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About CTSNet


Connect the global cardiothoracic community.


Leverage Internet connectivity to facilitate communication, collaboration, education, and interaction amongst cardiothoracic surgeons and their teams across the globe.

Core Values

  • International
  • Inclusive
  • Professional
  • High Value
  • Universal Access
  • Ease of Use
  • Reliable

Overview is the most comprehensive, heavily trafficked, and reliable online source of information about cardiothoracic surgery available worldwide, and its online community of cardiothoracic surgeons is the largest in the world. A not-for-profit organization, CTSNet is jointly overseen by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery (EACTS). Numerous other cardiothoracic surgery organizations from around the world are involved in CTSNet as Participating Organizations. Among many key electronic resources pertaining to the cardiothoracic surgery specialty, CTSNet offers:

Community Traffic

Cardiothoracic surgeons and medical professionals affiliated with the practice of cardiothoracic surgery are the heaviest users of CTSNet, and it is the niche web destination for all those involved in the specialty. The most-visited areas of CTSNet are the Career Center, the Techniques Section, and the Surgical Videos Section.

CTSNet Board of Directors

Douglas E. Wood, MD, President
Duke E. Cameron, MD, Secretary
Domenico Pagano, MD, Treasurer 
Pavan Atluri, MD
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD
David T. Cooke, MD, FCCP, FACS
Basel Ramlawi, MD
Joseph F. Sabik, III, MD
J. Rafael Sadaba, MD
Moritz C. Wyler von Ballmoos, MD

CTSNet Editor

Mark K. Ferguson, MD

CTSNet Associate Editors

Mara Antonoff, MD (Social Media)
Arie Blitz, MD (Cardiac)
Joel Dunning, FRCS, PhD (General Thoracic)
S. Jill Ley (Allied Health)
Patrick O. Myers, MD (Congenital)
Tom C. Nguyen, MD (Cardiac)

CTSNet Aortic Portal Editor

Mohamad Bashir, MD, PhD, MRCS

CTSNet Volunteerism Portal Editor

Emily Farkas, MD

CTSNet Resident Editors

Amy Fiedler, MD
Leanne Harling, MD

CTSNet Staff

Grahame Rush, Executive Director
Jazmine Blanch, Sponsorship & Customer Relations Manager
Claire Vernon, Medical Writer
Emily Robinson, Web Coordinator