Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Pathways for General Thoracic Surgery (PtS)

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Session Description

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways are becoming a topic of greater interest in cardiothoracic surgery as well as in other fields of surgery. Colorectal surgery led the charge with its inception and development. In an effort to continue pushing for its use, the discipline of cardiothoracic surgery will need to learn more of the history behind it, as well as establish a working knowledge of how ERAS pathways are currently being used and optimized.

Moderator: James M. Isbell, MD, FACS, New York, NY

Co-Moderator: Nabil Rizk, MD, New York, NY


Developing a Thoracic ERAS Program: Things to Consider
Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH, FACS, Charlottesville, VA

Thoracic ERAS: Beyond the Basics
Reza J. Mehran, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Houston, TX

Incorporating Preoperative Risk Assessment into a Thoracic ERAS Program
Robert A. Meguid, MD, MPH, FACS, Aurora, CO

Defining and Measuring Quality in Resectable Lung Cancer
Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH, FACS, Seattle, WA

Achieving Simultaneous Process Improvement and Cost Containment: A Real-World Experience
Nabil Rizk, MD, New York, NY

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Committee on Perioperative Care

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


For questions about the course, please contact elearning@facs.org.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Farhood Farjah MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
James M. Isbell, MD, FACS - LumaCyte, Inc.: Stockholder
Linda W. Martin MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Nabil Rizk MD - Nothing to Disclose
Reza J. Mehran MD, FACS, FRCSC, MSc - Nothing to Disclose
Robert A. Meguid MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

American College of Surgeons and ACGME Logos

Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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