Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis: Stratification of Thoracic Oncology Surgery

The COVID pandemic has abruptly changed cardiothoracic surgery practice, including thoracic oncology. This week’s webinar examined how health care professionals can create the safest possible environment for urgent surgery and strategies that should be put in place now to make recovery less difficult for patients. Moderators DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD, Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH, and Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH, were joined by surgeons from major US cities and China and discussed:

  • Developing a COVID-minimal cancer surgery pathway and recovery preparations 
  • Tracheostomies in COVID-positive patients
  • Experiences from Wuhan, New York, Seattle, New Haven, Portland, Indianapolis, and Charlottesville
  • Perioperative strategies, including preoperative patient testing and PPE for surgery of the aerodigestive tract
  • Transitions from the traditional in-person patient assessment and outpatient follow-up 

This Webinar was supported by Medtronic    



DuyKhanh P. Ceppa, MD
Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN

Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA



Daniel J. Boffa, MD
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

John R. Handy Jr., MD
Providence Cancer Institute Franz Thoracic Surgery
Portland, OR

Jun Nie, MD, PhD
Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College 
Wuhan, China

Brendon M. Stiles, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, NY