The Annual Program Committee is still working on the CATS Annual Meeting Program, so please check back regularly for updates.

  • September 21-24, 2021
  • TimeSession/Description
    09-21@17:00-20:30
    Research Abstract Session

    Chair: Dr. Jonathan Spicer

    These sessions are intended for thoracic surgeons, trainees, researchers and medical students. Current research will be presented in the form of proffered papers with audience questions and discussions following. Participants will hear from basic and clinical investigators regarding current state-of-the-art research in thoracic surgery. At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the breadth of research, and enhanced familiarity with up-to-date findings.

    09-22@10:00-10:15
    Opening Remarks

    Chair: Dr. Mark Walsh

    Chair: Dr. Mark Walsh

    09-22@10:15-11:00
    CSF Main Stage: Gallie Lecture

    Plenary Lecture: Dr. Timothy Caulfield - Trust, Celebrity Culture & their Effect on Public Health Knowledge

    Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and public health policy has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award winning documentary TV show, A User's Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America.

    09-22@11:15-12:45
    CATS Mediastinum Session

    Keynote: Dr. Enrico Ruffini (ESTS Speaker) - Applicability of the new staging system for thymic tumors and new updates

    Moderated by: Dr. P James Villeneuve.

    09-22@13:15-14:45
    CATS Session

    Keynote: Dr. David Cooke (STS Speaker) - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    Moderated by: Dr. Sean Grondin

    09-22@15:00-16:30
    CATS Oncology Session

    Keynote: Dr. Valerie Rusch (2021 Pearson Lecturer)

    Moderatored by: Dr. Andrew Seely
    2021 Pearson Lecturer: Dr. Valerie Rusch - This session is intended for all thoracic surgeons and trainees. The Dr. FG Pearson lecture showcases an esteemed thoracic surgeon who will highlight and present topics of broad and particular interest to the clinical practice, research enterprise and training endeavors of thoracic surgeons. At the end of the session, participants will better understand key factors that will influence the current and future practice of Thoracic Surgery.

    09-22@17:00-18:00
    Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium

    Organizer: CSF

    Details coming soon.

    09-22@18:00-19:00
    CATS Networking Lounge

    Organizer: CSF

    Details coming soon.

    09-23@10:15-11:00
    CSF Main Stage: General Surgery Williams Lecture

    Plenary Lecture: Dr. Michael Vitale - Peak Performance: What Science & Sociology Teaches us about how we Operate

    Dr. Vitale is the Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery within the Department of Orthopaedics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Vitale is also Vice Chair for Quality and Strategy in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, leading efforts to improve outcomes, ensure patient safety, and develop new advances in patient care. He is also Chief of Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Service for the NewYork-Presbyterian health system, where he has focused on improving the care of children with spinal deformity since joining the staff of the Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian in 2001.

    In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Vitale is a prolific researcher, having published approximately 200 articles focused on pediatric spine surgery and patient safety, and is the author of several books, including digital resources, on these topics. Recognized as a leader in the academic orthopedic community, he is the recipient of numerous national awards, and has held various national leadership positions, including Chairman of the Safety in Spine Surgery Summit, Founder of Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P), Chairman of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, President of the Children’s Spine Foundation and Pediatric Spine Study Group.

    09-23@11:15-12:45
    CATS Esophageal Session

    Keynote: Dr. Garett Walsh (2020 Pearson Lecturer)

    Moderated by: Dr. Shona Smith
    2020 Pearson Lecturer: Dr. Garett Walsh - This session is intended for all thoracic surgeons and trainees. The Dr. FG Pearson lecture showcases an esteemed thoracic surgeon who will highlight and present topics of broad and particular interest to the clinical practice, research enterprise and training endeavors of thoracic surgeons. At the end of the session, participants will better understand key factors that will influence the current and future practice of Thoracic Surgery.

    09-23@13:15-14:45
    CATS - Best Practices Session

    Keynote: Dr. Andrew Seely (CATS President) - Practice Changing Ideas in Surgery and Research

    Moderated by: Dr. Gail Darling
    Presidential Address: Dr. Andrew Seely - This session is aimed at thoracic surgeons. The state of Canadian Thoracic Surgery will be discussed. At the end of this session, participants will understand the achievements of, opportunities available to, and threats facing Canadian Thoracic Surgeons in our era.

    09-23@15:00-16:30
    Joint CAGS-CATS - Minimally Invasive Surgery / Endoscopy & Thoracic Surgery

    Chairs: Dr. Ahmad Asrafi (CATS) and Dr. Adam Meneghetti (CAGS)

    Organizers & Moderators: Dr. Ahmad Asrafi (CATS) and Dr. Adam Meneghetti (CAGS) - This session is designed for general and thoracic surgeons who evaluate and/or treat foregut disorders. Evidence based management options will be discussed. Cases will be used to illustrate important considerations. At the end of the session, participants will have gained an understanding of an appropriate evaluation to establish the definite diagnosis; the pathophysiology underlying these diseases and their treatment failures; and therapeutic options based on patient specific considerations and the best available evidence.
    - Dr. James D. Luketich & Dr. Allan Okrainec - Paraoesophageal Hernia Repair Session
    - Dr. Omar Awais & Dr. Marco Patti - Achalasia Session

    09-23@17:00-18:00
    Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium

    Organizer: CSF

    Details coming soon.

    09-23@18:00-19:00
    CATS Networking Lounge

    Organizer: CSF

    Details coming soon.

    09-24@10:15-11:00
    CSF Main Stage: Langer Lecture

    Plenary Lecture: Dr. Bruce Hall - Reliability of Individual Provider Assessment

    Details coming soon.

    09-24@11:15-12:45
    CATS AGM & Awards Session

    Chair: Dr. Andrew Seely

    Details coming soon.

    09-24@13:15-16:30
    CATS PG Course: Lung Nodule Management - State of the Art

    Chair: Dr. Simon Turner

    This session is intended for trainees and practicing surgeons who are interested in a review of core general thoracic surgery. The session will cover topics in thoracic surgery that are either uncommonly seen or whose management has changed in the recent past. The session will review the basic diagnosis and management of each topic. At the end of the session, participants will have reviewed uncommon and challenging situations in thoracic surgery and will have an up-to-date approach to the diagnosis and treatment of these specific diseases.

    Schedule
    1315-1325: Pathology of Early Lung Adenocarcinoma - Dr. Andrew Churg
    1325-1345: Experiences Implementing Lung Cancer Screening - Dr. Gail Darling
    1345-1405: Lung Cancer Screening Studies Since NLST - Dr. Stephen Lam
    1405-1425: Understanding LungRADS - Dr. Daria Manos
    1425-1445: Microcoil Lung Nodule Localization - Dr. Kyle Grant
    1445-1500: BREAK
    1500-1520: Navigational Bronchoscopy for Small Lung Nodules - Dr. Renelle Myers
    1520-1540: SBRT vs Surgery-STARS/ROSEL and Onwards - Dr. Colin Schieman
    1540-1600: Update on Segmentectomy vs Lobectomy for Stage I NSCLC - Dr. Alex Lee
    1600-1620: Finding the Intersegmental Plane and other Segmentectomy Pearls - Dr. Wael Hanna