Hot Topic Webcast Package

The Hot Topics Webcast Package covers four individual webcast sessions on Hot Topic Sessions from Clinical Congress 2018: General Surgery, Surgical Patient Safety, Surgical Oncology, and Health Care Reform.

Course Outline

Ten Hot Topics in General Surgery
In this popular session, the panelists review 10 of the hottest topics in general surgery selected from the ACS General Surgery Communities, recent surgery meetings, and the literature.

Ten Hot Topics in Surgical Patient Safety
This session will highlight 10 topics in patient safety, which are influenced by evolving best practices and emerging technologies with a major focus on perioperative harm prevention and risk-mitigation strategies. Topics include prehabilitation for surgery, venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention, eliminating health care-associated infection, unintended retained items, failure to rescue, and prevention of misidentification errors.

Ten Hot Topics in Surgical Oncology
This program will focus on 10 of the most current and controversial issues in surgical oncology. It will include short, focused discussions on the evolving indications for surgery in melanoma patients in the era of effective immune therapies, the optimal use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for gastric cancer, the appropriate management of mucinous appendix tumors, and the latest data on how surgical stress and complications may negatively impact cancer recurrence. This program will also address updates in the management of retroperitoneal sarcomas and desmoid tumors, the management of positive sentinel nodes and the indications for surgery of the axilla after neoadjuvant therapy in breast cancer. Finally, the session will address the state of the evidence for minimally invasive surgery for rectal cancer, and what surgeons should know about molecular testing in colorectal cancer.

Ten Hot Topics in Health Care Reform
This panel will explore new requirements for surgeons participating in Medicare and other federal programs. Learn how the American College of Surgeons is responding to these new requirements and what surgeons must do in order to participate.

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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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

General Surgery Speakers

Benjamin K. Poulose, MD, MPH, FACS, Nashville, TN - Ariste Medical: Consulting Fee: Consultant Bard-Davol: Research Funds: Co-Investigator, Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative: Salary
John L. Tarpley, MD, FACS, FWACS, Nashville, TN - No Disclosures
Rebecca C. Britt, MD, FACS, Norfolk, VA - No Disclosures
Patricia L. Roberts, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Burlington, MA - No Disclosures
Steven M. Steinberg, MD, FACS, Columbus, OH - No Disclosures
Herbert Chen, MD, FACS, Birmingham, AL - No Disclosures
Wendy R. Greene, MD, FACS, FCCM, Atlanta, GA - No Disclosures
Cristina R. Ferrone, MD, FACS, Boston, MA - No Disclosures
Jose J. Diaz, MD, FACS, FCCM, Baltimore, MD - No Disclosures
Steven J. Hughes, MD, FACS, Gainesville, FL - No Disclosures

Surgical Patient Safety Speakers

Julie K. Marosky Thacker, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Durham, NC - No Disclosures
Matthew D. Neal, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - No Disclosures
Robert G. Sawyer, MD, FACS, Kalamazoo, MI - Pfizer, Merck, GSK, 3M: Honoraria: Consultant
David E. Eibling, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - No Disclosures
Sara A. Hennessy, MD, FACS, Dallas, TX - No Disclosures
Heather L. Evans, MD, MS, FACS, Seattle, WA - No Disclosures
Matthew R. Rosengart, MD, MPH, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - No Disclosures
Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS, Rochester, NY - No Disclosures
Elizabeth C. Wick, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - No Disclosures

Surgical Oncology Speakers

Kenneth K. Tanabe, MD, FACS, Boston, MA - Helix12: Equity: Board of Directors, Cancer Experts Now: Consulting Fees: consultant on medical second opinions, Best Doctors: Consulting Fees: consultant on medical second opinions, Leidos: Consulting Fees: grant reviewer, American Cancer Society: Honoraria: Editor, UpToDate: Royalties: Editor
Philip B. Paty, MD, FACS, New York, NY - No Disclosures
Tari A. King, MD, FACS, Boston, MA - Genomic Health: Honoraria: speaker
David L. Bartlett, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - No Disclosures
James R. Howe, MD, FACS, Iowa City, IA - No Disclosures

Heath Care Reform Speakers

Ross F. Goldberg, MD, FACS, Phoenix, AZ - No Disclosures
James W. Gigantelli, MD, FACS, Omaha, NE - No Disclosures
Linda M. Barney, MD, FACS, Dayton, OH - No Disclosures 

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - No Disclosures
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - No Disclosures


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - No Disclosures
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - No Disclosures
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - No Disclosures
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - No Disclosures
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - No Disclosures
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - No Disclosures
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - No Disclosures
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - No Disclosures
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - No Disclosures
David A. Spain, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA - No Disclosures


Mary T. Hawn, MD, FACS, Stanford, CA - No Disclosures
Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - No Disclosures


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), Houston, TX - No Disclosures
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - No Disclosures
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - No Disclosures
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - No Disclosures
Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, New York, NY - No Disclosures

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 6 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 6 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

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