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Source: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Maximilian Pichlmaier, Nikolaos Tsilimparis, Christian Hagl, Sven Peterss
The authors discuss the first-in-human implant of a custom-made branched frozen elephant trunk graft designed for an anastomosis in aortic arch zone 0. They claim that combining endovascular technology with open surgical techniques allows for simplification of the open procedure with reductions in circulatory arrest time and preparations for surgery.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Jacquelyn A. Quin, MD, MPH, Mohammad Noubani, BS, Jessica Y. Rove, MD, G. Hossein Almassi, MD, and A. Laurie Shroyer, PhD, MSHA
This is a subanalysis of the Randomized On-Off Bypass (ROOBY) trial that examined transit time flow measurement (TTFM) use and its effect on graft patency and long-term clinical outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
Source: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Alec Vahanian, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Fabien Praz, Milan Milojevic, Stephan Baldus, Johann Bauersachs, Davide Capodanno, Lenard Conradi, Michele De Bonis, Ruggero De Paulis, Victoria Delgado, Nick Freemantle, Martine Gilard, Kristina H Haugaa, Anders Jeppsson, Peter Jüni, Luc Pierard, Bernard D Prendergast, J Rafael Sádaba, Christophe Tribouilloy, Wojtek Wojakowski, ESC/EACTS Scientific Document Group
The updated EACTS and ESC valvular heart disease guidelines (superseding those published in 2017) are focused on acquired valvular heart disease and are oriented towards management of the condition.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Avery M. Trudell, BSA, William C. Frankel, BS, Jessica G.Y. Luc, MD, Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH, Lauren Kane, MD, Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, Mara B. Antonoff, MD

In this article, Trudell et al surveyed the Women in Thoracic Surgery membership to assess for characteristics of allyship. Qualities of allyship identified include mentorship, support, and sponsorship; whereas, competitiveness, disrespect, discrimination, stereotyping, unconscious bias, and undermining were reported as detrimental factors.

Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Jacqueline K. Olive, MD, Sanaa Mansoor, MS, Katherine Simpson, MS, Lorraine D. Cornwell, MD, Ernesto Jimenez, MD, Ravi K. Ghanta, MD, Shawn S. Groth, MD, Bryan M. Burt, MD, Todd K. Rosengart, MD, Joseph S. Coselli, MD, Ourania Preventza, MD

In this study by Olive et al, they demonstrate the demographic landscape of current cardiothoracic surgeons and trainees in terms of sex and race/ethnicity, and demonstrate improvement in diversity of trainees and faculty across multiple training pathways over the years.

Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Megan K. Loo, MD MPH, Robbin G. Cohen, MD MMM, Craig J. Baker, MD, Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, Michael E. Bowdish, MD MS

In this article, Loo et al demonstrate in a survey to the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association membership that only approximately 20% of trainees were accurate in estimating surgeon reimbursement, with a demonstrated lack of understanding in how reimbursement models work, despite acknowledgement of its importance. This study highlights an area of need for creation of a dedicated reimbursement / financial education curricula for cardiothoracic surgery trainees.

Source: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Author(s): Shinichi Fukuhara, MD, Minhaj S. Khaja, MD, MBA, David M. Williams, MD, Xhorlina Marko, MD, Bo Yang, MD, PhD, Himanshu J. Patel, MD, Karen M. Kim, MD, MSc
This paper shows that landing zone optimization using aortic septotomy resulted in a much higher positive aortic remodeling rate, whereas standalone TEVAR outcomes without adjunctive procedures for cTBAD were unfavorable. The authors show that routine aortic septotomy may have a positive effect on long-term cTBAD survival and expand TEVAR candidacy.
Source: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Alexander P. Nissen, Timothy J. Vreeland, Mediget Teshome, Michael A. Archer, Amanda B. Francescatti, Matthew H. G. Katz, Kelly K. Hunt, Linda Zheng, Timothy W. Mullett
The following editorial focuses on CoC Standard 5.8 for curative-intent resection of primary pulmonary malignancy. We offer a summary of Standard 5.8, and relevant data upon which it is based, in hopes of improving implementation in 2021 and improving compliance, which will first be assessed during site reviews taking place in 2022. We also describe best practices for pathologists, registrars and surgeons to achieve these compliance goals.
Source: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Author(s): Bertrand Mennecier, Anne Olland, Céline Mascaux, Pierre-Emmanuel Falcoz
This invited commentary offers insights into a manuscript that provides a deeper understanding of the perioperative outcomes of patients with stage II/IV non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with tumour resection after neoadjuvant immunotherapy, alone or as part of multimodal treatment.
Source: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Author(s): Christopher Wilcox, DO, Nikolhaus Smith, MD, Glenn J.R. Whitman, MD
It is difficult to identify patients with myocardial infarction after they have undergone heart surgery, but this manuscript presents a useful algorithm to help one decide between watchful waiting and immediate action.

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