Collaborators

The STS/ACC TVT Registry™ was developed through a collaboration between The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Representing 35 years of registry experience, more than 100 years leading the cardiovascular medicine profession and more than 45,000 members worldwide combined − the STS and ACC form a distinguished partnership fully equipped to take on this important initiative.




Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,000 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The mission of the Society is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

The STS National Database is the premier clinical data registry for cardiothoracic surgery; it includes three component parts: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, the General Thoracic Surgery Database, and the Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Founded in 1989, the Adult Cardiac Surgery component alone contains more than 5.5 million surgical records and continues to grow. It captures more than 350 individual data points on each patient and represents more than 90 percent of all adult cardiac surgery centers throughout the United States. Surgeons add new patient data to the registry four times each year, thereby providing a highly dynamic, up-to-date picture of cardiothoracic surgical practice. The registry, a robust and rich source of clinical information, was designed to measure quality improvement based on risk-adjusted, NQF-endorsed, outcomes measures that impact quality of patient care. Through linking with other national data long-term outcomes can ascertained.



The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

The ACC’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) is the most comprehensive outcomes-based quality improvement program in the United States, consisting of the following hospital-based registries: the ACTION Registry®-GWTG™, CathPCI Registry®, ICD Registry™, IMPACT Registry® and PVI Registry™ and two outpatient registries: the PINNACLE Registry® and the Diabetes Collaborative Registry. Recognized as a trusted resource, the NCDR is uniquely positioned to help participating facilities and other medical professionals identify and close gaps in quality of care; reduce variations in care; and implement effective, continuous quality improvement processes.

Supporting Organizations

The TVT Registry was developed in collaboration with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and with input from the following professional societies:

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI)

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)