Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecture: Blood and the Moving Wheels of History (No CME)

imageBlood and the Moving Wheels of History

Presiding Officer and Introducer: Robert B. Lim, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Honolulu, HI
Lecturer: Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS, Buffalo, NY

The word “blood” carries a cultural legacy of myths, misconceptions, and superstitions, according to Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS, professor and chairman, department of surgery, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, NY.

Dr. Schwaitzberg attempts to dispel the myths while offering a historical perspective on the “dark and light” cultural perceptions of blood with the 2019 Excelsior Surgical Society/Edward D. Churchill Lecture: Blood and the Moving Wheels of History. The term is associated with superstitions all around the world, many of which continue today.

This lecture is named for the Excelsior Surgical Society, a group of 80 medical officers who met for the first time in 1945 at the Excelsior Hotel, Rome, Italy. The lecture also honors Dr. Churchill, a famous surgeon and consultant to the U.S. Army in the World War II Italian Theatre, who presented the first keynote address at the meeting.

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents


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Faculty and Disclosures

Robert B. Lim, MD, FACS, FASMBS - UpToDate: Consulting Fee: Honoraria
Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS -Activ Surgical: Equity: advisory board; Acuity Bio: Equity: advisory board; Arch Therapeutics: Equity: advisory board; Gordian: Equity: advisory board; Human Extension: Equity: advisory board; NuView Surgical: Equity: advisory board

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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