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International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit

The AATS International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit is designed to focus exclusively on thoracic surgical oncology with an emphasis on the multidisciplinary care, advanced surgical approaches and diagnostics, and cutting-edge technologies that are needed to best care for patients with cancers of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum and pleura. Educational content will be delivered by an international panel of experts via oral presentations from peer-reviewed abstract submissions, invited lecturers, debates, multiple high quality "how I do it" videos, and special hands-on sessions where applicants can directly interact with faculty to learn new techniques and approaches.

Program Director:

David R. Jones

Program Committee:

Haiquan Chen
Hiroshi Date
Jessica S. Donington
Daniela Molena
Bernard J. Park
Harvey Pass
Isabelle Opitz
Scott J. Swanson

Program Director: Dr. David R. Jones

Dr. Jones graduated Phi Beta Kappa from West Virginia University and received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine where he was AOA. He completed his Thoracic Surgery Residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. In 1999, Dr. Jones joined the faculty at the University of Virginia where he became Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department. In 2013 Dr. Jones was recruited to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as Chief of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Jones is Professor & Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Executive Vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at MSKCC. He is also the Co-Director of the Fiona and Stanly Druckenmiller Center for Lung Cancer Research. He is the current Secretary of the AATS and Chair of the AATS-MSKCC Thoracic Surgery Oncology Group (TSOG) for clinical trials. Dr. Jones is Associate Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is recent past Chair of the NIH/NCI Tumor Progression and Metastasis (TPM) study section and currently serves on the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors. He serves on numerous national and international committees related to thoracic surgical research and clinical care.

Dr. Jones's research focuses on mechanisms and drivers of metastases in lung cancer. His research has been funded by the NIH/NCI, Department of Defense, and the AACR. He has been the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on over 35 funded grants and currently holds 2 R01 awards from the NCI. He has published over 380 papers and has written over 35 book chapters. He was an early adopter of VATS anatomic resections and minimally-invasive esophagectomies and performs the majority of his operations using these minimally-invasive approaches.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates this live educational activity for 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Exhibition and Sponsorship

Reach the cardiothoracic community at the International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit by sharing your brand, products, and services with thousands of experts in the field. Existing and new partners are encouraged to view the Industry Prospectus to learn more. For questions regarding exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Contact Us

Melissa Binette
Senior Director of Meetings and Industry
industry@aats.org