Doraid Jarrar, MD
Dear Colleagues and Members of the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society,
Happy New Year!
Welcome to our home page and exploring the many opportunities that the ECTSS has to offer. Although as a regional group we are a “small” society compared to national societies, we do stand on the shoulders of giants in the field of cardiothoracic surgery (see our history section) and provide an Annual Meeting where scientific rigor meets camaraderie and collegiality in the setting of a beautiful, family-friendly resort. Our name (Eastern cardiothoracic Surgical Society, formerly the Pennsylvania Association for Thoracic Surgery) suggest a narrow geographic focus, but quite the opposite is true: we welcome membership from all areas, and enjoy and attendance at our Annual Meeting from all of North America and even from colleagues abroad. If you do not already belong to ECTSS, I invite you too to explore membership and participation in the ECTSS; please nominate yourself to one of our many committees, as we encourage volunteers and offer myriad opportunities to participate.
The Society’s mission reflects the trifecta of academic surgery, with education being our biggest pillar. As surgeons and healthcare providers, we are lifelong learners and our Annual Meeting and online content will keep you up to date. Also, our society is keenly aware of the fact that surgery is a human right and that our practice should be socially minded and provide patients with the opportunity to attain their full health potential, regardless of their background.
Last, but not least, I thank the Executive Council and the members of the ECTSS of bestowing me with the honor and duty to serve as the 61th President of a society that is steeped in history, yet is broad minded and welcoming, and fills its ranks with young talent to tackle the challenging environment of practicing cardiothoracic surgery in 2023.
Doraid Jarrar, MD, FACS
President, Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society