Robotic Thoracic Surgery: Lung, Foregut, Mediastinal Surgery, and More

Activity Description

This CME accredited activity is designed to provide comprehensive online training in robotic thoracic surgery. The content has been created to cater to both thoracic surgeons who are new to robotic surgery as well as for those with robotic experience who may wish to expand their knowledge and skill base with regards to more complex procedures. The course will provide unbiased and evidence-based review of current data surrounding robotic thoracic surgery which will be interwoven into each session according to the topic covered. The majority deliver a series of pre-recorded and narrated video lectures and demonstrations about robotic thoracic surgery delivered by experts in the field, with an emphasis on technique and each lasting between 10-15 minutes.

The seven sessions will cover a broad spectrum of relevant topics including starting a thoracic robotic surgery program, lobectomy, complex lung resection, segmental resection, benign and malignant foregut surgery and mediastinal/chest wall surgery. These pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by recorded panel discussions, keynote lectures, and case reviews with the faculty for each session.

This online activity is supported by an educational grant from Intuitive Surgical, Inc.


STS Members$100

Target Audience

The activity is designed for surgeons and teams interested in starting a robotic thoracic surgery program, as well as experienced surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, supporting program administrators, and other team members seeking to enhance their skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the steps and finances required to develop a general thoracic robotic surgery program within a hospital setting.
  • Create surgical plans for robotic pulmonary, mediastinal, and esophageal procedures from beginning to end.
  • Define the multidisciplinary components of building a general thoracic robotics program that includes hospital administration and health care team personnel.
  • Identify the ideal prerequisites for surgeon selection and the hospital/program selection for starting and sustaining a robotic general thoracic surgery program.

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 34.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 34.00 Participation
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Course Directors

Abbas Abbas, Philadelphia, PA
Intuitive Surgical – Speaker/Honoraria

David Rice, Houston, TX

Inderpal Sarkaria, Pittsburgh, PA

Lana Schumacher, Boston, MA

Commercial Relationships of Faculty

The Society would like to thank the following speakers for their work on the educational content of the Robotic Thoracic Surgery Online Curriculum. Unless otherwise noted, the individuals listed below have no relevant disclosures. All commercial relationships described below have been mitigated.

Usman Ahmad

Hugh Auchincloss

Intuitive Surgical – Proctor; Medtronic – Consultant/Advisory Board

Charles Bakhos

Faiz Bhora

Brian Burt
Momotero-Gene – Research Support

Yin-Kai Chao

Robert Cerfolio

David Cooke

Mark Dylewski
Ethicon, Intuitive Surgical, Bard/Davol, Verb Surgical, Auris – Consultant/Advisory Board

Erin Gillaspie

Peter Grimminger

Matthew Hartwig
Medtronic, Mallinckrodt, Paragonix, Biomedinnovations, Consultant/Advisory Board; Torax, Transmedics, Lung Bioengineering, Mallinckrodt, Intuitive Surgical, Other Research Support; Intuitive Surgical, Educational Support

Luis Herrera
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria

Taryne Imai

Mahmoud Ismail

G.Kimble Jett
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria

Michael Kent
Intuitive Surgical – Other Research Support

Puja Khaitan

Min Kim
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board; Medtronic – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board; Veran – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board

John Lazar

Richard Lazzaro

Hecheng Li

Zhigang Li

Brian Louie

Natalie Lui

James Luketich
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board

M.Blair Marshall
AstraZeneca – Consultant/Advisory Board; Ethicon – Consultant/Advisory Board

Franca Melfi

Gabriel Mena
PACIRA Pharmaceutical – Research Grant

Robert Merritt
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria

John Mitchell
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board

Sudish Murthy

Mark Onaitis

Bernard Park

Daryl Pearlstein
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board

Rishindra Reddy
Auris – Consultant/Advisory Board; Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Research Grant; Medtronic – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board

Janani Reisenauer
Intuitive Surgical – Research Grant

Jens Reuckert

David Rice

Valerie Rusch

Jelle Ruurda
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria, Consultant/Advisory Board

Manu Sancheti
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria

Inderpal Sarkaria

Joanna Sesti

Lana Schumacher

Chris Scott
Intuitive Surgical – Consultant/Advisory Board

Laurence Spier

Harmik Soukiasian

Stacey Su

Monisha Sudarshan

Giulia Veronesi
AB Medica – Consultant/Advisory Board

Michael Weyant

Stephanie Worrell

Kazuhiro Yasufuku

Consultant/Advisory Board, Olympus, Intuitive Surgical, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Auris Health, Concordia Healthcare; Research Grant, Olympus; Other Research Support, Siemens, Novadaq, Veran Medical Technologies, Zidan Medical

Michael Zervos
Intuitive Surgical – Speakers Bureau/Honoraria

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this other enduring material for a maximum of 34.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim a maximum of 34.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Available Credit

  • 34.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 34.00 Participation
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