I.S. Ravdin Lecture in the Basic and Surgical Sciences: Response to Injury: The Genomic Storm and Precision Medicine (No CME)

image Response to Injury: The Genomic Storm and Precision Medicine

Presiding Officer and Introducer: Amy L. Halverson, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Chicago, IL
Lecturer: Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), FCCS(Hon), Seattle, WA

Patients who survive massive trauma often fare poorly. Many patients heal slowly, develop surgical infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and multiple other problems that do not appear to be directly related to their trauma. Research suggests that the root cause is not their physical injuries, but rather their genomic response to their injuries.

Of 20,000-plus genes examined in a study of patients who survived motor vehicle collisions, more than 16,000 genes (80 percent) showed a measurable change of function following blunt trauma. About a third of the genes—most of them associated with inflammatory processes that potentially lead to kidney failure, pulmonary dysfunction, and other tissue damage—are upregulated. Two-thirds are down-regulated following trauma, primarily affecting the adaptive immune response, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Maier discusses genomic responses to trauma during Monday afternoon’s I.S. Ravdin Lecture in the Basic and Surgical Sciences, Response to Injury: The Genomic Storm and Precision Medicine. Dr. Maier is surgeon-in-chief, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, and the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor of Trauma Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine.

This annual lecture has been sponsored by the I.S. Ravdin Surgical Society since 1964 to honor Dr. Ravdin by promoting knowledge in basic sciences with application to surgery.

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents


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Faculty and Disclosures

Amy L. Halverson, MD, FACS, FASCRS - Nothing to Disclose
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), FCCS(Hon) - Nothing to Disclose

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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