Continuing Medical Education Courses

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, presents several CME accredited courses each year. These include departmental faculty as well as invited faculty renowned in the field.

Upcoming Courses:

Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Management of Esophageal Cancer; December 6--8, 2017

Includes hands-on porcine minimally invasive esophagectomy wet-lab, didactic sessions, and observation and moderation of live surgery.  Alumni Dinner included in course dinner for one of the most exciting evenings of the year!

Recent Courses:

2nd Annual UPMC Lung Transplant Symposium

Invited Faculty:

Matthew G. Hartwig, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine
Amy E. Hackmann, MD, FACS
Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Southern California
Alessandro Bertani, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation
ISMETT-UPMC Italy (Palermo)
Ramsey Hachem, MD
Tracey C. Marshall--Dr. Elbert P. Trulock Distinguished Professor of Medicine
John T. Tilliken Department of Medicine, Divsion of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Day 1: Hands-On Porcine Donor Heart and Lung Procurement Lab
Day 2: Interactive Didactic
Day 3: Interactive Didactic

9th Annual Neonatal and Pediatric ECMO Educational Conference; July 31 through August 2, 2017

John G. Rangos Sr. Conference Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Donor Heart/Lung Procurement Simulation Lab Sponsored by UPMC 

April 3, 2017, The Center for the Future of Surgery, La Jolla, California

Directed by: Dr. Jonathan D'Cunha, Dr. Hannah Copeland and Dr. Lara Schaheen

Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Achalasia and Other Benign Esophageal Diseases

May 17 -- 19, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Day 1: Hands-On Surgical Wet Lab Including: BARRX RFA, POEM, LINX, EMR, Esophageal Stenting and More

Day 2: Didactic Sessions

Day 3: Observation and Moderation of Live Surgery

Course Directors:

James D. Luketich, MD, FACS
Henry T. Bahnson Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
Inderpal Sarkaria, MD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs
Director, Thoracic Robotic Surgery
Co-Director, Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute
Jonathan D'Cunha, MD, PhD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Division of Lung Transplant/Lung Failure
Katie S. Nason, MD, MPH, FACS
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Research Program
Ryan M. Levy, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Passavant
Invited Faculty:
John C. Lipham, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Upper GI and General Surgery
Associate Professor of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Brian E. Louie, MD, MHA, MPH, FRCSC, RACS
Director of Thoracic Research and Education
Co-Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program
Swedish Medical Center and Cancer Institue
Jeffrey M. Marks, MD, FACS, FASGE
Professor of Surgery
Director, Surgical Endoscopy
Program Director, Case Western/University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center

Please contact Angela Kinnunen at 412-648-6342 or email for additional course or registration information.

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