Management of Esophageal Carcinoma Symposium

Milwaukee, WI US
September 25, 2015

This educational activity is designed to enhance knowledge and awareness in the medical community about current multimodality management of esophageal cancer, and to improve timely diagnosis and coordinated care for this complex patient population in southeast Wisconsin.

Esophageal cancer treatment requires a coordinated approach across several specialties, including gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery and multiple ancillary services.  Best results are obtained at centers with high volumes of surgical cases, such as Froedtert & MCW, but the geographical catchment area for these patients is large which requires coordination with oncologists outside the central Froedtert Health Network.

This symposium is designed primarily for GI and oncology specialists to promote a broader discussion and awareness of best practices in treating esophageal cancer, and to promote coordination with the Froedtert MCW Thoracic Disease Program.   

High volume centers (those doing at least 20+ esophagectomies per year) have demonstrated better outcomes overall than low volume centers.  MCW has an annual esophagectomy volume of over 40 cases, and a total case volume under any form of treatment in excess of that, and therefore is the regional leader in this disease.  Appropriate coordination of care and early referral to MCW providers in this disease is therefore a direct patient benefit.  Engaging providers in the targeted specialties is a key step in continuing to build our role as a center of excellence in this disease.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 5.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Please note: a $2.50 processing fee will be assessed for all registrations. 

There is a $25 cancellation fee. 

This course is complimentary for Fellows, Residents and Students; however registration is required; for instructions on how to receive your complimentary registration you must contact Heidi Brittnacher at 414-805-9427 or before attempting to register on-line.
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Target Audience

GI specialists

Oncology specialists 


Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the most current pre-operative oncologic treatment approaches for locally advanced esophageal cancer.
  2. Describe advances in the staging of esophageal cancer.
  3. Review state of the art in minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of early stage esophageal cancer.
  4. Describe MCW surgical approach and experience with esophagectomy, including outcomes.
Additional information


Heidi Brittnacher
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 805-9427
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/25/2015 - 11:30am CDT
Event ends: 
09/25/2015 - 5:00pm CDT
Milwaukee Yacht Club, Boat House
1700 N Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States

Hotel Metro
A block of rooms will be reserved for registrants until Aug 26, 2015, at a special rate of $149 single, plus tax, per night.

Please call Hotel Metro at (414) 272-1937 and mention MCW Esophageal Symposium when making your reservations.


Activity Directors:

Ben George, MD; Candice Johnstone, MD; Mario Gasparri, MD; David Johnstone, MD


Jaffer Ajani, MD
Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center,
Houston, TX


David Johnstone, MD
Professor of Thoracic Surgery

Candice Johnstone, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Mario Gasparri, MD
Professor of Thoracic Surgery

Ben George, MD
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology

Abdul Kahn, MD
Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology

In accordance with the ACCMEⓇ standard for Commercial Support Number 6, all in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose with the exception of the following person(s)



Ben George


Assistant Professor

Cook Medical



In accordance with the ACCME® standards for Commercial Support Number 6, these relationships were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.

Available Credit

  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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