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Watch UPMC's Dr. Ryan Levy's presentations on 1) chest anastomosis and 2) endoscopic management of esophageal tumors from the Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy Conference.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Identify advantages of a chest anastomosis
  • Review literature comparing Ivor Lewis to transhiatal esophagectomy
  • Identify lesions amenable to endoscopic resection and ablation
  • Discuss the risk of nodal metastasis for early stage lesions 

Reading Resources:

  1. Levy RM, Pennathur A, Luketich JD. Randomized trial comparing minimally invasive esophagectomy and open esophagectomy: early perioperative outcomes appear improved with a minimally invasive approach. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Autumn;24(3):153-4.
  2. Levy RM, Trivedi D, Luketich JD. Minimally invasive esophagectomy. Surg Clin North Am. 2012 Oct;92(5):1265-85.
  3. Luketich JD, Pennathur A, Awais O, Levy RM, Keeley S, Shende M, Christie NA, Weksler B, Landreneau RJ, Abbas G, Schuchert MJ, Nason KS. Outcomes after minimally invasive esophagectomy: review of over 1000 patients. Ann Surg. 2012 Jul;256(1):95-103.


Dr. Levy has 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 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 contact hour.

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Release Date: 5/10/2014 | Last Modified On: 9/23/2014 | Expires: 9/23/2015

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