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VATS Lobectomy:
Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Healthcare Costs

Increasingly, healthcare providers are being asked to balance the goals of reducing costs of care with that of maintaining – or improving – patient outcomes. This is especially true when considering management of the lung cancer patient.

This symposium will demonstrate how, by adopting VATS, thoracic surgeons can take a leadership role in driving down care delivery costs while improving patient outcomes.

After Viewing This Program, You Should Be Prepared To:
1. Make the case for VATS surgery from a patient and provider perspective.
2. Provide economic evidence of the benefits of VATS for the institution and healthcare system.
3. Present best practices in creating a VATS program.
4. Give an update on VATS enabling instrumentation.
5. Discuss the importance of surgeon participation in multidisciplinary tumor boards
6. Highlight methods of communicating the benefits of VATS to patients and referrers.


Raja M. Flores, MD

Raja M. Flores, MD Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Ames Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery The Mount Sinai Medical Center
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Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH, FACS

Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH, FACS Assistant Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Attending Physician
Department of Surgery
The Methodist Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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William R. Burfeind Jr., MD

William R. Burfeind Jr., MD Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgical Associates St. Luke's Division of Thoracic Surgery
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Mark J. Krasna, MD

Mark J. Krasna, MD Medical Director of the Cancer Institute, St. Joseph Medical Center
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