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.



Application for Thoracic Surgery subspecialty training (for start July 2025)
  • This is the first year that applications will be via CaRMS. More info.
  • It will be a “fall match” with the application period starting in the summer of 2024.

Upcoming Events and Due Dates

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

  • November 13, 2024 at 8-9 pm Eastern
  • February 12, 2025 at 8-9 pm Eastern
  • April 16, 2025 at 8-9 pm Eastern

CATS- STS Meeting Award Due Date: December 1 annually

CATS Wellness Virtual Session: December 11, 2024

CATS STS Traveling Fellowship Due Date: March 1 annually

CATS Distinguished Service Award Nomination Due Date: April 30 annually

Evolution of Thoracic Surgery in Canada

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

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Canadian Surgical Forum 2024: Winnipeg

The 2024 Canadian Surgery Forum is taking place September 25-28, 2024 in the multicultural Winnipeg, MB.

More info:


Canadian Surgical Forum 2023


  • The CSF 2023 abstracts were published in the CJS, follow THIS LINK to read the supplement.


  • The CSF had a professional photographer on site to capture all the excitement over the three days. Please visit our Webpage to see all the conference and partners photos.

MOC Credits

  • Certificate of Attendance was sent to every delegate back in October. Be sure to log your credits in the MAINPORT system by the due date set by the Royal College. Please let us know if you haven’t receive yours yet by emailing


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
  • September 16-19, 2026, Halifax Convention Centre, Halifax, NS

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