Early-Bird Registration Ends March 31

Save Up to $100 by Registering Now

Through March 31, enjoy deeply discounted early-bird registration rates for the 38th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. Register for CREF 2018 today!

And remember to reserve your room at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, our AAA Four-Diamond host hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego. The discounted CREF rate of $209 / night lasts through August 14, but inventory is limited, so book your room now for best selection.

Important & Timely Topics at CREF

Job Burnout and Sexual Harassment

This year’s meeting features two important non-clinical topics facing your profession: Continue reading “Early-Bird Registration Ends March 31”


Happy Valentine’s Day!

The heart may symbolize romantic affection, but its steady, rhythmic beat signifies life itself. That’s why, on this special day, we wish to thank all of you who keep the hearts beating of those we love, helping them live longer, healthier, and more satisfying lives. We you!

Registration Now Open

Conference registration is now open for the 38th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. Enjoy early-bird rates through March 31. Register today!

The beautiful Westin Gaslamp San Diego also invites you to book your hotel reservation. Our discounted rate of $209 per night lasts through August 14, but inventory is limited, so reserve your room now for best selection.

Keynote Speakers Confirmed

Two outstanding keynote speakers have joined the faculty for our 2018 conference: Continue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day from CREF!”


Happy New Year from CREF!

Wishing You Peace, Love, and Prosperity in 2018

From all of us who work throughout the year to plan the Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium, Happy New Year! You dedicate yourself to saving people’s lives and helping them love longer, inspiring us to serve you by providing quality, relevant continuing education—and an experience to remember. Thank you for your many years of support, and very best wishes for 2018.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend CREF in 2018

Submit your request now for time off to attend CREF in September. You won’t want to miss these 10 highlights:

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CREF Announces New CREF Co-Chair

Dr. Joanna Chikwe Joins Alfred H. Stammers as Co-Director of Annual Symposium

Joanna ChikweCREF is pleased to announce our new Program Co-Director, Joanna Chikwe MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital and Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

“I feel honored to have been invited to help lead this annual symposium, which has a worldwide reputation for quality continuing education,” Chikwe said. “The Program Committee members and I have already proposed some exciting new changes that we look forward to introducing at the next conference in September.”

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Happy Thanksgiving from CREF!

Wishing You Peace, Gratitude, & Good Food

Happy Thanksgiving from CREF Staff and Program Committee! Even if you don’t celebrate this traditional U.S. holiday, we hope that you find time to spend with friends, family, and loved ones, sharing good food and reflecting on the many things you feel grateful for.

CREF 2018 Dates Announced

Mark Your Calendar & Put in Your Request!

Start making plans now to join your friends and colleagues in beautiful downtown San Diego for the 38th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium:

September 6 – 9, 2018
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, California, USA

We already have fantastic plans in the works to ensure a memorable, educational, fun experience, so stay tuned for more details!

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Go Back to School at CREF!

Adult Education with the Best of Elementary School

If back-to-school excitement has you fondly recalling your own school memories, satisfy your urge to be a lifelong student by attending CREF. It offers the kind of learning experience you only dreamed of as a child:

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