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New ABTS Chair

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph A. Dearani is now Chair of the Board of Directors.  Dr. Dearani, a congenital cardiac surgeon from the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), will serve a two-year term as Chair until 2024.  Before becoming the Chair, Dr. Dearani served on the ABTS first as a Director (2013-2019) and then most recently as the Vice Chair (2019-2022).  To read more about Dr. Dearani, please CLICK HERE .  

Dr. Dearani succeeds outgoing Chair, Dr. Joe B. Putnam, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL).  The ABTS would like to thank Dr. Putnam for his leadership and stewardship of the Board during the difficult and uncertain times caused by the pandemic.
New ABTS Executive Director

The American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Cameron D. Wright, a general thoracic surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, was elected to be the next Executive Director of the Board. Starting in January 2023, Dr. Wright will serve along side the Board's current Executive Director, Dr. David A. Fullerton, for a year. Dr. Wright will assume the position fully in January 2024 and will serve a seven year term until December 2030. Dr. Wright has a long affiliation with the ABTS starting as a question writer (2002-2007) and Oral Guest Examiner (2004-2007) before being elected to serve on the Board first as a Director (2007-2013), then as Vice Chair (2013-2015) and then as Chair (2015-2017).  To learn more about Dr. Wright, please CLICK HERE .
New ABTS Vice Chair

At the most recent Fall Board Meeting, Dr. Michael J. Mack (Plano, TX) was elected to be the Vice Chair of the Board.  Dr. Mack will serve in this position for two years until 2024 after which he will become Chair. Dr. Mack most recently served as a Board Director (2015-2022).
New ABTS Director

At the same meeting, Dr. Tom C. Nguyen (San Francisco, CA) was elected to be a Director of the Board. Dr. Nguyen will serve a six-year term representing the Society for Thoracic Surgeons.  To learn more about Dr. Nguyen, please CLICK HERE.
Part I (Written) Exam Blueprint Now Available
At the recent 2022 Fall Meeting of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Board of Directors decided to make the content outline of the Qualifying (Written) Examination for the primary Thoracic Surgery certificate available to candidates to prepare for this test. Click Here for the Blueprint.

Two-year Congenital Heart Surgery Residency Change

Beginning in 2023, all candidates for congenital cardiac surgery subspecialty certification will be required to complete 2 consecutive years of ACGME training in a single program and complete 150 major cases, with a minimum of 50 major cases in the first year of training. These requirements will be effective for congenital residents who started their training on or after July 1, 2023. Click here for more information.


2022-2023 Upcoming Deadlines

     10-year MOC Exam Result Letters    To be mailed mid-December 2022
     5-year Primary Thoracic MOC: SESATS XIII Due    February 3, 2023
    Primary Certification Part I (Written) Exam   December 12-16, 2022
    Congenital Part I (Written) Exam   December 12-16, 2022