Charles G. Drake History of Surgery Lecture: From Surgical Burnout to Wellness: The Secret to a Balanced Life (No CME)

image From Surgical Burnout to Wellness: The Secret to a Balanced Life

Presiding Officer and Introducer: William C. Welch, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer: Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA

In 1979, Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS, seemed to have it all figured out. At a relatively young age, he had become chief of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital, PA. With a wife, two children, a beautiful home, and a burgeoning career, he was the epitome of success. Until he wasn’t.

Over the course of a fateful few weeks 40 years ago, Dr. Maroon burned out, and it all came crashing down.

Dr. Maroon discusses his personal journey and how he bounced back from career burnout and personal setbacks in the 2019 Charles G. Drake History of Surgery Lecture, From Surgical Burnout to Wellness: The Secret to a Balanced Life.

The Charles G. Drake History of Surgery Lecture is sponsored by the Advisory Council for Neurological Surgery. The lecture was established in 1992 to explore the historical development of surgery and to honor Dr. Drake, a leader in neurosurgery.

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents


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Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

William C. Welch, MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS - CV Sciences: Board of Directors; ImPACT Concussion Software: Board of Directors; NFL: Consultant; Pittsburgh Steelers: Consultant; UPMC: Employee; World Wrestling Entertainment Corporation: Medical Director

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

This educational activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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