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

June 9, 2021 to June 10, 2021

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 espophagus. Furthermore, 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.

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.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.75 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.
  • 14.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/16/2021
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
06/09/2021 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
06/10/2021 - 5:00pm
Cost:
$1.00

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021: Live Surgery

8:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction

9:00 a.m.    Broadcast of Live Surgery    
        Tadeusz D. Witek, MD

        **Schedule subject to change per Operating Room schedule

3:30 p.m.    Live Surgery and Conference Adjournment


Thursday, June 10th, 2021: 
                
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

Guest Keynote Address:

7:45 a.m.    Current Status and Future of Robotics in Benign Foregut Surgery
        Daniel S. Oh, MD

8:30 a.m.    Building the Cedars-Sinai Benign Robotic Foregut Practice: All in Or Nothing
        Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, FACS

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

9:15 a.m.    Nissen and Partial Fundoplication for GERD
        Neil A. Christie, MD

9:35 a.m.    Endoluminal Treatment for GERD
        Matthew J. Schuchert, MD

9:55 a.m.    GERD and the Transplant Patient Population
        Pablo G. Sanchez, MD, PhD, FACS
        

10:15 a.m.    Surgical Options for Redo Anti Reflux Surgery
        Omar Awais, DO

10:35 a.m.    Q&A
                
Session II: Paraesophageal Hernia

10:55 a.m.    Surgical Principles of Giant Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
        Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD

11:15 a.m.    The Role of Mesh and Relaxing Incisions in Giant Paraesophageal Hernia Repair: When and Why?
        Daniel S. Oh, MD

11:35 a.m.    Q&A

11:45 a.m.    Break for Lunch

Session III: Achalasia 

12:00 p.m.    High-Resolution Manometry and Work-Up of Achalasia
        Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA

12:20 p.m.    Principles of Heller Myotomy and Dor Fundoplication
        Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, MBA, FACS

12:40 p.m.    Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy for Achalasia (POEM)
        TBD

1:00 p.m.    Q&A 
            
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
        Neil A. Christie, MD
            
1:50 p.m.    Open Discussion

3:00 p.m.    Day 1 Adjournment – Virtual Exhibit Fair (3:00-4:30pm)

Live Virtual Conference

New for 2021: Fully Virtual Format: Didactic and Live Surgery

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
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UPMC
    
Inderpal Sarkaria, MD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs
Director, Thoracic Robotic Surgery
Co-Director, Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UPMC

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

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

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

Visiting Faculty
Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, FACS
Tawil Family Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery 
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, Advanced Thoracic Robotic Surgery Fellowship
Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery - Clinical Outreach
Cedars-Sinai Health System

Daniel S. Oh, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Medical Director, Providence-St. Jude Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Diseases

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

Pablo G. Sanchez, MD, PhD, FACS
Visiting Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Vice Chairman, Benign Lung Diseases
Chief, Division of Lung Transplant/Lung Failure
Director, Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Program

Faculty are affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, unless noted otherwise.


Faculty Disclosure:
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 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, MBA, FACS:
Grant/Research Support: Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Other: Personal Fees: On Target Laboratories, Cambridge Medical Robotics, Auris Medical

Daniel S. Oh, MD:
Medical Advisor: Intuitive Surgical Inc.

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.

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 14.75 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

  • 14.75 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.
  • 14.75 Attendance

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following for this activity:

Educational Grant:
Covidien LP, a Medtronic Company
Medical Device Business Services, Inc.
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Exhibitors:
Boston Scientific
Ethicon US, LLC
Merit Medical Endotek
Pinnacle Biologics

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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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 Emily Burgardt at burgardte@upmc.edu

All cancellations must be sent via email, to Emily Burgardt: burgardte@upmc.edu.  Cancellations received before 6/9/2021 will be refunded in full.  After 6/9/2021 a [$50] fee will be assessed and no refunds will be made after 6/11/2021.