The Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS) is dedicated to promoting a national strategy of collaborative research to further the advancement of Thoracic Surgery.

CATS National Database

The CATS National Database quality improvement and research project aims at reducing practice variation and identifying best practices in thoracic surgery across Canada. The initiative proposes a centralized database with mechanisms to standardize data collection using synoptic operating room reporting of the operation and adverse events and outcomes, partnered with local and national quality improvement processes with sharing of effective practices.

CATS DB Inaugural Meeting: Ottawa, May 7 – 8, 2018

Meeting Location:
The Intensive Care Unit Conference Room (W2235)
The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, 501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
The Intensive Care Unit Conference Room (W2235)

Dinner Location (7 pm):
Flora Hall Brewing
37 Flora Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1A7

Notes: Travel stipends will be provided. Attendees will be responsible for booking their own accommodations.


CATS DB Inaugural Meeting Agenda

May 7, 201809:00 – 09:30Breakfast
May 7, 201809:30 – 11:00Introductions, vision, objectives and deliverablesAndrew Seely
May 7, 201811:00 – 12:30Governance and structureChristian Finley
May 7, 201812:30 – 13:30 Lunch
May 7, 201813:30 – 14:45Data definitionsTom Waddell
May 7, 201814:45 – 16:00 Standardized data collectionAndrew Seely
May 7, 201816:00 – 16:30Coffee break
May 7, 201816:30 – 17:45 Support for individual sitesChristian Finley
May 7, 201819:00 - Dinner (Flora Hall Brewing, 37 Flora Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1A7)
May 8, 201809:00 – 09:30Breakfast
May 8, 201809:30 – 10:45Local quality improvement and best practice recommendationsAndrew Seely & Najib Safieddine
May 8, 201810:45 – 12:00Multi-center clinical research - process and projectsLorenzo Ferri
May 8, 201812:00 – 13:00Lunch
May 8, 201813:00 – 14:15National quality improvement Andrew Seely
May 8, 201814:15 – 15:30Review timeline and next stepsAndrew Seely