Article Abstract

How minimally invasive esophagectomy was implemented at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Authors: Edward Cheong


MIE is a highly complex major surgery, which requires a lot of discipline to learn, master and to teach. It is not surprising to hear about serious on-table disasters, and even mortality. I believe that the year that I spent learning MIE and all the other aspects of minimally invasive esophageal surgery in UPMC (Pittsburgh) under the auspices of Professor James D. Luketich was undoubtedly the most inspirational and enlightening surgical training I have experienced. This was the MIE fellowship everyone wanted. There was a huge volume of work, and the expectations and teaching were unparalleled.