The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery is a peer-reviewed medical journal that was established in 1965. It covers the fields of thoracic diseases and surgery. It is the official journal of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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DisciplinePulmonary disease, surgery
Edited byL. Henry Edmunds
Publication details
3.919 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Ann. Thorac. Surg.
ISSN0003-4975 (print)
1552-6259 (web)
OCLC no.1481414

Article retraction practiceEdit

In 2004, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery published a study comparing two heart drugs. In January 2011, the journal retracted the study. The journal's editor-in-chief, L. Henry Edmunds, was contacted by Retraction Watch to get details about the cause of the article retraction. Edmunds replied that journalists and bloggers need not discuss article retraction and that it was sufficient for the public to know that the article had been retracted. Edmunds went on to say that the reasons why a journal might retract an article are personal in the same way that the reasons for a marital divorce are.[1]

Current editorial boardEdit


  • G. Alexander Patterson, MD, St. Louis, Missouri

Past editorsEdit

  • L. Henry Edmunds Jr, MD, 2000-2015
  • Thomas B. Ferguson MD, 1984-2000
  • Herbert Sloan MD, 1969-1984
  • John D. Steele MD, 1964-1969



  1. ^ Ben Goldacre (15 January 2011). "Now you see it, now you don't: why journals need to rethink retractions". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
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