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Dr. Amer Zureikat presents on some of the recent developments in pancreatic cancer and ways to improve outcomes.  He also presents on the advances in robotic pancreatic surgery.

Educational objectives: 

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

  • Describe the current principles underlying the management of pancreatic cancer.
  • Identify the new techniques in Pancreatic surgery and describe the indications for these newer procedures.
  • Explain the advantages of robotic surgery vs conventional pancreatic surgery.

Reading Resources:

  1. Callery, M.P., Chang, K.J., Fishman, E.K., Talamonti, M.S., William Traverso, L., Linehan, D.C.: Pretreatment assessment of resectable and borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: expert consensus statement. Annals of surgical oncology 16(7), 1727-1733 (2009).
  2. Croome, K.P., Farnell, M.B., Que, F.G., Reid-Lombardo, K.M., Truty, M.J., Nagorney, D.M., Kendrick, M.L.: Total laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma: oncologic advantages over open approaches? Annals of surgery 260(4), 633-638; discussion 638-640 (2014)
  3. Boone BA, Zenati M, Hogg ME, Steve J, Moser AJ, Bartlett DL, Zeh HJ, Zureikat AH. Assessment of Quality Outcomes for Robotic Pancreaticoduodenectomy: Identification of the Learning Curve. JAMA Surg. 2015 Mar 11
  4. Zureikat AH, Moser AJ, Boone BA, Bartlett DL, Zenati M, Zeh HJ III  250 Robotic Assisted Pancreatic Resections: Safety and Feasibility. Ann Surg. 2013 Oct;258(4):554PMID:24002300


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

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**This activity provides AMA/ACCME Category I CME and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

Release Date: 3/25/2016 | Last Modified On: 3/25/2016 | Expires: 3/27/2016

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