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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.
K Eckland has written 219 posts for Thoracic Surgery

Guest post: Dr. Migliore and the IV Mediterranean Symposium on Thoracic Oncology

Dr. Marcello Migliore reports on the highlights from the recent Mediterranean Symposium on Thoracic Oncology Continue reading

Shortage of thoracic surgeons in Canada offers potential opportunities to new surgeons

  New Brunswick, one of Canada’s eastern maritime provinces is struggling to maintain their thoracic surgery service line within the small province of an estimated 800, 000 inhabitants.  While a local hospital is interviewing candidates in Moncton, New Brunswick, there is currently only one thoracic surgeon for the entire province, after two other surgeons were … Continue reading

The Mediterranean IV thoracic oncology symposium

It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Thoracic Oncology Symposium in Catania, Italy.  The symposium is being held April 6th and 7th and is sponsored by the University of Catania and Policlinico University Hospital. This year’s topic is “Surgery for “advanced” lung and esophageal cancer: New horizons or a false dawn?”  Lectures include a … Continue reading

Now accepting submissions for the Thoracics.org VATS International Award

The first ever Thoracics.org Award to recognize innovation and achievement in thoracic surgery is now accepting submissions. Continue reading

Grena Ltd. presents new vascular clips for thoracic resection

Ever had a clip slip in surgery? New vascular clips to help prevent massive hemorrhage and loss of vascular control from clip slippage. Continue reading

VATS decortication for Tuberculosis

In this post, we present a new video byTurkish thoracic surgeon, Dr.Cagatav Tezel on VATS decortication for tuberculosis. Continue reading

Highlights from the 3rd VATS International

If you can only attend one thoracic surgery conference, shortlist VATS International. Continue reading

Act differently or watch thoracic surgery die

Dr. Eric Lim challenges thoracic surgeons to remain relevant with a call to action at the 3rd VATS International conference in London, England Continue reading

Interview with the master: Dr. Benny Weksler

Talking to Dr. Benny Weksler about Minimally invasive esophagectomies, robotic surgery, lung cancer screening and life in the mid-south. Continue reading

Why you should have attended VATS Peru 2016

Why you should have attended VATS Peru 2016 There were plenty of reasons for surgeons from all over Latin America to converge on Cuscu, Peru for the 2nd annual VATS PERU Uniportal Master Class, which covered the basics of the uniportal approach as well as nonintubated and awake uniportal surgery.  There were subxiphoid and uniportal … Continue reading

Dr. William Guido and the state of thoracic surgery in Costa Rica

Cusco,  Peru One of the guest lecturers at the 2nd VATS Peru Uniportal Master course is Dr. William Guido Gerrero from Costa Rica. Dr. Guido talked about the challenges of implementing a minimally invasive thoracic surgery program in the small central american nation that boasts a total population of less than 5 million. Despite the … Continue reading

At VATS Peru 2016

Cusco, Peru Day One of the VATS Peru 2016 Conference was a primer for surgeons interested in learned and performing uniportal VATS.  Dr. Gonzalez Rivas’ lectures formed the basis of theory and principles of uniportal thoracoscopic surgery, with additional lectures by Dr. William Guido, Dr. Timothy Young and Dr. Deping Zhao. Surprisingly, many of the … Continue reading

Why you should have your thoracic surgery at the university affiliated hospital

While working on a recent interview with one of the New Masters of Thoracic Surgery, I talked about one of his biggest contributions to his local community, which was establishing the first dedicated thoracic surgery program in that city.  Then I realized that maybe readers wouldn’t know what that was important.. This article came from … Continue reading

VATS Peru 2016

VATS Peru 2016 – learn uniportal and subxiphoid techniques in the wet lab, at the hands of the inventors of these techniques at this year’s conference in Cusco, Peru. Continue reading

Guest post: Report from the 3rd Mediterranean Symposium in Thoracic Surgical Oncology – VATS

An invited report from Dr. Marcello Migliore on the recent Italian conference on VATS and lung cancer Continue reading

This June: NYU School of Medicine & Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Details about the upcoming Robotic thoracic surgery course at NYU this June. Continue reading

Invitation to the 3rd Mediterranean Symposium in Thoracic Surgical Oncology

Join Dr. Marcello Migliore  (Italy) and Dr. Tom Treasure (UK) this April for the 3rd Mediterranean Symposium in Thoracic Surgical Oncology in Catania, Italy.   The 3rd Mediterranean symposium is on VATS resections for lung cancer will be held in Catania 21-22 April 2016. Conference focus: Although more than 20 years have elapsed since the first … Continue reading

Q and A with Migliore et al.. about Hithoc and Mesothelioma in Catania, Italy

Thoracics.org follows up with Dr. Marcello Migliore from the University of Catania, on his work in the area of HITHOC and malignant pleural mesothelioma Continue reading

Mesothelioma, Hope and HITHOC

Is there hope? Thoracics.org discusses hope and mesothelioma along with the most recently published work in the area of cytoreductive surgery and intrathoracic chemotherapy (HITHOC). Continue reading

Advanced Course on Major Pulmonary Resections through Uniportal VATS

Learn Uniportal VATS from the masters – with a hands-on wet lab.. Continue reading

Case Study: Thymectomy by Uniportal subxyphoid approach

Dr. Giuseppe Aresu of the University Hospital of Udine, Italy presents a case of thymectomy by subxyphoid approach Continue reading

 Dr. Hung, Dr. Chen and nonintubated and awake thoracic surgery

Dr. Ming-Hui Hung & Dr. Jin-Shing Chen at National Taiwan University Hospital talk about their work in nonintubated and awake thoracic surgery. Continue reading

the 2nd annual Cambridge VATS conference

the second annual Cambridge VATS : uniportal VATS, nonintubated thoracic surgery and the masters Continue reading

Fast track thoracic surgery: Non-intubated minimally invasive surgery for complex procedures

Single port thoracoscopic surgery and awake anesthesia: the micro-invasive thoracic surgery? The current research and use of these state of the art techniques to bring minimally invasive surgery to complex surgery and high risk patients. Continue reading

Conference Highlight: Uniportal lobectomy: Intubated and Non-intubated

Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas discusses intubated and nonintubated uniportal thoracic surgery for complex thoracic procedures Continue reading

Conference coverage: The Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Highlights from Day One of the Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery conference in Orlando, Florida. Continue reading

Thoracic surgery conference – VATS Peru this September..

Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas headlines the ALAT sponsored event this September. Continue reading

Developments in chest tube management

from the Journal of Thoracic Disease and Dr. Chin Hao Chen (one of our favorites here at thoracics.org), advances in chest tube management Continue reading

Thoracic surgery goes wireless

Dr. Chin Hao “Roy” Chen – inventor of the Chen esophagectomy, now presents his latest creation, the wireless thoracoscope. More about our recent article at Examiner.com

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Credentialing versus certification for minimally invasive thoracic surgery?

The STS Task force takes on credentiallng in minimally invasive surgery but shouldn’t they be looking at advanced specialty certification instead? Continue reading

Save the date! Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Course in September 2015

Interested surgeons, don’t worry – there’s still plenty of time of register for the upcoming Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery course offered by the Duke Center for Surgery Innovation.  The course will be held September 24th – 26th, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida. Featured speakers include some of the biggest names in minimally … Continue reading

Live surgery sessions – Naples minimally invasive surgery course

Dr. Henrik Hansen on how to streamline your surgery, and Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas at the Live surgery sessions of the Minimally invasive surgery conference in Naples, Italy. Continue reading

VATS Group. IT

VATS group and the Italian VATS Registry.. Continue reading

Corso di chirurgia toracica videoassistita e robotica – Day 1

Naples, Italy No sign yet of the elusive Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and Dr. Henrik Hansen, but they are both scheduled to speak (and operate) on the second day of the conference. Instead, there were several local speakers to address the exclusively Italian crowd of surgeons, nurses and therapists.  Several staff members at Hospital Monaldi, … Continue reading

Minimally invasive surgery course in Naples at Hospital Monaldi (April 23 – 24th, 2015)

Minimally invasive surgery course in Naples at Hospital Monaldi (April 23 – 24th, 2015) Munich airport, Germany I am on the last leg of a long journey to the beautiful southern Italian coastal city of Naples.  Best known for its claim as the home of pizza and the nearby ruins of Pompeii, for the next … Continue reading

Interview with the Brazilian Society of Thoracic Surgery

Thoracics.org talks to the Brazilian Society of Thoracic Surgery and result isn’t what you might expect. Continue reading

Bronchopleural Fistula: a classic example of interdisciplinary surgery

aka, “Why we should be nice to plastic surgeons”. This case study highlights the need for close interdisciplinary partnerships among surgeons and also asks the question, “Are we addressing the emotional and psychosocial needs of our patients and their families?” Continue reading

Uniportal VATS with chest wall resection

As Dr. Gonzalez Rivas demonstrates, minimally invasive surgery isn’t just for “easy” cases. Case study with brief discussion and literature review Continue reading

An Ordinary Afternoon

An Ordinary Afternoon at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital The  Uniportal VATS course continues for much of the rest of the week (March 9 – 20th). After Dr. Gonzalez completed his second case today, we had a short break before the start of his next case.  I took the opportunity to peek into the operating rooms to … Continue reading

Welcome to Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital

Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital – Shanghai, China Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital is a dream come true for a thoracic surgery aficionado like myself.  Twelve operating rooms, a 30 ICU beds, 30 to 40 operations per day and over 40 staff surgeons means that there is always something interesting going on down the hall. Am case presentations is … Continue reading

I’m with the band

on location with Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas as he embarks on his latest project: teaching uniportal VATS to surgeons in China Continue reading

As Florida’s population booms, surgeon shortage becomes acute

As the Florida legislature and medical community considers the impending physician shortage, many of the critical concerns regarding the on-going shortage of surgeons remain unaddressed Continue reading

Single port surgery conference in Berlin

the latest trailer about the documentary film on single port surgery and information about an upcoming training course. Continue reading

The latest STS guidelines on multimodality treatment of esophageal cancer

Cirugia de torax invites readers for an open discussion on the latest STS guidelines on multimodality treatment of esophageal cancer. Continue reading

Highlights from Shanghai – Uniportal Surgery conference

Uniportal surgery in Shanghai Continue reading

NHS thoracic offering: Cambridge International VATS symposium

information about the upcoming VATS symposium in Cambridge, UK – with featured speakers Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and Ian Hunt. Continue reading

Upcoming AATS conference on management of lung cancer

Come to Boston this November and meet some of the Living legends and masters of thoracic surgery. Continue reading

Bedside management of the complications in critically ill thoracic surgery patients: A different perspective

Updates in multi-disciplinary care from the Foundation for the Advancement of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the 2014 Cardiovascular- Thoracic Critical Care conference in Washington D.C Continue reading

A sincere thanks

I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all of my lovely readers like Jay, Tim, Dann Furia and all the other people who tale the time to share their experiences at Blebs, bullae and spontaneous pneumothorax. Your personal experiences and advice are valuable contributions and help make this site worthwhile.  It gives the Cirugia … Continue reading

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

a new film showing the life-changing efforts of one thoracic surgeon.. It’s about time! Continue reading

Upcoming course on Minimally Invasive thoracoscopy – Latin America

upcoming minimally invasive thoracoscopy course for my Spanish speaking readers at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago, Chile Continue reading

Dr. Ahmet F. Işık talks about pleural mesothelioma, HITHOC, and thoracic surgery in Gaziantep, Turkey

updates on the on-going HITHOC project, war surgery, foreign body obstructions and bronchoscopy for infants Continue reading

Dr. Mustafa Yüksel, Pektus, chest wall repair and the Yüksel bar

Talking with Dr. Mustafa Yuksel of Marmara University Hospital (Faculty of Medicine) about chest wall repairs, pectus defomities, the Yuksel bars and the future of 3D printing. Continue reading

ALAT : The Grand Trifecta

Talking about the roles of traditional VATS, single port surgery and robots in modern thoracic surgery. Continue reading

the 9th conference of Asociacion Latinoamericana de Torax and Dr. Beltran

Highlights from the first day of the ALAT conference in Medellin, Colombia: the size matters debate and personalizing chemotherapy for advanced cancers Continue reading

Summer at Cirugia de Torax

Cirugia de Torax criss-crosses the globe to bring you news about the latest and greatest in thoracic surgery Continue reading

Thoracic surgeon shortage in Australia

When you need surgery, How long will you wait? (and will there be anyone to perform the operation?) The on-going surgeon shortage now affecting South Australia. Continue reading

Advances in Thoracic Surgical Oncology

an upcoming conference on thoracic oncology in New York, New York Continue reading

Dann Furia: Spontaneous pneumothorax, bleb disease and the patient’s perspective

the “rapper whose lungs collapse” raps about his life with bleb disease Continue reading

Another home run: Dr. Gonzalez Rivas does it again!

the Babe Ruth of thoracic surgery continues his winning streak; and Dr. Benny Weksler heads south to the University of Tennessee. Kudos to both of these fine surgeons! Continue reading

The Sweet Esophagectomy for esophageal cancer: the ZhongShan experience

Is the Sweet esophagectomy still relevant in this era? Continue reading

ALAT 2014 – Medellin

information about the 2014 Latin American Association of Thoracic Surgery conference Continue reading

Dr. David Sugarbaker comes to Texas, and too much of a good thing!

Big reputations and legendary surgeons require big opportunities – and as everyone knows; every thing is bigger in Texas. Continue reading

Live streaming single-port surgery: International Symposium

the latest from Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and the masters of thoracic surgery. Continue reading

Talking about Lung Cancer staging with Dr. Mitchell Magee

Discussing the classification and treatment of lung cancer according to the latest revisions (7th edition). Continue reading

Dr. Joseph Skoda

Dr. Joseph Skoda, Nihilist, Skeptic, Dermatologist. Continue reading

Single port thoracoscopy for diaphragmatic disorders

a report from Dr. Chin Hao Chen and his colleagues at Mackay Memorial Hospital on 21 cases of diaphragmatic plication via single and dual port thoracoscopy. Continue reading

CTSnet recognizes Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas

Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas receives recognition from the global network of cardiothoracic surgeons, CTSnet. Continue reading

Pleural fluid cytopathology

How to prepare a proper specimen for pleural fluid cytology & cytopathological analysis. Continue reading

Chung et. al. Optimal timing of thoracoscopic drainage and decortication for empyema

A new Korean study looks at the best time to perform surgical interventions on patients with empyema thoracis. Continue reading

Early ambulation after lung surgery: How early?

Dr. Khandhar of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia and early ambulation after lung surgery Continue reading

16th National Continuing Education Forum in General Thoracic Surgery

Report from the recent 16th National Forum on Thoracic Surgery in Shanghai, China. Continue reading

VGTT: video-guided tube thoracostomy

Dr. Chin Hao Chen revisits one of the basic procedures in thoracic surgery: Chest tube placement Continue reading

Case Report: Hilar mass resection using single port thoracoscopy with Dr. Diego Gonzalez – Rivas

in the operating room with Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas for single port thoracoscopic (uniportal) surgery. Continue reading

Dr. Gonzalez Rivas, Johnson & Johnson and Single-port thoracic surgery

the 2013 S.W.A.T conference, presented by Johnson & Johnson. Featured presenters Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and Dr. Paula Ugalde discuss single port thoracoscopy and topics in minimally invasive surgery Continue reading

Living legends and Cirugia de Torax

writing about Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas and the other living legends in thoracic surgery and connecting people to the world of thoracic surgery Continue reading

More about Blebs, Bullae and Spontaneous Pneumothorax

a return to one of our most popular topics here at Cirugia de Torax. Continue reading

The Stigma of Lung Cancer

Medscape interviews Dr. Schiller regarding the stigma of lung cancer, as a ‘deserved disease.” Continue reading

Controlling prolonged air leak by remote control

Dr. Gaetano Rocco talks about persistent air leaks and the development of a remote-controlled computer assisted suction device. Continue reading

Recommended reading: Advances in Lung Cancer

this 2012 article by Hannon & Yendamuri explains the newest methods and modalities of treating nonsmall cell lung cancer (NCLC) as well as the importance of accurate staging for diagnosis and evidence-based treatment. Continue reading

Rocco et al. “Ten year experience on 644 patients undergoing single-port (uniportal) video-assisted surgery

Reviewing “Ten years experience on 644 patients undergoing single-port (uniportal) video-assisted” by Gaetano Rocco et al. at the National Cancer Institute in Naples, Italy Continue reading

Update on Dr. Diego Gonzalez-Rivas in Bogota, Colombia

Looks like readers and cirugia de torax will be staying home, It’s a Johnson and Johnson invitation only event. Continue reading

Post operative pain after thoracic surgery

What kind of pain should patients expect after thoracic surgery, and how long will it last? Also, is this normal? When should I call my doctor? Continue reading

Courses / Classes and meetings on Uni-port thoracoscopic techniques with Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas

For thoracic surgeons interested in becoming more familiar with uniport surgery, this is your chance to learn from the pioneers of the technique. Continue reading

Ultra-fast open tracheostomy

Dr. Chin-Hao Chen demonstrates ‘ultrafast open tracheostomy.’ Continue reading

Isik et al.. & HITHOC in patients with pleural malignancies

The actual title of the article by Ahmet Feridun Isik and his colleagues at Ganziantep University Medical School in Sejitkamil – Ganziantep, Turkey is “Intrapleural hyperthermic perfusion chemotherapy in subjects with metastatic pleural malignancies.” As we’ve discussed in previous posts, malignant pleural effusions (MPE) are a devastating diagnosis with an exceedingly poor prognosis.  As stated … Continue reading

Bilateral surgery using a unilateral single-port approach: the Chen technique

a sneak peak at a game-changer in thoracic surgery – unilateral single-port surgery for bilateral disease Continue reading

The cowboys and rodeo stars of thoracic surgery

Discussing Dr. Joseph Coselli and ‘the cowboys of cardiac surgery’ along with some of our own heros of thoracic surgery here at Cirugia de Torax. Continue reading

Thoracic surgery shortage worsens as graduates fail to pass exams

a record number of surgeons fail to pass the American thoracic surgery certification exam, in the midst of a deepening shortage of surgeons. Continue reading

Awake Epidural Anesthesia for thoracoscopic pleurodesis

Awake epidural anesthesia for thoracoscopic pleurodesis: A prospective cohort study. a new publication from Dr. Mauricio Velasquez and his surgical team reviewing results from their 36 month study Continue reading

Surgical Removal of Lung Metastases in Breast Cancer

A discussion of Meimarakis’ recently published article, “Prolonged overall survival after pulmonary metastatectomy in patients with breast cancer.” Continue reading

Two years and counting

celebrating our two-year anniversary here at Cirugia de Torax Continue reading

Cardiac sympathetic denervation for ventricular arrhythmias: case study and clinical trials

a clinical case report from Bogota, Colombia – and the work of Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD, Director, UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center on treating ventricular arrhythmias with cardiac sympathetic denervation, including an upcoming clinical trial. Continue reading

TedTalks about the New Masters of Thoracic Surgery

TedTalks sits up and takes notice of one of the New Masters and Superstars of modern thoracic surgery, Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas. Continue reading

Single port sleeve right upper lobectomy

the latest video from Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas demonstrating a sleeve lobectomy via single port surgery Continue reading

Postcard from Hong Kong

postcard from one of our readers from the 1st Asian Single Port Symposium & Live Surgery Continue reading

Evolving thoracic surgery: from open surgery to single port thoracoscopic surgery and future robotic

the future of thoracic surgery as seen by one of the New Masters, Dr. Diego Gonzalez Rivas. Continue reading

Surgeon shortage to hit rural areas the hardest

the latest predictions on the impending shortage of surgeons in the United States Continue reading

Case Report: Repair of diaphragm defect in Hepatic Hydrothorax

Case report with video of SITS (single incision thoracoscopic surgery) repair of diaphragm defect in a case of hepatic hydrothorax resulting from liver cirrhosis with Dr. Chih-Hao Chen, MAckay Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
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1st Asian Single Port Symposium & Live Surgery

Interested in learning more about single port thoracoscopy, or talking to the inventors of this technique? This March – head to the 1st Asian single port surgery conference in Hong Kong. Continue reading