Highlights of the 97th Annual Clinical Congress

At the 2011 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA, a wide selection of presentations covering subjects from education to practice to clinical considerations—in addition to poster presentations, papers sessions, and special-interest meetings—were offered. The meeting was attended by 15,089 participants, including 9,512 physicians; the remaining attendees included exhibitors, spouses, guests, and convention personnel.


Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS—a general surgeon and Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, Syracuse—was installed as the 92nd President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during Convocation ceremonies that denoted the official opening of the Clinical Congress (see photo, page 34).

Another officer installed during the Convocation was Robert R. Bahnson, MD, FACS, Columbus, OH, as Second Vice-President. A urologic surgeon, he is professor and chairman of the department of urology, and The Dave Longaberger Chair in Urology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH. A Fellow of the College since 1990, Dr. Bahnson has served on the Board of Governors (2004–2010), as a member of the Governors’ Committee on Physician Competency and Health (2006-2010), as Vice-Chair of the Program Committee (2008–2010), and as Chair of the Advisory Council for Urology (2007–2011).

Honorary Fellowship was conferred on the following six prominent surgeons: Kenneth D. Boffard, MB, BCh, FACS, FRCS; Ara Darzi, MB, BCh, FACS, FRCS; Eilis McGovern, MD, DCh, FRCSI; Alberto Montori, MD, FACS; Cornelis J.H. van de Velde, MD, PhD, FRCS; and Yupei Zhao, MD, FACS.

Named Lectures

As was the case last year, the Martin Memorial Lecture and the American Urological Association Lecture were combined for presentation during the Opening Ceremony of the Clinical Congress. C. David Naylor, MD, D.Phil, FRCPC, FACP, delivered his lecture, Too Big to Fail? Health Care Reform in the U.S. and Canada, immediately following the Opening Ceremony on Monday morning. Also on Monday, The Problem of Physician Payment Reform: A Surgical Solution was presented as the John H. Gibbon, Jr., Lecture by John E. Mayer, MD, FACS, and Edward R. Laws MD, FACS, presented a lecture titled The Virtuoso Surgeon: Past, Present, and Future as the Charles G. Drake History of Surgery Lecture. The Excelsior Surgical Society Edward D. Churchill Lecture, convened Tuesday with Donald D. Trunkey, MD, FACS, presenting Changes in Combat Casualty Care in the Last 20 Years.

Other Named Lectures that convened Tuesday were the Scudder Oration on Trauma, during which Demetrios Demetriades, MD, FACS, presented Thoracic Aortic Injuries: Crossing the Rubicon; and the Olga M. Jonasson Lecture, Effective Advocacy, presented by ACS President Dr. Numann. Wednesday’s Named Lectures included the Ethics and Philosophy Lecture, Ethical Foundations of Health Care Reform: Implications for Policy and Law presented by Robert M. Sade, MD, FACS; Translational Cancer Research: Playing to Win in a Team Sport, the Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture presented by Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS; the I.S. Ravdin Lecture in Basic Sciences, where Robert D. Howe, PhD, delivered Cathbots: Ultrasound Guidance for Robotic Beating Heart Surgery; The Herand Abcarian Lecture, Improving the Quality of Cancer Surgery in a Single Payor System: The Cancer Care Ontario Experience, was offered by Robin S. McLeod, MD, FACS, FRCSC; and Surgical Training and Surgical Practice: Are We Getting the Formula Right?, the Distinguished Lecture of the International Society of Surgery, was presented by Eilis McGovern, MD, FRCSI, FRCS(Ed), DCh.

College governance

At the Annual Business Meeting of Members on Wednesday, where Dr. Numann presided, Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, presented the Report of the Chair of the Board of Regents; Timothy C. Flynn, MD, FACS, presented the Report of the Chair of the Board of Governors; and David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, presented the Report of the Executive Director of the College. Hilary A. Sanfey, MB, BCh, FACS, presented the Report of the Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors, during which the elected Regents and Board of Governors Officers were announced; and Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, FACS, presented the Report of the Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Fellows and announced the nomination and election of Governors and Officers.

New Officers-Elect

At the Annual Business Meeting of Members, new Officers-Elect were elected. A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect and will begin his tenure as the 93rd ACS President at the 2012 Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL. Dr. Eastman is a general, vascular, and trauma surgeon from San Diego, CA.

R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS—a general surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga—was named First Vice-President-Elect. Named as Second Vice-President-Elect was John M. Daly, MD, FACS, a general surgeon and dean emeritus, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Awards, honors, celebrations

A number of ACS Members were recognized during the Clinical Congress.

The 2011 Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor, was presented to Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH, FACS (see photo, page 34). The ACS Board of Regents recognized Dr. McGrath with this award for her “steadfast commitment to the initiatives and principles embodied by the American College of Surgeons,” her numerous contributions to the College through service, her work as a clinical and academic surgeon, and her dedication to improving the quality of surgical patient care.

The 2011 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Surgical Humanitarian Award winners were honored at a general session on Monday, sponsored by the College’s Operation Giving Back program. Louis L. Carter, Jr., MD, FACS, was presented with the humanitarianism award, and Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, received the volunteerism award (see photo, page 34).

Also Monday, Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, and Nona Chiampi Russell, MD, PhD, were presented with the Fellows Leadership Society’s Distinguished Philanthropist Award. The Doctors Russell have been generous and loyal benefactors of the College as evidenced by more than 100 philanthropic gifts since 1990 (see photo, page 35).

At the annual Trauma Dinner Monday night, the 2011 Meritorious Achievement Award was given in honor of Steven N. Parks, MD, FACS, who passed away August 21, 2010. Dr. Parks was the former State Chair of the Northern California Committee on Trauma (COT), former Chief of Region 9, former COT member, and former Chair of the Advanced Trauma Life Support program. Accepting the award from Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the COT and Chair of the Regional Committees on Trauma, were Dr. Parks’ wife, Mrs. Patty Parks, daughter Nancy Parks, MD, and son Ben Parks (see photo, this page).

The 2012 Owen H. Wangensteen Surgical Forum was dedicated to Eric W. Fonkalsrud, MD, FACS (see photo, page 36). Residents honored with the Surgical Forum Excellence in Research Awards included Sonal Arora, MD, PhD; Michelle L. Babicky, MD; Evie Carchman, MD; Jerry S. Chen, MD; Melissa H. Coleman, MD; Jason P. Glotzbach, MD; Caroline C. Jadlowiec, MD; Aaron W. James, MD; Eric Kubat, MD;  Elise H. Lawson, MD, MSHS, Masayuki Nagahashi, MD, PhD; Mathew D. Sorensen, MD; Allison L. Speer, MD; Richard C. Webb, MD; and Daniel Wu, MD.

The Committee on Cancer Liaison recognized three Commission on Cancer State Chairs for outstanding performance and significant contributions to the Liaison Program in 2011. Honored were J. David Beatty, MD, FACS, Washington State Chair, Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, WA; Jarrod Kaufman, MD, FACS, New Jersey State Chair, Advanced Surgical Associates of New Jersey, and Central State Healthcare System, Freehold, NJ; and Barry Landry, MD, FACS, Louisiana State Chair, Thibodaux Surgical Specialists and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Thibodaux, LA (see photo, page 36).

Afaq Z. Khan, MBBS, FACS, a general surgeon from Hays, KS, received the 2011 Nizar N. Oweida Scholarship at the Rural Surgeons meeting (see photo, page 36).

Tippi C. MacKenzie, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon at University of California, San Francsico, Benioff Children’s Hospital and its Fetal Treatment Center, was presented with the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (see photo, page 37).

Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio Is Associated with Increased Risk of Pathological Upstaging after Radical Cystectomy for Clinical T2 Urothelial Carcinoma was named this year’s Best Scientific Exhibit at the 2011 Clinical Congress meeting  This poster was authored by Tracy M. Downs, MD; Aaron M. Potretzke, MD; E. Jason Abel, MD; Wei Huang, MD; Jeremy Cetnar, MD, MPH; and David F. Jarrard, MD, of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI (see photo, page 37). More than 300 poster presentations were displayed at the meeting, with nine posters awarded the Poster of Exception Merit designation.

The ninth annual ACS Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching—which is sponsored by the Division of Education to recognize excellence in teaching by a resident, and to highlight the importance of teaching in residents’ daily lives—was presented to Aaron R. Jensen, MD, MEd. Dr. Jensen completed his general surgery residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, and is currently a fellow in pediatric surgical critical care at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Jensen was selected by an independent review panel of the Committee on Resident Education (see photo, page 37).

The International Guest Scholar program welcomed its 2011 guest scholars and exchange fellows, including the following: Peter J. Anderson, MB, ChB, PhD, FRACS, FRCS (Eng), Adelaide, Australia; Somprakas Basu, MB, BS, Varanasi, India, International Education Scholar; Carlos Carcamo, MD, FACS, Valdivia, Chile; Pramod Devkota, MB, BS, MS, Kathmandu, Nepal; Timothy W. Eglinton, MB, ChB, FRACS, Christchurch, New Zealand; Marcus Fokou, MD, FWACS, Yaounde, Cameroon, Doctor Louis Argenta Scholar; Pablo Santiago Frioni, MD, Montevideo, Uruguay; Amit Goyal, MD, MS, Derby, United Kingdom, International Education Scholar; Beata Hemmelova, MD, Brno, Czech Republic, Abdol Islami Scholar; Jens Hoeppner, MD, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany; Rajeev Kumar, MB, BS, New Delhi, India; Pradeep Harkison Navsaria, MB, ChB, Cape Town, South Africa; Kehinde Sunday Oluwadiya, MBBS, FMCS (Orthop), Osogbo, Nigeria; Rauf Oqtay Shahbazov, MD, Baku, Azerbaijan; and Suguru Yamada, MD, PhD, Nagoya City, Aichi, Japan (see photo, this page). was unable to attend.

Medical students Melina Deban, McGill University Faculty of Medicine (see photo, page 39); Christopher S. Graffeo, New York University School of Medicine (see photo, this page); and Kassi Kronfeld, Oregon Health & Science University (photo not available) were awarded first-place honors for their posters and oral presentations during the Medical Student Program offered during the Clinical Congress by the Division of Education. Ms. Deban’s poster titled Creating a Surgical Care Report Card: The Association between Adherence to Process-Based Quality Indicators and Postoperative Complications was awarded first-place in the Clinical and Educational Research category. Mr. Graffeo’s poster titled The Dichotomous Role of Dendritic Cells in Modulating Pancreatitis tied for first place in the Basic Science Research category with Ms. Kronfeld’s poster titled Brainstem Modulation of Cerebral Blood Flow After Experimental Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Their posters and oral presentations were selected from 40 posters featured at the Medical Student Program, which spanned three days, featured approximately 25 speakers, and included more than 300 medical student participants.

The ACS Committee on Video-based Education sponsored a session to highlight videos authored by prominent international surgeons. At the conclusion of the session, panel members voted on the best video presented at the meeting. Committee Chair Tonia M. Young-Fadok, MD, FACS, and Pascal R. Fuchshuber, MD, FACS, session coordinators, presented the Certificate of Merit Award for the most outstanding video, titled Laparoscopic Right Hepatectomy and the Management of Vascular Lesions, authored by Brice Gayet, MD, PhD, and presented by Adrian M. Nedelcu, MD, of Paris, France.

Additionally, Barbara L. Bass, MD, FACS, Houston, TX, was honored for her eight years of exceptional leadership as Chair of the Program Committee at its annual meeting (see photo, page 40). Thomas V. Whalen, MD, MMM, FACS, Vice-Chair, Board of Regents was recognized for his outstanding leadership as Course Director for the Surgery Resident Program, offered each year by the Division of Education at the Clinical Congress to help prepare residents for the transition to practice (see photo, page 40).

Board of Regents/Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has elected James K. Elsey, MD, FACS, Lawrenceville, GA; Gerald M. Fried, MD, FACS, Montreal, QC; B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB; and Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, FACS, Hartford, CT, to the ACS Board of Regents.

Dr. Elsey is a general and vascular surgeon in private practice in Atlanta, GA. He is affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville, GA, and is a visiting professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. A Fellow of the College since 1989, Dr. Elsey has served as a member (2004–2010) and Secretary (2008–2010) of the Board of Governors; as Chair of the Board of Governors’ Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College (2008–2010); and as Secretary (2003–2008) and President (2008–2010) of the ACS Georgia Chapter.

Dr. Fried, a general surgeon, is Adair Family Professor and chairman, department of surgery, McGill University, and surgeon-in-chief, McGill University Health Centre Hospitals, Montreal, QC. A Fellow of the College since 1986, Dr. Fried has served on the Board of Governors (2002–2008); as a member (1992–1995) and senior member (1999–2002) of the Committee on Video-Based Education; and as a member (2002–2006), Vice-Chair (2006–2008), and Consultant (2009 to present) for the Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology and Education.

Dr. Hancock, a general and pediatric surgeon, is associate professor, departments of surgery and pediatrics and child health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. She is also a pediatric surgeon and pediatric interventionist at Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg. A Fellow since 1996, Dr. Hancock has served as the Committee on Trauma (COT) State Provincial Chair, Publications/Education (1999–2008), and as President (2006) of the Manitoba Chapter of the ACS.

Dr. Jacobs, a general surgeon, is professor of surgery and chairman of the department of traumatology and emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut, and director of the trauma program at Hartford (CT) Hospital. A Fellow since 1978, Dr. Jacobs has served as COT State Provincial Chair (1998–2004); as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors (2008–2009); as a member (2003–2006) and Chair (2007–2009) of the Board of Governors’ Committee on Chapter Activities; and as a member of the Accreditation Review Committee (2009 to present).

Elected to additional three-year terms on the Board of Regents were Mark A. Malangoni, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, PA; and Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, New York, NY.

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, a general, thoracic, and vascular surgeon from Louisville, KY, was elected Chair of the Board of Regents. Dr. Richardson is professor of surgery and vice-chair of the department of surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (see article, page 52).

Martin B. Camins, MD, FACS, was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents. Dr. Camins is a neurological surgeon in New York, NY.

The Board of Governors elected Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, Ann Arbor, MI, as Chair of its Executive Committee; Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS, Sioux Falls, SD, as Vice-Chair; and William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, Providence, RI, as Secretary. Also elected to the Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were James Clinton Denneny, III, MD, FACS, Knoxville, TN; and Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, New York, NY.

Clinical Congress 2012: Chicago, IL

It’s never too early to start planning for the 98th Annual Clinical Congress, scheduled for September 30–October 4, 2012, in Chicago, IL. Be sure to visit http://www.facs.org in the coming months for more details regarding the educational program, registration, housing, and transportation.

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