National Round Table

Upcoming CATS National Round Tables 2020-21 (Virtual Meetings)

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October 29, 2020 - Multicentre Research Studies & Innovative Research Programs

October 29, 2020 – Multicentre Research Studies & Innovative Research Programs

Thoracic surgeons from across Canada are invited to present studies and concepts poised for national collaboration.

This educational event is designed for practicing surgeons and surgical trainees and will accomplish the following learning outcomes:

  • Education regarding new and emerging research in thoracic surgery
  • Discussion on national collaboration on multi-centre projects
  • Catalyzing CATS National Database into multi-centre research
  • Learning about potential industry partnerships with CATS centre

CATS members may contact CATS for the meeting minutes.

Thanks to our generous virtual meeting sponsor:

December 3, 2020 - Thoracic Oncology Without Borders

December 3, 2020 – Thoracic Oncology Without Borders: What’s on the horizon for the treatment of early-stage lung cancer

CATS National Round Table Meeting (Free)

December 3, 2020 at 4-6 pm Eastern

  • Dr. Anna McGuire, University of British Columbia –
    • Circulating Tumor DNA and molecular residual disease in early-stage lung cancer: Implications for the present and future
  • Dr. Mariano Provencio, Alcalà University
    • Neoadjuvant chemoimmunotherapy for locally advanced lung cancer: Results of the NADIM study and future perspectives
  • Dr. Boris Sepesi, MD Anderson Cancer Center
    • Novel therapeutic combinations and precision oncology for patients with operable lung cancer
  • Dr. David Palma, Western University
    • Radiotherapy for early-stage lung cancer and synergies with systemic agents

Generously sponsored by:

January 28, 2021: CAGS/CATS Surgical Controversies in the Management of Paraesophageal Hernias

January 28, 2021: CAGS/CATS Surgical Controversies in the Management of Paraesophageal Hernias

  • Topic: Surgical Controversies in the Management of Paraesophageal Hernias (PEH)
  • January 28, 2021 at 7pm-8:30pm EST
  • via Zoom: Check your CATS Monthly Newsletter and Reminders
  • Co-chairs: Dr. Carolyn Nessim and Dr. Andrew Seely

Session Description: Invited members from the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS) and the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) will discuss the technical details regarding approaches to laparoscopic paraoesophageal hernia repair, including diaphragmatic closure, fundoplication and other critical elements related to PEH repair

Speakers: Dr. Christian Finley, Dr. James Bond, Dr. Caolan Walsh, Dr. Carmen Mueller

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss pre-operative investigations performed for patient prior to PEH repair
  • Understand the controversies and technical details of crural repair for PEH repair
  • Discuss the choice of and technical details of fundoplication for PEH repair
  • Learn other technical tips and principles for laparoscopic PEH repair

CATS Executive Committee 

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March 25, 2021 -The COVID Toll: Surgeon Burnout & Mental Health a Year On

March 25, 2021 – CATS National Round Table

The COVID Toll 
Surgeon Burnout & Mental Health a Year On

This national round table will host two expert panelists who will discuss:

  • physician wellness and burnout,
  • concrete evidence-informed strategies individuals, leaders, and organizations should be taking to mitigate work place stress and its impact on their well-being,
  • wellness challenges and opportunities for surgeons.

Moderator: Dr. Najib Safieddine

Speakers:

Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye: Strategies to Mitigate Burnout

Dr. Dyrbye is Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Division of Community Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, and is a thought leader in physician burnout and engagement. As Co-Director of the Program on Physician Well-Being, she has conducted numerous national and multi-institutional studies, conducted randomized clinical trials of possible solutions, and been an innovator. She is frequently invited to give presentations both nationally and internationally and has authored >130 journal articles, abstracts and other written publications related to physician well-being. 

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Dr. David Rogers: Unique Features of Surgeon Well-Being

Dr.  Rogers is a professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Alabama. He has served as the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the School of Medicine since 2012. He was named the UAB Medicine Chief Wellness Officer and was appointed to the ProAssurance Chair of Physician Wellness in 2018.

Generously sponsored by:

April 29, 2021: CATS QIP&DB - National Positive Deviance Seminar

April 29, 2021: CATS QIP&DB – National Positive Deviance Seminar

Upcoming National Positive Deviance Seminar:

Post-operative Pulmonary Complications

Moderatored by: Dr. Andrew Seely

Thurs. Apr. 29 from 5:00-7:00pm EST

All are welcome to attend, but not all sites will have their data included (i.e. depending on level of participation/data collection).

For details, please go to: https://www.canadianthoracicsurgeons.ca/annual-meeting/cats-db-meetings/

CATS thanks the generous support of its partners for the CATS DB and QIP programs:

May 27, 2021 - CATS National Round Table - Thoracic Tumour Board: Unusual Oncology Cases

May 27, 2021 – CATS National Round Table – Thoracic Tumour Board: Unusual Oncology Cases

CATS Thoracic Tumour Board

May 27, 2021 at 4 pm Eastern

Moderated by Dr. Jonathan Cools-Lartigue

Send your cases to: cats@CanadianThoracicsSurgeons.ca


Overview

The management of rare tumours in thoracic surgery patients presents a specific set of challenges. Chief among them is a relative paucity of high quality data informing treatment decisions. For rare malignancies, such as mesothelioma, thymic epithelial tumours, primary mediastinal germ cell tumours and intrathoracic sarcoma, literature is predominantly limited to single institution studies and case series. Furthermore, the diagnostic rarity precludes the accumulation of significant institutional experience in many of these tumour types. While centralization of thoracic expertise has helped to concentrate clinical expertise, rare tumours remain rare and clinical trials remain geographically scattered or non-existent at the present time.

Current application of therapy in patients is essentially empiric, building upon past experience. As alluded to earlier, this mandates a minimum number of patients in order to obtain meaningful results in a plausible timeframe. Accordingly a multi-institutional approach informing treatment decisions may circumvent some of these problems. Along these lines, we are testing a transnational tumor board within the framework of the CATS round table.


We are excited to hold our first tumor board at the upcoming round table this May, and are eager for interested parties to submit cases of interest.

-The format will follow that of a standard tumor board, with case presentations followed by discussion of treatment options. This will permit us to draw off one another’s experience allowing for the best possible treatment decisions to be made. 

-Tumors of interest include thymic epithelial neoplasms, primary mediastinal germ cell tumors, atypical mesothelioma (e.g. small cell), primary intrathoracic sarcoma, and neuroendocrine tumors of the esophagus. 

-Any atypical cases of interest may be presented. 

-For the purpose of the meeting, patients do not have to be awaiting surgery to be discussed. Any patient at any stage of their clinical course my be presented. 

-We anticipate holding this national tumor board on a semi-regular basis.

Aside from allowing us to benefit from one another’s accrued clinical experience, this format may serve as an springboard for future collaborative research initiatives. Accordingly, I look forward to participating in this exciting collaborative approach to these difficult clinical situations with my Canadian colleagues this coming May and moving forward in the future.

June ?, 2021 - CATS National Round Table - Intersection of Quality Improvement, Research, and Best Practices

June ?, 2021 – CATS National Round Table – Intersection of Quality Improvement, Research, and Best Practices: The CATS National Database

  • Chairs: Drs. Danny French, Jonathan Spicer, and Najib Safieddine
  • Details coming soon.
Fall 2021 - CATS National Round Table - Workforce Planning in Thoracic Surgery

Fall 2021 – CATS National Round Table – Workforce Planning in Thoracic Surgery

  • Chair: TBA
  • Details coming soon.