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June 2002

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The 43nd Clinical Congress

The 43rd Clinical Congress of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons (May 3 - 5, 2002) turned out to be scientifically and academically excellent and the turnout was the best the Society has enjoyed in recent years.

The Grand Rounds U. S. F. were exceptional as were the Real-Time surgical procedures. Professor Alexander Rosemurgy II, M. D. prepared an excellent program.

Not to be outdone, Dr. Paul Sugarbaker from the Washington, D. C. Cancer Institute, Director of Surgical Oncology, and Mr. Brendan Moran, Director of the Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Center, Hampshire, U. K. held Sunday morning Grand Rounds with audience participation.  The attendees presented their well-prepared case studies and a lively audience participated.  Everyone interviewed was enthusiastic and want this repeated frequently.  Many want this format of Sunday Morning Grand Rounds to become a permanent part of our meetings.

The Surgical Education Committee will take this request under serious advisement.  It may be difficult to repeat.

Dr. Santhat Nivatvongs of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Dr. Philip Metzger of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida presented a program on colorectal cancer, discussing diagnoses and screening aspects, surgical treatment, pre-operative adjuvant chemo-radiation along with current management of early colorectal carcinoma.

The Saturday luncheon was highlighted by granting of the Society’s Distinguished Service Award to Prof. Dr. Santhat Nivatvongs, FACS of the Mayo Clinic.  Dr. Charles William Mayo from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was one of the earliest recipients of this award.

Mr. Brendan Moran, FRCSI, FRCS,  Basingstoke, Hampshire, U. K. was awarded the Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Award in Colorectal Surgery.  The Surgical Education Committee is of the opinion he is a strong candidate for a future Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Herman Abromowitz, American Medical Association Board of Trustees addressed the Society concerning the out-of-control malpractice awards with resultant astronomical costs of malpractice insurance.  He mentioned specific states, offering guidance and assistance.  He also discussed the lobbying efforts nationally and for the various states.  Several physicians have been contacted by Dr. Abromowitz following the 43rd Clinical Congress.  He also discussed the impact of the 5.4% reduction in Medicare reimbursement which, in combination with the high malpractice insurance costs, may adversely affect the overall availability of physician access.  He praised the high percentage of ASAS members in the Society belonging to the AMA and has requested we recruit additional AMA members.

Saturday evening a reception was held for the newly elected officers, Dr. Parnell Avery, President,

Dr. James Oglesby, President-Elect, and Dr. Gustavo Leon, Vice President.  Congratulations and best wishes.

Dr. Scott Cooper, senior associate in emergency medicine of Evanston Northwestern Health Care in Illinois presented his CD Rom in its developmental stage as a teaching tool.  The presentation was excellent.  It is one of the best teaching aids in ultrasonography available for the practicing abdominal surgeons.  It was rated as an excellent tool and broad interest was expressed in the completed CD which should be some time this summer.  He has been invited to return to present the completed program.  He will be returning in November at the 27th HepatoBiliary Symposium.

Dr. Cooper mentioned an interesting phenomenon emerging after hours.  Medical imaging studies are being electronically transmitted to Australia and Israel for interpretation (reading) during night-time hours.  (Do they have malpractice for the particular state in the U. S.? - ed.)

Mrs. Pedro Lo had a very active schedule for the Auxiliary highlighted by a “Duck Tour” of Tampa in WWII amphibious vehicles completing the evening with dinner at the Columbia Gardens in Ybor City.  The Auxiliary will send their members a more detailed report of their activities in their newsletter.

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27th HepatoBiliary Symposium

The 27th N. Frederick Hicken M.D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium will be held on November 8, 9, 10, 2002 in Tampa, Florida.  Planning is well on its way.  Same accommodations, same rate (at Wingate Inn).  Tuition is not yet established.

This symposium will be held at the Dr. Blaise F. Alfano Memorial Center Corner E. Fowler and Malcolm McKinley Avenues Tampa, Florida.

PRA: Category1

Credit: 20 hours

Wingate Inn
3751 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
TEL (813) 979-2828, FAX (813) 977-1818

Room Rate: $72/day plus applicable taxes

The Wingate Inn offers a complimentary hospitality breakfast, fitness center, outdoor whirlpool, free 24-hour business center with computer printer, FAX, and copy machine, complimentary high-speed Internet access available in every guest room. It is also the newest hotel in the area. The rate of $72/day is guaranteed through October 20, 2001. Make your reservations early. Also, remind your friends, colleagues and other Fellows to attend the 27th N. Frederick Hicken M.D. Hepato-Biliary Symposium.

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The 44th Clinical Congress

The 44th Clinical Congress is planned for Miami, Florida May 2, 3, 4, 2003.  We are currently in the process of evaluating logistics.

Early registration is the key to success to any meeting - CME especially. Room rate at the Wingate Inn is $72.00 plus tax/day.

See you in Tampa in November 2002.

Again, please register early!

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