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Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery


October 14-16, 2021

Going Hybrid in 2021

We remain hopeful that medical advances will help curb the COVID-19 pandemic so that we may gather in person this fall for our annual thoracic surgery conference. However, we anticipate continued travel and budget restrictions at hospitals and academic institutions, so we will provide a virtual component for those who wish to join us from home or abroad. 

The Planning Committee is following COVID-19 developments and will adjust our planning accordingly as we move through the year. We are eager to return to business as usual, but we will only do so if it is prudent, safe, and authorized by Duke University and the State of North Carolina. 

Assuming we are able to meet this fall, we will work with the hotel and our vendors to ensure the safety of attendees, faculty, exhibitors, and staff. This may require your cooperation if, for instance, we still need to practice social distancing, wear face masks, check temperatures, and more. We appreciate your understanding and promise to keep you informed.

Course Overview

The Duke Center for Surgical Education and Innovation presents the 14th Annual Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Conference sponsored by the Duke Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. 

The 14th Annual Duke 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.

Course Director

Thomas A. D’Amico, MD

Gary Hock Distinguished Professor of Surgery

Director, Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Program and Joint General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Director, Advanced Training in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Professor of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine

Future Dates 

2022 - October 6-8, 2022, Waldorf Astoria, Orlando, FL 

Endorsed by:



Educational Grant:

This CME activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic. 

2021 Exhibitors & Sponsors: 


Scanlan International, Inc.


For Questions and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Duke Surgery Office of Continuing Medical Education

Phone: 919-681-6370