General Thoracic Surgery

May 22 – 23, 2014 • Thursday – Friday
Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA


The objective of this course is to provide and in-depth review of selected topics in general thoracic surgery. A wide range of topics will be presented. Emphasis will be on current principles of management and surgical technique. The scope of the course will be detailed enough for current practitioners and broad enough to serve as an update in thoracic surgery. At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to apply practical information gained into his or her own clinical practice. There will be 3 breakout breakfast sessions with three or four faculty members each on Friday morning. These sessions will deal with specific management of challenging problems and cases in Thoracic Surgery. We have instituted a case based learning module Friday afternoon with use of an Audience Response System to work through common challenging problems thoracic surgeons see. We have added additional case-based modules on Thursday to solidify the previous related presentations. There will be ample opportunity for questioning and exchange of ideas.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Diagnose, stage, and, select proper management for patients presenting with complex medical conditions.
  • Determine when to use induction therapy appropriately.
  • Perform the correct operation in a standardized manner.
  • Skillfully perform postoperative management, and diagnose and treat postoperative complications of common thoracic surgery problems including lung nodules and lung cancer, esophageal cancer, thymomas, airway problems, pleural space problems, and metastatic disease in a state of the art fashion.
  • Utilize the recent literature to update their practice to the highest standards.


  • Physicians and Thoracic Surgeons


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Harvard Medical School designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 16.25 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
7:30 Registration
7:50 Introduction — Cameron Wright, MD
LUNG – Michael Lanuti, MD - Moderator
8:00 Staging of NSCLC: EBUS, Mediastinoscopy, NAV Bronchoscopy
Michael Lanuti, MD
8:20 Localization Small Lung Nodules for VATS
Robert Shen, MD
8:40 SBRT vs. RFA for High Risk Stage I NSCLC
Michael Lanuti, MD
9:00 Sublobar Resections
David Rice, MD
9:15 Uniportal VATS
Federico Venuta, MD
9:30 VATS Lobectomy
David Rice, MD
9:50 Discussion (Q&A)
Michael Lanuti, MD
10:10 Break
10:40 Sleeve Resections
Federico Venuta, MD
11:00 Superior Sulcus Tumors
Cameron Wright, MD
11:20 Reconstruction of Pulmonary Artery
Federico Venuta, MD
11:40 Discussion—Difficult Case (Q&A)
Cameron Wright, MD
12:00 Lunch—Skyline Rooms
MEDIASTINUM – Ashok Muniappan, MD - Moderator
1:00 Diagnostic Strategies Mediastinal Masses
Ashok Muniappan, MD
1:20 Multimodality Treatment of Thymoma
Federico Venuta, MD
1:40 Management of Descending Mediastinitis
Ashok Muniappan, MD
2:00 Use of Omentum in Thoracic Surgery
Douglas Mathisen, MD
2:20 Use of Soft Tissue Flaps in Thoracic Surgery
David Rice, MD
2:35 Discussion – Difficult Case (Q&A)
Ashok Muniappan, MD
2:50 Break
MANAGEMENT OF COMPLICATIONS – Henning Gaissert, MD - Moderator
3:05 Pulmonary Resections
Henning Gaissert, MD
3:20 Esophagectomy
Christopher Morse, MD
3:35 Sleeve Lobectomy
John Wain, MD
3:50 Tracheal Resection
Douglas Mathisen, MD
4:10 VATS Resections
Michael Lanuti, MD
4:25 Colon Bypass
Henning Gaissert, MD
4:40 Mediastinal Tumor Resections
Ashok Muniappan, MD
4:55 Discussion (Q&A)
Henning Gaissert, MD
FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014
7:00 Difficult Case Sessions
ESOPHAGUS – Dean Donahue, MD - Moderator
9:00 Staging Esophageal Cancer
Dean Donahue, MD
9:25 Multimodality Therapy Esophageal Cancer
Christopher Azzoli, MD
9:45 Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
Christopher Morse, MD
10:05 Management Gastric Outlet Obstruction
Dean Donahue, MD
10:20 Break
10:40 Management Paraesophageal Hernia
Christopher Morse, MD
10:55 Management Short Esophagus
Robert Shen, MD
11:10 Failed Anti-Reflux Surgery
Robert Shen, MD
11:30 Esophageal Perforation(Q&A)
Cameron Wright, MD
11:45 Discussion
Cameron Wright, MD
12:00 Lunch—Skyline Rooms
John Wain, MD - Moderator
1:00 Surgery for Mesothelioma
David Rice, MD
1:15 Post Pneumonectomy Syndrome
Robert Shen, MD
1:35 Sternoclavicular Joint Infections
Ashok Muniappan, MD
1:55 Tracheomalacia
John Wain, MD
2:15 Chylothorax
Harald Ott, MD
2:35 Bronchopleural Fistula
James Allan, MD
2:50 Robotic Surgery in Thoracic Surgery
Harald Ott, MD
3:15 Laryngotracheal Trauma
Douglas Mathisen, MD
3:30 Discussion (Q&A)
John Wain, MD
3:45 Break
DIFFICULT CASES with Interactive Audience Participation
Christopher Morse, MD - Moderator
4:00 Esophagectomy
Christopher Morse, MD
4:10 Pulmonary
John Wain, MD
4:20 Trauma
James Allan, MD
4:30 Hiatal Hernia Surgery
Ashok Muniappan, MD
4:40 Tracheal
Cameron Wright, MD
4:50 Discussion (Q&A)
5:10 Course Ends

*Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.


Course Number #342540

Physicians Fee: $500 (USD)
Trainee/Allied Health Professional Fee: $300 (USD)

For specific tuition fees, see the registration form. Registration by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) can be made here. Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School and mail with registration form to Harvard Medical School - Department of Continuing Education, P.O. Box 417476, Boston, MA 02241-7476. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration an email confirmation from the HMS-DCE office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including: registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.


This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based Practice


By phone 617-384-8600, Monday–Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM (EST)
or by email


A handling fee of $60 is deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email or fax one week prior to this activity. No refunds will be made thereafter.


Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


Royal Sonesta Hotel, 5 Cambridge Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02142
(Telephone: 617-806-4200).


A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Royal Sonesta Hotel until April 30, 2014. Please specify that you are enrolled in this activity to receive a reduced room rate of $235 per night single/double. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration For airfare reservations contact the HMS Travel Desk toll free 1-877-4-HARVMD (1-877-442-7863) Monday - Friday 9 AM - 8 PM (EST). From outside the U.S., Canada and Virgin Islands, please call (617) 559-3764.

Course #342540

Offered by

Department of Surgery
Division of General Thoracic Surgery

Course Directors
Cameron D. Wright, MD
Douglas J. Mathisen, MD

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MGH Thoracic Staff









Visiting Faculty

Professor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX Consultant Surgeon,
The Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center, Houston, TX Consultant Surgeon, The Harris County Hospital District Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, TX

Associate Professor of Surgery
Mayo Clinic Consultant,
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Professor of Thoracic Surgery, University of Rome Sapienza Executive Level II UOC of Thoracic Surgery, Policlinico Umberto I Program Manager of Pulmonary Transplant, University of Rome Sapienza Policlinico Umberto I; Director of the School of Specialization in Thoracic Surgery

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