Finding the correct TME plane


During this webinar the moderators will review videos of finding the correct TME plane. A proper mesorectal dissection is a key quality indicator in rectal cancer surgery. In this webinar we will discuss different ways to identify and stay in the proper TME plane, asking the experts for pearls they have learned in their practice.

Recorded: September 24, 2021

Moderators: Justin A. Maykel, MD, Marco Bertucci Zoccali, MD, Alessandro Fichera, MD

Poll Results

Polling was used during the webinar. The poll results were shared with the audience in real time; however, Zoom does not capture poll results in video recordings. A PDF of the poll results shared during the live webinar is provided at the link below.

Poll Results (PDF)

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Moderator Bios

Justin A. Maykel, MD, is a 1998 graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency and a clinical fellowship in surgical nutrition/metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Medical School. He has served as the Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA since 2007. His team started a colorectal surgery residency training program in 2012. He holds the Joseph M. Streeter and Mary Streeter DeFeudis Endowed Chair in Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Marco B. Zoccali, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in treating a broad range of colorectal diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colon and rectal cancers, and benign colorectal diseases. Dr. Zoccali received his medical degree from the Catholic University in Rome, Italy where he also completed his surgical training. He then came to the US to complete a Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago followed by a surgical residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Zoccali completed his Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago before joining Columbia. Dr. Zoccali has a keen interest in research related to colorectal surgery. He has published more than 40 articles in major surgical journals and contributed to several book chapters.

Alessandro Fichera, MD, earned his M.D. from the Catholic University of Rome, completed General Surgery Residency at the University of Chicago and two-year fellowship in laparoscopic and colorectal surgery at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He returned to the University of Chicago where he started and became the first Program Director of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Training Program. He moved to the University of Washington in July 2012 as chief of colorectal surgery and was appointed chief of the section of Gastrointestinal Surgery in 2014 and in 2016 the clinical director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In November 2017 he moved to University of North Carolina as the Division Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Since September 2019 he is the Division Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. His clinical and research interest include colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

Last updated: December 21, 2021