Chapter news – April 2013

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Connecticut Chapter: Prize-winning team from Saint Mary’s Hospital at the Connecticut Fifth Annual Surgical Skills Competition (left to right): Mandip Joshi, MD; Shohan Shetty, MD; and Ibnalwalid Saad, MD

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Connecticut Chapter: Juan Sanchez, MD, FACS, Chapter President (left) congratulates Dr. Jacobs.

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Connecticut Chapter: Legislator of the Year Award Recipient Senator Blumenthal (left) with Dr. Sanchez.

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Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter (BLIC): John Gaffney, DO, FAAOS, president Nassau Surgical Society; Ms. Heneghan; Teresa Barzyz, BLIC Chapter Administrator; James C. Rucinski, MD, FACS, President, BLIC Chapter; Ms. Zupko; Michael Setzen, MD, FACS, program organizer, Nassau Surgical Society.

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Egyptian Chapter. Left to right: Drs. Elbanna, Mattar, Ismail, Ezzat, Omar, and Ibrahim.

Connecticut Chapter hosts Scientific and Annual Meeting

The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted its 45th Scientific and Annual Meeting on November 8, 2012, in Waterbury, CT. Power outages from Hurricane Sandy and a major snowstorm delayed the meeting, but attendees reported that it was a resounding success. The meeting featured more than 50 resident research presentations; a keynote address from U.S. Army Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, MD, FACS, deputy director, TRICARE Management Activity; debates on clinical treatment options for various surgical conditions; and sessions for residents on contract negotiations and choosing a fellowship.

The chapter presented its Distinguished Service Award to ACS Regent Lenworth Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, a general surgeon who practices at Hartford Hospital. The award recognizes Dr. Jacobs’ contributions to the Connecticut Chapter as well as his work to improve the quality of patient care worldwide. Dr. Jacobs served as Chapter President from 2000 to 2002, as Governor-at-Large from 2004 to 2006, and chaired the Regional State Committees from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Jacobs launched the annual Connecticut Trauma Conference, which is now in its 15th year. The conference draws more than 500 trauma care professionals from around the state. Dr. Jacobs currently serves on the ACS Central Judiciary Committee and the ACS International Relations Committee. In 1998, he developed the Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM®) course, a method of increasing surgical competence and confidence in the operative management of penetrating chest and abdominal injuries. In 2008, the ACS Committee on Trauma assumed leadership of the course.

The chapter extended its Legislator of the Year Award to U.S. Sen. Michael Blumenthal (D-CT). Senator Blumenthal has always listened intently and responded to concerns of the Connecticut Chapter. During his tenure as Connecticut’s Attorney General, Senator Blumenthal helped secure a landmark settlement with the tobacco industry. In the U.S. Senate, he has worked for patients’ access to safe and affordable prescription drugs.

The meeting ended with the chapter’s first Surgical Skills Competition™, which is a test of clinical skills for residents from training programs across the state competing in teams of three. Now in its fifth year, this competition, made possible through a unique partnership with industry, continues to be an engaging way to enhance resident training. The recipient of the 2012 Surgical Skills Competition prize in 2012 was the team from Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. Saint Mary’s first-year residents each received a pair of loupes, and the mid-level and senior residents were awarded complimentary financial planning sessions.

Massachusetts Chapter meets

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) held its 59th Annual Meeting on December 1, 2012, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.  A total of 138 surgical professionals attended the meeting, including 80 residents and medical students.

The meeting began with a Quiz the Experts session featuring the following topics and surgeons:

  • Endocrine/Pancreas: general surgeon Richard B. Wait, MD, PhD, FACS, chair, department of surgery, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield; and general surgeon Gerard M. Doherty, MD, FACS, Utley Professor and chair of surgery, Boston University, and surgeon-in-chief, Boston Medical Center of Boston University
  • Colorectal Surgery: Rocco Ricciardi, MD, FACS, department of colon and rectal surgery, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, and Ronald Bleday, MD, FACS, section chief, colon and rectal surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and associate professor, Harvard University Medical School, Boston
  • Open Abdominal: colorectal surgeon Timothy C. Counihan, MD, FACS, Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, and general surgeon Lisa A. Patterson, MD, FACS, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield

The following individuals received Resident Research Awards:

  • Oral presentation winners:
    • Basic science: Sulaiman R. Hamarneh, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital: Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase Prevents Acute Alcohol-Induced Liver Injury
    • Clinical: Ryan P. Cauley, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Split Liver Transplantation in Adult Recipients: Is the Learning Curve Over?
  • Poster winners:
    • Basic science: Tara E. Deelman, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston: Selective Vagal Deafferentation Leads to Improvement in Insulin Response and GLP-1 Secretion
    • Clinical: Ali Ardestani, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Changes in Insulin Dependence after Bariatric Surgery

A highlight of the meeting was a session titled So You Want to Say You’re Sorry: A Panel on Medical Malpractice, featuring guest speakers Alan C. Woodward, MD, FACEP, Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA; Michael B. Barkley, JD, attorney for Alder, Cohen LLP; and Jeff Catalano, JD, attorney for Todd & Weld LLP.

Other sessions and speakers at the Massachusetts annual meeting included:

  • President of the ACS Massachusetts Chapter and colorectal surgeon Marc S. Rubin, MD, FACS, department of surgery, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, spoke on Massachusetts Surgeons Building a Statewide Surgical Quality Collaborative.
  • A talk on the Politically Active Surgeon by colorectal surgeon Peter T. Masiakos, MD, FACS, Massachusetts General Hospital, and assistant professor, Harvard Medical School; and Steven A. Baddour, Esq., partner, McDermott Will and Emory, Boston.
  • A presentation by general surgeon David McAneny, MD, FACS, of Boston Medical Center on the American College of Surgeons Grassroots Advocacy Pilot Program.
  • A scientific session moderated by Jacqueline Wu, MD, Berkshire Medical Center, on Head Games: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Long-Term Consequences of Repetitive Brain Trauma, presented by Robert A. Stern, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine.
  • The luncheon speaker was John O’Shea, MD, MPA, FACS; Senior Health Policy Advisor, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, who discussed Paying for Surgery in the U.S.

In addition, the chapter presented the second annual Resident Top Gun Competition, which challenged surgical residents from each of the 10 general surgery training programs throughout Massachusetts. The competition allowed these surgical residents to showcase their laparoscopic skills, with teams of three residents from each institution participating in a series of skills tests. These tests included intracorporeal knot tying, transferring objects from one hand to another, and pattern cutting. All contestants were timed and graded. The winning team was from Baystate Medical Center and included Connie Rossini, MD; Matthew Kronick, MD; and Kaitlyn Wong, MD. The team received the Massachusetts Chapter ACS Cup, which they will be allowed to showcase at their home institution for one year.

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Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter, Nassau Surgical Society host Clinic Day 2012

The Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Nassau Surgical Society hosted their combined Annual Clinic Day on December 5, 2012, in Uniondale, Long Island, NY. With 469 attendees, the meeting was the largest 2012 ACS chapter gathering in the U.S. The meeting featured an educational program highlighting 11 surgical specialties, including cardiothoracic, general/vascular, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, transplant surgery, trauma and emergency, and urology. The general sessions for all attendees featured renowned speakers from across the U.S. Luncheon speakers included Kathleen Heneghan, RN, PNP-C, MSN, Assistant Director, Patient Education, ACS Division of Education; and Karen Zupko, a coding and reimbursement expert and president of KarenZupko & Associates, Inc. The event also included an abstract poster presentation in which 56 posters were submitted by residents. The top 11 posters received special awards. Over the last 11 years, the joint efforts of the Nassau Surgical Society and the Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter have expanded and improved this annual event.

Egyptian Chapter presents metabolic surgery symposium

The Egyptian Chapter of the American College of Surgeons presented a symposium on February 6 titled Update on Metabolic Surgery. The primary speaker was Samer Mattar, MB, BCh, FACS, associate professor of surgery and medical director, Indiana University Health Bariatric and Medical Weight Loss, Indianapolis.

Dr. Mattar gave two talks—one on Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Metabolic Operation, and the other on comparing the Effects of Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Band on Diabetes Mellitus. In his talk, Dr. Mattar offered data showing that sleeve gastrectomy cures 66 percent of diabetes cases and improves diabetes in another 31 percent of cases.

In the second talk, Dr. Mattar showed that all bariatric surgical procedures have a positive effect on diabetes with a relative advantage of gastric bypass over restrictive procedures.

Ahmed Ibrahim, MB, BCh, FACS, and Chair of the Egyptian Chapter’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Committee, introduced a discussion of metabolic surgery. Abdelwahab Ezzat, MB, BCh, vice-president of Ain Shams University, and Sherif Omar, MD, FACS, President of the Egyptian Chapter of ACS, chaired the symposium. Alaa Ismail, MB, BCh, FACS, Governor of the Egyptian Chapter of ACS, introduced the speakers, and Mohey Elbanna, MB, BCh, FACS, Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, moderated the program.

Professors, staff members, residents, and interns of the department of surgery at Ain Shams University, attended the symposium. The concept of performing bariatric surgery as a treatment for metabolic surgery is new in Egypt. It was the first time this discussion has occurred at Ain Shams University, opening a new frontier for bariatric surgery and diabetic patient management at the institution.

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