Welcome to the First International Summit Meeting In General Thoracic Surgery!

Published: 2016-10-20

The First International Summit Meeting In General Thoracic Surgery

Venue: The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116, USA
Date: October 29-30, 2016

The Asian Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ASTS) announces that it will host The First International Summit Meeting In General Thoracic Surgery in Boston, MA on October 29-30, 2016.

About the Asian Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ASTS)

General Thoracic Surgery is one of the most dynamically developing specialties in clinical medicine today. In dealing with prevalent and deadly chest diseases – ranging from lung cancer to pneumothorax to esophageal tumors – thoracic surgeons have utilized both advanced technology and sophisticated operative techniques to provide previously unimaginable levels of patient care. The dissemination of these latest practices of surgery, the training of young surgeons to the highest standards, and the education and interaction with the general public are vital roles in ensuring that patients receive the safest and most effective treatment. These roles are the responsibility of professional societies in General Thoracic Surgery.

The Asian Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ASTS) was formed in 2016 by a group of the leading general thoracic surgeons in Asia to fill a pressing need. The ASTS is the first professional society catering purely to the needs of patients and healthcare workers in General Thoracic Surgery in the largest continent in the world. It aims to provide a unique platform for exchange of clinical and academic knowledge from the Pacific to the Near East. It further aims to be the bridge for sharing of thoracic surgical expertise between Asia and the rest of the world so that patients globally may benefit.

About the Summit Meeting

As a fledgling society, the ASTS seeks to learn from the experiences of the established societies in Cardiothoracic Surgery from around the world to see how to best serve its members and their patients. The First International Summit Meeting In General Thoracic Surgery has therefore been convened to bring together the most prominent thoracic surgeons from all continents. These include leaders and senior members of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, the Asia Thoracoscopic Surgery Education Program, the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, and other major associations. Never before has such a gathering of senior figures from so many societies been held in one focused meeting to foster international collaborations in this flourishing specialty. The meeting is logistically and academically supported by AME Publishing Company. 

Unlike conventional meetings in surgery, this Summit Meeting will not consist of one presentation after another. Instead, round-table discussions will be held between the top expert surgeons from the Americas, Europe, Asia and other regions of the world. This frank and open dialogue format is novel, and a landmark for such meetings. Despite the very high level of expertise present, the meeting is truly open to all. Doctors and persons with an interest in the future of General Thoracic Surgery, and who may wish to join the exchange, will be most welcome. The meeting faculties are included in the appendix 1 and meeting program in appendix 2 following this introduction. 

Contact us

For further information regarding the Asian Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ASTS) or the First International Summit Meeting In General Thoracic Surgery, please contact: 

Appendix 1. Faculties for The First International Summit Meeting In General Thoracic Surgery


Jie He
Department of Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute & Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College; National Cancer Center, Beijing, China

Secretary General

Alan Sihoe
Shenzhen Hospital, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, China

Meeting Faculties 

Shanda Blackmon
Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Stephen Cassivi
Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Haiquan Chen
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Cancer Center, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Keneng Chen  
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Beijing University Cancer Hospital, Beijing, China

Thomas D'Amico
Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, USA

Jose Luis J. Danguilan
Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines 

Frank Detterbeck
Section of Thoracic Surgery, Yale Thoracic Oncology Program, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA

Hiran Fernando
Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Christian J. Finley
Department of Surgery, McMaster University, St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

Shugeng Gao 
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

Sebastian Gilbert
Division of Thoracic Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Clinician Investigator - Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada

Jianxing He
Department of Thoracic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Gening Jiang
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Shanghai, China

David Jones
MD. Professor & Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Ali Zamir Khan
Department of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, India

Hui Li
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Beijing, China

Xiaofei Li
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tangdu Hospital, Forth Military Medical University, Xi'an, China

Eric Lim
Imperial College and The Academic Division of Thoracic Surgery, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK

Yongyu Liu
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shenyang Chest Hospital, Shenyang, China

Liuxu Liu
Department of Thoracic Surgery, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Qingquan Luo
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Chest Hospital, Shanghai, China

Blair Marshall
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA

Toshiaki Morikawa
The Jikei University School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Tokyo, Japan

Mark Onaitis
Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

Kostas Papagiannopoulos
Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK

Alec Patterson
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Enrico Ruffini
Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Torino Italy, Torino, Italy

Rajan Santosham
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Santosham Chest Hospital, lndia

Colin Schieman
Division of Thoracic Surgery, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Scott Swanson 
Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA

Punnarerk Thungcharoen
Cardiovascular Surgery, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Akif Turna
Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey

Paul van Schil
Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium

Tiansheng Yan
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China

Sai Yendamuri
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA

Zhentao Yu,
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tianjing Medical Cancer Institute & Hospital, Tianjing, China

Qun Wang, 
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Zhongshan Hospital Fudan University Shanghai, China

Lanjun Zhang, 
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China

Xiuyi Zhi, 
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Appendix 2. Meeting Program

For more inforamtion of ASTS:
Contact us: ASTS office,