FSTCS  2018 Annual Scientific Meeting

An Invitation from the President

 I would like to invite you to attend the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, July 13-15, 2018.  We will be returning for the 20th year to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, a premier destination and family friendly property!


This year’s FSTCS meeting will focus on presenting current clinical topics by some of our professions most outstanding and nationally recognized surgeons.  These topics will be presented and discussed in a small forum that is not possible in larger academic meetings.



 This year’s FSTCS meeting will focus on presenting current clinical topics by some of our professions most outstanding and nationally recognized surgeons.  These topics will be presented and discussed in a small forum that is not possible in larger academic meetings.

Our scientific agenda on will begin on Friday, and will be highlighted by Dr. Joseph Bavaria from University of Pennsylvania speaking on the The Bavaria Approach to Type-A Dissection. Dr Paul Kurlansky from Columbia University will give an update on All Arterial Revascularization.  Dr. Scott Rankin from WVU Heart & Vascular Institute will discuss Aortic Valve Repair Using an Aortic Ring and How to Make Your Open Heart Program a 3 Star Program. Dr. Wiley Nifong from East Carolina Heart Institute will give an update on Robotic Cardiac Surgery. Assistant Professors at the
University of Florida Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; Dr. Mauricio Pipkin will discuss Surgical Treatment of Lung Metastases and Dr. Eddie Manning will discuss Cardiothoracic Training in the 21st Century.  Dr. Ray Singer from Lehigh Valley Health Network Regional Heart & Vascular Center will present Heater-Cooler Infections and What to Do About Them. Dr. Mathew Thomas from Mayo Clinic, Florida will discuss Combined Sleeve Resection and Pulmonary Arterioplasty. Christopher Nuland, Esq will present EMTALA Law and What It Means. Cardiothoracic Fellows from the University of Miami and the University of Florida will present interesting cases.  And Dr. Jeff Jacobs from St. Pete, Florida, will review and update Transparency of Cardiothoracic Results Reporting. 

As you can see we have an excellent set of speakers and pertinent topics for the practicing cardiothoracic surgeon!


We are very excited to welcome Dr. Jeri Mendelson of Bio Bio Expeditions as our Friday evening dinner speaker.  I am sure that she will bring both an informative and interesting presentation to be enjoyed by all! As always, the ever-popular “Beach Bash” on Buccaneer Island will be held on Saturday evening.

Our Society welcomes your entire family to participate in this informative, fun and lively experience.  There is much to do in and around the Keys and I urge you and your family to partake and enjoy.


William H. Johnson, III, MD
Florida Society of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons




FSTCS 2018 Annual Meeting Preliminary Program
FSTCS 2018 AM Preliminary Program.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.2 MB
FSTCS 2018 Annual Meeting Registration Form
Registration Form FSTCS Annual Mtg 2018.
Adobe Acrobat Document 142.5 KB




Ocean Reef Club
35 Ocean Reef Drive
Key Largo, FL  33037


We encourage you to make your room reservations EARLY! 
July in Key Largo is a popular time of year and the Ocean Reef 
Club is a popular traveler's destination.

Make your reservations online at:



Ocean Reef Club Reservations: 1-800-741-7333

FSTCS special conference rate:
 $220 S/D or $365 - 2 BR Condo.  
(For those who would like to extend their stay, these rates
are available 3 days prior to and 3 days after the meeting dates.)


Group Room Rate Cutoff – Tuesday, June 19, 2018
(Reservations after this date are subject to availability and will be at the current rate.)


*******Annual Meeting Family Activities*******


Register your children for the FSTCS Annual Children's Fishing Tournament which will be held Saturday Morning at the Fishing Village.  Let your “little one” test their angling skills and try to catch the “BIG ONE” and win a prize!



The family snorkeling boat departs from the Dive Shop at the Fishing Village at 1:00 p.m.  Sign up to explore the coral reefs at John Pennekamp State Park, where the only living reef in North America is located.



The Ocean Reef Club also offers organized children's activities through "Reef Club Kids". Please call 888-422-0128  for information and reservations.