Richard Milton is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon with an interest in Robotic Surgery and chest trauma. He graduated from Sheffield University in 1993, completed his cardiothoracic training in Yorkshire and was appointed to his current position at St James's University Hospital in Leeds in 2007. In addition to his clinical interests, he is involved in training and education and teaches on several national and regional trauma courses. As the current Chair of the Thoracic Domain of EACTS, he aims to continue to increase the Thoracic footprint across the Association.
Korkut Bostanci graduated from the Istanbul University Istanbul Medical Faculty in 1994. After finishing his residency at the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department of the same institute, he became a thoracic surgeon in 2000. Currently, he is working as a Professor at the Thoracic Surgery Department of Marmara University School of Medicine. His areas of interest are VATS procedures, chest wall surgery, and lung volume reduction. He has been a member of EACTS since 2013, and a Thoracic Domain Member since 2020.
Dr. Dörr is a thoracic surgery resident at the Essen University Hospital. He completed a fellowship at the ‘Reinhard Lab’ studying new therapeutic options for SCLC and won the 2018 research award of the German Thoracic Society. Currently he is investigating new prognostic factors for NSCLC and developing a system to predict pulmonary malignancy. Being a member of the EACTS thoracic domain and the Residents Committee, Dr. Dörr focuses on achieving synergistic effects for young thoracic surgeons, especially in education.
Marion Durand M.D Ph.D is a cardio thoracic surgeon working in Paris. She is the head of thoracic surgery department in Hôpital Privé d’Antony where she started robotic thoracic surgery in 2014. She has developed a high volume robotic surgery program concerning mainly lung resection but also mediastinal tumors, œsophagus surgery and diaphragm plication. Since then, Durand has performed more than 1000 robotic major surgeries, focusing on advanced procedures such as complex lobar and sublobar resections, sleeve resections among others. She has signed numerous publications and communications about these topics. Since 2017, her department is Intuitive Surgical European Epicentre. She also started and supports the first European pediatric robotic thoracic program in Necker Enfants Malades Paris University Hospital. She has been volunteering for more than ten years in a franco-cambodian program at Phnom Penh public hospital.
Vincent (Wentao) Fang is the chief thoracic surgeon at the Shanghai Chest Hospital, Jiaotong University Medical School in Shanghai, China. He routinely performs open and minimally-invasive surgery including VATS and robotics for pulmonary, mediastinal and esophageal diseases. His research focuses on thoracic malignancies, including lung cancers, thymic tumors, and esophageal cancers. He is currently a Steering Committee member of the IASLC SPFC, Thoracic Domain member of the ASCVTS, Chairman of the Mediastinal Tumor committee and Vice Chairman of the Esophageal Cancer committee of the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association.
Bernhard Moser is a consultant thoracic surgeon at the Medical university of Vienna. He routinely performs lung transplantation, pulmonary endarterectomy, minimally-invasive surgery including VATS and robotics for mediastinal and pulmonary diseases. His research focuses on thymic diseases, such as thymic epithelial tumors and myasthenia gravis, as well as pulmonary hypertension, CTEPH, extracorporeal support and transplantation. He was nominated head of the ESTS thymic working group.
Dr. Casiraghi is Deputy Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at European Institute of Oncology in Milan and Assistant Professor of the Department of Oncology and Hemato-oncology at the University of Milan, Italy. Since 2008, she worked at European Institute of Oncology in Milan where she became expert in thoracic oncology and minimally invasive techniques such as robotic surgery. She is the PI co-PI in different projects both for lung cancer, mesothelioma and thymoma treatments, and she is recently focusing her research on microbiome characterization both for the early detection of lung cancer and for more advance stage NSCLC treated with immunotherapy. She is the first author and co-author of many papers and communications in peer reviewed international journals and meetings about these topics. Dr. Casiraghi is editor and reviewer of international journals, and member of different international working groups focusing on minimally invasive surgery such as robotic approach and thoracic oncology.
Hussein Elkhayat graduated as a medical doctor at Assiut University, Egypt. In 2009 he obtained his master degree in general surgery and finish his residency program in cardiothoracic surgery. He chooses his MD thesis about VATS in benign diseases and travel to Turkey to be trained on VATS for a short fellowship then return back to Egypt and start a VATS program in his center. After finishing his doctoral degree in cardiothoracic surgery in 2014, Hussein focused on minimal invasive thoracic surgery. He became a fellow of European board of cardiothoracic surgery (FEBCTS) in 2021. Currently, he is Associate Professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Faculty of Medicine at Assiut University. Hussein is international trainer for many advanced VATS training programs and the founder of Assiut VATS workshop, the largest hands-on training in Egypt. He is also an instructor for Advanced trauma life support (ATLS) and Care for critically ill surgical patient course (CCrISP). His areas of interest are minimally invasive thoracic surgery, VATS decortications, lung cancer and thymic surgery.