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

July 16, 2020 to July 17, 2020

This two-day conference aims to expand clinical knowledge regarding treatment of benign esophageal diseases, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, paraesophageal hernia, Zenker’s Diverticulum, and Barrett’s esophagus.

Target Audience

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, researchers, and students.

Learning Objectives

This course strives to improve technical knowledge and skill in 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, as well as an interactive broadcast of live surgery featuring interactive question-and-answer sessions.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 11.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
05/28/2020
Course expires: 
12/31/2020
Event starts: 
07/16/2020 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
07/17/2020 - 6:00pm
Cost:
$1.00

Thursday, July 16: Live Surgery

7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

9:00 a.m. Broadcast of Live Surgery

Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA, FACS

Cases: • Giant Paraesophageal Hernia Repair • POEM • Zenker’s Diverticulum • Robotic-assisted Hiatal Hernia Repair/Nissen

Note: Schedule subject to change per operating room schedule.

2:30 p.m. Live Surgery Adjournment

Friday, July 17

7:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

James D. Luketich, MD, FACS

Chairman’s Address

7:05 a.m. Building an Esophageal Surgery Center of Excellence: Introducing New Technologies and the Process of Continuous Innovation

James D. Luketich, MD, FACS

Session I: Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease and Anti-Reflux Surgery

7:30 a.m. Nissen and Partial Fundoplication for GERD

Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA

7:50 a.m. Re-Do Nissen

Edward Cheong, BSc(Hons), MD, FRCS(Eng)

8:10 a.m. Endoluminal Treatment for GERD

Matthew J. Schuchert, MD

8:30 a.m. GERD and the Transplant Patient Population

Pablo Sanchez, MD, PhD, FACS

8:50 a.m. When to Consider Roux-en-Y in Treatment of GERD

Omar Awais, DO

9:10 a.m. LINX Implantation for Reflux Management

James D. Luketich, MD, FACS

9:40 a.m. Break

Session III: Paraesophageal Hernia

10:00 a.m. Quality of Life after Laparascopic Repair of Giant Paraesophageal Hernia

Jari Räsänen, MD

10:30 a.m. Surgical Principles of Giant Paraesophageal Hernia Repair: Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Approach

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, MBA, FACS

10:50 a.m. Mesh or No Mesh in Paraesophageal Hernia Repair

Edward Cheong, BSc(Hons), MD, FRCS(Eng)

11:20 a.m. Break for Lunch

12:00 p.m. End of Lunch Break

Session III: Achalasia

12:00 p.m. High-Resolution Manometry and Work-Up of Achalasia

Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA

12:20 p.m. Surgery for Achalasia: Review of Open and Laparoscopic Results

Jari Räsänen, MD

12:40 p.m. Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

James D. Luketich, MD, FACS and Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, MBA, FACS

Session IV: Other Benign Esophageal Disorders

1:10 p.m. Management of Zenker’s Diverticulum

Ryan M. Levy, MD

1:30 p.m. Esophageal Perforation

Manuel Villa Sanchez, MD

1:50 p.m. Caustic Injuries

Manisha Shende, MD

2:10 p.m. Open Discussion

2:30 p.m. Conference Adjournment

Fully Virtual Format: Didactic and Live Surgery

University of Pittsburgh 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 S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS

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

Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Chief, Thoracic Surgery, VAMC of Pittsburgh

Visiting Faculty

Edward Cheong, BSc (Hons), BMedSci, MB, BCh, BAO

Minimally Invasive Esophageal and Gastric Surgeon

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

NHS Foundation Trust

Norwich, United Kingdom

Jari Räsänen, MD

Adjunct Professor, Helsinki University Hospital

Chief, General Thoracic Surgery, Helsinki Heart and Lung Center

Helsinki University Hospital

Helsinki, Finland

University of Pittsburgh Faculty

Manuel Villa Sanchez, MD

Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pablo Sanchez, MD

Visiting Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Surgical Director, Lung Transplant/ECMO

Matthew J. Schuchert, MD

Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UPMC Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency & Fellowship Program

Manisha Shende, MD

Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Chief, Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Hamot

Faculty Disclosures

All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity including members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, and/or content reviewers have disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

The following relevant financial relationships were disclosed:

James D. Luketich, MD, FACS:

Grant/Research Support: University of Texas SWMC start-up

Consultant: Medtronic

CE Speakers’ Bureau: Covidien

Stockholder: Intuitive Surgical Inc., Cigna Corporation, Procter and Gamble

Other: Legal Expert Witness

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS:

Grant/Research Support: Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Other: Personal Fees: On Target Laboratories, Cambridge Medical Robotics, Auris Medical

No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME) The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 11.50 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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Instructions to Register

Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to reserve your space at CCEHS conferences.

• Visit our online registration site at: cce.upmc.com

• Here is the direct link to register: https://cce.upmc.com/Benign_Esophageal2020

• Click the "Register/Take Course? Button and enter all the requested information. After registering, an electronic confirmation will be sent to you. Online registration is complete upon receipt of a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email immediately, please contact Angela Kinnunen.

Attending Physicians: $50.00

RN, NP, PA or other Allied Health Professionals: $25.00

Students and trainees: Fee waived

UPMC or Pitt employees: Fee waived

Course Contact

Angela Kinnunen, MPA
Project Manager
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
kinnunenae@upmc.edu
412-770-4949

Full refunds will be granted up until Monday, July 13, 2020.  50% refunds will be granted from July 14—16, 2020.  After July 16, 2020, no refunds will be granted.