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Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Management of Esophageal Cancer

December 7-9, 2022


Wednesday, Dec. 7 to Friday, Dec. 9, 2022     
  • Day One: The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research/UPMC Center for Advanced Robotic Training Facility
  • Day Two: The University Club
  • Day Three: Scaife Hall; The University Club; Fox Chapel Golf Club

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 three-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

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 

Angela Gallagher, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC
Clinical Administrator
UPMC Presbyterian

Danielle Bajus, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN
APP Clinical Supervisor
UPMC Presbyterian

Course Contact

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