Attendees of ENDO 2017 have the unique opportunity to take advantage of joint programming with the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES), whose annual meeting coincides with ENDO in Orlando this year.
“Our number one partners over the years have been endocrine surgeons who specialize in surgical care of patients with endocrine disorders, particularly neoplasia. We interact already as a discipline, and their meeting is at the same time and at the same location in Orlando, so rather than have us compete in any way, we decided to have a Venn diagram meeting, where we will have joint programming at each meeting,” said Annual Meeting Steering Committee (AMSC) chair Gary D. Hammer, MD, PhD.
On Monday, up to 500 surgical colleagues will join the endocrinologists at ENDO for several programs that have been jointly crafted.
“Challenging Cases from Surgeons and Endocrinologists” will kick off the programming at 2:30 PM in W414A. A panel of experts from both disciplines will facilitate discussion of each case and work through the diagnosis and management of each issue. Cases for discussion will include refractory Cushing syndrome, primary hyperparathyroidism, and thyroid carcinomas.
“The audience will attempt to stump a few experts who are on the stage,” said Hammer. “We are also going to have two different symposia where we have endocrinologists and endocrine surgeons debate diagnostic and treatment strategies. I predict there will be a bit of spirited discussion.”
“Controversies in Thyroid Cancer Surgery” will be discussed from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM in Chapin Theater in the convention center. Four experts in thyroid cancer surgery will debate the merits of various approaches to thyroid surgery and the use of molecular diagnostics to inform surgical planning. The first part of the symposium will address the pros and cons of hemithryoidectomy for cancer. The second half will debate whether molecular testing should affect the extent of surgery for thyroid cancer.
Hammer noted that there would also be joint poster sessions with some ENDO posters on display at the AAES meeting and some of the AAES posters on display at ENDO 2017.