UTHSCT physicians organizing interventional pulmonology symposium July 18-20 in Dallas

Monday, July 14, 2008

Ted McLemore, MD, Ph.D., a professor of medicine and director of interventional pulmonology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, and Gordon Downie, MD, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine and director of the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program at UTHSCT, are spearheading an interventional pulmonology symposium Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Dallas.

The “Second Annual Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Interventional Pulmonology Symposium” features seminars by experts from the Cleveland Clinic; Harvard Medical School; National Jewish Medical and Research Center at the University of Colorado in Denver; the Heidelberg University School of Medicine in Heidelberg, Germany; the Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Md.; the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C.; and UT Health Science Center at Tyler.

About 40 pulmonary physicians attended last year’s symposium, said Dr. McLemore, a nationally known interventional pulmonologist.

Registrants for this year’s symposium are coming from as far away as Boston, Minnesota, and Las Vegas, as well as from all over Texas and the Southwest.

Interventional pulmonology is a relatively new field, focused on developing non-surgical procedures to diagnose and treat both cancerous and benign lesions inside the lung.

UT Health Science Center is one of a handful of medical centers in the United States offering these advanced procedures.

“Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer in the United States. It kills more people than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. It’s a devastating disease,” Dr. McLemore said.

Just 15 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive for five years after their diagnosis.

The purpose of the symposium, which will be held at the Four Seasons at Las Colinas in Dallas, is to update pulmonary physicians about the latest advances in interventional pulmonology.

Attendees will be able to hear and meet world-renowned specialists in interventional pulmonology and thoracic, or lung, surgery.

In addition, they will be able to participate in workshops that offer hands-on experience in cutting-edge interventional pulmonology techniques.

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