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John W. Whittington, M.D. Endowed Lecture October 9-10


Minimally invasive techniques to the treatment of common surgical conditions are an evolving practice. It has been shown that staying current with the up and coming techniques and the outcomes associated with these changes in surgical styles is important in providing the current standard of treatment for patients. These techniques have the ability to reduce patient length of stay, decrease infectious complications, and improving overall patient satisfaction.

This endowed lectureship will focus on the history and evolution of minimally invasive techniques, management of foregut disease including laparoscopic and endoscopic management of GERD and achalasia including specific technical considerations including fundoplication and obesity. It will also cover diverticular disease management including the details of types of surgical interventions and current techniques for optimizing patient outcomes related to pathway integration.