Integrative Medicine for Surgical Patients: East Meets West and Beyond

Session Description

The opioid crisis has highlighted the need to develop alternative means of alleviating pain. Integrative medicine involves combining conventional and complementary medical therapies. Many patients utilize complementary therapies to treat their diseases. Allopathic surgical training rarely includes teaching on complementary medicine, leaving surgeons ill prepared to discuss these therapies as adjuncts or replacements for opioid analgesia. This session will review the available literature and the efforts of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health regarding evidence on indications, efficacy, and side effects of common therapies such as cannabis, acupuncture, relaxation techniques, and yoga. A panel discussion format will be used to discuss evidence-based recommendations for use of these complementary therapies.

Moderator: Bridget N. Fahy, MD, FACS, Albuquerque, NM

Co-Moderator: Myrick C. Shinall, MD, Nashville, TN


Bridget N. Fahy, MD, FACS, Albuquerque, NM

Review of National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Research and Resources
Myrick C. Shinall, MD, Nashville, TN

Cannabis and the Surgical Patient
Allison M. Barrett, MD, FACS, Lancaster, PA

Herbs and Supplements for Symptom Management
Ana Berlin, MD, FACS, New York, NY

Acupuncture, Yoga, Massage, and Other Complementary Therapies for Pain and Symptoms
Carla Kuon, MD, San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by the Committee on Surgical Palliative 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

Allison M. Barrett MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Ana Berlin MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Bridget N. Fahy MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Carla Kuon MD - Nothing to Disclose
Myrick C. Shinall MD - 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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