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Dr. Umamaheswar Duvvuri discusses the the role of robotic surgery in the contemporary mangement of head and neck cancer.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the role of HPV in the context of oropharyngeal cancer
  • Describe the standard of care for patients with oropharyngeal cancer
  • Discuss surgical management and treatment for head and neck cancers

Reading Resources:

  1. Byrd JK, Duvvuri U. Current trends in robotic surgery for otolaryngology. Curr Otorhinolaryngol Rep. 2013 Sep 1;1(3):153-157
  2. McDermott M, Hughes M, Rath T, Johnson JT, Heron DE, Kubicek GJ, Kim SW, Ferris RL, Duvvuri U, Ohr JP, Branstetter BF. Negative predictive value of surveillance PET/CT in head and neck squamous cell cancer. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 Aug;34(8):1632-6
  3. Mehta V, Johnson P, Tassler A, Kim S, Ferris RL, Nance M, Johnson JT, Duvvuri U. A new paradigm for the diagnosis and management of unknown primary tumors of the head and neck: a role for transoral robotic surgery. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jan;123(1):146-51


Dr. Duvvuri has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 12/27/2013 | Last Modified On: 5/21/2014 | Expires: 5/23/2016

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