Active Membership Information and Active Membership Application:


Thank you for your interest in the General Thoracic Surgical Club (GTSC).  We hope you will consider joining.


Applicants must have spent two years in practice after completing their thoracic surgery residency training before applying for membership in the GTSC.  Membership requirements include a practice of at least 50% general thoracic surgery and thoracic board certification, either U.S. or a non-U.S. equivalent.  This Active Membership Application must be completed and signed by two active members of the Club.  A sponsoring letter from each of these two members verifying your interest and case load in general thoracic surgery, as well as supporting your membership, is required.  Finally, you must submit a list of surgical cases from the past 12 months, which must be validated by your Chief of Surgery.


The Executive Committee meets four times a year (May, October, January and March) to review completed applications and vote on new members.  If elected to membership, the initiation fee is $300 (U.S.) and the yearly membership dues are $375 (U.S.), both of which are payable upon receipt of notification.


Once again, we thank you for your interest in the GTSC.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.





Candidate Membership Information and Candidate Member Application


Now in its 30th year, the General Thoracic Surgical Club (GTSC) ( is a “Who’s Who” of surgeons committed to the practice of general thoracic surgery.  The purpose of the GTSC is:

  • to associate surgeons with a major interest in general thoracic surgery for the purpose of disseminating knowledge and sharing experience
  • to improve the basic standards and practice of general thoracic surgery
  • to foster basic science and clinical research and the professional development of its members and surgeons entering the field.

The GTSC now offers a new Candidate Membership category to encourage young surgeons to participate in Club activities.  The Candidate membership is designed for residents (national and international) in thoracic surgery training programs or surgeons (national and international) who have recently finished thoracic surgical training but have not yet met the board certification or two-year practice requirement for membership.  General surgery residents who might have an interest in general thoracic surgery are also eligible for Candidate membership.


The highlight of the GTSC is the annual meeting where the atmosphere is one of camaraderie, and all meals are included. Candidate members are entitled to all the privileges of active members except voting.  It is hoped that surgeons and residents new to the field of general thoracic surgery will find the GTSC an excellent way to advance their career. Candidate members can apply for Active Membership after completing formal training, practiced for two years, and obtained specialty certification in general thoracic surgery from within the country of their training.


The completed Candidate Member Application for Candidate Membership should be accompanied by a letter of support from the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery or the Chief of Surgery at their training institution.  If possible, a sponsorship letter by at least one active or senior member of the GTSC is also suggested.  If elected to Candidate Membership, yearly membership dues are $50. Candidate Membership applications can be found at, as well as other information and details about the GTSC and upcoming meetings.

Next Meeting

31st Annual Meeting
The Ritz- Carlton Dove Mountain
Marana, Arizona
March 8-11, 2018

Become An Exhibitor
If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor at the annual GTSC meeting, please use the Exhibitor Opportunities link to the left to view the Exhibitor Rules and Regulations as well as the Application for Exhibit Space. E-mail us at or call the GTSC Office at 507-696-4665.