It is with a deep sense of gratitude as well as some sadness that I announce the resignation of Ed Fonner as Executive Director of CASTS. As many of you know, Ed has had some health issues as of late that have precluded him from continuing in this position. His organizational skills, innovative leadership, and friendship will be greatly missed. During several years of limited participation by surgeons in the organization, Ed was able to expand the organization by forming a solid alliance among the data managers in our group. His monthly conference calls, which were very popular, provided a focus for many of our activities, and achieved a national voice which brought the respectful attention of the National STS leadership. It is our sincere hope that we can find a way to foster the continued active participation among the data base managers as we push forward. I know I speak for all of us as we wish Ed Fonner warmest best wishes as he meets the challenges that lie ahead. He is indeed a remarkable individual.
The California STS has recognized the need to refocus on our goals and objectives as we continue into the future. It is a good time to select new, reinvigorated leadership for the organization, including the selection of a new President and Board of Directors. Dr. Joe Carey, founder of our organization, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director as we begin to reshape our future. In the coming weeks, through a series of conference calls we intend to reformat the Board and to elect a new President. It has been an honor to serve the organization, but it is indeed a good time for a change. Please stay tuned as we begin this transformation into a more inclusive, functional organization that best represents the interests of thoracic surgery in California.