East Carolina Heart Institute holds free lung surgery course for N.C. fellows

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Faculty and pulmonary thoracic fellows from across North Carolina gathered Monday at East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University where they took part in a free course on a lung surgery procedure called advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy.

The pulmonary and thoracic surgery fellows spent their day practicing with monitors and real lungs so they could learn methods for treating lung cancer patients.

ECU assistant professor of medicine Marc Bowling said the course is the first of its kind in North Carolina. He also said more people die of lung cancer than any other cancer in the United States.

“We have to be aggressive, and we have to be innovative to move that needle to stop this amount of death that’s going on daily,” Bowling said.

Techniques they practiced Monday included the use of ultrasounds and scopes to go inside lungs for further research.

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