Course Objective

This course is the next level to the initial da Vinci technical training and is led by two academic thoracic surgeons with extensive experience in robotic surgery. The program provides a detailed review of robotic thoracic procedures the include: didactic lectures, live-case observations (2 robotic lobectomies), a dry-lab as well as a hands-on human cadaveric laboratory. The curriculum includes: surgical indications, patient positioning, port placement, robotic docking, instrumentation and the technical aspects a pulmonary lobectomy and thymectomy. The course also provides open round-table discussions with the two thoracic surgeons, as well as, discussions on the tips & pitfalls of establishing a successful robotics program. 


Completion of da Vinci Technology online course and assessment

Course Objectives:


After the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the indications for robotic surgery, port placement, robotic docking, and instrumentation utilized in a robotic pulmonary lobectomy.
  2. Explain the procedural approach and technical aspects of a robotic lobectomy.
  3. Discuss the indications, patient preparation, port placement, robotic docking and instrumentation utilized in a robotic thymectomy.
  4. Identify the tips and pitfalls of starting a robotics program.
  5. Translate the core robotic psychomotor skills that include: endowrist manipulation, camera navigation, instrument clutching, use of the 4th arm, energy application, robotic stapling, robotic suturing and use of the Firefly mode as it relates to the execution of these skills in a remote surgeon’s console.
  6. Identify and troubleshoot most common technical problems encountered during a robotic procedure

Registration Price: 

$3,200 includes hands-on anatomical dissection, lectures, course-related materials, case observation and hotel accommodations. 


FMA LogoAdventHealth is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AdventHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Access Presentations & Abstracts


Jacques Fontaine, M.D., FACS, FRCS(c)

Course Director

Section Head, Mesothelioma Treatment & Research Center

Program Director, Robotic Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida

Associate Professor, Department of Oncologic Sciences

University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida

Luis Herrera, MD

Course Director

Section Head, Division of Thoracic Surgery

UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, Orlando, Florida

Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery

University of Florida School of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida

Todd Larson, RN, BSN, MSIT, CNOR

Director of Education and Training at AdventHealth Nicholson Center

Danielle Tedrick, MS

Research Scientist at AdventHealth Nicholson Center

Babs Morrissiey, BS

Education Operations Manager at AdventHealth Nicholson Center


* Agenda is subject to change.

Day 1: Thu, Oct 04, 2018

  • 7:00-7:30 Welcome & Announcements Breakfast
  • 7:30-8:00 Robotic Thoracoscopy Overview
  • 8:00-10:30 Live Case: Robotic Thoracoscopy Lobectomy
  • 10:30-11:00 Q&A/Discussion
  • 11:00-12:00 Robotic Platform Review
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-13:00 Robotic Thoracoscopy Overview
  • 13:00-15:30 Live Case: Robotic Thoracoscopy Lobectomy
  • 15:30-16:00 Q&A/Discussion
  • 16:00-18:00 Hands-On Laboratory
  • 18:00 Adjourn for the Day

Day 2: Fri, Oct 05, 2018

  • 7:00-7:30 Breakfast
  • 7:30-8:00 Laboratory Instructions Change into Scrubs
  • 0800-9:30 Animated Tissue Lab: Skills Development/Stapling
  • 9:30-9:45 Morning Break
  • 9:45-11:45 Cadaver Lab: Lobectomy (Right sided)
  • 11:45-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-14:30 Cadaver Lab: Lobectomy (Left sided)
  • 14:30-15:00 Presentation: “Tips & Pitfalls of Starting a Robotics Program”
  • 15:00-15:30 Afternoon Break
  • 15:30-16:30 Cadaver Lab: Thymectomy (Right sided)
  • 16:30-17:30 Cadaver Lab: Thymectomy (Left sided)
  • 17:30-18:00 Course Wrap-up


Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Autograph Collection

Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Autograph Collection

700 Bloom Street

Celebration, FL 34747


Hotel accommodations at the Bohemian Hotel at Celebration are included in your registration price. Please reach out to FHNC.INFO@Flhosp.org for any further questions about hotel accommodations.

Directions & Parking

AdventHealth Nicholson Center

404 Celebration Place, Celebration FL, 34747

Parking: Two lots are available on either side of the facility for free parking