Chapter news – August 2013

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Brooklyn and Long Island (BLI) Chapter, left to right (all MD, FACS): John McNelis; Chapter Vice-President; Dr. Eastman; James C. Rucinski, Past-President of the BLI Chapter; and Susan H. Lee, Chapter President—the first woman BLI President.

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Alabama and Mississippi Chapters: Incoming President Mary Hawn, MD, FACS (right), thanks Dr. McKinley for his year of service as President of the Alabama Chapter.

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A delegation from the South Dakota (SD) Chapter attended the Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, in April. From left: Jon Ryckman, MD, FACS, Young Surgeon Representative; Mary Milroy, MD, FACS, SD Chapter Past-President; Michael Bauer, MD, FACS, Young Surgeon Representative; and Dr. Timmerman.

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Illinois Chapter: Founder’s Competition award winners (from left): Dr. Osborne, MD, Dr. Vander Naalt; James Thiele, MD, FACS, award presenter and President-Elect; and Dr. True.

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Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter President Dr. McCormick.

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Metro Philadelphia Chapter: Dr. Britt (left) with Michael DellaVecchia, MD, PhD, FACS.

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North and South Dakota Chapters. Physicians work on the adult-sized trauma mannequin inside the Sim truck, a mobile simulation vehicle purchased via a grant from the Leona Helmsley Trust. From left: Gary Timmerman, MD, FACS; Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD, FACS; and Alan Christensen, MD.

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Vermont Chapter Executive Committee, from left (all MD, FACS): Bruce Leavitt; Kennith Sartorelli, Andrew Stanley; Eduards Ziedins; and Simon Drew.

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West Virginia Chapter: Dr. Generoso Duremdes (left) with son Dr. Gene B. Duremdes.

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West Virginia (WV) Chapter. Front row, left to right (all MD, FACS): Robert A. Gustafson, ACS Governor; Gene B. Duremdes, Chapter President-Elect; Richard A. Vaughan, Chapter President; Bryan Richmond, Chapter First Vice-President; Fred Martinez, Councilor; and Dr. Numann. Second row: Rebecca Wolfer, WV COT Chair, MD, FACS; Sharon Bartholomew, Administrator; Jennifer Knight, MD, FACS, Councilor; Eric Mantz, MD, FACS, Secretary-Treasurer; and John DeLuca, MD, FACS, Councilor. Third row (all MD, FACS): Hannah Hazard, West Virginia CoC Chair; William Burns, Councilor; Roger King, Past-Governor; and Charles Alan Tracy, Past-President of the chapter.

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Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo at the April 26 ACS Inspiring Quality Forum, Hartford, CT.

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Mexico, Federal District Chapter, from left: Marino Capurso, MD, FACS, Chapter President; Adriana Hernandez, MD, chair, department of surgery, American British Cowdray (ABC) Medical Center, Mexico City; Dr. Eastman; and Octavio Ruiz, MD, FACS, chief of staff, ABC Medical Center.

Mexico, Federal District Chapter of the ACS institutes A. Brent Eastman Trauma Lecture

In honor of the participation of American College of Surgeons (ACS) President A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, at its annual meeting on February 4, the Mexico, Federal District Chapter of the ACS instituted the first “A. Brent Eastman Trauma Lecture,” which was delivered by Dr. Eastman. The lecture will be presented each year as a special event of the Committee on Trauma for Mexico. During the visit, Dr. Eastman and Elias Horta Bustillos, MD, vice-president of medical affairs of the American British Cowdray Medical Center, Mexico City, inaugurated the new Mexico, Federal District Chapter office in Mexico City (see photo).

North and South Dakota Chapters present joint meeting

The North Dakota and South Dakota Chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) convened in Bismarck, ND, April 28–29 for their annual meeting, the 14th consecutive joint meeting for the two state chapters. A total of 50 surgeons were in attendance, 18 of whom chartered two aircraft to make the 432-mile trip from Sioux Falls, SD, to Bismarck. Fellows from Colorado, Montana, and Canada also attended (see photo).

The meeting featured more than 20 original presentations from surgeons, researchers, and medical students. Five State Trauma Coordinators also attended, and Jerry Jurkovich, MD, FACS, director of surgery for Denver (CO) Health and Hospital Authority, was the featured presenter. He discussed the topics of trauma systems and thoracic trauma.

The North Dakota and South Dakota Chapters of the ACS contribute generously to the American College of Surgeons Professional Association’s political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC). In fact, the North Dakota Chapter was recognized earlier this year as the chapter with the highest percentage of PAC contributions, and the South Dakota Chapter was noted as having the second highest level of PAC contributions.

An announcement was made during the meeting that the Leona Helmsley Trust has endowed both the North and South Dakota Chapters with mobile simulation vehicles. The vehicles will provide rural hospitals and emergency medical services with mobile medical simulation centers, which will help rural surgeons advance their skills.
The North Dakota and South Dakota chapters have enjoyed many years of camaraderie and success and together promote and foster progressive outcome-based surgical care. Young surgeons are encouraged to join the state chapters.

Dr. Numann attends West Virginia Chapter annual meeting

The West Virginia Chapter of the ACS welcomed Patricia Numann, MD, FACS, ACS Past-President, as the guest speaker at the chapter’s annual meeting May 9–11 at White Sulphur Springs, WV (see photo). Dr. Numann delivered an address titled The ACS Foundation and You. Sharon Henry, MD, FACS, The Ann Scalea Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, delivered a lecture titled Starve a Cold, Feed the Critically Ill: Update in Nutritional Support.

Of particular note, Generoso Duremdes, MD, FACS, Past-President of the West Virginia Chapter, attended the annual meeting. Dr. Duremdes’ son, Gene B. Duremdes, MD, FACS, was recently elected President of the West Virginia Chapter (see photo). Father and son share a surgical practice in Princeton, WV.

Dr. Britt addresses challenges in American surgery at meeting of Philadelphia, PA, surgeons

On May 20, more than 115 physicians were honored to hear L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), present American Surgery: The Great Challenges That Must be Addressed at the annual Joint Dinner Meeting of the ACS Metro Philadelphia Chapter and the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery (see photo). Dr. Britt is the Brickhouse Professor of Surgery and Chairman at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, and Past-President of the ACS. Philadelphia surgeons have come to expect excellent presentations at this annual event, and this year was no exception.

Vermont Chapter presents annual meeting at Quechee Club

The Vermont Chapter of the ACS held its annual meeting May 9 in Quechee, VT. The chapter elected a new representative to the Commission on Cancer (CoC), Ted James, MD, FACS, attending surgeon, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington; associate professor, University of Vermont, Burlington; and member, CoC Quality Integration Committee. Dr. James replaces Simon Drew, MD, FACS, attending surgeon, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Bennington. The Vermont Chapter is grateful for Dr. Drew’s service during the last six years.

The chapter conducted the annual Surgical Resident and Medical Student presentation competition at the meeting. This year’s winners were Cristine Velazco, MD, Scottsdale, AZ, and Griffin Boll, Boston, MA, respectively.
Chapter members representing a majority of the hospitals in the state discussed plans to form a statewide ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) collaborative. Neil Hyman, MD, FACS, a colorectal surgeon, Fletcher Allen Health Care; and Paul Penar, MD, FACS, a neurological surgeon, Fletcher Allen Health Care, led the discussion, along with guest Allen Ramsay, MD, who serves on Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board, Montpelier. Dr. Ramsay assured chapter members that Vermont residents eagerly anticipate the Green Mountain project, the health insurance program for Vermont residents, and he suggested ideas for future direction and possible resources to cover program costs.

ACS leaders, U.S. congressman address Michigan Chapter

The Michigan Chapter, which met May 16–17, in Kalamazoo, welcomed ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, who spoke on Difficult Cases in Trauma Surgery. U.S. Congressman Daniel Banishek, MD, FACS (R-MI), spoke to the gathering about Difficult Situations in National Health Care Reform. On the second day of the meeting, R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, ACS First Vice-President and chairman and professor of surgery, department of surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, provided an ACS update. Also on May 17, the Michigan Chapter held a general session of resident surgeons competition, which included presentations by residents from hospitals throughout the state (see photo).

Illinois Chapter meeting features variety of sessions, award presentations

The Illinois Chapter of the ACS, under President Garish N. Patel, MD, FACS, hosted its 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting, June 6–8, in Springfield. Program Chair Paul E. Pacheco, MD, assembled a wide-ranging program featuring 22 presentations. The keynote speaker for the meeting was Julie A. Margenthaler, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, who spoke on the Changing Landscape of Breast Cancer Care: Impact of Molecular Diagnostics.

The meeting also comprised a Founder’s Competition, involving seven resident presentations. A highlight of the 2013 meeting was the chapter dinner at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The winners of the Founder’s Competition were recognized during the dinner and received cash prizes. Taking first place, and the winner of the Robert Patton, MD, FACS, Award, was Eben True, MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICM) at Peoria, for Fecal Microbiota Therapy for Refractory Clostridium Difficle Colitis. Second place went to Steven Vander Naalt, MD, UICM at Peoria, for Single Incision Robotic Cholecystectomy. Third place was awarded to Zachary Osborne, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, for Obesity in Trauma: Outcomes, Injury Patterns, and Disposition Trends in Blunt Trauma.

The chapter also recognized several honorary members, including Rhonda Peebles, Past ACS Chapter Services Manager, and Carolyn Koch, Past Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter. Both Ms. Peebles and Ms. Koch were recognized for 25 years of service to the chapter. The Illinois Chapter looks forward to holding a joint meeting with the Illinois Surgical Society in Champaign, September 18–20, 2014.

New York Chapter presents first “Jeopardy” program

The New York Chapter hosted its First Annual Resident Jeopardy competition on May 18 in conjunction with the chapter’s annual Resident Paper Contest in Fishkill, NY. Six residency teams (from the State University of New York [SUNY] Upstate, Albany Medical Center, Lenox Hill, Bronx Lebanon, Montefiore Medical Center, and Harlem Hospital) participated in the competition.

The quick-witted hosts for the evening were Daniel “Alex Trebek” Bonville, MD, FACS; Samuel Robert “Answer Man” Todd, MD, FACS; and Danielle “Vanna White” Katz, MD, FACS. Two single Jeopardy rounds took place, from which the top three highest scorers moved on to a double Jeopardy round. Although all of the contestants were quick to “buzz” their answers, in the end only one team claimed the $1,000 prize and the Golden Scalpel plaque. The winner of the First Annual Resident Jeopardy competition was the Harlem Hospital department of surgery team, led by Shantanu Razdan, MD, and Paritosh Suman, MD. Second place went to the SUNY Upstate Medical Center team led by Taimur Saleem, MD, and Lisa Lai, MD. Third place went to the Lenox Hill Hospital team, which Robert Sung, MD, and Jamie Eridon-Olbrei, MD, captained.

The Bok Lee Resident Paper Contest presentations were well-received. Presentations were awarded as follows:

The first-place winner was Aisha Shaheen, MD, from Montefiore Medical Center for her paper, Hemorrhagic Shock with Massive Resuscitation after Abdominal Trauma Is Associated with Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and Longer Lengths of Stay, Increased 30-day Mortality and Organ Failure: A Multi-Institutional Study.

Second place went to medical student Christopher Ovanez, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, for his paper, Novel Access Method for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in the Emergency Department: Case Report of a Patient in Cardiogenic Shock.

Third place went to Christa Abraham, MD, Albany, for her paper, A NSQIP Risk Assessment for Thyroid Surgery Based on Patient Co-morbidity.

Alabama and Mississippi chapters present joint conference

The Alabama and Mississippi Chapters of the ACS held their joint annual conference June 13–15 at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Point Clear, AL. Surgeons from both states gathered for panel discussions and welcomed John M. Daly, MD, FACS, Second Vice-President of the ACS, who gave an update on College activities.

Ten residents provided scientific posters, representing Baptist Health System, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and the University of South Alabama (USA), Mobile.

A series of awards were presented, as follows:

  • The James G. Donald II Memorial Residents Paper Award went to Yann-Leei Lee, MD, USA, for Elevated mtDNA CAMPs are Linked to Outcome in the Severely Injured and to Melissa L. Korb, MD, University of Alabama Medical Center (UAMC), Tuscaloosa, for Use of Optical Imaging to Improve the Surgical Resection of Breast Cancer.
  • The William A. Maddox Cancer Award went to Brett Broussard, MD, UAMC, for Multi-targeted approaches in the treatment of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC).
  • The Doyle Haynes Memorial Trauma Award was given to Christopher Richardson, MD, UAB, for his presentation on Transesophageal Echocardiography May Be Superior to Pulmonary Artery Catheterization in the Trauma/Burn Intensive Care Unit.
  • David McKinley, MD, FACS, UAMC, received special recognition for his year of service as President of the Alabama Chapter (see photo).

California Chapter holds Resident and Medical Student Competition at Annual Meeting

The Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) held its Annual Meeting June 8 at the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco under the leadership and coordination of Chapter President John Garry, MD, FACS, from the University of San Francisco-(UCSF Fresno) Medical Education and Research, and Chapter Executive Director Christina McDevitt. More than 100 surgical professionals attended the meeting, including residents and medical students. Two plenary sessions were offered at the event, along with a Resident and Medical Student Competition moderated by David Cooke, MD, FACS, of the University of California (UC-Davis).

A debate between California Medical Association speaker Luther Cobb, MD, FACS, from Eureka, and Hung Ho, MD, FACS, of UC-Davis, focused on the trend toward laparoscopic cholecystectomy nationally and the indications and results for cholecystectomy, particularly for the diagnosis of biliary dyskinesia in the absence of gallstones. During the business luncheon, Krista Kaups, MD, FACS, attending surgeon, Community Regional Medical Center, and health sciences clinical professor of surgery, UCSF-Fresno, reported on the upcoming Chapter Legislative Day in Sacramento in support of S.B. 37, which promotes firearm safety.

During the June 8 chapter meeting, Dr. Garry presented the Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy to incoming President John Maa, MD, FACS, of UCSF-Fresno. Preparations are currently under way for an Inspiring Quality Forum to take place in Northern California in early 2014.

Merged Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter flourishes

The Pittsburgh Surgical Society and the local ACS chapter merged in 2011 to create the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACS. New bylaws have been created, driven by the goals of promoting the art and science of surgery through educational programs and enhancing the quality of surgical care. “Both the ACS chapter and the Pittsburgh Surgical Society have long and proud traditions serving the local surgical community,” said James McCormick, DO, FACS, FASCRS, Chapter President (see photo). “The mission statements of both organizations were virtually identical and most (surgeons) were members of both. It seemed logical and inevitable that we merge as we did. Consolidating leadership, administration, and fees has allowed us to bring increased benefit to more local surgeons.”

The 325 chapter members hold three local meetings annually, including the fall meeting, which will take place this year in November.

Indiana Chapter holds 60th Scientific Meeting in Chicago

The Indiana Chapter held its 60th Annual Scientific Meeting at ACS headquarters in Chicago, IL, April 26-27. Members enjoyed two days of scientific presentations and attended a Chapter Awards Dinner at the J. B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium Building, Chicago. Resident award winners were recognized at the dinner, and former presidents of the Indiana Chapter were honored during the meeting. ACS President A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, was the guest lecturer for the event.

Connecticut Chapter co-hosts ACS Inspiring Quality Forum

On April 26, the Connecticut Chapter co-hosted the ACS Inspiring Quality Forum in Hartford, CT, along with the chapter-sponsored Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative (CtSQC) (see photo). For full coverage of this meeting, see the July Bulletin.

Dr. Eastman speaks at Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter Young Surgeons Dinner

ACS President A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, was the keynote speaker at the Brooklyn and Long Island (BLI) Chapter Annual Young Surgeons Dinner on June 11 at the Garden City Hotel, Long Island, NY. The dinner was well-attended by chapter members and young surgeons. Dr. Eastman inspired the gathering with his speech titled The Next Hundred Years of ACS (see photo).

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