Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery Discipline Announces Programming for 2016 ACA

The Cardiothoracic and Vascular (CTV) Surgery Discipline has prepared four days of diverse and exciting educational programming for the 2016 Annual Clinical Assembly. Attendees will learn about current trends and innovations in the discipline from a multidisciplinary approach.

Thursday, September 22, following the CTV surgery discipline poster podium presentations at 1:00 PM, programming will begin with lectures on the latest trends in interventional pulmonology, gastroenterology, radiation oncology, and general non-cardiac thoracic surgery, including:

  • Lung Cancer: Current Trends in Thoracic Surgery by: Andrew Goldstein, M.D.
  • Lung Cancer: Current Trends in Interventional Pulmonology by: Daniel A. Nader, D.O.
  • Clinical Updates in Thoracic Radiation Oncology by: Lanceford Chong, M.D., MPH
  • Esophageal Cancer: Current Trends in Gastroenterology by: Leon Yoder, D.O.

Friday, September 23, will focus on vascular topics – evolution of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, the use of drug-eluting balloon in lower extremity and treatment of arterial and venous ulcers. We will also have a talk by Thomas Stuckey, M.D., FACC, FSCAI on evolution of antiplatelet therapy. Dr. Stuckey is a world renowned interventional cardiologist who was involved in many clinical trials, including HORIZONS-AMI (Harmonizing Outcomes with Revascularization and Stents in Acute Myocardial Infarction), CADILLAC (Controlled abciximab and Device investigation to Lower Late Angioplasty Complications) and EMERALD (Enhanced Myocardial Efficacy and Removal by Aspiration of Liberated Debris). We also will have a lecture on how to prepare for a deposition in conjunction with the General Surgery and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery disciplines.

  • Current Evaluation and Management of Arterial and Venous Ulcers by: Shonda L. Banegas, D.O.
  • Anti-platelet Therapy: Practical Applications by: Thomas David Stuckey, M.D.
  • Drug Coated Balloons in The Lower Extremity by: Douglas A. Troutman, D.O.
  • Preparing for a Deposition by: Michael McCanse
  • Evolution of AAA Therapy by: Sara Wasilenko, D.O.

Saturday, September 24, Albert Olivencia-Yurvati, D.O, PhD., FACOS, FICS, FAHA will discuss his experience with Xiphoid Resection for Xiphoidalgia. Other topics of the day will include: combined complex head/neck/thoracic cases, current trends in lung cancer staging, surgical management of atrial fibrillation, review of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and alternate access for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

  • Xyphoidynia Surgical Management by: Albert H. Olivencia-Yurvati, D.O, PhD., FACOS, FICS, FAHA
  • Combined Complex Head/Neck/Thoracic Cases by: Brad Mons, D.O.
  • Current Trends in Lung Cancer Staging by: Peter Baik, D.O.
  • Alternate Access to TAVR by: Melissa Fusari, MD
  • Run Toward The MAZE: Atrial Fibrillation and Minimally Invasive Surgery by: Paul A. Vesco, MD, FACS
  • Hybrid Atrial Fibrillation Ablation (Convergent Procedure) by: John A. Carabello, D.O., FACOS
  • Building the Bridge to Recovery by: Sharon Beth Larson, D.O.
Sunday, September 25, we will present pain-management strategies in thoracic surgery. We are also planning to hold a hands-on rib plating course, with a lecture on indications, outcomes, and review of available technologies.

The full schedule of this year’s presentations can be found here.

We look forward to having you join us in Phoenix.


Jonathan D. Hoffberger, D.O., FACOS - Chair of the CTV Surgery Discipline
Peter U. Baik, D.O. – CTV Surgery Discipline Program Chair for the 2016 ACA