Minimally Invasive Approaches to The Management of Esophageal Cancer

February 17, 2022 to February 18, 2022

This two-day program will consist of a series of lectures and live case demonstrations. The virtual didactic sessions will include keynote addresses from world-renowned experts on esophageal cancer, debates in cutting-edge aspects of surgical management, and exploration of multimodal therapies.  Experts will present technical aspects of various procedures to treat malignant esophageal conditions, along with the risks, benefits and outcomes.  Finally, course attendees will have the opportunity to observe minimally invasive and robotic-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomies in an environment ideal for discussion and sharing of technical pearls at the broadcast of the live surgery.

Target Audience

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

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AAPA Category I CME
  • 0.25 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.
  • 0.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 0.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
11/30/2021
Course expires: 
06/30/2022
Event starts: 
02/17/2022 - 10:00am EST
Event ends: 
02/18/2022 - 4:30pm EST
Cost:
$1.00

COURSE AGENDA

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Microsoft TEAMS, Virtual Didactic Session (Moderator: TBD)

8:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction
        James D. Luketich, MD, FACS

Session I:    Chairman and Keynote Addresses:

    Chairman’s Address:

8:40 a.m.    Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy: Outcomes Analysis from Over 1,000 Cases
    James D. Luketich, MD, FACS

    Keynote Addresses:

9:30 a.m.    TBA
        TBD

10:15 a.m.    TBA
        TBD
    
Session II:    Debates in Surgical Management of Esophageal Cancer

11:00 a.m.    Management of Early Stage Esophageal Cancer

    Endoscopy is the New Standard
    Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA

    Surgery Remains the Gold Standard
    Neil A. Christie, MD

11:45 a.m.    Break
    
12:45 a.m.    Surgical Approach: Minimally Invasive vs. Robotic-Assisted Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
    
    Robotic-Assisted is Superior
    Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS

    MIE Is Superior 
    James D. Luketich, MD, FACS

Section III: Technical Aspects of MIE

1:45 p.m.    Minimally Invasive Pyloroplasty
        TBD

2:00 p.m.    Minimally Invasive Anastomosis 
        TBD

2:15 p.m.    Minimally Invasive Gastric Conduit Formation
        Ryan M. Levy, MD

2:30 p.m.    Break

Section IV:     Management of Complications

2:45 p.m.    Paraconduit Hernias and Conduit Revision
        Omar Awais, DO

3:15 p.m.    Anastomatic Leak
        Matthew J. Schuchert, MD

3:30 p.m.    Complex Airway Injury and Fistula
        Arjun Pennathur, MD

Section V:     Neoadjuvant Strategies for Treatment of Esophageal Cancer

4:00 p.m.    Adjuvant vs. Neoadjuvant Therapy
        Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA

4:15 p.m.    TBA
        TBD    

4:45 p.m.    Round Table Discussion
        James D. Luketich, MD, FACS

5:00 p.m.    Didactic Adjournment


Friday, February 18, 2022
LIVE Surgery: Charles G. Watson Surgical Education Center, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

8 a.m.    Broadcast of Live Surgery
    Moderator: TBD
-    Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
-    Robotic Assisted Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy 

11:45 a.m.    Break

12 p.m.        Resume Moderation of Live Surgery
        Moderator: TBD

3 p.m.        Closing Remarks and Questions
        TBD

3:30 p.m.    Live Surgery Adjournment

Live Virtual Conference

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

University of Pittsburgh Faculty:

Neil A. Christie, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Shadyside

Arjun Pennathur, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Sampson Family Chair in Thoracic Surgical Oncology

This activity is approved for the following credit:  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, ANCC, and AAPA Category 1 CME. 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

  • 0.25 AAPA Category I CME
  • 0.25 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.
  • 0.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 0.25 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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Registration Fees:
Physicians: Virtual Didactic and Virtual Live Surgery ($100)

Allied Health Professionals and other Non-Physicians Virtual Live Surgery and Didactic Attendee: ($55)

UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Employees: Virtual Didactic and Virtual Live Surgery (Fee Waived)

Trainees, Full Course: Virtual Didactic and Virtual Live Surgery (Fee Waived)

All cancellations must be sent via email, bartowa@upmc.edu.  Cancellations received before 02/03/2022 will be refunded in full.  After 02/03/2022, a $30.00 fee will be assessed and no refunds will be made after 02/14/2022. 

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by emailing bartowa@upmc.edu.

For more information, contact Alex Bartow at bartowa@upmc.edu. or 2062148619.