Scientific Program

Target Audience

Physicians and care providers who care for patients with disorders of the larynx, pharynx, esophagus, and lungs. This event is designed to provide education for otolaryngologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, and thoracic surgeons.

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the appropriate strategies for diagnosis, staging, tissue acquisition preparation and interpretation, and treatment, including standard chemotherapy, molecular targeted therapy and immunotherapy, for late stage lung cancer
  • Describe the appropriate evaluation and diagnosis of pulmonary nodules including various navigational technologies, and bronchoscopic ablation technologies.
  • Describe the latest approaches to the diagnosis and management of diffuse lung disease including the use of imaging, cryobiopsies, surgical lung biopsies and anti-fibrotic therapy.
  • Define the proper management of malignant and benign airway diseases including tracheobronchial esophageal fistulas, tracheobronchomalacia, idiopathic subglottic stenosis, and tuberculosis induced stenosis using various airway stents, lasers and surgical options including tracheal transplantation.
  • Describe the appropriate management of pleural diseases including complicated pleural effusions, malignant pleural effusion, empyema, and exudative pleural effusions of uncertain etiology using small bore chest tubes, tunneled pleural catheters, lytic therapy, pleuroscopy and video assisted thoracic surgery.
  • Describe the implementation of a lung cancer screening program in high risk populations.
  • Describe the appropriate evaluation and treatment of various pediatric benign and malignant airway disorders including airway foreign bodies, tracheobronchomalacia, tracheobronchostenosis, and tracheobronchial fistulas.
  • Define the appropriate management of various esophageal disorders including gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal strictures and eosinophilic esophagitis.
  • Describe the management of difficult asthmatics including the use inhalation strategies, monoclonal antibodies and bronchial thermoplasty.
  • Define the use of the various bronchoscopic lung volume reduction devices in the management of severe emphysema.
  • Define the educational requirements for Interventional Pulmonary training programs, and curriculum for pulmonary procedure courses.
  • Describe the evaluation and management strategies for disorders of the mediastinum including fibrosing mediastinitis.
  • Describe the current approaches to management of laryngotracheal stenosis and vocal cord dysfunction.
  • Define the airway complications of lung transplantation and their appropriate management.


Topics and speakers are carefully chosen to provide quality, practical and evidence-based workshops and plenary sessions. Our sessions include:

  • Pediatric Airway Stenting
  • Regenerative Medicine of the Upper Aerodigestive Tract
  • How to Create a Lung Cancer Screening Program
  • New Frontiers in Mesothelioma; Diagnosis and Management
  • Expert Management of Pleural Infections
  • Molecular Biomarkers for Early Detection of Lung Cancer
  • 3-D Printing and Modeling: Use in surgical planning and education
  • Novel Surgical Therapies in Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis (iSGS)

Social Program

GALA DINNER at the Mayowood Stone Barn
June 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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The GALA EVENT will prove to be something to remember for months. Join us for a good old Minnesota Barbeque on the outskirts of Rochester, MN at the Mayowood Stone Barn designed by no other than Charles William Mayo and his wife Alice Mayo. Enjoy some country scenery, homegrown Minnesota music and we’ll even teach you how to dance. The cuisine will be reminiscent of everything you could love about a barbeque. Entrees hot off the grill with mouth-watering sides to compliment. Even indulge in Smore’s by the fire for dessert. If you haven’t heard of Smore’s it will be worth the trip. Music will be enjoyed from a group that grew up right here in Minnesota (Six Mile Grove). Sit and clap along or get up and kick your heels up, either way, you are sure to have a grand time. We can’t stop there, Dahl Dance Studio will be on hand to demonstrate their perfected dance steps and teach you a little as the evening progresses. Want to learn a little swing dance. They even bring extra dancers in case you don’t have a partner. Don’t miss this, sure to be, social event of the 20th WCBIP-WCBE World Congress. (Registration is required and transportation is available from the Civic Center to the Stone Barn and back)

REGISTER for this Gala dinner here: