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Editor: Demostene Romanucci, M.D.

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June 2000


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The 41st Clinical Congress
The 41st Clinical Congress was highlighted by the "Real Time" presentation of Alexander S. Rosemurgy II M.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida. It was a perfect afternoon. The video with two-way conferencing, refreshments, and transportation were excellent.

Dr. Mark S. McKenney's presentation earned him a return engagement. He is planning two hours, presenting the use of ultrasound in trauma along with his research which has been quite extensive in the use of ultrasonography in clinical management.

The Creighton University Day was most rewarding. Top honors on that day went to Professor Thomas H. Quinn, Ph.D. for his presentation "Surgical and Developmental Anatomy of the Abdomen". Dr. Francisco M. Tercero was recipient of the Resident's Research Award for his presentation "Mechanisms of Ventral Hernia Recurrence: A Literature Review". The Society wishes to acknowledge Prof. Charles J. Filipi, Associate Professor of Surgery for making this high quality day possible.

Kudos also for Douglas A. Cornet for bringing us his knowledge and forecasting of instrumentation into the 21st century. Dr. Laurel Preheim's talk on antibiotics was the most thorough, enlightening and challenging presentation on this topic in many years. There were no sleepers!

We were long overdue for a GYN day and what a day it was! Dr. Annekathryn Goodman of Harvard University, Dr. Walter Gajewski of Brown University, Dr. Annette Chen of the University of Massachusetts and Dr. R. Grendys of the University of South Florida are to be commended for an excellent program. It was tailored for our Society.

On Sunday morning, Dr. Paul Sugarbaker put on his usual excellent program. "The Surgeon as a Prognostic Variable" was right on target. A follow-up program for the Spring of 2001, with a world-renowned international surgeon relating his experiences, is planned. This will be a Sunday morning affair.

Friday evening was Hawaiian Luau time, sponsored by the Auxiliary. The food was excellent and entertainment was superb.

Mrs. Penny Miranda, M.D. was elected President of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is planning another series of activities for the Fall of 2000 and the Spring of 2001.

Saturday evening was the Black Tie Dinner Dance, Distinguished Service Award and Installation of Officers. Dr. Duane Cady, AMA Trustee from the State of New York, shared his experiences and the activities of the AMA on behalf of the patient and the physician. He also addressed the activity of the Physicians for Responsible Negotiations in the collective bargaining arena. This was quite impressive.

Dr. Demostene Romanucci, Associate Executive Secretary and the Director of CME was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. He was honored for his years of service to the Society and his accomplishments. The presentation was made on behalf of the Society by his son Demostene Romanucci, Esq.

Louis F. Alfano, Jr., M.D. transferred the Medallion of the Office of the President to Kent Skogerson, M.D. which was accepted by Dr. Jesus I. Garcia, President-Elect on Dr. Skogerson's behalf who was unable to be present.

The Society commended Dr. Louis F. Alfano, Jr. for a job well done during his year in office.

The Program for the 42nd Clinical Congress (May 3-6, 2001) is being developed. Progress is excellent at this time.

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The 25th N. Frederick Hicken, MD Symposium
The 25th N. Frederick Hicken, M.D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium, November 16-19, 2000 is progressing well and planning is on schedule. The topics have been developed from the Needs Assessment by the Surgical Education Committee meetings during the past year. Topics under consideration are, Biliary Imaging, Vena Cava Injuries, Vena Cava Filters, Bile Duct Strictures, Hepatic/Colo-Rectal Metastases Surgical Management, Laparoscopic Surgery of the Biliary Tree/Pancreas and Spleen, Sclerosing Cholangitis, Ultrasound for Surgeons, Treatment for Variceal Bleeding–Shunts or Transplants, Surgery in the Patient with Liver Disease, Management of the Patient with Common Duct Stones Undergoing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Acute Cholecystitis. A Fellow in Surgery will be the recipient of the Research Award, choice to be made by the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Santhat Nivatvongs will discuss Anal Carcinoma and Complicated Anal Fistulae. A session on the Physician and the Law will be presented by Katherine Gurlsch, Esq. She will discuss the likelihood of exposure to disciplinary action as well as a malpractice action when one reports the occurence of "The Sentinel Event" to the "Joint Commission."

The Fellows of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons wish to thank its Auxiliary for a generous contribution to the Society.

As of this date, the Wingate Inn (on campus) has confirmed a room rate of $69 plus tax per day for the Hepato-Biliary meeting. Make your reservations early by calling (813) 979-2828.

Arrangements for accommodations are also being worked on for the LaQuinta and DoubleTree Inn. Verbally, the DoubleTree Inn has promised transportation at 6:45 a.m. for the Study Center.

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The 42nd Clinical Congress

The 42nd Clinical Congress will be held at the Holiday Inn in Atlantic City, NJ, May 7-10, 2001.

Upon our return from the 41st Clinical Congress, the Society was notified by the ACCME that we would have an on-site survey and activity inspection on May 3-6, 2001. The last on-site inspection was held at our Melrose, Massachusetts office on February 24, 1999 and the last activity Survey and Inspection was held over ten years ago.

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Fellowships Available
The Society wishes to remind the Fellows of the ASAS that fellowships are available with:

  • Professor Alexander S. Rosemurgy II, M.D., Tampa General Hospital, PO Box 1289, Tampa, FL 33601-1289; (813) 251-7393, fax (813) 251-7396
  • Enrico I. Garcia, M.D., 500 E. Springhill Dr., Suite F., Terre Haute, IN 47802; (812) 238-1764, fax (812) 232-6918
  • Louis F. Alfano, Jr., M.D., 50 Rowe Street, Suite 100, Melrose, MA 02176-3195; (781) 979-6500; fax (781) 665-3484
Arrangements are to be made directly with the above. Please be aware that arrangements made with Prof. Rosemurgy are to be at least one week in duration.

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