The American Association for Thoracic Surgery Consensus Guidelines: Reasons and purpose Academic Article uri icon

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  • The time interval for the doubling of medical knowledge continues to decline. Physicians, patients, administrators, government officials, and payors are struggling to keep up to date with the waves of new information and to integrate the knowledge into new patient treatment protocols, processes, and metrics. Guidelines, Consensus Guidelines, and Consensus Statements, moderated by seasoned content experts, offer one method to rapidly distribute new information in a timely manner and also guide minimal standards of treatment of clinical care pathways as they are developed as part of bundled care programs. These proposed Consensus Guidelines advance The American Association for Thoracic Surgery's mission of leading in cardiothoracic health care, education, innovation, and modeling excellence.


  • Svensson, Lars G
  • Gillinov, A Marc
  • Weisel, Richard D
  • Keshavjee, Shafique
  • Bacha, Emile A
  • Moon, Marc R
  • Cameron, Duke E
  • Sugarbaker, David J
  • Adams, David H
  • Gaynor, J William
  • Coselli, Joseph S
  • Del Nido, Pedro J
  • Jones, David
  • Sundt, Thoralf M
  • Cohn, Lawrence H
  • Pomar, Jose L
  • Lytle, Bruce W
  • Schaff, Hartzell V

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  • April 2016