Linking Policy


Linking to

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (HRS) grants a nonexclusive, limited permission to websites to place a text link to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons website containing the exact words “Society of Thoracic Surgeons” or “The Society of Thoracic Surgeons” or our domain name ( on their site to develop a link between their site and HRS website(s).

Content Integrity, Link Location

Links to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons website must be text only. The use of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons logo cannot be used as a link and any other use of the Society logo is strictly prohibited without express written consent of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons marketing and communications department. The materials on the linking site should not imply any association with or relation to HRS or imply in any way that any materials from our website are maintained within or originate from the linking website. HRS does not permit any content from our website to be framed within another site. Material may not be copied from our website for publication in any form without express written permission. Companies advertising products are not allowed to link to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons site from any advertising or marketing pages, to include any pages that refer to specifically to a particular drug by brand or device name through overt logo use or textual reference. All links must be for nonprofit or educational purposes only.

Format of Link

No changes to or modifications of the text link to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons may be made. Use of the text link to HRS for purposes other than linking to isexpressly forbidden. The text link to HRS must not be used or associated with any obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, indecent, profane, defamatory, or unlawful site or materials in any way, or in any manner that would adversely affect the name, reputation, and goodwill of HRS. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons retains and reserves all rights to HRS's trade names, trademarks and logos, copyrights, and all other intellectual property. Use of any other trademarks, trade names, graphic banners, copyrighted material, or any other intellectual property of HRS for any purpose is expressly forbidden, unless explicit written permission for that use has been granted.


All information is provided "as is," without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or noninfringement. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the foregoing exclusions may not apply to you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding the exclusion of implied warranties.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, liability, or expense that may accompany or result from your use of the link, text link to the Society, or graphic banner(s), including but not limited to any computer virus; technical, hardware or software failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions. The granting of this permission does not indicate nor should it be construed in any way to represent an endorsement by HRS of any materials on a website containing a text link to HRS or graphic banner(s) or any other intellectual property. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons reserves the right to request that verbiage to this effect be placed on the page containing a link to as a condition of inclusion of the link.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons controls and operates its website from the United States of America. HRS in no way implies that the text link to HRS is appropriate or available for use outside of the United States. If you use our materials from locations outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with any applicable laws.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons may at any time revise this Linking Policy. You are bound by any such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this page to review the most current Linking Policy to which you are bound.

The display of a text link to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons on a website indicates agreement by the website to the foregoing terms and conditions. Please forward any questions about this policy to

Linking From

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons places certain links on its websites and uses the following criteria to evaluate sites for linking.

The linked site should:

  • Relate to the mission of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Complement and enhance the information on our website
  • Provide credible, accurate, current, science-based information
  • Be subject to adequate procedures for the review and updating of material
  • Be primarily focused on information or educational content, rather than the promotion of a product or service and
  • Adhere to adequate policies regarding external links and privacy of user data.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons reserves the right to change these criteria at any time. Sites requesting a link should send an email containing the link and any relevant information to