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33rd Hepato-Biliary Symposium November 5th-7th, 2010

The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons received such overwhelming praise with regard to the hands-on simulation training course conducted at our Clinical Congress; we scheduled another session for the 33rd Hepato-Biliary Symposium held November 5th through 7th, 2010 in Tampa. This training session was held on Friday at USF and consisted of group training, hands-on simulation using pig livers for single incision, laparoscopic cholecystectomies, along with a demonstration of extracorporeal knot tying. Not only was this session extremely education but was very much enjoyed by the doctors and nurse attending.


Two live surgeries were observed on Friday morning; a “Very Floppy LESS Nissen Fundoplication” and a “LESS Toupet Fundoplication”. Other surgeries, along with lectures and videos on LESS Nissen Fundoplication; LESS Heller Myotomy with Anterior Fundoplication; LESS Adrenalectomy and LESS Inguinal Hernia Repair were scheduled into this busy day, working around the group training sessions in the afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday were overflowing with lectures and lively discussions on Pancreatic Cancer – Who, What, Where, How?; Resecting Pancreatic Cancer – How to Improve on the National Standards; Issues in Training – HPB Surgery; Cholecystectomy without General Anesthesia; Benign and Malignant Tumors of the Liver; Bile Duct Injuries – How to Avoid, Recognize & Treat; How to Introduce New Techniques into Your Practice; Trauma to the Liver, Biliary Tree, Pancreas & Spleen; Mass Casualty Care – Mass Casualty Care Relating to the Surgeon; Unexpected Gynecologic Findings during Celiotomy and Colon Resection for Ovarian Cancer; Intraoperative Decisions. Questions abound from the audience when our specialist in Geriatrics, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies spoke on Diseases, Disorders & Treatments Impacted by Age – Care in the Elderly; What Organized Palliative Care Offers the Abdominal Surgeon and Specific Issues in Postoperative Care for Abdominal Surgeons – Pain and Mental Status.


Other subject matter included Acute & Chronic Pancreatitis; Who Will Be Your Surgeon and Effects of and Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Upon Hepatic Function.

We were very fortunate to have such specialists and educators in the fields of Geriatrics, Colorectal Surgery, Trauma & Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery, LESS & N.O.T.E.S. Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Hepato-Biliary speaking at this meeting.

Dr. C. Whalen Clark received our 2010 Resident Research Award. Dr. Clark came to us with the highest recommendations for his outstanding research and accomplishments in Hepato-Biliary studies and surgery.

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For anyone who is not aware, the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons had gone through extensive reporting last year and received the approval of ACCME for a four year re-accreditation through November 30, 2013. This accreditation allows us to conduct educational conferences and designate these activities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

The Society also participated in a five year review by AMA and was notified on October 29, 2010 that ASAS has met the requirements needed to retain its two seats in the AMA House of Delegates. Dr. Louis F. Alfano, Jr. and Dr. Philip McCarthy are the Society's Delegates at this time.

We are already gearing up for the 49th Clinical Congress which will be held in Tampa April 15th – 17th, 2011 and are hoping to infuse a lecture or two on gynecological diseases, treatments and surgery into our spring program.

We will be electing committee members and officers at this time. If you would like to be added to the ballot or nominate someone for a position, please notify the office as soon as possible (781) 665-6102.

We are attempting to cut back our printing, postage and mailing expenses, therefore, please be sure we have your current e-mail address. In the future, we will be sending out many of our save-the-day meeting notices, etc. by e-mail. Help us to be more efficient in keeping costs down.

The Winter 2010/Spring 2011 Journal of Abdominal Surgery is heading to the printer. If you know of any hospitals, medical libraries or non-members who would like a copy, please contact the office.

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49TH Clinical Congress
April 15th – 17th, 2011

34TH Hepato-Biliary Symposium
November 4th – 6th, 2011

The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for Physicians. The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons is approved by the AMA/CME to grant Category1 credits towards the Physician's Recognition Award of its educational endeavors.

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