A directive from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons has put the quietus on St. Vincent Health System’s plan to invite the public to watch a heart surgery. The society said such live seminars distract the surgeons and are of no benefit to the patient.

Now, St. Vincent invites the public to a seminar with Dr. Fred Meadors using a videotaped surgery from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 21 in the auditorium of the Jack Stephens Heart Center. Meadors will take questions from the audience.