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

May 9-11, 2018

UPMC Center for Advanced Robotic Training (CART) Facility
The University Club, Ballroom B
Charles G. Watson Surgical Education Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Intent and Objectives

This three-day program will consist of a series of lectures as well as live case demonstrations highlighting the surgical management of benign esophageal disorders.

General topic areas include:

  • Interactive didactic sessions designed to explore benign esophageal disease in depth
  • Live Surgery Broadcast
  • Hands-On Simulation Lab including Per Oral Myotomy (POEM), LINX device implantation, and Robotics

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 healthcare 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 Thoracic and Foregut Surgery

Inderpal Sarkaria, MD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs
Co-Director, Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute
Director, Thoracic Robotics

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
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, VAMC of Pittsburgh

Lara Schaheen, MD
Resident Course Director
Integrated Six-Year Residency Program

Presented by:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences

To learn more about the event, please contact Angela Kinnunen at 412-648-6342 or