Chicago Breast & Lymphedema Symposium 2024

Chicago, IL US
September 6, 2024 to September 7, 2024
Elevate your skills in breast cancer and lymphedema management!
Join us for an immersive exploration of breast reconstruction and lymphedema therapies, highlighting the pivotal role of multidisciplinary collaboration. Delve into the core elements shaping the standard of care for breast cancer and lymphedema, spanning surgical oncology, plastic surgery, oncology, radiology, and rehabilitation.
Learn from our expert faculty as they share success stories and dissect procedural best practices, offering practical insights to enhance patient care. Gain essential knowledge and refine diagnostic skills to drive improved patient outcomes.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, residents, fellows, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and mid-level providers in the specialties of plastic and reconstructive surgery, general surgery, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and lymphedema as well as other healthcare professionals dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and lymphedema.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize optimal patients for pre-pectoral implant reconstruction;
  • Identify multidisciplinary strategies for addressing complex patient diagnoses in lymphedema and breast cancer;
  • State the various surgical treatments of lymphedema;
  • List the most appropriate therapies for breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema;
  • Outline common surgical techniques utilized in breast and lymphedema surgery;
  • Describe the clinical and physiological impact of autologous breast reconstruction on patient functional mobility and quality of life, emphasizing physical and occupational therapy;
  • Determine opportunities for collaboration within interprofessional teams to enhance patient care and clinical outcomes in breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema therapeutics;
  • Discuss current concerns and trends in lymph node transfers for breast cancer patients under active surveillance.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Spandana Atluri
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
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Available credit: 
  • 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 11.00 Occupational Therapist
  • 11.00 Participation
  • 11.00 Physical Therapist
Event starts: 
09/06/2024 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
09/07/2024 - 12:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Friday, September 6, 2024



7:45 AM
Welcome & Introduction
Maureen Beederman, MD, David Chang, MD, FACS, Summer Hanson, MD, PhD


Multi-Disciplinary Breast Cancer Care: Betty Fan, DO-Moderator
8:00 AM
Oncology – NACT and Immunotherapy
Nan Chen, MD


8:20 AM
Updated Radiation Oncology
Steven Chmura, MD, PhD


8:40 AM
De-Escalation of the Axilla
Sarah Shubeck, MD


9:00 AM
Updated Breast Surgery - Robotics
Katherine Kopkash, MD


9:20 AM


Breast Reconstruction 1: Sarah Shubeck, MD-Moderator
10:00 AM
Oncoplastic Reconstruction (Plastics)
Summer Hanson, MD, PhD


10:20 AM
Optimizing Outcomes (Implant) Pre vs. Subpec, Use of ACDM, XRT
Akhil Seth, MD


10:40 AM
Optimizing Outcomes (Autologous): Flap Inset/Shaping, Donor Site Closure
David Chang, MD, FACS


11:00 AM
Keynote: Breast Reconstruction Approach at MDACC
Edward Chang, MD, FACS


11:40 AM


Breast Reconstruction 2:  Maureen Beederman, MD-Moderator
1:00 PM
Secondary Revisions/Fat Grafting/Nipple Reconstruction
Summer Hanson, MD, PhD


1:20 PM
Alternative Options: Areola Sparing/Goldilocks
Mark Tan, MD


1:40 PM
Controversies In Breast Recon: Use of Imaging/Timing With XRT
Lavina Anzai, MD


2:00 PM
Novel Topics In Reconstruction: Sensitization/ Robotic
Maureen Beederman, MD


2:20 PM
Consideration in Gender-Affirming Care
Courtney Cripps, MD


2:40 PM




Putting It All Together:  Summer Hanson, MD, PhD & Nora Jaskowiak, MD-Moderators
3:40 PM
Stacy Lindau, MD, MAPP
4:00 PM
Overview of Lymphedema
Summer Hanson, MD, PhD
4:20 PM
Lymphatic Imaging
Mark Applebaum, MD
4:40 PM
Patient Panel Q & A
5:00 PM

Saturday, September 7, 2024

7:45 AM
Welcome & Introduction
David Chang, MD, FACS
Lymphedema:  Maureen Beederman, MD-Moderator
8:00 AM
Lymphedema Prevention ARM/ILR
Nora Jaskowiak, MD, Lavina Anzai, MD
8:20 AM
Putting Rehab Back into Prehab - Implications for Breast Cancer Survivorship
Anne Marie Flores, PT, PhD, MS, MA, CLT
8:40 AM
Keynote: Lymphedema Management MDA Approach
Edward Chang, MD, FACS
9:20 AM
Combined Approach to Lymphedema Surgery
David Chang, MD, FACS
9:40 AM
Lymphedema Therapy:  Summer Hanson, MD, PhD-Moderator
10:20 AM
Early Management of Lymphedema
Megan Teele, MPT
10:40 AM
Early Surveillance of Lymphedema Using Bioimpedance Analysis
11:00 AM
Lymphedema Therapy
Betsy Campione, PT, DPT, CLT
11:20 AM
Lymphedema Risk Reduction/Myth Regarding Lymphedema
Maria Alvarado, DPT
11:40 AM
12:00 PM

The program agenda and speaker selection are subject to change.

David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago
1201 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
The David Rubenstein Forum combines a variety of spaces, both formal and informal, large and small, calm and animated, focused and diffuse, scheduled and spontaneous. Its ten-story tower features vibrant and distinct “neighborhoods.” For example, the third and fourth floors are home to Friedman Hall, a 285-seat auditorium optimized for spoken word, including keynote speeches, invited-speaker addresses, and select performances; these floors and other neighborhoods are connected by a two-story lounge. Meeting rooms on the eighth and ninth floors feature premium furnishings, finishes, and equipment, such as the Peter May Boardroom, a tiered meeting space that seats over 70. The Rubenstein Forum’s unique position on the Midway allows for expansive views toward the campus and surrounding communities as well as downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.

During the symposium, there are various hotels in the area where you can stay. Options include:
The Study at the University of Chicago 
1227 E 60th Street | Chicago, IL 60637
Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center
5225 S. Harper Avenue | Chicago, IL 60615
SOPHY® Hyde Park
1411 East 53rd Street | Chicago, IL 60615 
Best Western Plus Hyde Park Chicago Hotel
4900 S Lakeshore Drive | Chicago, IL 60615
For information on where to park at the David Rubenstein Forum, please visit their website
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ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact Spandana Atluri via email at

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be canceled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
  David Chang, MD
  Professor of Surgery
  Chief, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  Director, Microsurgery Fellowship
  Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center of Excellence for Lymphatic Diseases
  Summer Hanson, MD, PhD
  Associate Professor of Surgery
  Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research

  Maureen  Beederman, MD
  Assistant Professor of Surgery
  Professor of Surgery
  Surgical Director, Breast Center
  Sarah Shubeck, MD
  Assistant Professor of Surgery


  Physical Therapist
  Program Coordinator, Reconstructive Surgery, Burn & Wound Rehab

  Maria Alvarado, PT
  Physical Therapist


Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist Credit
The University of Chicago Medical Center is a licensed continuing education provider with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy, license # 216-000030. All participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance. This course is approved for 11 continuing education hours for licensed therapists (PT, PTA, OT, or COTA) in Illinois. The University of Chicago Medical Center has not applied to any other state for therapist CE credit. Participants will need to do this individually through their jurisdiction outside of Illinois.
Other Participant Credit
Other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the activity ends. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
Connecting puzzle pieces representing the interdisciplinary and interprofessional nature of the symposium.
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