Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Management of Achalasia and Other Benign Esophageal Diseases

June 5-7, 2019

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Details

June 5-7, 2019
Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S100
UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Intents and Objectives

This three-day conference aims to expand clinical knowledge regarding the treatment of benign esophageal diseases, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, paraesophageal hernia, Zenker’s Diverticulum, and Barrett’s esophagus. Additionally, this course will improve technical knowledge and skill in the surgical treatment of benign esophageal disease, focusing on surgical interventions such as nissen fundoplication, heller myotomy, minimally invasive repair of paraesophageal hernias, LINX implantation, per oral endoscopic myotomy, and re-operative surgery. These educational goals are met through interactive didactic sessions featuring world-renowned experts, broadcast of live surgery, and a hands-on porcine simulation lab, featuring POEM and Heller Myotomy.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for general and thoracic surgery attendings and trainees, gastroenterologists, minimally invasive team members (MD, DO, RN, PA, NP), allied health professionals, and any other interested medical health care professionals and researchers.

Course Directors

James D. Luketich, MD, FACS
Henry T. Bahnson Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Division of General Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS
Director, Thoracic Robotic Surgery
Co-Director, Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Ryan M. Levy, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Passavant
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Omar Awais, DO
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Mercy
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, VAMC of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Invited Faculty

Virginia R. Litle, MD
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Center of Minimally Esophageal Therapies
Director, Barrett’s Esophageal Program
Director, Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Jeffrey Marks, MD
Professor of Surgery
Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, Professor of Surgical Education
Director, Surgical Endoscopy
Program Director, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Benny Weksler, MBA, MD, FACS, FACCP
Chief, Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery
Edward Kent Professorship of Thoracic Surgery
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA

Continuing Education Credit

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians. 
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Registration

To register, please visit the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Scienes website. For questions, contact conference coordinator Angela Kinnunen at kinnunenae@upmc.edu or +412-770-4949.

Organizer

UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery