Annual Meeting 

CSF Program 2022

This year’s Canadian Surgery Forum will be taking place 2022- September 15-17, The Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON

Please find the CATS Program, a map of the social events, and the list of abstracts below.

DateTimeChair / SpeakerLocationSession/Description
Sep-141900-2100Chair: Dr. Gail DarlingSpruce Room, Mezzanine Level
CATS Executive Business Meeting - Closed Meeting for the Executive Committee:

This is closed meeting for CATS Members.

Sep-150730-1200Chair: Dr. Simon TurnerWillow West, Mezzanine Level
CATS Masterclass: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy:

This session is intended for trainees and practicing surgeons who are interested in minimally invasive esophagectomy.

Sep-151200-1330Chair: Dr. Sadeesh SrinathanPeel Room, Mezzanine Level
RC Specialty Committee:

Sep-151400-1600Chair: Dr. Biniam KidaneWillow West, Mezzanine Level
CATS Research Meeting:

This is closed meeting for CATS Members.

Sep-151600-1730Chair: Dr. Andrew SeelyWillow West, Mezzanine Level
CATS National Database: Positive Deviance Seminar: Procedure Specific Grade IV and Grade V Adverse Events:

This is closed meeting for CATS Members.

Sep-151900-2300Local Lead: Dr. Jon Yeung with Dr. Gail DarlingCRAFT Beer Market
CATS Members Cocktail Party:

This is a social event for CATS members and their guests. 1 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2V9; Phone: (437) 922-2337; Website: craftbeermarket.ca

Sep-160800-0900Dr. Michele MolinariTBA
CAGS Williams Lecture: Who is Calling the Shots?:

This event was organized by CAGS.

Sep-160915-1100Chairs: Dr. Madelaine Plourde and Dr. Laura DonahoeBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
CATS Session 1: Expanding Horizons - The 21st Century Thoracic Surgeon:

This session is aimed at thoracic surgeons. The state of Canadian Thoracic Surgery will be discussed. At the end of this session, participants will understand the achievements of, opportunities available to, and threats facing Canadian Thoracic Surgeons in our era.

Sep-160915-0930Dr. Sudhir Sundaresan
Why Surgeons should be administrators:

Sep-160930-0945Dr. Christian Finley
Lung Cancer Screening: Equitable access:

Sep-160945-1000Dr. Simon Turner
Equity and Diversity in CATS:

Sep-161000-1015Dr. Michael Ko
Global surgery initiatives:

Sep-161015-1045Dr. Mark Dockstator
Starting the conversation, what CATS can do to improve indigenous health:

Sep-161045-1100All Speakers
Questions and discussion:

Sep-161130-1300TBATBA
Ethicon: Topic: CSATS:

This event was organized by the CSF and an industry sponsor.

Sep-161145-1300TBATBA
AstraZeneca & Merck Topic: TBA (Surgical Oncology):

This event was organized by the CSF and an industry sponsor.

Sep-161145-1300TBATBA
AstraZeneca: Topic: Exploring advances in neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatments in patients with resectable early-stage NSCLC:

This event was organized by the CSF and an industry sponsor.

Sep-161145-1300Chair: Dr. Biniam KidaneTBA
Eposter Presentations:

These sessions are intended for thoracic surgeons, trainees, researchers and medical students. Current research will be presented in the form of proffered papers with audience questions and discussions following. Participants will hear from basic and clinical investigators regarding current state-of-the-art research in thoracic surgery. At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the breadth of research, and enhanced familiarity with up-to-date findings.

Sep-161300-1430Chairs: Dr. Adam Menegetti and Dr. Ahmad AshrafiBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
CATS/MIS Joint Session: Benign Esophageal Disorders:

This session is designed for general and thoracic surgeons who evaluate and/or treat foregut disorders. Evidence based management options will be discussed. Cases will be used to illustrate important considerations. At the end of the session, participants will have gained an understanding of an appropriate evaluation to establish the definite diagnosis; the pathophysiology underlying these diseases and their treatment failures; and therapeutic options based on patient specific considerations and the best available evidence.

Sep-161300-1315Dr. Anna McGuire
Esophageal manometry for the surgeon:

Sep-161315-1330Dr. Anne-Sophie Laliberte
Achalasia: POEM vs Myotomy:

Sep-161330-1345Dr. Samaad Malik
Hiatus Hernia in the Morbidly Obese Patient:

Sep-161345-1400Dr. Shahzeer Karmali
GERD: Indications and Surgical Approaches:

Sep-161400-1415Dr. Sayf Gazala
Giant Hiatal Hernia: Indication and Surgical approach:

Sep-161400-1430All Speakers
Q & A:

Sep-161500-1630Chairs: Dr. Eric Bedard and Dr. Victoria CheungBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
CATS Session 3:

This session is aimed at thoracic surgeons. The state of Canadian Thoracic Surgery will be discussed. At the end of this session, participants will understand the achievements of, opportunities available to, and threats facing Canadian Thoracic Surgeons in our era.

Sep-161500-1530Dr. Clemens Aigner
Surgical Management of Advanced Lung Cancer:

Sep-161530-1545Dr. John Agzarian
Surgery for T1:Segmentectomy vs lobectomy:

Sep-161545-1600Dr. Jon Spicer
Neoadjuvant IO for resectable NSCLC:

Sep-161600-1615Dr. Alison Wallace
Adjuvant Immunotherapy for Resected Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:

Sep-161615-1630Dr. Natasha Leighl
Targeted therapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:

Sep-161630-1645Dr. Rosalyn Juergens
New Drugs on the Block for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:

Sep-161645-1700Dr. Kalvin Lung
Robotic Bronchoscopy: Is it worth it?:

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Sep-161700-1730All SpeakersBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
Lung Cancer: Ask the Experts:

Sep-161730-1830Chairs: Dr. John Agzarian and Dr. Shona SmithBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
CATS Cup:

This session is aimed at thoracic surgeons. The state of Canadian Thoracic Surgery will be discussed. At the end of this session, participants will understand the achievements of, opportunities available to, and threats facing Canadian Thoracic Surgeons in our era.

Sep-161900-2300CAGSRipley's Aquarium
CSF Soiree (included in ticket price):

This event was organized by the CSF. 288 Bremmer Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9

Sep-170800-0845Dr. Mark WalshTBA
CAGS Lecture: CAGS Presidential Address:

This event was organized by CAGS.

Sep-170900-1030Chair: Dr. Biniam KidaneBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
CATS Paper Session:

These sessions are intended for thoracic surgeons, trainees, researchers and medical students. Current research will be presented in the form of proffered papers with audience questions and discussions following. Participants will hear from basic and clinical investigators regarding current state-of-the-art research in thoracic surgery. At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the breadth of research, and enhanced familiarity with up-to-date findings.

Sep-171030-1130Chair: Dr. Gail Darling with Lecturer from Prof. Nouman AshrafBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
President's Invited Lecturer: Expanding leadership (EDIA) - Leader as Learner: Creating a Learning Culture that Enables Cultural Fluency:

Sep-171130-1300Chair: Dr. Biniam KidaneTBA
CATS Eposters Eposter Presentations:

These sessions are intended for thoracic surgeons, trainees, researchers and medical students. Current research will be presented in the form of proffered papers with audience questions and discussions following. Participants will hear from basic and clinical investigators regarding current state-of-the-art research in thoracic surgery. At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the breadth of research, and enhanced familiarity with up-to-date findings.

Sep-171130-1300TBA
INDUSTRY SPONSORED LUNCH SYMPOSIA: Novartis & Merck: Topic: Adjuvant therapy in melanoma:

This event was organized by the CSF and an industry sponsor.

Sep-171145-1300TBA
INDUSTRY SPONSORED LUNCH SYMPOSIA: Astrazeneca: Topic: TBA (HPB focus):

This event was organized by the CSF and an industry sponsor.

Sep-171145-1300TBA
INDUSTRY SPONSORED LUNCH SYMPOSIA: Merck: Topic: TBA (thoracic focus):

This event was organized by the CSF and an industry sponsor.

Sep-171300-1430Chairs: Dr. Sean Grondin and Dr. Andrew SeelyBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
CATS Session 4: Challenges in Thoracic Surgery:

This session is aimed at thoracic surgeons. The state of Canadian Thoracic Surgery will be discussed. At the end of this session, participants will understand the achievements of, opportunities available to, and threats facing Canadian Thoracic Surgeons in our era.

Sep-171300-1330Pearson Lecturer: Dr. Tom Waddell
Multimodality Management of Pulmonary Metastases:

This session is intended for all thoracic surgeons and trainees. The Dr. FG Pearson lecture showcases an esteemed thoracic surgeon who will highlight and present topics of broad and particular interest to the clinical practice, research enterprise and training endeavors of thoracic surgeons. At the end of the session, participants will better understand key factors that will influence the current and future practice of Thoracic Surgery.

Sep-171330-1345Dr. Anna Bendzsak
Indications for Surgery or TPA in Empyema:

Sep-171345-1400Dr. Jon Yeung
Tracheo-esophageal Fistula:

Sep-171400-1415Dr. Gary Gelfand
Airway Emergencies:

Sep-171415-1430Dr. Rick Malthaner
Rib Fractures: to plate or not to plate:

Sep-171500-1630Chairs: Dr. Gail Darling and Dr. Naz SeyednejadBirchwood Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
CATS Session 5: Esophageal Cancer / STS Invited Speaker:

This session is aimed at thoracic surgeons. The state of Canadian Thoracic Surgery will be discussed. At the end of this session, participants will understand the achievements of, opportunities available to, and threats facing Canadian Thoracic Surgeons in our era.

Sep-171500-1530Dr. Daniela Molena
Immunotherapy in the Management of Esophageal Cancer:

Sep-171530-1545Dr. Chris Teshima
Current Strategies in Barrett's Esophagus:

Sep-171545-1600Dr. Biniam Kidane
Management of Early Esophageal Cancer:

Sep-171600-1615Dr. Dalilah Fortin
Complications of Esophagectomy:

Sep-171615-1630Dr. Jonathan Cools-Lartigue
Management of ESCC: Role of Salvage Esophagectomy:

Sep-171630-1700All Speakers
Ask the Experts:

Sep-171900-2200 Local Lead: Dr. Jon Yeung with Dr. Gail DarlingWoods Restaurant
CATS Dinner & Awards including the Distinguished Service Award:

This is a social event for CATS members and their guests. 45 Colborne Street
Toronto, ON M5E 1E3; Phone: (416) 214.9918; Email: info@woodsrestaurant.ca; Website: https://woodsrestaurant.ca/

Map of hotel and social events:

 

CATS Research Abstracts:

Please see below for the full list of papers and posters to be presented. 

Papers

CSF ID Eligible for Abstract Award* Time Presenter Title
CATS-02   0900-0910 Bright Huo Screening criteria evaluation for expansion in pulmonary neoplasias (SCREEN).
CATS-03   0910-0920 Yogita Patel Robotic-Assisted Lobectomy for Early-Stage Lung Cancer Provides Better Patient-Reported Quality of Life Compared to Video-Assisted Lobectomy: Early Results of the RAVAL Trial
CATS-05 Yes 0920-0930 Uzair Jogiat Learning Objectives for Thoracic Surgery: Developing a National Standard for Undergraduate Medical Education
CATS-06   0930-0940 Anna McGuire Plasma Cell-Free DNA as a Point-of-Care Wellbeing Biomarker for Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients
CATS-09 Yes 0940-0950 Evan Barber Optimizing opioid prescribing practices following minimally invasive lung resections through a structured quality improvement process.
CATS-11 Yes 0950-1000 Adom Bondzi-Simpson Initiating Ethiopia’s first minimally invasive surgery program: a novel approach for collaborations in global surgical education
CATS-16   1000-1010 Lyndsay Harrison Development of a prediction model for survival time in esophageal cancer patients treated with resection
CATS-17   1010-1020 Ge Shi The Development and Validation of a Mixed Reality Thoracic Surgical Anatomy Atlas

Posters

CSF ID Eligible for Abstract Award* Presenter Title
CATS-01   Joshua Keogh The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-small cell lung cancer pathologic stage and presentation.
CATS-04   Yogita Patel Breathe Anew: Designing and Testing the Feasibility of a Novel Intervention for Lung Cancer Survivorship
CATS-07 Yes Uzair Jogiat Sarcopenia Determined by Skeletal Muscle Index Predicts Overall Survival, Disease-free Survival, and Postoperative Complications in Resectable Esophageal Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
CATS-08 Yes Yung Lee The Short and Long-Term Effects of Open vs Minimally Invasive Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
CATS-10   Gileh-Gol Akhtar-Danesh Effects of Virtual Postoperative Post-Discharge Care in Patients Undergoing Lung Resection During the COVID-19 Pandemic
CATS-12   Alison Wallace Patient outcomes following salvage lung cancer surgery post definitive chemotherapy or radiation
CATS-13   Negar Ahmadi Replacing post chest tube removal chest x-rays with clinical assessment in post-operative thoracic surgery patients. 
CATS-14   Sami Aftab Abdul Updating the Practice of Thoracic Surgery in Canada: A Survey of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons
CATS-15   Pooja Patel The Impact of COVID-19 on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Cancer
CATS-18   Ge Shi Routine Placement of Feeding Tubes Should Be Avoided in Esophageal Cancer Patients Undergoing Surgery
CATS-19   Jacob Alaichi Nodal Count is No Different During Robotic Segmentectomy Compared to Robotic Lobectomy
CATS-20   Stephen Gowing Point-of Care Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Biopsy of Solid Masses in the Thoracic Outpatient Clinic – A Safe, High Yield Procedure to Accelerate Tissue Diagnosis for Patients with Advanced Thoracic Malignancy
CATS-21   Linda Chang Qu Sarcopenia and Modified Frailty Index are Not Associated with Adverse Outcomes After Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer – A Retrospective Cohort Study
CATS-22   Jacob Alaichi Near-Infrared Guided Segmental Resection for Lung Cancer: An Analysis of the Learning Curve
CATS-23   Ahmad S. Ashrafi Routine use of feeding jejunostomy tubes in patients undergoing esophagectomy for esophageal malignancy is safe and associated with low complication rates

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Past CATS Annual Meetings and Programs

CATS ConferenceYearDatesCityProvinceProgram
1st Annual Meeting1998September 1MontrealQuebec
2nd Annual Meeting1999September 24-25MontrealQuebec
3th Annual Meeting2000June 2-3TorontoOntario
4th Annual Meeting2001September 7-9Quebec CityQuebec
5th Annual Meeting2002September 20-21LondonOntario
6th Annual Meeting2003September 19-20VancouverBritish Columbia
7th Annual Meeting2004September 10-11OttawaOntario
8th Annual Meeting2005September 9-10MontrealQuebec
9th Annual Meeting2006September 8-10CalgaryAlberta
10th Annual Meeting2007September 7-9TorontoOntario
11th Annual Meeting2008September 11-13HalifaxNova Scotia
12th Annual Meeting2009September 11-13VictoriaBritish Columbia
13th Annual Meeting2010September 2-5Quebec CityQuebec
14th Annual Meeting2011September 15-18LondonOntario2011 Program
15th Annual Meeting2012September 13-16CalgaryAlberta2012 Program
16th Annual Meeting2013September 19-22OttawaOntario2013 Program
17th Annual Meeting2014September 18-20VancouverBritish Columbia2014 Program
18th Annual Meeting2015September 16-20Quebec CityQuebec2015 Program
19th Annual Meeting2016September 8-10TorontoOntario2016 Program
20th Annual Meeting2017September 12-14VictoriaBritish Columbia2017 Program
21st Annual Meeting2018September 13-15St. John’sNewfoundland2018 Program
22nd Annual Meeting2019September 5-7MontréalQuébec2019 Program
23rd Annual Meeting2020September 24-26Cancelled due to COVID-19
24th Annual Meeting2021September 21-24Virtual2021 Program
25th Annual Meeting2022September 15-17TorontoOntario

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Recent CATS Invited Lecturers

YearSpeakerLectureTitle
2021Dr. Garrett Walsh Pearson Lecture (2020)Paying homage to my Canadian surgical training and mentors after 30 years of a Thoracic oncology practice
2021Dr. Andrew SeelyPresident's LecturePresident Practice Changing Ideas in Surgery and Research & Thoracic Surgery
2021Dr. Enrico Ruffini ESTS InvitedThe TNM staging system of thymic tumors: a drive to optimal therapeutic management
2021Dr. David Tom Cooke STS InvitedImproving Healthcare Through Diversity – Thoracic Surgeons as Change Agents
2021Dr. Valerie Rusch Pearson LectureAdvances in Lung Cancer Care
2019Dr. David MulderPresident’s Invited Lecturer
2019Dr. Shaf KeshavjeePearson Lecture
2019Dr. Alessandro (Alex) BrunelliESTS InvitedEuropean innovations in thoracic surgery
2019Dr. Yolanda CoulsonSTS InvitedThe evolution of sentinel lymph node mapping in lung cancer
2018Dr. Sean GrondinPresident's Lecture5D Leadership
2018Dr. Donald Low President’s Invited LecturerStandardized Clinical Pathways and ERAS Protocols: Are they Enough to Keep Surgeons Relevant in the Management of Esophageal Cancer?
2018Dr. Douglas MathisenRoyal College Gallie LectureSurgeon Scientist in an Era of Declining Revenues, RVS’s and Work Hours
2018Dr. Joel DunningESTS InvitedThe New Era of Thoracic Surgery
2018Dr. Shonda BlackmonSTS InvitedSmall bowel interposition
2017Dr. Alan SihoePresident's Invited LecturerNew Concepts in Thoracic Surgery / When East Meets West in Thoracic Surgery
2017Dr. John MitchellPearson LectureSurgical Infections of the Chest
2016Dr. Drew BethunePresident's Lecture
2016Dr. Keith NeinheimPearson LectureAdvances in Management of Lung Cancer / Thoracoscopic Sublobar Resections
2016Dr. Eric VallierePresident's Invited Lectureship (Advances in Management of Lung Cancer
2015Dr. Gaetano RoccoPearson Lecture