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12th Annual Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Conference

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October 10-12, 2019 · Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Course Overview

The Duke Center for Surgical Education and Innovation presents the 12th Annual Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Conference sponsored by the Duke Department of Surgery. As one of the leading surgery programs in the world, Duke Surgery is currently ranked #1 in NIH funding and #2 for surgical medical education by U.S. News and World Report.

The 12th Annual Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery brings together world-renowned surgeons who will share the latest advancements in minimally invasive thoracic surgery techniques through didactic and video-based presentations. For over 20 years, course director Dr. Thomas D’Amico has taught video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy at medical institutions all over the world. Dr. D’Amico was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Annals of Surgery.

Join us for an interactive event where you can discuss the technical aspects of the most challenging procedures, share your most difficult cases, and be part of in-depth discussions with our national and international experts.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the continuing education needs of thoracic surgeons, as well as others who may assist thoracic surgeons in practice.  Although the curriculum focuses on the most challenging and complex procedures, fellows and residents in thoracic and surgical training programs have also benefited from this conference, as have physician assistants and other operative personnel.

Learning Objectives

After attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the advantages and technical considerations associated with the minimally invasive strategies in the management of basic and complex thoracic disorders
  • Discuss the conduct of minimally invasive thoracic surgery through analysis and critique of videos
  • Explain the process by which technically advanced procedures may be incorporated into surgical practice
  • Discuss controversial issues, emerging techniques, and future directions in minimally invasive thoracic surgery


In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is 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 health care team.

Credit Designation

Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for those attending the Robotic Surgery Skills Lab in addition to the full Masters Conference.

Participants attending the conference only can claim 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Link to claim credit:

*Note - you will not be able to claim credit until the conclusion of the course. Please complete within two months of the course.






Educational Grants provided by:
Medtronic Intuitive Surgical Ethicon Davol, A Bard Company Stryker
Thank you to our Exhibitors: 

EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.

Intuitive Surgical

Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. Medtronic

Olympus America Inc.

Pinnacle Biologics, Inc Scanlan International, Inc.  Wexler Surgical, Inc.


The Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery is proudly co-sponsored by

Course Director

Thomas A. D’Amico, MD
Gary Hock Endowed Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

Contact Us

Registration Questions:

Duke University Conference and Event Services

Program Questions and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Danielle King, CMP
Program Director, Surgery CME
Office: 919-681-6370

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