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Thoracic robotic surgery - task force

EACTS has established a task force to represent Robotic Thoracic Surgery due to its rapid growth in Europe and excellent outcomes in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. This task force will focus on the development and safeguarding of this unique type of surgery within the thoracic domain and look to integrate it in educational, training and research activities of the Association.

Members

Marion Durand

THORACIC DISEASE DOMAIN

Member 2021-2025

Robotic Surgery - Task Force

Member 2022-2025

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Mohsen Ibrahim

Education Committee

Member 2020-2023

Robotic Surgery - Task Force

Member 2022-2025

Solitary Pulmonary Nodules - Task Force

Member 2022-2023

Franca Melfi

COUNCIL

President 2023-2024

Robotic Surgery - Task Force

Member 2022-2025

BIOGRAPHY

Franca Melfi is a Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the Medical School of the University of Pisa and Chair of Robotic Multidisciplinary Centre for Surgery - Thoracic MIS and Robotic surgery at the University Hospital of Pisa. Pioneer in the field of robotic surgery, she performed the first robotic procedure for the treatment of lung cancer in 2001. Since then, she has dedicated her professional life to the application of robotic surgery in the thoracic field. Her activity focuses on clinical research and training, particularly on the standardization of robotic thoracic procedures and on the application of new technologies for the treatment of lung cancer, mediastinal pathologies and surgical training with the dissemination of her expertise acquired during her 20-year long experience to the next generation of thoracic robotic surgeons. The Multispecialty Robotic Centre of which she has the honour to lead is, in fact, home to University Masters and European accredited training courses. Presently, Professor Melfi is engaged in several research projects at the University of Pisa, in collaboration with other clinical institutions focusing on the application of high technology for the development of precision medicine in the thoracic field through the implementation of surgical planning with 3D reconstruction and the intra-operative detection of micro-metastasis and the development of surgical physical simulators.

Ghada Shahin

Robotic Surgery - Task Force

Member 2022-2025

Sasha Stamenkovic

Robotic Surgery - Task Force

Member 2022-2025