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“This is Life” a new movie about Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas

Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas

Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas

I am excited beyond words to hear that my long-time hero and champion of modern-day thoracic surgery, Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas, is featured in a new documentary film, “This is Life”.  The film follows the life of a patient undergoing a single incision thoracoscopic lobectomy.  The film is being released this December.

I eagerly await the film – and am happy to see thoracic surgery (and Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas) get their due.  For too long, our humble specialty has been overlooked for the more ‘glamorous’ cardiac surgery.  This oversight has led to a dire shortage of thoracic surgeons in many parts of the world.

Hopefully, this is only part of an ongoing effort to have thoracic surgery recognized as an independent and complex surgical specialty requiring extensive knowledge, advanced skills and training.  It is not an ‘add-on’ for cardiac surgeons with insufficient cardiac consultations.

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas and single-port surgery in Shanghai, China

For those of you hoping to see – and learn from the best, Dr. Gonzalez Rivas will be spending much of the month of October in Shanghai, China at the “National Uniportal VATS Training Course & Continuing Medical Education Forum on General Thoracic Surgery” which runs from October 8th to November 8th, 2014 at Tongi University.

Alas!  To my eternal regret, Cirugia de Torax will not be in attendance.  However, I will have sources on the ground – and hope to post more information during the conference,

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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