Dr. Matthew Kaufman of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction has been selected to speak at the European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) annual congress, taking place on September 1st-5th in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Kaufman’s abstract, entitled “The role of nerve transplantation in the management of symptomatic diaphragm paralysis,” has been selected for an oral presentation entitled “Novelties in clinical management of thoracic diseases: from diaphragm to pleura.” He will be speaking on Monday, September 3rd from 8:30 to 10:30 am.
According to the ERS, recently, pediatric respiratory diseases have changed and conditions that were once rare in adults are becoming more and more common. The European Respiratory Society (ERS) is a broad-based professional organization, with some 10,000 members in over 100 countries, covering basic science and clinical medicine. This year the European Respiratory Society Vienna Congress will focus on the new challenges clinicians are presented with in the field of pediatrics and asthma. The goal of the congress is to press forward on the future of pediatric respiratory diseases by encouraging further knowledge in the respiratory health of children.
Dr. Kaufman, whose pioneering work in surgical solutions for diaphragm paralysis draws patients from around the world, has performed over 45 phrenic nerve procedures since 2007. As far as can be determined, Dr. Kaufman is the only one in the world to do these procedures. In February, 2012, he operated on his youngest patient to date, 10-year-old Grace Doran of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who survived chemotherapy treatment for cancer (T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma) but was left with damage to her phrenic nerve, restricting her physical activity. A month following surgery with Dr. Kaufman, she was able to resume her sports. Three months later, she is a competitive swimmer and softball player.
For more on the ERS congress: http://www.erscongress2012.org/