Safely Minimizing Opioid Use After Abdominal Cancer Surgery: Advice and Guidelines for Practicing Surgeons

Presented by Cornelius A. Thiels, DO, MBA; Naruhiko Ikoma, MD; and Lesly Dossett, MD, MPH, FACS

This webinar will focus on safely and effectively minimizing opioid use after abdominal cancer surgery. This webinar will focus on:

  • Opioid Overprescribing and Persistent Use in Patients with Early-Stage Cancer (Dr. Dossett)
  • Strategies to Minimize Opioid Usage After Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery (Dr. Ikoma)
  • Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing Guidelines after Major Abdominal Cancer Surgery (Dr. Thiels)

Target Audience

  • Practicing Surgeons
  • Physicians, Nurses, Oncologists, or medical professionals 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the opioid epidemic as it relates to cancer surgery, patient education strategies, and opioid-reducing techniques after abdominal cancer surgery.
  • Describe best practices for the use of multimodal pain control and regional anesthesia for the abdominal cancer surgical patient.
  • Review suggested guidelines for postdischarge opioid prescribing.


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

Disclosure Information

Safely Minimizing Opioid Use After Abdominal Cancer Surgery: Advice and Guidelines for Practicing Surgeons
July 20 | 6:00-7:00pm CDT
Chicago, IL 

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 financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

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Speaker and Moderator Disclosures

Lesly Dossett, MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Dr. Lesly Dossett is a surgical oncologist and division chief of surgical oncology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Dossett’s clinical focus is on breast cancer, melanoma, sarcoma, and complex gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies. She will be giving an overview of the opioid epidemic, the role surgeons have played, and evidence for overprescribing and persistent opioid use in early-stage cancer patients.

Naruhiko Ikoma, MD  - Nothing to Disclose
Dr. Naruhiko Ikoma is a surgical oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Ikoma specializes in minimally invasive surgery, gastric, and pancreas surgery. He will be discussing strategies to safely minimize opioid usage after minimally invasive cancer surgery. 

Cornelius A. Thiels, DO, MBA  - Nothing to Disclose
Dr. Cornelius A. Thiels is currently a surgical oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, and is returning to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, to join the division of hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery this summer. Dr. Thiels serves on the ACS Patient Education Opioid Workgroup and will discuss Mayo Clinic’s experience in safely minimizing opioid prescribing after abdominal cancer surgery.

Program Committee Disclosures

Lesly Dossett, MD, MPH, FACS  - Nothing to Disclose
Naruhiko Ikoma, MD  - Nothing to Disclose
Cornelius A. Thiels, DO, MBA  - Nothing to Disclose

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 live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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CME Credit Claiming Information

ALL ATTENDEES MUST COMPLETE THE COURSE EVALUATION in order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. The course evaluation will appear once you take and complete this course. The following requirements will need to be completed:

  • Review all course materials and videos
  • Completion of post-test (75% passing rate)
  • Course evaluation

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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Course Fee

You may enroll in the online learning course free of charge. You will be asked to register first to complete the registration process.