Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Management of Esophageal Cancer

February 17-18, 2022


Thursday, Feb. 17 to Friday, Feb. 18, 2022   

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

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS
Chair in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs
Director, Thoracic Robotic Surgery
Co-Director, Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute

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

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

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

Pablo G. Sanchez, MD, PhD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Chief, Division of Lung Transplant and Lung Failure 
Vice Chair Benign Lung Diseases
Director of Lung Transplantation and ECMO, UPMC Presbyterian

Invited Faculty

Edward Cheong, BSc (Hon’s), MD, FRCS (Eng)
Norfolk and Norwich University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
United Kingdom

Lorenzo Ferri, MD
Professor of Surgery & Oncology McGill University
David S. Mulder Chair of Surgery
Head, Division of Thoracic and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Course Contact

Susan Fancsali
UPMC Presbyterian
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Phone: 412-648-6342
Fax: 412-647-0754

Register here.