David A. Fullerton, MD, professor of Surgery, School of Medicine, has been elected president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) at the Society’s 50th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

“STS has been a preeminent medical society for many years,” said Fullerton. “It is truly a great honor to lead such a tremendous organization. Its influences span far beyond our own specialty, and I plan to continue that tradition during my tenure.”

Fullerton heads the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the CU School of Medicine. He holds the John T. M. Wright Endowed Chair in Heart Valve Surgery and is the director of Cardiothoracic Surgical Research and the director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program. In addition, he is the Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief and co-director of the Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit for the University of Colorado Hospital.

Fullerton completing a residency in general surgery at the University of Washington, he then moved to CU for a residency in thoracic surgery where he remained on the faculty for six years before being recruited to Northwestern University in Chicago as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program. He was recruited to the University of Colorado in 2003.

A longtime STS member and volunteer, Fullerton most recently served on the STS Board of Directors. In 2013 to 2014, he also chaired the Workforce on Critical Care and served on the Executive Committee, the Workforce on Thoracic Surgery Resident Issues, and the Workforce on Research Development.

In addition, Fullerton has held prominent leadership positions in several other organizations, including The American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and the Residency Review Committee-Thoracic Surgery. He is a Past President of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CTSNet, Inc, as well as the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education, and is President of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.

“STS has always done a terrific job of bringing value to its membership, and I look forward to continuing that during my presidency,” said Fullerton. “I plan to build upon the Society’s strengths—the STS National Database and advocacy efforts—and add value for our members and our specialty.”


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