, esophageal cancer and gastroesophageal reflux.

Congenital Heart Surgery:A broad--yet highly specialized--practice of medicine directed toward the correction of heart defects, and furnishing cardiovascular support to infants and children, which also includes pediatric heart transplantation.

How Much Training Does A Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon Receive?
Thoracic surgeons are among the most highly educated specialists. After college and medical school training, soon-to-be thoracic surgeons will:

  • Devote five years to a general surgical residency,
  • Devote three years to thoracic surgery residency,
  • Pass the qualifying and certifying examination of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

What Is The Society Of Thoracic Surgeons?

With more than 4,900 members, The Society for Thoracic Surgeons is the largest membership society for thoracic surgeons in the world. Representing the practice areas of cardiothoracic, general thoracic, pediatric thoracic, and transplant surgery, the society is committed to saving, extending, and improving the quality of life for all patients.

Dr. Gurbuz has been an active member of STS since 2004.