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David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – March 2017(Comments Off on Looking forward – March 2017)

March 1, 2017

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt describes the College’s commitment to key advocacy initiatives that ensure access to quality care for surgical patients, reduce health care costs, and promote meaningful change.

Doctor with file

Coding for nipple-sparing and skin-sparing mastectomies

Correct coding reporting descriptions for skin- and nipple-sparing mastectomies are summarized in this month’s column.

Figure 1. UTI rates

Practice changes for reducing UTIs in colon and rectal surgery patients

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, sought to investigate whether standardized management of indwelling urinary catheterization placement and duration could reduce the incident of UTIs after colon and rectal surgery.

Figure 1. Overall schema of ALCHEMIST

In search of the philosopher’s stone: The ALCHEMIST study for lung cancer

This month’s column provides an update on the ALCHEMIST trials for patients with operable lung cancer, including the addition of a third arm to study, which permits the inclusion of patients without ALK or EGFR mutations.

Dr. Organ

Honoring mentors: An ACS tradition

The value of mentorship as exemplified by the Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship; the Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship; and the Olga M. Jonasson Lectureship is the focus of this month’s column.

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