WSCTS is the international association which aims to join cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons all over the world for the exchange of ideas and progress in clinical care and research, without geographical bias. WSCTS members are recognized as leading surgeons of the world, who have made an incredible contribution to the scientific and practical activities.
The World Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons (WSCTS) was established in 1990, and the inaugural Meeting was held in Chiang Mai (Thailand) in 1991. 26 Annual Meetings were held in different parts of the globe for now. Each year the Steering Committee and Chancellor select a venue for the Annual Meeting, three years in advance. Consideration and selection of the host country is conducted in conditions of vibrant competition between candidates. Preference is given to a country with favorable conditions for the development of cardiac surgery and with a stable economic and political situation. In 2014 Astana received the status of host of 27th Congress of WSCTS in 2017.