CATS Recommendations

Given the plethora of potential important clinical topics and paucity of resources (human and material), the committee has taken the view that its work is a work in progress and will be cumulative over time. Ultimately the more member engagement there is, the more topics we can address and in a timelier fashion. Again, we have intentionally avoided the term guidelines and used recommendations consistently. New recommendations will be added on as they become ready and available. Our intention is to review and update our recommendations every 2-3 years.


Full TitleSurgeon Member Lead(s)Reviewers
Prolonged Airleak After LobectomyLaura Donahoe, Anne-Sophie Laliberté, Simon Turner
Minimally Invasive Versus Open Resection for Thymic NeoplasmsBasil Nasir
Prevention of Esophageal Anastomotic LeaksCrispin Russel, Andrew Seely
Optimizing LOS after LobectomyNajib Safieddine, Sean McFadden
Post Esophagectomy Follow-upAnne Sophie LaliberteBrian Johnston & Andrew Seely
Management of EmpyemaBasil Nasir & Najib SafieddineLaura Donahoe & Brian Johnston
ERAS After Lung SurgeryArmen Parajian & Collin SchiemanSimon Turner
Preoperative Physiologic Assessment Prior to Pulmonary ResectionSimon TurnerArmen Parajian & Basil Nasir
Indications for Surgical Lung Biopsy and Risk StratificationSean McFadden & Laura DonahoeAndrew Seely &
Anne Sophie Laliberte
Management of Pericardial Effusions – When to Intervene, and How?Dhruvin Hirpara & Najib SafieddineSean McFadden
Recommendation Regarding Brain Imaging in Lung Cancer StagingBrian Johnston
CATS Position on E-cigarettes
Best Practice Recommendations on Enhanced Recovery after Thoracic Surgery (ERATS) for EsophagectomyN. Seyednejad, B. Johnson, G. Darling, A,. Seely
Follow-up and Surveillance Recommendations for Patients Treated Curatively for Lung CancerArmen Parajian
Recommendations for Invasive Mediastinal Staging for Potentially Resectable NSCLC – Choice of Invasive ModalityBasil Nasir & Simon Turner
CATS Position on Lung Cancer ScreeningSean McFadden & Colin Schieman
Recommendation for the Management of Malignant Pleural EffusionsDaniel Jones, Laura Donahoe, Najib Safieddine
Opioids After Elective Ambulatory Thoracic Surgery
Recommendations from a Review and Analysis of Strategies for Prediction, Prevention and Management of Post-operative Atrial Fibrillation after Non-cardiac Thoracic SurgeryAndrew Seely
Intraoperative Mediastinal Lymphnode Sampling vs Dissection for Subsolid Lung Nodule, Invasive Lung Cancer and Metastatetomy
Recommendation for Surgical Wait Times for Resectable Lung CancerJohn Agzarian & Najib Safieddine
Recommendation for Thoracic Surgery Perioperative VTE ProphylaxisJohn Agzarian & Julius Poon
Recommendations for Tracheostomy in COVID PatientsAnne-Sophie Laliberté and Andrew Seely with Collaborators Michaeline Mcguinty and Bill Cameron,
ID specialist, The Ottawa Hospital
Sean McFadden