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Multidisciplinary Airway Conference - Introduction to WCM's New Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction Program

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department is pleased to announce a multidisciplinary Airway Conference that emphasizes evidence-based approaches to the treatment of patients with complex airway conditions.  The event is open to interventional pulmonologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, ENTs, allergists, internists as well as nurses, residents, and fellows in each of the aforementioned specialties.  The format of the conference is case-based presentations followed by dynamic discussion moderated by Dr. Eugene Shostak. We will also make the first official announcement of Weill Cornell Medicine’s new endobronchial lung volume reduction program.  If you are unable to join in person, please consider joining us remotely.

For more details: Multidisciplinary Airway Conference - Introduction to WCM's New Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction Program

A Sea of Presentations, and Those That Are Making Waves

By Brendon Stiles

October 8, 2018

I arrived in Toronto for the World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) prepared for a whirlwind of activity. With committee and personal meetings to attend, as well as a handful of presentations to give, I barely had time to stop and reflect upon the remarkable collection of people that were gathered there. WCLC is relatively unique in that it brings together individuals treating and interested in lung cancer from numerous specialties: oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, epidemiologists, scientists, and others. The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) who organizes WCLC has also wisely added patients and advocates to that mix, enabling a palpable focus on meaningful outcomes and on lung cancer advocacy. All of these stakeholders come together to cover the entire spectrum of lung cancer. However, within this vast ocean of presentations, it can feel a bit like paddling a rowboat to get from place to place to try to grasp the big picture of what is happening in the field.

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Leading by Example

Cardiothoracicc surgeon Erin Mills Iannacone, MD, aims not only to bring more women to her field, but to broaden NYP/Weill Cornell's surgical offerings

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Symposium: Advances in Thoracic Oncology

The course is a one day, in depth meeting focused on updating healthcare providers on advances in thoracic oncology. Participants will be able to identify the advances in the management of patients with lung cancer.

Marfan: 2018 The Walk for Victory

Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian invite you to join us on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Hudson River Park at 57th Street here in New York City, to raise awareness and funds for the 5th Annual NYC Walk for Victory benefitting The Marfan Foundation.

Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian will be your team!! Led by Walk for Victory chair Dr. Leonard N. Girardi, funds raised through this event provide support and education, as well as the research support necessary to make sure people with Marfan syndrome and related disorders can live longer and fuller lives. This serious connective tissue disease affects most systems of the human body – eyes, bones and spine, heart and blood vessels. There are many ways to cope with Marfan syndrome but gone undiagnosed, it can be fatal.

For more details: 2018 The Walk for Victory

Study Looks at the “Harms” of Lung Cancer Screening

By Brendon M. Stiles, MD

May 7, 2018

It was a privilege to present our clinical research, “Do the surgical results in the National Lung Screening Trial reflect modern thoracic surgical practice?” at the 98th American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Annual Meeting last week in San Diego. I was pleased that the AATS recognized the importance of our message by placing the presentation in one of the featured plenary sessions.

Here is a link to the article: "Study Looks at the "Harms" of Ling Cancer Screening"

The First New York Regional Symposium on Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders

The symposium is intended to offer people living with Marfan syndrome and related disorders, and their families, support as well as information about their health. For more details: NYC Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders Symposium

Department of Health: Adult Cardiac Surgery in NYS 2013-2015

Weill Cornell Medicine continues to be the leader in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery, and TAVR in achieving the best results among NYS hospitals.  The NYS Cardiac Data Reporting System sets standards for Cardiac Services and monitors their outcomes all across New York State.   New York State’s intention is to share performance data with all health care providers, patients and families of patients who are contemplating cardiac surgery (including Mortality Rate for the surgery and following surgery, Readmission Rates, Volume of cases, descriptions of patients’ risk factors associated with mortality for surgery).

Please click on the link to find the reports related to CABG; Valve/CABG; Valves, TAVR

Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

By Brendon M. Stiles, MD, FACS

March 9, 2018

People often use the expression, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” Unfortunately for lung cancer patients, the opposite is almost always assumed to be true. Where there is fire (in this case, lung cancer), it is assumed that smoking must have preceded it. This assumption often leads to the question, “Did you smoke?” following almost every personal revelation of lung cancer. Few questions engender such anger and annoyance in patients as that one, particularly in the 10%-20% of lung cancer patients who are “never smokers.”

Here is a link to the article: Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

Refusing Surgery for Esophageal Cancer May Cause Severe Consequences for Patients

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1/30/2018)  Patients with esophageal cancer who refuse surgery when it is recommended are less likely to survive long term than similar groups of patients who undergo an operation, according to research presented today by Dr Sebron Harrison at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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