Our Mission

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) offers The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery, a website presented by cardiothoracic surgeons committed to improving patient care.
CTSurgeryPatients.org makes available immediate and easy access to expert, multimedia content, allowing patients and their families to be active, informed participants in the diagnoses and treatments of heart, lung, and esophageal diseases.

Founded in 1964, STS is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,200 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest.