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Bryan Payne Stanifer

Speaker for COPD and Asthma Conference 2021- Bryan Payne Stanifer
Bryan Payne Stanifer
Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Title : Long Term Results of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery


COPD remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.  For emphysema  in particular, there are few effective treatments. The rediscovery and refinement of lung volume reduction surgery in the 1990’s let to the NETT trial in the early 2000’s. Despite encouraging results, LVRS remains underutilized.

At Columbia, we have an extensive lung failure and LVRS program that pre-dates the NETT trial. We plan to present our series of 139 consecutive LVRS cases over approximately  the last 14 years. Our series demonstrates  very low morbidity and almost no mortality. We also will demonstrate a sustained benefit in terms of symptoms and PFT’s. These data are particularly  relevant given the recent advent of bronchoscopic  valves for LVR. In addition, LVRS remains woefully underutilized to help palliate the debilitating symptoms of emphysema.

In summary, we will present arguably the largest series of LVRS operations with some of the longest follow up ever reported with excellent results to establish a baseline of excellence for this operation and a point of comparison for other interventions that aim to improve the lives of patients with emphysema.


Dr. Stanifer is  an Assistant Professor of  Surgery at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY. He  studied biology at the College of William and Mary. He  attended medical school at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine.  He completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of  Health in the Institute of  Allergies and Infectious Disease. He then completed his general surgery residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and  a thoracic surgery fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.