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American Board of Abdominal Surgery

January 2014


The first day of the 52nd Clinical Congress – November 1-3, 2013 was held at the Pepin Heart & Research Institute at Florida Hospital–Tampa where the attendees experienced live feed, interactive surgery, along with a wide array of lectures. The morning started with surgeries performed by Dr. Alexander S. Rosemurgy, II; the first being a LESS – Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal Hernia Repair; the second, a Trans-Duodenal Polypectomy, Hiatal Hernia Repair & Toupet Fundoplication along with a Common Bile Duct & Pancreatic Duct Spincteroplasty.

The remainder of the day was completed with a Case Based Discussion on Gallbladder Cancer and lectures on Unexpected Findings of Laparoscopy and Celiotomy; Overview of Bariatric Surgery; Emerging Technologies and Instrumentation in MIS & Bariatric Surgery; MIS for Colon Cancer – Is There A Long Term Benefit? and MIS – Anesthesia, Is Less Really More?

The second day of this conference wa s h e l d a t Emb a s s y Su i t e s DownTown Convention Center in Tampa. This session consisted of a wide array of discussions including: The Role of Regionalization for Pancreatic Surgery; the Changing Face of Hepatobiliary Disease; Common Duct Injuries and Medical Errors Relating to CDI; the Future of Minimally Invasive Surgery; Cholecystectomy – Is Epidural Anesthesia an Option?; Nissen vs Toupet vs TIF; Surgical Interest & Match for Third-Year Students; Advances in Hernia Repair & Abdominal Wall Reconstruction; Electronic Medical Records – Benefits & Pitfalls.

One highlight of Saturday’s session wa s the pr e s ent ing of our “Distinguished Service Award”, which was given to Dr. Steven B. Goldin, MD, PhD for his dedication to quality patient care, outstanding contributions in teaching and research and his extensive, endless commitment to the educational endeavors of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons.

Saturday evening’s Gala for attendees and their guests was a tremendous success in large part to the Embassy Suites Downtown Conference Center and their wonderful array of food.

Luckily, it was the end of Daylight Savings and everyone enjoyed one extra hour of sleep before Sunday’s session commenced wi th l e c ture s on Breast Cancer: Controversies in Multidisciplinary Management; Controversies of Internal Mammary Treatment and Endoscopic Ultrasound – How I Help the Surgeon.

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ABAS would like to congratulate Dr. Bashir Attuwaybi, a colorectal surgeon in New York on completing the final portion of his examination and being awarded Board Certification in the subspecialty of abdominal surgery by the American Board of Abdominal Surgery. We were thrilled to have two Physician’s Assistants and four Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners attend this conference and would like to see our veteran surgeons invite not only new colleagues but younger medical staff who have begun their journey in the field of medicine. They are our future! The Society was approached by AMA and asked for nominations for their “2014 Dr. Nathan Davis Award.” This award is recognized nationally as one of the most prestigious honors extended to elected officials and career government employees for outstanding endeavors that advance public health. The Society has nominated Congressman Ron DeSantis, a freshman Congressman and outstanding member of the US House of Representatives, representing Northern Florida. If you would like more information on Congressman DeSantis you can access his government website at You can also read more about this award and past recipients at awards/


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Going forward, we encourage our members and patrons of our conferences to assist us to enlarge this database by “getting the word out” with regard to not only our conferences but membership in the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons and certification by the American Board of Abdominal Surgery. Please call our office at (781) 665-6102 if your email address or street address changes.

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53rd Clinical Congress
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2014

54th Clinical Congress
November 6–8, 2015

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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