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13th Annual Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery


September 25, 2020 · VIRTUAL


Subject to change

In Response to COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees, faculty, vendors and staff, the Planning Committee has decided to pivot the 13th Annual Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Conference to a virtual CME experience on Friday, September 25, 2020. We are in the process of planning and designing the program to fit this new format in a way that is accessible, engaging, and still offers the premium learning experience you'd expect from the Duke Center for Surgical Education and Innovation. We will update this page with more information in the coming days. We hope you'll join us virtually this September!



7:50am - 8:00am

Introduction and Announcements

Thomas D'Amico, MD

Thoracoscopic Lobectomy: State of the Art

Moderator: Thomas A. D’Amico, MD

8:00am - 8:20am

Thoracoscopic Lobectomy: State of the Art

Thomas D'Amico, MD

8:20am - 8:40am

Uniportal Lobectomy: State of the Art

Diego Gonzalez Rivas, M.D, FETCS

8:40am - 9:00am

Robotic Lobectomy: State of the Art

Matthew Hartwig, MD, MHS

9:00am - 9:25am Advanced  bronchoscopic approach to peripheral lung nodules

Kazuhiro Yasufuku MD, PhD, FRCSC

9:25am - 9:45am

Pain Management after Thoracoscopic Lobectomy

DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

9:45am - 10:00am


Segmentectomy Forum

Moderator: Kazuhiro Yasufuku MD, PhD, FRCSC

10:00am - 10:20am Screening for Lung Cancer: Current Status and the Future

DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

10:20am - 10:40am

Segmentectomy: Who, When, Why?

Thomas D'Amico, MD

10:40am - 11:40am

APP Breakout Session:

Part I: OR Equipment, Instrumentation and room set up for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Part II: Camera Piloting

S.Scott Balderson PA-C
10:40am - 11:00am Complex Uniportal Segmentectomy Diego Gonzalez Rivas, M.D, FETCS
11:00am - 11:20am Complex Robotic Segmentectomy

Benny Weksler, MD 

11:20am - 11:40am Complex Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy Kazuhiro Yasufuku MD, PhD, FRCSC
11:40am - 12:00pm Discussion  
12:00pm - 12:30pm Break/Lunch  

Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery: State of the Art

Moderator:  DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

12:30pm - 12:50pm Robotic Esophagectomy

Benny Weksler, MD

12:50pm - 1:10pm Paraesophageal Hernia

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS

1:10pm - 1:30pm Minimally Invasive Options for Achalasia and GERD

Matthew Hartwig, MD, MHS

1:30pm - 1:50pm Esophagogastric Anastomosis

DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD

1:50pm - 2:00pm Discussion  

Miscellaneous Topics for Masters in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Moderator: Benny Weksler, MD

2:00pm - 2:20pm Robotic Thymectomy

Matthew Hartwig, MD, MHS

2:20pm - 2:40pm Advances in Robotic Technology

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS

2:40pm - 3:00pm Strategies and Techniques to Manage Robotic Conversion

Benny Weksler, MD

3:00pm - 3:20pm



3:30 pm Closing Remarks / Adjourn