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David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – November 2021(0)

November 1, 2021

Dr. Hoyt describes the recent activities and achievements of the College outlined in the  October report to the ACS Board of Regents.



Tailoring systemic therapy for HER2+ early breast cancer—The CompassHER2 Trials

Summarizes the shared scientific mission of the CompassHER2 Trials, which is to optimize systemic therapy for patients with clinical stage II–III HER2+ early-stage breast cancer.

New study focuses on distractions, interruptions during surgical counting

Describes the findings of a new observational study that confirms interruptions in the operating room lead to fewer safety checks, reduced teamwork and communication, and greater stress and perceived workload.

Patient autonomy and end-of-life care: A COVID-19 story

The author describes a difficult decision involving patient autonomy and end-of-life care in the form of a phone call, during the height of New York City’s pandemic crisis, from a woman who  sounded to be in respiratory distress but refused to go to the hospital.

Dan Elkin and Al Blalock: Present at the Creation

This column examines the unexpected and enduring friendship between two leaders of American surgeon in the 1940s, a vascular and cardiovascular surgeon.

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