2024 STS Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery

May 9, 2024 to May 10, 2024

Activity Description

Gain extensive hands-on procedural experience while performing robotic cardiac surgery procedures in a realistic simulation environment under the guidance of experienced expert surgeons. A state-of-the-art training facility with multiple operating bays fitted with surgical robots will afford a true hands-on experience for every attendee. The course is designed for either new teams desiring to start a robotic cardiac surgery program or early experienced robotic surgeons and teams, including bedside first assistants. Attendees will be exposed to both robotic mitral valve procedures and robotic coronary revascularization. The course consists of one day of hands-on simulation workshop and one day of didactic lectures, case videos, and faculty discussion.

This activity contains the Overall Evaluation required to claim credit for attending the 2024 STS Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery in Peachtree Corners, GA.

Click here to access the 2024 Robotic Thoracic Online Curriculum for attendees.

Target Audience

Attendees will be assigned to either foundations or advanced group based on training level, individual experience, and composition of registered participants. Completion of five (5) robotic cases prior to hands-on/in-person training is required.

  • Foundations group: Surgeons and bedside assistants with prior open cardiac surgery experience looking to learn the basics of robotic practice (minimally invasive experience is encouraged but not necessary). Some prior robotic experience required.
  • Advanced group: Surgeons and bedside assistants with prior (could be limited) robotic cardiac surgery experience looking to advance their skills or adding new procedures to their repertoire of their robotic surgical skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the basic skills required to perform robotic cardiac surgery including mitral valve repair and coronary revascularization. 
  • Increase their knowledge base of current evidence and surgical literature related to robotic cardiac surgery
  • Summarize the different robotic techniques and practice models. 
  • Examine different peripheral perfusion techniques and myocardial protection strategy in robotic cardiac surgery. 
  • Outline the advanced techniques in robotic cardiac surgery including concomitant operation, aortic valve replacement and total endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB). 
  • Interact with experts in the field and become a member of the robotic cardiac surgery community
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
05/09/2024 - 12:00am CDT
Event ends: 
05/10/2024 - 11:59pm CDT
Peachtree Corners, GA
United States

Course Directors

Arnar Geirsson, MD, New York, NY 
Arman Arghami, MD, MPH, Rochester, MN 
Husam H. Balkhy, MD, Chicago, IL 
Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS, Los Angeles, CA 
Gianluca Torregrossa, MD, Wynnewood, PA

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. 

Available Credit

  • 13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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Submit the Overall Evaluation to claim credit for attending this course. 

Once this activity is marked Complete, you may download the CME certificate under your Completed Activities