Association of
Physician Assistants
in Cardiovascular Surgery
37th Annual APACVS Meeting

The APACVS is the leader in Cardiovascular and Thoracic education and professional development of PAs who practice in cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery and critical care. The values in which the Association is founded are Education, Professionalism, Advocacy, Teamwork, and Service. The APACVS is the only society dedicated to representing the unique needs of cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgical PAs.

A Message from the President: National Search for a Full-Time Executive Director
Dear Colleagues;

The APACVS Board, after considerable deliberation, research, reflection on our strategic goals, and in collaboration with our current management company PRRI, has decided to move forward with employing our own permanent staff. This is similar to other PA and physician professional society models such as the AAPA, the North Carolina Academy of PAs, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and a host of others. For several reasons related to how we operate the business of the society and how we manage the Board as volunteers, both the APACVS Board and PRRI feel that a full-time employee model will better serve our Board volunteers and most importantly our membership. It is only because we have been able to engage such high-level professional management that we have been able to process this and reach this conclusion. We are grateful to PRRI for placing the needs of our association above those of their business and for independently reaching this conclusion with the APACVS Board. With this in mind, we are embarking on a national search for a full-time Executive Director. You can view the job description here. We will build a staff around this individual whose core job will be to further develop and enhance our educational offerings, such as our annual meetings, and member benefits. As always, the mission of the APACVS board is to provide the best possible educational products and highest quality member services to Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery PAs. This decision is in keeping with this mission and core responsibility of your Board of Directors. All interested applicants should forward their CV to We will keep you informed as this process evolves. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

David E. Lizotte, Jr. MPAS, PA-C, FAPACVS
President, APACVS
2017-2018 Leadership Fellow Applications are being accepted through April 2, 2017

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Volunteerism is the lifeblood of our organization. We are looking for committed individuals to get involved and embrace their membership in the APACVS. Whether your interest is in social media, writing, education, or membership there is a volunteer position for you! A variety of opportunities exist for members to use their diverse skills, experience and knowledge. Volunteer today for openings on the following committees: CME, Communications, and Membership.

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The APACVS continues to maintain excellent relationships with our surgeon's professional societies the STS and AATS. We have asked for and received their official endorsement of PA's working in Cardiothoracic Surgery. The STS has also endorsed our Post Graduate Training Initiative and our Fellow Member Category. The documents are available here for you to download in case you need evidence that there is physician suppport for PA's working in CT Surgery.
35th Annual Meeting
Presentation slides and audio from the General Session and Cardiac Breakout at the 35th Annual Meeting are now available online!

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Title 22
Title 22 updates from Steven Gottesfeld, PA-C are now available!


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