Antibiotic Stewardship: A Professional Responsibility

Session Description

Antibiotic resistance is a leading public health threat particularly in organisms resistant to agents of last resort and present unique challenges in surgical practice. While most prescribing practices follow appropriate guidelines, research suggests that surgical antibiotic misuse in surgical conditions is common and contribute to the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria. Antibiotic stewardship programs play an important role in optimal patient care and considerable opportunities exist for surgeons to embrace these efforts. Surgeon engagement is crucial to the success of these programs and is a professional obligation. This Panel Session discusses the scope of antibiotic misuse in surgical patients and reviews practice opportunities in antibiotic stewardship using evidence-based guidelines.

Moderator: Addison K. May, MD, MBA, FACS, Charlotte, NC

Co-Moderator: E. Woodrow Hunt, MD, FACS, La Jolla, CA


Addison K. May, MD, MBA, FACS, Charlotte, NC

Consequences of Current Surgical Antimicrobial Practice
Addison K. May, MD, MBA, FACS, Charlotte, NC

Surgical Prophylaxis: What Is Right?
Kamal Itani, MD, FACS, Boston, MA

Stewardship and Common Therapeutic Indications in Surgery
John Mazuski, MD, PhD, FACS, St. Louis, MO

Creating a Stewardship Program within the Surgeon’s Realm
Therese Duane, MD, FACS, Keller, TX

Panel and Audience Discussion
Addison K. May, MD, MBA, FACS, Charlotte, NC

Sponsored by the Committee on Perioperative Care

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

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

Addison K. May MD, MBA, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
John E. Mazuski, MD, PhD, FACS - Iterum Therapeutics: Research Grant: Principal Investigator; Tetraphase Pharmaceutical: Honorarium: Speaker
John Edward Mazuski MD PhD FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Kamal M. Itani MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Therese M. Duane  MD, MBA, CPE FACS, FCCM - 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

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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