4M Symposium on Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Friday, November 3, 2017 | 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Add to Calendar


The activity is designed to improve the surgical technique of surgeons and residents who may be interested in performing robotic surgery for cancers of the chest.  Novices will find the course useful as a view into what the potential scope of robotic surgery may be for their practices in addition to obtaining hands-on experience of the surgical robot.  More experienced robotic surgeons will be able to advance their techniques and management by in-depth discussion and interaction with renowned guest faculty who are experts in in the field.  In addition to technical aspects of robotic chest surgery we will provide critical literature review to better define the value of robotic thoracic surgery relative to other minimally invasive approaches as well as traditional open ones.  By the end of the activity, the attendee should walk away with a broad understanding of the current state of robotic thoracic surgery, including many tips that will foster improved proficiency and better understanding of the possibilities as well as limitations of robotic surgery.

Educational Objectives

After attending this symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the oncologic effectiveness and procedural aspects of common robotic thoracic surgical procedures.  (knowledge, competence);
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the indications, patient positioning, trocar placement and procedural steps to successfully perform robotic assisted pulmonary, esophageal and mediastinal resections for cancer to improve surgical proficiency (knowledge, competence, performance, patient outcomes);
  • Discuss the potential complications and outcomes of perioperative and operative care of robotic lobectomy, segmentectomy, esophagectomy and thymectomy (knowledge);
  • Assess the potential benefits, limitations and future of robotic thoracic surgery for cancer (knowledge, competence)


A course evaluation form will provide participants with the opportunity to comment on the value of the program content to their practice decisions, performance improvement activities, or possible impact on patient health status.  Participants will also have the opportunity to comment on any perceived commercial bias in the presentations as well as to identify future educational topics.

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

6767 Bertner Avenue, Onstead Auditorium, Mitchell Bldg., Floor 3


Eric Gagneaux