TOS Conference a Success

As part of our efforts to develop a broad consortium of physicians and therapists dedicated to improving understanding of TOS, the Washington University Center for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome at Barnes-Jewish Hospital hosted the first-ever national symposium entirely focused on TOS at Washington University on October 23-24, 2009.

This symposium, entitled “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Challenges, Controversies, and Consensus, consisted of two components:

A patient support and advocacy conference sponsored by the American TOS Association (ATOSA). This conference addressed a broad group of topics important to the care of patients with TOS, with presentations by physicians, therapists and other specialists, as well as patients, from across the country. There was ample opportunity for interaction and the chance to build supportive relationships that can be vital to patient outcomes.

A professional conference of physicians and therapists, sponsored by the Consortium for Outcomes Research and Education on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (CORE-TOS), Washington University School of Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. This conference featured presentations and panel discussions by leading experts on all forms of TOS from around the United States, with updates on the most current approaches and results of various specialists and an aim toward identifying the most important priorities for improving the diagnosis and treatment of TOS over the next several years.

Professional TOS Conference Update

This inaugural, nationwide conference, focusing exclusively on TOS and related conditions, brought together a group of physicians and other professionals with the appropriate experience, expertise, and dedicated interests in upper extremity neurovascular compression disorders. 

The intent of this meeting was to disseminate new information and perspectives on the various forms of TOS, to debate the many controversial issues that remain unresolved, and to reach sound consensus where possible. One of the principal goals of this meeting was to identify the key issues that needed to be addressed to improve the care of patients with TOS and to elucidate the approaches that needed to be taken to accomplish this over the next several years. Additional goals of this meeting were to increase awareness of TOS, to help elevate patient support and advocacy efforts that are vital to providing high-quality, comprehensive, and accessible information to patients and their families, and to enable development of better patient support resources for those in all areas of the country.

This symposium represented a unique opportunity to help advance the multidisciplinary field of TOS and ultimately to improve the care of our patients with these complicated and poorly understood disorders.

This multidisciplinary conference included a select group of presentations and discussions led by speakers with expertise in neurovascular compression syndromes of the upper extremity. The speakers and audience consisted of individuals specializing in the following fields:

Clinical and Translational Research
Diagnostic Radiology
Hematology and Thrombosis
Interventional Radiology
Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Sports Medicine
Vascular Surgery

Chiropractic Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Hand Surgery
Internal Medicine
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Pain Management
Performing Arts Medicine
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Psychology and Psychiatry
Thoracic Surgery
Workplace Injury