2021 STS/EACTS/ESTS Latin America Thoracic Surgery Symposium

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The 2021 STS/EACTS/ESTS Latin America Thoracic Surgery Symposium will feature the latest research, innovations, techniques, and therapies that are driving improved care and patient outcomes. Attendees will connect virtually with experts from around the globe and learn about best practices and experiences in thoracic surgery while navigating the pandemic. A world-class international faculty will offer late-breaking findings in a number of clinical areas, plus new data and insights on: 

  • The impact of COVID-19 on general thoracic surgery practice
  • Implementation of lung cancer screening programs
  • New techniques in segmentectomy
  • Innovations in the treatment of chest wall trauma and rib fixation 

The program will be presented in English, with simultaneous translation in Spanish and Portuguese. 

It’s free to attend, but registration is required. 


The symposium will take place on Friday, November 19. Add a reminder to your calendar. (Agenda subject to change.)

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Thoracic Surgeons' Perspective (1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET)

Moderators: Fabian J.S. Doerr, MD, Cologne, Germany; Enrico Ruffini, MD, Torino, Italy; and Sara A. Salvatierra, MD, Guayaquil, Ecuador

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET Airway Complications: Perspectives from the US, Europe, and Latin America, Lack of Resources, and How to Pick Cases
Maninder S. Kalkat, FRCS, Birmingham, England, UK; and Alessandro W. Mariani, MD, PhD, São Paulo, Brazil
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET Panel Discussion
Lung Cancer Screening: How and Why? (1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET)

Moderators: Ilitch Diaz-Gutierrez, MD, Minneapolis, MN, USA/Mexico City, Mexico; Andre Miotto, MD, MsC, São Paulo, Brazil; and Betty C. Tong, MD, MHS, MS, Durham, NC, USA

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. ET New Studies, Lack of Resources, How to Start a Program
Carlijn van der Aalst, PhD, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Adriana M. Serna Lozano, MD, Chía, Colombia 
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET Panel Discussion
Segmentectomy Debate "Clash of Titans" (2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)

Moderators: Jose Menendez, MD, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Davor Stamenovic, MD, Mainz, Germany; and Paula A. Ugalde Figueroa, MD, Boston, MA, USA 

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET New Data, Tips and Tricks, Videos
Nasser K. Altorki, MD, New York, NY, USA; and Dominique Gossot, MD, Paris, France
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET Panel Discussion
What We Need to Know About Rib Fixation (2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET)

Moderators: Corina Ludwig, MD, Düsseldorf, Germany; Carlos A. Olivares-Torres, MD, Tijuana, Mexico; and Francisco Suarez, MD, Santiago, Chile

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET New Data, Pro/Cons, New Technology, Issues Around Price and Payment
José Antonio Chávez Peche, MD, Lima, Peru; and Leonidas Tapias Vargas, MD, Dallas, TX USA
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET Panel Discussion

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on general thoracic surgery practice (with perspectives from the United States and Europe), especially in relation to airway complications, decision-making around case selection, and resource scarcity
  • Define strategies for implementation of lung cancer screening programs in Latin America and highlight best practices from the United States and Europe
  • Implement new techniques in segmentectomy based on the latest research data and highlight new tips and tricks with surgical techniques
  • Demonstrate the latest innovations in treatment of chest wall trauma and rib fixation and discuss pros and cons of different approaches

Certificates of participation will be available, but no continuing medical education credit will be offered.

Target Audience

The symposium is designed for all members of the thoracic surgical team, including cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, trainees, and other health care professionals interested in the topic.

Zoom credentials will be shared with registrants about a week before the meeting. 

Questions? Contact the STS Education department.