University of Nebraska Medical Center

Thoracic and GI Oncology Conference (Attendee Information)

This site is intended for registered participants of the 17th Annual Midwest Thoracic and GI Oncology Conference held Oct. 27-28, at the UNO Scott Conference Center, Omaha, NE, and via Zoom.

Welcome! Thank you for joining us.

17th Annual Midwest Thoracic and GI Oncology Conference: Pushing the Envelope in Cancer Care

This conference will explore treatment options available for the management of thoracic and GI cancers. We will discuss the various surgical, radiation, and less commonly utilized local treatment options available for treating these tumors. We will also focus on current recommendations surrounding the use of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy in this patient population. We will examine primary treatment plans as well as adjuvant, neoadjuvant, and maintenance therapies. Finally, we will cover the many other issues that impact patients diagnosed with these lethal cancers including lifestyle modifications, tobacco cessation, nutrition, and survivorship.

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Conference General Information

Important Information for In-Person Attendees

Directions and Parking

  • Get directions to the UNO Scott Conference Center
  • Complimentary parking is available in Lot 9 on Pine Street (across from the main entrance)
Faculty and Planning Committee Disclosures

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The accredited provider has mitigated and is disclosing identified relevant financial relationships for the following faculty, planners, and others in control of content prior to assuming their roles.



  • Kartik Anand, MD
    Stock: AstraZeneca, Pfizer
  • Ishfaq H. Bhat, MD
    INVESTIGATIONAL/OFF-LABEL USE: Endoscopic indications for Axios stent may be off label
  • Anthony W. Castleberry, MD, MMCi
    Consultant: Abbott
  • David B. Berkheim, MD
    Trainer: Intuitive Pharma
  • Apar K. Ganti, MD
    Consultant: AstraZeneca; Beigne, Ltd; Blueprint Medicines; Cardinal Health; Flagship Biosciences; G1 Therapeutics; Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Mirati Therapeutics; Sanofi Genzyme
    DSMC Chair: Y-mAbs Therapeutics
    Grants: IOVANCE Therapeutics, NEKTAR Therapeutics, Merck, Mirati Therapeutics, TAB Biosciences
    Research Support: Takeda
  • Kelsey A. Klute, MD
    Advisory board: Daichii-Sankyo
    Consultant: Pfizer
    Research support: AstraZeneca, Cardiff Oncology
  • Bradley N. Reames, MD, MS, FACS
    Consultant: Boston Scientific
  • Rachael L. Schmidt, APRN, DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP
    Funding: Daiichi Sankyo
    Grants: Pack Health, A Quest Diagnostic Company
  • Jill Selzle, PA-C, MPAS, RVT
    Expert Content Reviewer: American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Benjamin J. Swanson, MD, PhD
    Scientific Advisory Board: Cogen Bioscience
  • Chi (Kevin) Zhang, MD, PhD
    Grant funding: AstraZeneca
    Grant funding/Salary support: BioMimetix


The following faculty have nothing to disclose:

  • Omar K. Abughanimeh, MBBS
  • Jeffrey A. Bogart, MD
  • Sierra Clark, MGC, CGC
  • Matthew DeVries, MD
  • Kurt W. Fisher, MD, PhD
  • Mridula Krishnan, MBBS
  • Rudy P. Lackner, MD
  • Jennifer A. Leinicke, MD, MPHS, FACS, FASCRS
  • Erik E. Lewis, MD
  • Quan P. Ly, MD, FACS
  • Alissa S. Marr, MD
  • Joseph J. McBride, MD
  • James C. Padussis, MD
  • Michelle Spink, LMNT
  • Laura Tenner, MD, MPH
  • Luciano M. Vargas Jr., MD


Planning Committee

The following planning committee members have nothing to disclose:

  • Jackie Farley
  • Rudy P. Lackner, MD
  • Quan P. Ly, MD, FACS
Speaker Handouts – Thoracic Session

The following materials (in PDF) are available for download until Dec. 27, 2022. No part of these materials may be reproduced without prior written permission.


Speaker Handouts – GI Session

The following materials (in PDF) are available for download until Dec. 28, 2022. No part of these materials may be reproduced without prior written permission.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive continuing education credits, you must:

  1. Check in and attend the live activity.
    • In-person: Check in at the registration desk.
    • Live stream: Type in your first and last name when signing in to Zoom.
  2. Complete the online evaluation via the UNMC MyCCE portal.
    • On your dashboard, click Evaluate an Activity.
    • Enter Activity Code 54141.

You have 60 days to claim credit for this activity. You will need to complete the evaluation and attest to the time you spent participating in the activity. Your certificate will be saved in your UNMC MyCCE account under Certificates & Transcripts.

Need help managing your MyCCE account? Find answers to commonly asked questions about signing in to the portal, completing the online evaluation, retrieving your certificate, and more. Go to Manage MyCCE Account

Conference Directors

Rudy P. Lackner, MD

Professor and Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery; Vice Chief and Director or Residency Program, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, UNMC

Rudy P. Lackner, MD
Quan P. Ly, MD, FACS

Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology; Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Surgery; Associate Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, UNMC
State Chair for Nebraska, Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons

Quan P. Ly, MD


AbbVie Inc.
Amgen Inc.
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Eisai, Inc.
Eli Lilly & Company
Merck & Co.
Nebraska Medicine
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company


Jackie Farley

Educational Projects Coordinator
UNMC Center for Continuing Education


Jackie Farley