Focused Issue on European Perspectives in Thoracic Surgery (2020) - the Seven Edition

Posted On 2019-12-02 01:30:46



This focused issue on “European Perspectives in Thoracic Surgery (2020) - the Seven Edition” is edited by Dr. Alessandro Brunelli, from Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK; and Dr. Enrico Ruffini, from Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.


This focused issue is the 7th edition of the European Perspective focused issue which is designed to collect a selection of the most innovative invited lectures presented at the last ESTS Annual Congress in Dublin. The issue will be released during the upcoming ESTS Congress in The Hague.

Alessandro Brunelli, MD, FEBTS
Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK


Dr. Alessandro Brunelli is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James's University Hospital, in Leeds, UK. He previously worked in Italy, at Ospedali Riuniti Ancona, where he was the vice-Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Head of Section of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Brunelli is the current Secretary General of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and member of the Executive Committee. He has been the Director of the ESTS Database from 2008 to 2012 and is member of the Educational Committee and Faculty of the ESTS School of Thoracic Surgery.

He is the Author of more than 190 articles published in peer-reviewed impact factored scientific journals with a personal impact factor greater than 600. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Enrico Ruffini, MD
Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Torino, Torino, Italy

Dr. Ruffini is Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Torino, Italy. He is the Chief of the Thoracic Surgery Unit in Torino, Italy since November 2018.

He is involved in the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, formerly as Councillor (2012-2013) and officer in the role of Director of the ESTS annual meeting (2014-2017), and presently (2019) as ESTS president. In the ESTS, he is also the chair of the ESTS thymic working group.

He served the ITMIG as secretary for the years 2012-2014 and as member of several ITMIG committees.

He has been a member of the Staging and Prognostic Factors Committee – Thymic domain (SPFC-TD) of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) for the years 2012-2016. He is currently the Chair of the Staging and Prognostic Factors Committee – Thymic domain (SPFC-TD) of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) for the years 2017-2024.

He is a reviewer for the following journals: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Lung Cancer, Journal of Thoracic Disease.

He contributed to several textbooks on thoracic surgery and he is author or coauthor of 223 indexed journal articles, with an H-index of 40 and a total number of citations of 4820 (source: Scopus)

Focused issue outline:

  1. CAR-T cell therapy for lung cancer and mediastinum
  2. Safety in Robotic Surgery: team training and simulation
  3. Robotic lobectomy: how to teach thoracic residents
  4. Training for standard thoracic surgery: multiportal VATS, uniportal VATS and thoracotomy
  5. Unconscious bias in cardiothoracic surgery
  6. The critical role of learning from investigating and debriefing adverse events
  7. When is the optimal time to perform rib fixation?
  8. Incorporating immunotherapy into multimodality treatment of locally advanced NSCLC
  9. EVLP - current standards and future applications