President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you about the exciting program that has been put together by the CATS Annual Meeting Program Committee led by Colin Schieman. I also want to acknowledge and thank Shaun Coughlin and the local arrangements team for their tremendous assistance.

The meeting this year will be held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria (Sept. 14-16, 2017). Registration for the meeting and hotel accommodation booking should be available in the spring on the CSF site. A brief summary of the program highlights is outlined below.

Of special note, we have two outstanding invited speakers this year. Dr. John Mitchell from the University of Colorado (Dr. FG Pearson Lecturer) is widely regarded as the North American expert on thoracic surgery for infectious diseases. We are also joined by Dr. Alan Sihoe from The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital as the CATS President Visiting Lecturer. Alan is a dynamic speaker who is a world expert on Minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery and thoracic surgery education.

Thursday Sept 14 – In the morning Dr Laura Donahoe has developed the CATS Postgraduate course that will review the Top 10 topics in thoracic surgery with an All-star teaching faculty assembled. In the afternoon, the CATS research meeting will occur followed by the always popular CATS Cocktail party at the Bard and Banker pub. Please come join us for a beverage or two.

Friday Sept 15 – On Friday, the program begins with a detailed discussion on the new “Standards of Practice” document led by Dr Christian Finley, followed by an update on the CATS research database by Drs. Finley, Ferri and Seeley. A debate will follow on the extent of the relationship between CATS and its industry sponsors. Later in the morning, residents have the opportunity to participate in the “Brunch with the Thoracic Professors” session with Drs. Mitchell and Sihoe. In the afternoon, the popular CATS/CAGS joint symposium on “Diseases of the Foregut” will occur followed by a CATS symposia on “New Concepts in Thoracic Surgery”. The CATS gala dinner will be held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Friday evening. To ensure your seat at this popular event, please purchase your tickets when registering for the CATS meeting on the CSF site.

Saturday Sept 16 – On Saturday am, the informative CATS paper sessions will be held followed by the Dr. Pearson lecture by Dr. Mitchell on “Surgery for Mycobacterial Disease”. In the afternoon, Dr. Alan Sihoe will present the CATS President Invited lecture on “When East meets West in Thoracic Surgery”. Both of these speakers are outstanding and this component of the program should not be missed. The afternoon will finish off with a symposia on those sometimes tough to manage “Surgical Infections of the Chest”.

As you can see, Colin and his team have put together a fabulous program. A detailed review of these and other planned activities will be available in March at the CSF website ( I am looking forward to seeing you in Victoria.


Sean Grondin
CATS President