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American Board of Abdominal Surgery

January 2012

Our celebration of the 50th Clinical Congress, held November 4th - 6th, 2011, proved to be a tremendous success. Held at the Embassy Suites – USF/Busch Garden, with the first day at Tampa General Hospital for live/interactive surgery, we were able to strike a good balance between our primary focus of education and a little time Saturday evening for celebration. The hotel accommodations were commented on by all as being wonderful.

Following lunch, the doctors moved to the Simulation Laboratory and where assisted by Dr. Michael Albrink, Dr. Sharona Ross, Christine Airey, RN and a simulation laboratory technician with hands-on task training exercises in Intestinal Anastomosis. This made for a very busy Friday with two more days to go!

The remainder of the day was as full, with lectures by Dr. Sharona Ross, "LESS Surgery – Access & Toolbox", "Can We Standardize LESS Surgery"; Dr. Larry R. Glazerman, "Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery", "Robotics in Gynecological Surgery" and "HIV/AIDES – Infectious Diseases" and Infections in Surgery & Appropriate Antibiotics" by Dr. Jose Montero.

Dr. Sharona B. Ross is the recipient of our 2011 Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to quality patient care, outstanding contributions in teaching and her extensive commitment of assistance in the educational endeavors of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons.

Saturday and Sunday consisted of lectures, videos, Round Table Discussions and Q&A's on a large variety of subject matter.

Saturday, Doctors John M. Cox and Charles E. Cox lead lively discussions with videos on "Breast Cancer – Diagnosis & Strategies", "Minimal Breast Cancer", "Role of Sentinel Node" and "New Developments in Care of Breast Cancer" followed by lectures from Dr. Jorge E. Marcet on "Robotic Colorectal Surgery", "LESS Colon Surgery" "The Role of Total Mesorectal Resection" and "Anorectal Disease"; Dr. Michael H. Albrink's talks on "LESS Appendectomy vs. Open", "Appendectomy in 2011 –When & How" and "Is Surgical Training Like it Used to Be?" were enlightening and Dr. Farhaad Golkar rounded out Saturday's schedule with discussions and Q&A on "Portal Hypertension – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Relative Outcome/Results" along with "Hepatic Issues in Non-Hepatic Surgery".

We were delighted to have Synthes CMF at the conference as an exhibitor, displaying "XCM Biologic Tissue Matrix – The next generation in soft tissue repair".

The celebration started at the adjournment of Saturday's schedule and all attendees were encouraged to invite their guests for a cocktail banquet among palm foliage and a waterfall in the hotel lobby.

Sunday was far from winding down and Dr. David Halpern's discussions on "Operations on the Abdominal Wall" and "What You Need to Know About "Flaps" lead to many questions by his audience. Dr. David J. Ciesla is always a welcome addition to our meetings with a discussion on "The Use of Imaging in Evaluation of the Trauma Patients" and Dr. Mark Rumbak concluded, with an enthusiastic audience, listening to lectures on "Critical Care Update: Acute Respiratory Failure, Acute Renal Failure and Hemodynamic Support, as well as, "When/Why/How To Do a Tracheotomy and Critical Care Q&A.

For those who may not be aware, because of a decrease of interest in our spring meeting, we have made the decision to temporarily eliminate the Hepato-Biliary Symposium and in turn, schedule our Clinical Congress in the fall, allowing us to expand our subject matter beyond hepato-biliary issues. If our members or attendees to these meetings would invite just one colleague (doctors, nurses & other medical staff ) to the 51st Clinical Congress, it would assist us in continuing the highest standards of meetings and possibly enable us to reinstate a second meeting each year.

This year our President, Dr. Michael P. Tessler's diligent efforts should be noted in obtaining the acceptance of ASAS as a member of the Florida Medical Association. This will afford us exposure for our organization to the medical personnel in the Florida community and help to increase our membership and meeting attendance.

The American College of Surgeons recently shared a website entitled "Surgical Risk Calculator" and we are including the link for informational purposes as a tool to help surgeons predict patients' risk.

Below is a list of the Risk Calculator subject matter: Acute Mesenteric Ischemia Perioperative Risk Calculator; Bariatric Surgery Perioperative Morbidity and Mortality Risk Calculator; Infrainguinal Bypass Surgery Perioperative Mortality Risk Calculator; Perioperative Cardiac Risk Calculator; Postoperative Pneumonia Risk Calculator; Postoperative Respiratory Failure (PRF) Risk Calculator.

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50TH Clinical Congress
November 4 – 6, 2011

51ST Clinical Congress
November 2 – 4, 2012

52ND Clinical Congress
November 1 – 3, 2013

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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