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 and live streamed. 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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Symposium Directors

Alessandro Bertani, MD

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

Dr. Bertani is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation at IRCCS ISMETT, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bertani works in Palermo since 2005, after training in Pavia, Bergamo, and Pittsburgh. His clinical interests include clinical lung transplantation and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He also coordinates the activity of the IRCCS ISMETT large animal preclinical research facility in Palermo.

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. Sanchez specializes in lung transplant surgery. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Chief of the Division of Lung Transplant and Lung Failure. He is also Director of Lung Transplant Research and Director of the Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) program. Dr. Sanchez became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2017. In both 2019 and 2020, he was named the Thoracic Surgery Faculty of the Year, UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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

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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