Virtual Pituitary Conference

Learn the most up-to-date evaluation and management strategies for non-functioning pituitary adenomas, hyperprolactinemia, Cushing’s Disease and acromegaly through the "Multidisciplinary Management of Pituitary Tumors Virtual Update" online conference. Participation will be at the attendees convenience during the conference's open two-week period, May 1-16.

This virtual conference is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery, and the University of Pittsburgh Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Program Overview and Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to understand the role of and advances in the medical and surgical management of pituitary lesions and other conditions that affect the pituitary.  This will include in depth discussions of:

  • Surgery (Endoscopic Endonasal Approach) 
  • Medical Therapy
  • Radiation Treatment (Radiosurgery)
  • Perioperative/Postoperative Management

Upon completion, participants should be able to diagnose and manage:

  • Common pituitary tumors (prolactinomas and non-functioning tumors)
  • Less common secretory tumors (acromegaly and Cushing’s)
  • Rare pituitary tumors and autoimmune conditions

Target Audience

This conference is designed for physicians, advanced practice practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals from:

  • Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Family Practice 
  • General and Internal Medicine 
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology  
  • Radiation Oncology

Virtual Experience

This virtual conference will provide you with the ability to view the below pre-recorded lectures at your convenience from May 1 to May 16 via Zoom. Once registered, registrants will receive the Zoom meeting link.

You will also have access to participate in the two live Q&A/case discussion sessions with the faculty on Friday, May 7 and Friday, May 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. During these two live tumor board sessions, registrants will have the opportunity to connect, pose questions and discuss cases with the faculty

Faculty

Pouneh K. Fazeli, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director, UPMC Neuroendocrinology Unit
fazelipk@upmc.edu 

Paul A. Gardner, MD
Peter J. Jannetta Endowed Chair in Neurological Surgery
Professor
, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Neurosurgical Director, UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery
gardpa@upmc.edu 

L. Dade Lunsford, MD
Lars Leksell Professor of Neurological Surgery
Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director, UPMC Center for Image Guided Neurosurgery
lunsfordld@upmc.edu 

Hussain Mahmud, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, UPMC Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship
mahmudh@upmc.edu 

William E. Rothfus, MD, MBA
Professor of Radiology and Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
rothfuswe@upmc.edu 

S. Tonya Stefko, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director, UPMC Oculoplastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Service
stefkost@upmc.edu

Georgios A. Zenonos, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological  Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of  Medicine
Associate Director, UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery
Zenonosg2@upmc.edu 

On Demand Lectures

Introduction and Overview
Paul Gardner, MD
​15 Minutes

Imaging of the Pituitary:  What Clinicians Need to Know
William Rothfus, MD, MBA
30 Minutes

Diagnosis and Management of Acromegaly
Pouneh Fazeli, MD, MPH
30 Minutes

Diagnosis and Management of Cushing’s Disease                                                                        
Pouneh Fazeli, MD, MPH
30 Minutes

Hyperprolactinemia: A Case-Based Approach                                                                         
Pouneh Fazeli, MD, MPH
45 Minutes

Visual Evaluation of Pituitary Tumors                            
S. Tonya Stefko, MD
30 Minutes

Perioperative Management of the Pituitary Surgery Patient                
Hussain Mahmud, MD
45 Minutes

Surgical Management of Non-Functioning Pituitary Adenomas and Parasellar  Tumors
Paul Gardner, MD
45 Minutes

Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery for Functioning Pituitary Adenomas            
Georgios Zenonos, MD
30 Minutes

Radiosurgery: A Key Adjunct for Pituitary Tumors                    
L. Dade Lunsford, MD
30 Minutes

Causes and the Management of Hypopituitarism                    
Hussain Mahmud, MD
45 Minutes

Live Interactive Sessions

May 7
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST     
Q&A/Ask the Experts/Case Presentations *

May 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST 
Q&A/Ask the Experts/Case Presentations *

* REQUEST FOR CASE SUBMISSIONS 
We invite registrants to submit a case for discussion with the faculty. Please send a brief summary of your case and include key lab results, being sure to remove all identifiable PHI, to our conference manager, Mary Jo Tutchko, via email tutchkomj@upmc.edu  later than February 26.

Registration Fees

  • $50.00 for practicing physicians
  • Complimentary for fellows, residents, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other health care professionals.

Registration is required for all attendees and can be done online at: https://cce.upmc.com/multidisciplinary-management-pituitary-tumors#group-tabs-node-course-default1

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your participation in this conference, your registration fee will be refunded in its entirety if email notification is received by our conference manager (Mary Jo Tutchko, tutchkomj@upmc.edu) on/before April 15, 2021. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. 

Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 8.25 contact hours.

Physician Assistant (AAPA)
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 8.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.  

Other Healthcare Professionals: Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact our conference manager:

Mary Jo Tutchko
UPMC Pituitary Center for Excellence
200 Lothrop Street, EEI Suite 521
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-8186
Fax: 412-647-2080
Email: tutchkomj@upmc.edu