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American Board of Abdominal Surgery

January 2006

In this issue:

The 30th N. Frederick Hicken, M.D., Hepato-Biliary Symposium

The turnout for the 30th N. Frederick Hicken, M.D.,
Hepato-Biliary Symposium was 10% higher in attendance,
than the 46th Clinical Congress, Spring 2005.
Let’s hope this trend continues. We have said many
times and we repeat, nowhere can you get a high
quality CME of 20 Credits, Category 1 for $400.00
including breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Thanks
to our Foundation making this possible. How do we
know it is quality CME? The evaluations forms tell us
so. “Excellent programs”, “this young man is slated
for a top notch professorship”! The speakers praised
the attendees for their interest and attention. Their
questions were thought provoking. Professors Ronald
A. Hinder, M.D. of Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
and Joe U. Levi, M.D. of Miami, as usual, were outstanding.
Professor Michael Goretsky, M.D. of
Eastern Virginia gave an excellent presentation on
Hirschsprung’s Disease and the use of minimally
invasive surgery in pediatrics. Pediatric Surgical emergencies
and Pediatric Hepato-Biliary Disease of surgical
import were outstanding presentations by the
Head, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Naval Medical
Center, Portsmouth, VA, Dr. Frazer Frantz. Triage,
Trauma and Burns, as presented by Professor Louis
Pisano, M.D., kept the audience spellbound.

Professor George Membrino, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus
of CME at the University of Massachusetts,
Worcester and Demostene Romanucci, M.D.,
Associate Executive Secretary and Director, CME,
discussed the real meaning of what ABAS certification
is and what is involved.

The 47th Clinical Congress

The planning for the 47th Clinical Congress is
completed and is at the printer.

The ASAS Committee meetings will be held on
Thursday, April 27, 2006, starting @ 6:00 pm. The
Annual meeting of the Fellows with Committee
reports and election of Officers will be held on Friday,
April 28, 2006 @ 5:15 pm in the Main Auditorium,
immediately following the days educational activities.

Friday, April 28, 2006 is dedicated entirely to live
Tele/Video presentation of surgery with commentary
from the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL. Dr Heidi
Chua is preparing an exceptional live surgical
program for this day. Dr. Paul H. Sugarbaker will be
presenting and discussing “Surgical Intervention with
Recurrent non-Gynecological Cancer: When to and
When not to Operate; Surgical Technology for
Colo-Rectal Cancer Resection and Prolonged
Intra-Peritoneal Access for Chemotherapy: A surgical
responsibility”. On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Bernardo
Martinez will discuss the Development and Clinical
Implementation of Robotic Surgery, presenting his
10 years of experience in this field. He will also
discuss its future direction and who should qualify
for the procedure and who should not at this time.
On Sunday morning Andrew Wachler, Esq. will
discuss Medicare Appeals and Third Party payor
audit appeals, Compliance Issues, Medicare Part D
and HIPAA update. The Clinical Congress will be
interesting, informative and educational.

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The ABAS Petition to the LCSB was denied in a most cavalier fashion. An appeal will be presented within the time frame. Diplomates are requested to place on their stationery: Diplomate, American Board of Abdominal Surgery.
See you at the 47th.

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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