Advanced Thoracoscopic Lobectomy Course - Canceled

The Advanced VATS course has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Upcoming Dates:



Washington Duke Inn 

3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705


The trend in Thoracic Surgery continues to move toward less invasive procedures for both simple and complex conditions. The Advanced Thoracoscopic Lobectomy Course and hands-on lab uses video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) techniques that will enable surgeons to move aggressively to adopt minimally invasive surgical approaches for traditional open procedures. These techniques significantly reduce postoperative pain, hospital stay and patient morbidity. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to understand the VATS approach through didactic sessions, video review and hands-on experience with a novel simulator model. The training seminar will be kept small to allow close interaction with the faculty.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program the surgeon will be able to:

  • Describe patient selection criteria for thoracoscopic procedures
  • Understand the advantages and outcomes associated with thoracoscopic procedures
  • Explain basic thoracoscopic instrumentation and surgical techniques
  • Complete a thoracoscopic lobectomy with state-of-the-art instrumentation on a novel simulator tissue model

Activity Goal

This activity is designed to address the following ABMS / IOM competencies: Patient Care and Medical Knowledge.


Board certified thoracic surgeons, thoracic resident and fellows, allied health professionals - special session for first assistants.

Course Director

Thomas 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


subject to change

Scott Balderson, PA
Duke University School of Medicine

David Harpole, MD
Duke University School of Medicine

Matthew Hartwig, MD
Duke School of Medicine

Jacob Klapper, MD
Duke University School of Medicine

Betty Tong, MD
Duke University School of Medicine


Coming Soon


Coming Soon

This course is made possible by:

Commercial Support: Medtronic
In-Kind equipment support: TBD