Lung transplant and lung failure Symposium

September 22-24, 2022 - Palermo, Italy.
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Welcome letter

Lung transplantation is one of the most challenging yet rewarding modern clinical practices. It requires a true multidisciplinary attitude and is often dealing with a limited pool of organ donors. Surgical, medical, and administrative excellence are the mainstay for obtaining good clinical outcomes.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the world’s leading Institutions for transplantation, and IRCCS ISMETT, a UPMC transplant hospital located in Palermo, Italy are glad to present the first joint Pittsburgh – Palermo Lung Transplant and Lung Failure Symposium.

The course will take place in Palermo on September 22-24, 2022. It will consist of two days of didactics and one day of hands-on training. The topics of the symposium will include organ procurement and management, DCD, EVLP, ECMO, lung transplantation for COVID, and hot topics in lung transplantation. The program is intended to offer an immersive experience to all participants and to promote interaction between the faculty and the audience.

The course will be in person. The invited faculty will include surgeons, pulmonologists, and intensivists from EU and Italy, who will join local physicians from Pittsburgh and Palermo. Participation is open to all medical and non-medical specialists of the field. The event will offer international CME credits.

Finally, we are excited to host this event following the pandemic. September in Palermo is beautiful. It will be the perfect venue for work and leisure.

Looking forward to seeing you in Sicily!

Alessandro Bertani
Pablo Sanchez

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Alessandro Bertani, MD

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation, ISMETT-UPMC Italy, Palermo

Dr. Bertani is a thoracic surgeon and currently leads the Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplant Unit at IRCCS-ISMETT in Palermo, Sicily. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, and Director of Preclinical Research at the labs at ISMETT. He has performed over 2,000 general and thoracic surgeries, and over 1,000 gastrointestinal and airway endoscopy procedures. He has specific competence in minimally-invasive esophageal and pulmonary surgery, and has been the coordinator of a thoracic surgery program at IRCCS-ISMETT since 2008.

He has contributed to the development of the IRCCS-ISMETT lung transplantation program, one of the most active in Italy, with about 15 cases per year, including lobe transplant from deceased donors in adult and pediatric patients, and extracorporeal respiratory support. In 2006, Dr. Bertani performed the world’s first lung transplant on an HIV-positive patient.

He graduated from the University of Pavia’s Faculty of Medicine in 1998 and after training in the General Surgery and Liver and Lung Transplantation Unit at the Riuniti Hospitals in Bergamo, became a clinical fellow in cardiothoracic transplant and minimally-invasive thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh (U.S.). He also was a clinical fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at ISMETT. In 2006, he completed a PhD in experimental surgery and microsurgery at the University of Pavia’s Faculty of Medicine. He is enrolled in the national register of General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery.

He is a member of several International medical associations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS), the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), the European Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), and several national scientific boards and committees. He has served as a visiting professor in several lung transplant and thoracic surgery centers worldwide. Dr. Bertani is a member of the Italian Society of Thoracic Surgery Board of Directors and of the Italian VATS Group.  He has been the principal investigator in several clinical and preclinical thoracic surgery and transplantation research projects, particularly focused on the fields of lung tumors, organ preservation, and lung transplantation.

Pablo Sanchez, MD, PhD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Vice Chairman, Benign Lung Diseases Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation and ECMO Director, Lung Transplant Research Director, EVLP Program, UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Pablo Sanchez the director of lung transplantation and lung failure at UPMC. He also is Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Vice Chairman, Benign Lung Diseases; Chief, Division of Lung Transplant and Lung Failure; Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation and ECMO; Director, Lung Transplant Research; and, Director, Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP)

Dr. Sanchez received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2017. In 2018, his work was named an Exceptional Abstract by the American Thoracic Society Innovations in Fellowship Education. In both 2019 and 2020, he was named the Thoracic Surgery Faculty of the Year in UPMC’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Sanchez’s current research interests include basic science and clinical interests that are focused on novel therapies using extracorporeal perfusion system to minimize surgical complications related to lung transplantation including ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, primary graft dysfunction (PGD), airway ischemia, and chronic allograft dysfunction (CLAD). He is the principal investigator of the project entitled, “Exosomes as a novel surrogate prognostic tool for host immune-mediated clinical responses driving the development of CLAD” (U01 consortium with University of Washington).

General information

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Via Cartari 18, 90133 Palermo
 +39 091 320075

Hotel booking
DUS (double use single) room: € 190,00 per night (breakfast included)
Double room: € 223,00 per night (breakfast included)
City tax: € 2,00 per person, per night

Social dinner
Palazzo Branciforte (walking distance from the Hotel), Largo Gae Aulenti 2, 90133 Palermo

Organizing secretariat:
Zeroseicongressi S.r.l., Via Benaco 15, 00199 Roma
+39 06 8416681
+39 06 8411861

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The symposium is open to the first 60 registrants.

There is no participation fee to attend the symposium. Attendees will be responsible for their travel, accommodation, and some meal expense.

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