I would like to take this opportunity to share information about the exciting program that has been put
together by the CATS Annual Meeting Program Committee led by James Villeneuve. This year’s
meeting will be held at the Delta Hotel and St. John’s Conference Centre (Sept. 14-16, 2018). I
would like to acknowledge and thank Paul Gardiner and the local arrangements team for their
tremendous assistance. Registration for the meeting and hotel accommodation booking will be
available in the spring on the CSF site. The meeting in St John’s will mark our 20th Anniversary as an
Association and several celebratory events are planned. A brief summary of the program highlights
is outlined below.
Of special note are the two outstanding invited speakers. Mr. Joel Dunning from the James Cook
University Hospital (Dr. FG Pearson Lecturer) has pioneered minimally invasive surgical techniques
and the development of evidence-based cardiothoracic surgery in the United Kingdom. We are also
joined by Dr. Donald Low from The Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle WA as the CATS
President Visiting Lecturer. Don is a world-renowned foregut surgeon with special interest in
enhanced recovery after surgery.
Thursday Sept 14 – For the morning program, Dr Laura Donahoe has developed the CATS
Postgraduate course that will review the Top 10 topics in thoracic surgery with a superb teaching
faculty assembled. In the afternoon, the CATS Research meeting and the CATS Best Practices
committees will be in session. The always popular CATS Cocktail party will be at the Merchant
Tavern this year.
Friday Sept 15 – On Friday, the program will begin with a detailed discussion on Enhanced
Recovery after Surgery, chaired by Dr. Ferri and featuring an expert panel of discussants. Later in
the morning, residents will have the opportunity to meet with Drs. Low and Dunning at the “Brunch
with the Professors” meeting. Later, I will present the Presidential address followed by poster
presentations over lunch. In the afternoon, the CATS/CAGS joint symposium on foregut disease will
occur. We will follow and close the day with the CATS Lung symposia on the screening,
management, and follow-up of nodules and early-stage cancers. The 20th anniversary CATS gala
dinner will be held at the historic Rooms restaurant on Friday evening. To ensure your seat at this
event, please purchase your tickets when registering for the CATS meeting on the CSF site.
Saturday Sept 16 – The Saturday morning begins with the Royal College Gallie lecture, which is
being sponsored by CATS this year. We are honored to have as our invited speaker Dr. Doug
Mathisen of Harvard University who will be speaking on Stewardship in Surgery. The CATS
esophageal symposium will follow, featuring an expert panel on a variety of topics. We will then
hear the Dr. FG Pearson lecture presented by Mr. Joel Dunning. Joel will share his experience as a
pioneer in minimally invasive surgical techniques. The morning session concludes with the scientific
research paper presentations. In the afternoon, the inaugural conjoint STS-CATS symposium will
occur. This event promises to be an entertaining and informative session of difficult case
presentations and discussions.
As you can see, James and his team have put together a fabulous program agenda. A detailed
review of these and other planned activities will be available in March at the CSF website
(canadiansurgeryforum.com). I am looking forward to seeing you in St. John’s and marking our 20th