Airway Disease Symposium

Weill Cornell Medicine's First Benign Airway Disease Symposium: Airways Large and Small

February 10, 2023 | 8:00am – 5:30pm

Available In Person or Virtual 


At Weill Cornell Medicine | NewYork-Presbyterian we are excited to organize a symposium dedicated to benign airway disorders in order to provide education and training for fellows, attending physicians and mid-level providers from both thoracic surgery and pulmonary programs.

There exists an unmet clinical need among chest physicians regarding a variety of benign airway disorders ranging from endoscopic treatment of severe emphysema to management of airway stenosis to the recognition and diagnostic workup for tracheobronchomalacia in patients presenting with  chronic cough and/or persistent asthma/COPD.

This symposium consists of didactic and hands on lab sessions. The morning didactic session is divided into three parts. First we will review endoscopic and surgical treatment options for patients with advanced emphysema including overview of available clinical trials for COPD. In the second session we will focus on endoscopic and surgical treatment options for tracheal stenosis including updates in airway prosthetics technology and 3D printing. We will also have a lecture by thoracic anesthesiologist on airway considerations during interventional procedures and airway surgery. The final didactic session will cover evaluation and management of tracheobronchomalacia. This will highlight the multidisciplinary discussion that is crucial in evaluation of such patients. We will also review stenting and surgical treatment options for tracheomalacia patients.

The afternoon session will be held in the cadaver lab where attendees can have an opportunity for hands on experience with insertion of rigid bronchoscope, placement of airway stents and insertion of endobronchial valves. There will also be a percutaneous tracheostomy station. Hands on experience will offer a truly unique opportunity for participants to gain additional familiarity with the available equipment and current technologies.



Course Director

Dr. Eugene Shostak

Invited Guest Speakers

Dr. Gildea and Dr. Majid

Lecture Topics

  • Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction Procedure For Patients With Severe Emphysema
  • Novel Clinical Trials For COPD
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • The Future of Airway Stenting: 3D Printing
  • Endoscopic and Surgical Treatment of Tracheobronchomalacia

Hands On Workshop

The workshops will be limited to 40 participants to allow for ample hands-on experience with faculty 

  • Rigid Bronchoscopy
  • Stent Placement
  • Endobronchial Valve Placement
  • Tracheostomy


Neetu Shaji:

Weill Cornell Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery 525 East 68th Street
Box 110
Suite M 404
New York, NY 10065 Directions
Phone: (212) 746-5166