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102nd Annual Meeting

May 14–17, 2022
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA, USA


AATS has more than 100 years of history in shaping the evolution of cardiothoracic surgery. Experts unite at the Annual Meeting which has truly become the past, present, and future of the field. Each year, attendees from around the world are steadfast focused on excellence, leadership, scholarship, and innovation with a commitment to action and long-term positive change.

The 102nd Annual Meeting will reunite surgeons in-person to have discussions, ask hard questions, hear new perspectives, and build on each other’s work. AATS continues to provide the best of in-person and virtual education, therefore content will be available on a virtual platform as well.


Reasons to Participate

  • Meet with experts in your field and have meaningful conversations face-to-face;
  • Learn from experts on how they optimize and even revolutionize exceptional treatment;
  • Immerse yourself and your team with cutting-edge information from diverse expert speakers;
  • Contribute the research and knowledge that will build the future of thoracic surgery;
  • Choose from multiple parallel tracks that focus on specific aspects of adult cardiac, thoracic, congenital, and perioperative specialties;
  • Participate in panel discussions where surgeons from around the world share the challenges and solutions being implemented;
  • Take action and learn how to apply wellness—not only individual wellness, but the wellness of our specialty and the global community at large;
  • Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to advance your career.

AATS President, Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Shaf Keshavjee, 102nd President of the AATS, is a thoracic surgeon and Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program. He is Surgeon-in-Chief, Sprott Department of Surgery and James Wallace McCutcheon Chair in Surgery at University Health Network (UHN). He is a Professor of Thoracic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and Vice Chair for Innovation, Department of Surgery, Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (UofT).

Dr. Keshavjee’s clinical practice is in thoracic oncology, lung cancer, and lung transplantation. He has a passion for surgery and innovative research. He leads a large team of researchers in a foremost pulmonary research program and is widely published in the field. His specific research interest is lung transplantation. His current research involves the study of support systems, molecular diagnostics, and gene therapy to repair organs and to engineer super-organs for transplantation.

Dr. Keshavjee has served on the board of directors of the AATS, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the Canadian Society of Transplantation. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to medicine, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Transplantation and the American Society of Transplantation Innovation Award for contributions to the field of lung transplantation. In 2021, he received the prestigious Flance-Karl Award from the American Surgical Association - awarded to a surgeon who has made a seminal contribution in basic laboratory research which has been applied to clinical surgery for his work in ex vivo organ perfusion. In 2021, he also received the FNG Starr Award - the highest national award from the Canadian Medical Association recognizing a physician for their outstanding and inspiring lifetime achievement.

He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees from both Ryerson University and Queen’s University. Dr. Keshavjee has also received two Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals and the national Governor General’s Award for Innovation. He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2014 and received Canada’s highest civilian honour in 2013 with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.



Registration and Housing

Registration for the 102nd Annual Meeting will open in the Fall of 2021.
Please check back then to take advantage of early-bird rates.

AATS has partnered with a vendor to simplify the booking process and lower attendee travel costs. Registration and housing reservations made through any other company are not supported by AATS.


Call for Abstracts and Case Videos

The Abstract and Case Video submission site is now closed.  Abstract notifications will be distributed mid-January 2022.

Abstract submissions were submitted to the following submission types and categories:

  • Abstract Submission and/or Case Video Submission for Plenary and Simultaneous Breakout Sessions
  • C. Walton Lillehei Resident Forum

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 11:59PM Eastern Time

Submit an Abstract 



Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the latest techniques and current research specifically related to adult cardiac surgery, congenital heart disease, thoracic surgery, and perioperative care;
  • Select appropriate surgical procedures and other interventions for their own patients based upon results presented;
  • Incorporate the basic science developments and emerging technologies and techniques across the spectrum of cardiothoracic surgery;
  • Communicate current practice management necessary for the effective and safe delivery of patient care;
  • Translate expanded knowledge into practice for the improvement of patient outcomes and satisfaction.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates this other activity (live and recorded sessions) for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA Credit Designation Statement

NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.


Exhibit and Sponsorship

Reach the cardiothoracic community at the AATS 102nd Annual Meeting by sharing your brand, products, and services with thousands of experts in the field. Existing and new partners are encouraged to view the  Industry Prospectus to learn more. For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Melissa Binette
Director of Corporate and Industry Relations