Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Management of Esophageal Cancer

December 17-18, 2020

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December 17-18, 2020
Virtual Learning Experience
Microsoft Teams

This Two-Day Medical Education Course Includes:

  • Day One: Didactic Sessions
  • Day Two: Live Surgery

Intent and Objectives

The UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery presents its annual MIE Conference, offering CME to clinicians interested in learning about surgical management of esophageal cancer, especially through minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE). This two-day program will consist of a series of didactic lectures as well as a broadcast of live surgery. Experts will present technical aspects of various procedures to treat malignant esophageal conditions, along with the related risks, benefits and outcomes.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for general and thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, allied health professionals, minimally invasive team members (MD, DO, RN, PA, NP), and any interested medical, radiation, or surgical oncology specialists.

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
Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs
Director, Thoracic Robotic Surgery
Co-Director, Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Ryan M. Levy, MD
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Passavant
Vice Chairman, Community Outreach and Thoracic Expansion
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

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

Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA, FACS
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, VAPHS

Invited Speakers

Prasad S. Adusumilli, MD, FACS
Deputy Chief and Attending, Thoracic Service
Vice Chair for Translational Research, Department of Surgery
Co-Director, Mesothelioma Program; Head, Solid Tumors Cell Therapy, Cellular Therapeutics Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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

Ninh Nguyen, MD
John E. Connolly Professor of Surgery
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Associate Director, H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Course Coordinator

Angela Kinnunen, MPA
Project Coordinator, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street, C-903
Pittsburgh, PA 15213