CATS Vision

Enabling Canadian Thoracic Surgeons to provide the highest level of care to every patient, every time.

CATS Mission 

A collaborative network that promotes excellence in patient centered care, fosters innovation, and enhances quality through education, research and advocacy.

Upcoming Events and Due Dates

CATS Journal Clubs: Check your email for the meeting link:

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 7 pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 7 pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 7 pm Eastern

STS Meeting Award Due Date: Funding for residents/fellows to attend the STS meeting in Texas. More info. December 1, 2023

STS Traveling Fellowship Due Date: Funding for staff surgeons and residents/fellow. March 1, 2024

CATS Mission Project Due Date: March 1, 2024

CATS Research Project Grant Due Date:  April 1, 2024

CATS Distinguished Service Award Nomination Due Date: April 30, 2024

Evolution of Thoracic Surgery in Canada

  • Authors: Jean Deslaurier, Bill Nelems, and F. Griffith Pearson
  • All 447 pages – now available in PDF (412 Mb)

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Canadian Surgical Forum 2023

Thank you to the organizers and local contacts for such a successful meeting! For some photos, click here.

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

  • Dr. Richard Inculet: Distinguished Service Award
  • Dr. Robert Zeldin: Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dr. Anna McGuire: CATS Research Grant: A pilot study on the effect of high ambient air pollution exposure on lung age and EGFR mutation in never smokers with lung cancer
  • Dr. Adom Bondzi-Simpson (presentation by Tiago Ribeiro) : Ginsberg Resident Research Award: Stage II/III Esophageal Cancer Patients With Complete Clinical Response Post Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy: A Markov Decision Analysis
  • Dr. Uzair Jogiat: Duranceau Resident Research Award: Changes in Sarcopenia Status Predict Survival Among Patients with Resectable Esophageal Cancer
  • Ge Shi, Andrew Kokavec, Edward Ho, Ryan Waterman, Edward Wang, Kiera Harnden, Rahul Nayak, Richard Malthaner, Mehdi Qiabi: CATS Mission Project Award: Mixed Reality Thoracic Surgery Atlas
  • Drs Colin Schieman and Sean Brophy: CATS Traveling Fellowships 2023
  • CATS West: 2023 CATS Cup Champions

Future Canadian Surgical Forums

  • September 25-28, 2024, RBC Convention Centre & Delta Hotel, Winnipeg, MB
  • September 13-22, 2025, The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, QC

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