Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery

During this webcast, learners will evaluate the differences between open and minimally invasive lung lobectomy including effectiveness, complications, oncologic efficacy, quality and financial outcomes as well as the latest techniques for video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy. Additionally, they will become familiar with the types of patients who are eligible for minimally invasive surgical interventions and will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions across the spectrum of stages of lung cancer.

Learning objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the risk/benefit ratio of minimally invasive surgery versus traditional surgery for lung lobectomy on quality indicators including length of stay, complications, oncologic efficacy and financial outcomes;
  • Apply strategies to increase competency and support for minimally invasive surgery;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of minimally invasive surgery across the spectrum of stages of lung cancer;
  • Identify barriers encountered by health care professionals in deciding which patients are eligible for minimally invasive lobectomies; and,
  • Describe the latest educational techniques for improving outcomes from VATS lobectomy. 

Thomas A. D'Amico, MD
Gary Hock Endowed Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery
Chief Medical Officer, Duke Cancer Institute
Durham, NC

About the presenter
Dr. Thomas A. D'Amico is a graduate of Harvard University (BA) and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University (MD). He received training in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. After completing a Fellowship in Thoracic Surgical Oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. D'Amico joined the faculty at Duke University Medical Center in 1996. He is currently the Gary Hock Endowed Professor, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery, Director of the Training Program in Thoracic Surgery, and Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program of the Duke Cancer Institute.

As Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program, Dr. D'Amico supervises clinical and research programs in lung cancer and esophageal cancer. He is involved in improving safety and quality in patient care as a member of the Duke Quality and Safety Committee and the Perioperative Executive Committee.

Dr. D'Amico is the Ethics Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and serves on several other editorial boards. He holds leadership positions in the Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Finally, he is active in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), where he is a member of the NCCN Board of Directors and Guidelines Steering Committee, the Chair of the Quality and Outcomes Committee, a member of the Lung Cancer Guidelines Committee and Co-Chair of the Esophageal Cancer Guidelines Committee.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
Durham, NC

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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr. D'Amico has indicated that he is a consultant for Scanlan Instruments.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Method of participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
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Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated based on the complexity of content.

Accreditation Statement
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Credit designation statements
Participants will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

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The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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Provided by
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group.

Commercial support
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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and nurses who have an interest in the optimal management of patients undergoing minimally invasive lung resection.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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