"We have adopted the approach into our mainstream thinking for treatment. It's an approach that we readily consider for our patients with liver cancer," says David A. Geller, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and co-director of the UPMC Liver Cancer Center, a program of the University of Pittsburgh's Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute.
Course directors of the workshop are Dr. Geller and Philip R. Schauer, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, director of Endoscopic Surgery and co-director of the Mark Ravitch/Leon C. Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at UPMC.
The surgeries that will be observed by those attending the course will be performed at UPMC Presbyterian by Dr. Geller and J. Wallis Marsh, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a surgeon with the UPMC Liver Cancer Center and the Starzl Transplantation Institute. Four floors up from the operating room, the attendees in Pittsburgh will be viewing the surgeries from the Charles G. Watson Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility that allows real-time interaction with the surgeons. Across the Atlantic Ocean and six time zones away, surgeons in Italy will be observing and interacting with the surgeons in Pittsburgh via satellite.
In addition to exploring the promise of laparoscopic liver resection, the workshop also will cover laparoscopic radio frequency ablation of liver tumors and other laparoscopic techniques.