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Meetings/ Conference coverage, Single port thoracic surgery

16th National Continuing Education Forum in General Thoracic Surgery

Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Tongji University

Shanghai, China

October 18th – 19th, 2013

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates the single port technique during a live surgery presentation

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas (second from the left) demonstrates the single port technique during a live surgery presentation

As readers know, we strive to feature information about thoracic surgery from around the world.  This report on the 16th National Continuing Education Forum in General Thoracic Surgery comes from featured speaker, Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas of Coruna, Spain.

Some of the biggest names in thoracic surgery were in attendance, to present their research and surgical techniques to a crowd of over 600 Chinese thoracic surgeons. The lectures (and live surgery) were also broadcast across China.

World-renown thoracic surgeons at the 16th National Forum in Shanghai, China

World-renown thoracic surgeons at the 16th National Forum in Shanghai, China

Invited International Speakers included:

Dr. G. Alexander Patterson, thoracic surgeon/ lung transplant from the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. (USA).  Dr. Patterson gave a lecture on clinical experiences and advances in Lung Transplantation.  He also lectured on pancoast tumors.

Dr. Claude Deschamps, French Canadian thoracic surgeon and Chair of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (USA). Dr. Deschamps talked about the use of anti-reflux surgery.

Dr. Gaetano Rocco, of the National Cancer Institute in Naples, Italy.  Dr. Rocco talked about advances in chest wall reconstruction.  He gave another lecture on uniport surgery.

Dr. Alan Sihoe from the University of Hong Kong discussed management of air leaks.

Surgeons from Taiwan and mainland China presented on a variety of topics including tracheal surgery, management of empyema, sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis and surgical treatment of tuberculosis.  (The full list of speakers and topics presented is available here*.)

Conference Spotlight: Single port surgery 

But the focal point of the forum was single port (uniportal) surgery.  Saturday (the 19th) was devoted to lectures and demonstrations of the single port thoracoscopic technique, including live surgical demonstrations performed by Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas.  His live surgery presentation was viewed by 500 surgeons at the conference as well as hundreds of other surgeons via a live feed.

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates the uniport technique in Shanghai, China

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates the single port (uniport) technique in Shanghai, China

Thank you to Dr. Gonzalez Rivas for his submission.  We welcome reports, photographs and discussions on recent and upcoming thoracic surgery conferences.  If you have a meeting, paper or presentation to share, please contact us at k.eckland@gmail.com

*Information is translated from Mandarin using google software with some obvious translational errors, particularly names of several of the Chinese surgeons.

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About K Eckland

World of Thoracic Surgery is a blog about the work, research, and practices of thoracic surgeons around the world. It includes case studies, [sometimes] dry research, interviews with thoracic surgeons along with patient perspectives, and feedback.

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