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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

Strategic Goals

#1: Enhance CTSNet's unique brand by creating, disseminating, and aggregating high quality clinical content and specialty-related news to meet the educational and informational needs of cardiothoracic surgeons and allied health professionals worldwide.

#2: Solidify CTSNet as the premier online community for cardiothoracic surgeons, allied health professionals, specialty professional organizations, and industry.

#3: Optimize the CTSNet user experience by expanding the flexibility, functionality, interactivity, and attractiveness of CTSNet, and by adopting the latest internet technologies and appropriate social media platforms.

#4: Expand the international appeal and usage of CTSNet.

#5: Strengthen the viability of CTSNet as an independent, not-for-profit organization.

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.