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, April 17, 2024 at 7 pm Eastern

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

Application for Thoracic Surgery subspecialty training (for start July 2025) will be via CaRMS
  • It will be a “fall match” with the application period starting in the summer of 2024.
  • This is the first year applications will be done via CaRMS, and more information will be available, once dates are confirmed.

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. Stay tuned for exciting news about the schedule and keynote speakers, coming soon! In the meantime, please take note of some upcoming important dates:

  • Program Released: February 2024
  • Call for Abstracts Open: Thursday February 1, 2024
  • Call for Abstracts Closes: Thursday March 21, 2024 (11:59pm EDT)
  • Early Bird Registration Opens: Thursday April 25, 2024
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptances: May 2024
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: Thursday June 27, 2024 (11:59pm EDT)

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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