This special series on Confusion of Feelings in Lung Cancer Surgery (2022) - Insights from Giants is edited by Dr. Alper Toker, from West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, Morgantown, WV, USA.
Alper Toker, MD
Department of Thoracic Surgery, West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, Morgantown, WV, USA
Dr. Alper Toker started the VATS thymectomy program at 2001 and VATS lobectomy program at 2005. He also started VATS thymoma surgery operations and worked on the standardization of the technique. He became a professor and director of the department of thoracic Surgery in 2009. As editor of 2 books, (Contemporary videothoracoscopic surgery, 2014 and Thymus, 2013), he started the robotic surgery program at 2011.
He was in the council of European Society of Thoracic Surgeons from 2009-2017. He was the president of Society at 2014-15. Dr. Toker was the Director of Group Florence Nightingale Hospitals Thoracic Surgery Program and served as an attending at Department of Thoracic Surgery, Istanbul Medical School, Istanbul University since 2001-2019 and as the Director of the Department from 2009 to 2019.
After 2019, he is a Professor and Vice Chief of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at West Virginia University, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. In his position, He is performing from extended lung cancer surgery, mesothelioma, chest wall tumors and Robotic mediastinal tumor and lung resections. He also serves as the Director of Tracheal Reconstruction Program at West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute, Morgantown, WV, USA.
- Cooperation and Fight between surgeons and oncologists (Medical and Radiation) in the early stage lung cancers
- Salvage surgery for lung cancer
- Education of next generation thoracic surgeons in the era of robotic surgery: who is going to perform T4 cancers?
- Guidelines in lung cancer surgery: do thoracic surgeons follow them?
- May there be a role for palliative and/or debulking surgery for lung cancer in the next decade?
- Surgical technical development in surgery for lung cancer in thoracic surgery: anything new other than the number of holes - Expectations and challenge
- The role of surgeons in the era of new alternatives for the adjuvant treatment for Lung cancer
The series “Confusion of Feelings in Lung Cancer Surgery (2022) - Insights from Giants” was commissioned by the editorial office, Journal of Visualized Surgery without any sponsorship or funding. Alper Toker is serving as the unpaid Guest Editor for the series.