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Drs. James D. Luketich and Katie S. Nason discuss minimally invasive esophagectomy.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Describe how risk factors for esophageal cancer are currently understood
  • List barriers to early detection
  • Discuss how early detection of esophageal cancer can be improved
  • Define minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE)
  • Describe evolution of technique
  • Discuss results of MIE

Reading Resources:

  1. Jemal et al, Cancer Statistics 2010.
  2. Navarro Silvera et al., Int J Cancer, 2008. 123(4): p. 852-60.
  3. Benaglia, T., L. D. Sharples, et al. (2012).
  4. Law and Wong: Lancet Oncology 2002.
  5. James Luketich et al Ann Surg 2003. 
  6. James Luketich et al ASA 2011 , Ann Surg 2012.


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

Dr. Luketich has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Accuray for Stereotactic Radiosurgery of Lung Tumors
  • Other: Lectures and Honorarium for talk on Esophageal Cancer

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 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM 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 (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 5/2/2013 | Last Modified On: 5/2/2013 | Expires: 5/2/2014

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