Gustavo Alejandro Lyons
Marcelo Caetano da Silva
Thomas W. White
Cameron Wright MD obtained his MD from the University of Michigan and did his residencies in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is an attending surgeon at the MGH in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. He is the Douglas Mathisen Family Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He leads the Quality and Patient Safety Committee for the Department of Surgery. His clinical interests include lung cancer, VATS lung resections, tracheal surgery, thymic tumors, outcomes analysis and model development with the STS General Thoracic Database, and pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. Dr Wright served as a Director of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a past Chair of the STS General Thoracic Surgery Database and the immediate past Chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has published over 160 peer reviewed papers and 104 book chapters and reviews. He has received several local awards in recognition of his work in improving the quality of care at the MGH. He recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Eric Roessner is currently the deputy head of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University Germany.
He was recently appointed as the new Chair of Thoracic Surgery, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
In his current positon he is responsible for the Thoracic Surgery unit with an emphasis on minimal invasive and robotic thoracic surgery of bronchial and thymic malignancies.
He underwent his professional training in Mannheim and in the Royal Brompton Hospital London, UK.
His scientific interests focus on tissue engineering, hybrid OR techniques and medical technology in general.
Prof. Roessner is the EACTS´s Thoracic Domain Chair and member of the council (2018-2021).
Marcelo C. Da Silva
Dr. Marcelo C. DaSilva is a thoracic surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Consulting Surgeon at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. DaSilva is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He I triple certified thoracic surgery, general surgery, and surgical critical care. In addition, Dr. DaSilva has specializations in lung transplantation and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise are focused on the treatment of pectus excavatum in adults, malignant pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma and intraoperative heated chemotherapy (HIOC/HIPEC). He has been recently named director of the Program in Chest Wall Disorders and is a member of the Center for Innovations at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
He is a member of the International Association Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation, Society of Thoracic Surgery, the European Society of Thoracic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physician, Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, and Association for Academic Surgery, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Massachusetts Medical Society, Chest Wall Injury Society. Most recently, he has been named member of the Board of Trustees at the Caribbean Medical University in the Dutch Antilles.
Prior to joining the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. DaSilva was Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in, co-director of the Lung Transplant and Thoracic Oncology Program at Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and named Professor of Surgery at the Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago in 2013 position he held until July 2015. He also served as Chief of Thoracic Surgery Program at Care New England.
During his career, he has been treating patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Dr. DaSilva surgical interests spam over lung cancer, esophageal cancer, benign and malignant diseases of the chest. He has championed minimally invasive thoracic surgery with a “2-port” video-assisted lobectomy for lung cancer. He was the pioneer of 3-D thoracoscopic surgery in the state of Illinois and in performing the first 3-D minimally invasive esophagectomy in the country. Dr. Marcelo DaSilva is at the forefront of Genetics and Lung Cancer.
Dr. DaSilva is committed to excellence in medicine and has been involved with issues related to the future of health care and affordable care. He is the recipient of Leadership in Health Policy-Management at Heller School for Social Policy Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and The Mark Young International Medical Studies Scholarship, Barcelona, Spain. Most recently, Dr. DaSilva has been invited to participate in the Forbes Magazine Reinventing America Summit, Chicago.
Dr. Marcelo C DaSilva believes that teamwork across organizations, aligned with focus attention and clarity of purpose delivers excellent care to thousands of lives we touch and the communities we serve.
Moheb A. Rashid
Moheb A. Rashid, MD, PhD, is a Swedish senior consultant surgeon, with 30 years of experience and practices mainly in cardiothoracic surgery, including pediatric cardiac surgery and heart & lung transplantations, vascular surgery and trauma surgery in the biggest university hospitals in Scandinavia including Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Lund University Hospital, and Copenhagen University Hospital. Dr Rashid obtained his doctorate degree in Cardiothoracic trauma in a Scandinavian perspective from the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden. Dr Rashid has been a guest reviewer for top several scientific surgical journals and a member of several international scientific societies for over 2.5 decades. Dr Rashid is the Founder and President of the World Society for Cardiothoracic Trauma and he is the Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Cardiothoracic Trauma.
Dr Rashid pioneered surgical procedures in heart, chest, vascular and trauma surgery. The complicated multi-injured and critically ill trauma patient particularly with heart, lung, or aortic injury is his main interest.
Shanda H. Blackmon
Shanda H. Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., limits her practice to thoracic surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and new technology. She completed Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. She was awarded the Clinical Instructorship position in thoracic surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, until she was recruited to build an innovative Division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Blackmon was Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital for eight years, serving as the Director of The Methodist Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Board and Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program. She led an Esophageal Support Group of patients for eight years. She has now joined Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she currently practices in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery. She currently is the principal investigator or a co-investigator at Mayo Clinic in several clinical trials addressing mediastinal tumors, lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer & diseases of the esophagus. In addition to her experience with minimally invasive resections of lung and esophageal tumors, she specializes in endoluminal technology. She also holds a patent for innovating/design of an endoluminal buttressed anastomotic esophageal device which she is co-developing with Boston Scientific. She has developed a specialized team to reconstruct the esophagus with jejunum and leads an ablation team that has developed a novel approach to treating patients with lung tumors with three current funded clinical trials. She is also a pioneer in three dimensional printing and building prototypes for complex thoracic resections.
She is Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She is currently Professor and Consultant at Mayo Clinic, Division of Thoracic Surgery. She is a member of AATS, WTS, STS, STSA, ACS, AWS, SAGES, and GTSC.
She serves on the following boards or councils: TSF, STS, WTS, ATS, and STSA. Dr. Blackmon has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, given over 100 oral presentations, published more than 20 videos on CTSnet.org, edited many textbooks, and has made numerous scientific presentations on the topics of thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, new technology, and minimally invasive surgery. She is a current Deputy Editor for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, President of Women in Thoracic Surgery, Secretary/Treasurer of TSF & STSA, and serves on the Board of Directors for STS.
Doctor, Specialist in General and Thoracic Surgery, Bioethics and University Teaching – Director Program Specialization in Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery – Universidad El Bosque – Bogotá, August 19, 2009 to date.- Surgeon of Thorax Coordinator of Thoracic Surgery August 2000 to date.
Colsanitas – Reina Sofia Clinic – Bogotá, July 1997 to date.
• SETET – Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Tisiología y Enfermedades del Tórax
• SEC – Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Cirugía
• SPT – Sociedad Panamericana de Trauma
• ESTS – European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (3193)
• STS – Surgeon Thoracic Society
• ERS – European Respiratory Society
• ATS – American Thoracic Society
• AICT – Asociación Iberoamericana de Cirugía Torácica
• ALAT – Asociación Latinoamericana del Tórax
• Medical Degree at Guayaquil University – Ecuador
• Thoracic Surgeon Specialist at Alcala de Henares University – Spain
• Past Vicepresident – SETET
• Past Director of Surgery Department – ALAT
• Ex-Attending Thoracic Surgeon, Social Security Hospital, Ecuador
• Attending Thoracic Surgeon, Police Hospital, Ecuador
Professor Giuseppe Cardillo is the Chair of the Unit of Thoracic Surgery at San Camillo Forlanini Hospital in Rome (Italy).
Tutor in the Thoracic Surgery Residency Programme at the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Director of the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery School, The Italian Society of Hospital Surgeons (ACOI).
Council Member of the European Association for CardioThoracic Surgery (EACTS) and of the Italian Society for Thoracic Surgery ( SICT).
Advisory Board member of the IASLC Staging and Prognostic Factor Committee.
Co-chair of the malignant pleural mesothelioma ERS-EACTS-ESTS-ESTRO joint task force.
Co-chair of the Ground Glass Opacity (GGO) ERS-EACTS joint task force.
Former Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester University Hospital.
Paula A. Ugalde Figueroa
Doctor Ugalde graduated from Federal University of the Bahia, Brazil. She received a training in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at Santa Casa da Misericordia in Porto Alegre. Soon after, she completed a Master’s degree in Medicine and Health – Federal University of the Bahia (2004), Brazil.
To pursue her further training, she applied for an international two-year fellowship at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute (Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec – Université Laval) and a one-year fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute. She is currently the research coordinator in Thoracic Oncology and Thoracic Surgeon at the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec, Canada. Dre Ugalde is also a clinical professor at Laval University (Qc,CAN) She is specialized in surgical management of lung cancer and esophageal cancer with a focus on minimally invasive thoracic surgery. As a researcher, she strikes for the development of technology and innovation at the Institut and supervises.
Pierre-Emmanuel Falcoz is a full professor of Thoracic Surgery at Strasbourg University (France) since 2009. His main fields of interest are: lung transplantation, ECMO, thoracic oncology and database. Since 2012, he is the director of the ESTS database and also serves as secretary general of the council of the French Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery. In 2018, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the French Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery. He is author of more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed impact factored scientific journals.
Thomas W. White
Dr. White practices Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at the Intermountain Medical Center, an American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 Trauma Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
He is the Medical Director of the Nutrition Support Service and is a Clinical Professor of Surgery in the University of Utah Surgery Residency Program. He is the current Education Chair of the Chest Wall Injury Society.
His clinical interests include bedside echocardiography, critical care nutrition, thromboelastography, and resident and mid-level education. He is a recognized expert in rib fixation surgery and has participated in multiple efforts on a world-wide scale to improve the overall care for patients with chest wall injury.
Fredric Pieracci, MD, MPH, FACS currently practices in Denver, Colorado, USA, and is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and his medical degree from The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pieracci completed residencies in both general surgery and general preventive medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. During this time, he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University. Additional fellowship training in Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care was completed at the University of Colorado and Denver Health Medical Center. He is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado, Medical Director of the Thoracic Surgery and Pulmonary Nodule Clinics at Denver Health Medical Center, and the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Denver Health Medical Center. In addition to trauma and ICU call, he maintains busy elective practices in both thoracic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Pieracci is board certified in general surgery, general preventive medicine, and surgical critical care.
Research interests of Dr. Pieracci include surgical stabilization of rib fractures (SSRF) and bariatric surgery. Specific areas of current research include indications for and timing of SSRF, as well as the relationship between both scapula and clavicle fractures and SSRF. Dr. Pieracci is active in many national surgical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Surgical Infection Society, Chest Wall Injury Society, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is the current president of the Chest Wall Injury Society.
Gonzalo Varela is Spanish, has degree in Medicine, Navarra University (Spain), PhD from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and a Master’s degree in Health Care Management from the University of Cantabria in Santander (Spain). He has worked as a thoracic surgeon, Head of the Thoracic Surgery Service and Medical Director of the University Hospital of the University of Salamanca (Spain). Member of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS), Dr. Varela has held various positions in this institution, has been a member of the scientific committee of the ESTS congress, member of the database committee, director of international affairs and ESTS President between 2015 and 2016. He was the editor of the European Journal of Cardio Thoracic Surgery and chief editor of the Annals of Translational Medicine and is the author of many articles published concerning thoracic surgery. Currently, Dr. Gonzalo Varela is Research Advisor of the Institute of biomedical research of Salamanca (Spain).
Gustavo Alejandro Lyons
The surgeon Gustavo Lyons has degree of General Surgeon, endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Social Actions through the Management of control of professional exercise and Health facilities. Afterwards he specialized in Thoracic Surgery in the Argentinian Society of Thoracic and Cardio vascular Surgery and the Argentinian Association of Surgery. He is an expert in lung cancer, mediastinum cancer, hyperhidrosis, pneumothorax and pectus excavatum.
He has more than 30 years of experience in many renowned institutionssuch as the Interzonal General de Agudos José de San Martín Hospital and the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires. He is the author of many scientific papers and lecturer in many national and international congresses.
He takes part in different associations, among them the Argentinian Society of Respiratory Medicine and the Argentinian Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Dr. Guitron completed his medical education at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and went on to complete his general surgery residency at the Carilion Clinic in Virginia followed by the cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati. He has been staff surgeon at UC for 8 years. Dr. Guitron is particularly interested in minimally invasive techniques as well as resident education serving as Associate Program Director to the thoracic surgery residency training.
Luiz Enrique Payro-Hernandez
Rafael Andrade is a Mexican physician with a degree in medicine from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City / MEX), specializing in General Surgery at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis / USA) and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Indiana University (Indianapolis / USA). His training also includes a fellowship in Thoracic Oncology Surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (USA) and a Master of Health Management (MHA) from the University of Minnesota. With special interest in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, EBUS, EUS, esophageal, diaphragmatic pathologies and innovative subjects such as 3D printing applied to surgery, Dr. Rafael Andrade is the author of more than 100 publications, being the main author in 50 of them. Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) and the German Society of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Rafael Andrrade is still the current President of the Ibero-American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AIACT) and serves as Associate Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In addition, he is an applied student in his private lessons in Portuguese, specially prepared for his first visit to Brazil.
Robert McKenna, M.D., is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who pioneered minimally invasive lung cancer surgery. He has taught many thoracic surgeons around the world how to perform this surgery. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. McKenna is well-respected in the medical community for his clinical and research contributions. Dr Mckenna joined Providence Medical Institute in Santa Monica in November 2015.
Dr. McKenna has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and has authored two books and 48 book chapters on topics related to his specialty. Dr. McKenna has presented his research findings to both national and international audiences. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.