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Cleveland Clinic Simulation and Advanced Skills Center Lab
Cleveland, Ohio

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Lab Co-Directors: Risal Djohan, MD and Stephanie Valente, DO

Attendees will learn how to perform:

  • Seed localization techniques
  • Tumor ultrasound guided incisions (TUGI)
  • Minimally invasive breast excisions
  • Nipple sparing mastectomy with pre-pectoral implant placement
  • Axillary reverse mapping ICG for sentinel lymph node mapping breast cancer treatment and therapies


The Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program presents the 2018 Cleveland Breast Cancer Summit: Collaborating For A Cure, a live educational multi-disciplinary summit focusing on up-to-date reviews of advances in management strategies for patients with breast cancer and comorbidities. The summit will be held April 19-20, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel & Bank of America Conference Center located on the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. The activity will offer, the most up to date and cutting edge information about breast cancer from screening to treatment. The goal of this summit is to increase the competencies and performance of healthcare professionals involved in treating this patient population, which ultimately will improve the quality of life and overall patient survival.

The 2018 Cleveland Breast Cancer Summit: Collaborating For A Cure is a one-day summit featuring an optional one-day hands-on cadaver lab skills workshop. The summit will use a case-based presentation format in which attendees are encouraged to provide input, ask questions, and share their experiences to guide discussions.

The Summit will offer an optional pre-meeting Hands-on Cadaver Surgery Skills Lab with expert instruction on Advanced Breast and Axillary Surgical Techniques. Attendees will learn how to perform minimally invasive breast excisions, seed localization techniques, tumor ultrasound guided incisions (TUGI) nipple sparing mastectomy with pre-pectoral implant placement, axillary reverse mapping, and ICG for sentinel lymph node mapping. The lab will give surgeons the opportunity to become familiar with these and other cutting edge techniques, allowing them the hands-on experience and the opportunity to ask questions and learn first-hand from world renowned experts.


Through this educational offering, the Cleveland Clinic strives to produce significant knowledge gains in health care practitioners regarding breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, knowledge that will, in turn, improve the quality of care for their patients. After this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate surgical techniques for endoscopic assisted nipple sparing mastectomy, oncoplastic reduction lumpectomy and flap reconstruction, intercostal blocks, and immediate implant reconstruction
  • Discuss viewpoints from multiple medical disciplines regarding appropriate screening, diagnosis, prevention, counseling, and treatment strategies in women at high risk for breast cancer
  • Summarize new and emerging imaging modalities, contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, plastic surgery for lymphedema, chemotherapies in development, and partial breast irradiation
  • Discuss controversies in breast cancer management, including neoadjuvant vs adjuvant chemotherapy, immunotherapy, reconstruction and postmastectomy radiation, ER positive, CDK 4/6 inhibitors, and targeted therapies such as estrogen receptor positive and HER 2 positive
  • Examine options for management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in terms of imaging, pathologic assessment, risk stratification for recurrence, breast reconstruction, radiation therapy, and hormonal therapy
  • Identify the role of genetic testing in management of breast cancer
  • Review cases demonstrating the multidisciplinar y approach to patient care by a panel of experts from each of the areas (Imaging, Medical Oncology, Breast/Plastic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, etc.)


This symposium is designed for practicing physicians and other practicing allied health care professionals in medicine, women’s health, surgery, plastic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology and genetics


  • Internationally renowned faculty
  • Optional one-day hands-on cadaver lab workshop (Non-CME)
  • Promotes collaboration among interdisciplinary providers
  • Provides tools to accelerate decisionmaking between providers and patients
  • Incorporates a case-based, interactive format
  • Multidisciplinary focus on education by offering areas of expertise in surgery, oncology, radiology, and pathology