Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium



The Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium (TAS) is a unique educational activity entirely focused on thoracic anesthesia for academic and private practitioners. Separate registration is required.

Pre-Registration Closed - Visit the Registration Desk in Pacifica Foyer On-Site

Meeting Highlights:

  • Update on esophageal surgery: techniques, anesthetic, and pain management
  • Concepts for building an anesthesia-led ECMO program for lung rescue
  • Pro-con debate
  • Best posters and difficult cases
  • New PBLDs addressing hot topics in thoracic anesthesiology
  • Thoracic controversies discussed with the experts in a town-hall meeting
  • Thoracic Jeopardy! with Dr. Peter Slinger
  • Industry exhibitors with the newest airway and ventilation tools

Program Information

Thursday, April 20

4 - 7 pm Registration Open

Friday, April 21

6:15 am - 7:30 pm Registration Open

7 - 7:50 am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

7 - 7:50 am Poster Setup

7:50 - 8 am Opening Remarks / Meeting Orientation

Wanda M. Popescu, MD, Course Co-Director

8 - 9 am Panel 1: Advances in Esophageal Surgery
Moderator: Jagtar Singh Heir, DO

New Surgical Modalities: What Do They Mean to Us?
Arne Neyrinck, MD PhD
Perioperative Approach and Tailoring Our Anesthetic
Jagtar Singh Heir, DO
Traditional Versus Alternative Analgesic Therapies
E. Andrew Ochroch, MD MSCE

9 - 10 am Session 1: What's New in Thoracic Anesthesiology?
Moderator: Alessia Pedoto, MD

How to Build an Anesthesia-Led ECMO Program for
Lung Rescue

Jacob T. Gutsche, MD
Transplant Update
Philip M. Hartigan, MD
Anesthesia for Endoluminal Procedures
Alessia Pedoto, MD

10 - 10:15 am Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:15 - 11 am Workshop 1

11:05 - 11:50 am Workshop 2

11:50 am - 12:45 pm Lunch with Exhibitors

12:45 - 1:15 pm Top Abstracts and Difficult Cases

1:20 - 2:10 pm Poster Session

2:15 - 3:15 pm Panel 2: Evidence-Based Strategies on Lung Protective

Moderator: Randall S. Blank, MD PhD

Preventive Ventilation: Myth or Reality?
Marc J. Licker, MD
Does Low Tidal Volume Make All the Difference?
Randall S. Blank, MD PhD
Pathophysiology of Lung Injury - What the Thoracic
Anesthesiologist Needs to Know

Jens Lohser, MD MSc FRCPC

3:15 - 4:15 pm Session 2: Experts and Controversies
Moderator: Ferenc Puskas, MD PhD

Pro-Con Debate: Is 100% Oxygen During OLV Really

Pro: Albert C. Perrino, Jr., MD
Con: Ferenc Puskas, MD PhD
Pro-Con Debate: Volatile Versus Intravenous Anesthesia
During Thoracic Surgery

Pro: E. Andrew Ochroch, MD MSCE
Con: Peter D. Slinger, MD FRCPC

4:15 - 4:30 pm Coffee Break with Exhibitors

4:30 - 5:15 pm Workshop 3

5:20 - 6:05 pm Workshop 4

6:10 - 6:55 pm Thoracic Jeopardy!

Peter D. Slinger, MD FRCPC

6:55 - 7:30 pm Reception with Exhibitors

Workshop Topics*:
*Attendees will receive their workshop assignments prior to the meeting. Please visit the registration desk on-site with any questions about your workshop assignments or email

Lung Ultrasound
Moderator: Massimiliano Meineri, MD
Faculty: Alan F. Ross, MD and Andrew C. Steel, MBBS FRCA FRCPC MRCP

Lung Isolation in Patients With Difficult Airway
Moderator: Kenichi Ueda, MD
Faculty: Jean S. Bussieres, MD; Ron V. Purugganan, MD;
Srinivasa Rajagopal, MD

Paravertebral Blocks
Moderator: Brandi A. Bottiger, MD
Faculty: George Kanellakos, MD and Gian Paparcuri, MD

Anesthesia for Airway Surgery
Moderator: Joshua J. Sebranek, MD
Faculty: Richard E. Galgon, MD MS; Timothy A. Jackson, MD PhD;
and S
udhakar Subramani, MD MMED

Problem-Based Learning Discussions

An additional $45 will be charged for an optional breakfast PBLD session, selected from various thoracic-focused topics, from 6:45 - 7:55 am on April 22.

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