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The American Association for Thoracic Surgery

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) was founded in 1917 by representatives from the specialties of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Roentgenology, Broncho and Esophagoscopy and Anesthesia, to foster the evolution of an interest in surgery of the Thorax. Since that date, the AATS has continually encouraged and stimulated education and investigation into the areas of intrathoracic physiology, pathology and therapy. Originally created by an august group of twenty of the last century´s earliest pioneers in the field of thoracic surgery, the AATS has now grown to an international organization of 1143 whose members consist of the world´s foremost cardiothoracic surgeons representing 34 countries throughout the world.