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Message From the Presidents

On behalf of the Executive Councils of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the Society of University Surgeons (SUS), we are delighted to welcome you to the virtual 16th Annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC).

This year’s program, led by Carrie Lubitz, MD, MPH of the AAS and Melanie Morris, MD of the SUS and promises to be the diverse, vibrant, and exciting even as a virtual meeting! This year the AAS Founders lecture will be presented by Henri Ford, MD and the SUS Joel J. Roslyn lecture by Fiemu Nwariaku, MD. We also invite you to attend each of the AAS and SUS Presidential Addresses, which will discuss broad topics of critical relevance to the discipline today. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we hope that you will develop new friendships and collaborations, and that these new relationships will enhance your goals of performing the highest quality research and improving patient care.

The combination of cutting-edge science, dynamic speakers, and rich mentoring programs for students, residents and junior faculty will provide a week full of learning.

We look forward to seeing you online!


AAS PRESIDENT
Eugene Kim, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program
Attending Physician, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Clinical Scholar, Keck School of Medicine of USC


SUS PRESIDENT
Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, DABS, FSSO, FACS, FASCO
William N and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Mission Statements

The Academic Surgical Congress is organized by the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). Their respective missions are as follows:

AAS: The mission of the AAS is to inspire and develop young academic surgeons.

SUS: The mission of the SUS is supporting and advancing leaders in academic surgery.

ASC Leadership

AAS President: Eugene Kim, MD
AAS President-Elect: Amir Ghaferi, MD, MS
AAS Secretary: Fabian Johnston, MD
AAS Recorder: Carrie Lubitz, MD, MPH
AAS Treasurer: Hari Nathan, MD, PhD

SUS President: Sandra Wong, MD, MS
SUS President-Elect: Kasper Wang, MD
SUS Secretary: Cristina Ferrone, MD
SUS Secretary-Elect: Danny Chu, MD
SUS Treasurer: Timothy Donahue, MD
SUS Publications Chair: Melanie Morris, MD

ASC Program Chairs


AAS RECORDER
Carrie Lubitz, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Senior Scientist, Institute for Technology Assessment
Attending Surgeon, Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, Danvers, Massachusetts


Carrie C. Lubitz, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Endocrine Surgeon in the Division of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Senior Scientist at the MGH Institute of Technology Assessment. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Lubitz leads a health-service research team with research interests including patient-reported outcome measurement ad disease simulation modeling to assess the comparative effectiveness and improve the quality of care of patients with endocrine-related disorders, with a focus on thyroid cancer. She has served as the Chair of the Clinical & Health Services Research Committee and is currently the Recorder.


SUS PUBLICATIONS CHAIR
Melanie S. Morris, MD
Associate Professor
Vice Chair, Perioperative Services
Chief of General Surgery, Birmingham VA Hospital


Dr. Melanie Morris is an associate professor and Vice Chair of Perioperative Surgery in the UAB Department of Surgery and the Chief of General Surgery at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. A native of Tennessee, she completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University and her medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed her surgical residency in general surgery at Oregon Health and Science University and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Morris is a specialist in minimally invasive colorectal surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), diverticulitis, and rectal prolapse.

ASC Program Committee

Joel Adler, MD, MPH
Doreen Agnese, MD
Vanita Ahuja, FACS, MD, MPH
Shipra Arya, MD, SM
Hugh Auchincloss, MD, MPH
Mary Austin , MD, MPH
Edmund Bartlett, MD
Toni Beninato, MD
Alana Beres, MDCM
Nicole Chandler, MD
Theresa Chin, MD, MPH
Jessica Cohan, MA
Chandler Cortina, MD
Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD
Afshin Ehsan, MD
Daniel Eiferman, MD
Aslam Ejaz, MD, MPH
Lola Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS
Annabelle Fonseca, MD
Katherine Gallagher, MD
Jason Gold, MD
Mike Goodman, MD
Brian Gray, MD
Elizabeth Grubbs, MD
Karin Hardiman, MD, PhD
Kamran Idrees, MD, MSCI, MMHC
Angie Ingraham, MD, MS
Garth Jacobsen, MD
Molly Jarman, PhD, MPH
Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH
Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, MSHS
Irene Kim, MD
Alice King, MD
Marie Catherine Lee, MD
Aaron Lipskar, MD
Carrie Lubitz, MD, MPH
Oveys Mansuri, MD
Marc Melcher, MD, PhD
Gita Mody, MD, MPH
Melanie Morris, MD
Matthew Neal, MD
Peter Nelson , MD, MS
Sarah Oltmann, MD
Daniel Popowich, MD
Motaz Qadan, MD, PhD
Rebecca Rentea, MD
Barrie Rich, MD
Chrissy Roland, MD, MS
Robert Russell, MD, MPH
Jesse Smith, MD, PhD
David Stewart, MD
Anne Stey, MD, MSc
Iswanto Sucandy, MD
Sharven Taghavi, MD, MPH, MS
Susan Tsai, MS, MHS
Panayotis Vardas, MD
Sanjeev Vasudevan, MD
Heather Wachtel, MD
Grayson Wheatley, MD
Melissa Wong, MD
Russell Woo, MD
Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD

Accreditation

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Academic Surgeons
- Junior Faculty Members
- Senior Faculty Members
- Surgical Residents & Fellows
- Academic Clinicians
- Surgical Scientists
- Surgical Educators
- Medical Students

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After participating in this educational activity, attendees will be able to:

1. Identify important research and clinical advancements relating to topics within academic surgery, including oncology, trauma, critical care, pediatrics, vascular, cardiothoracic, gastroenterology, transplant, education, emerging technologies, global surgery, clinical trials, outcomes, and health services research.
2. Develop an understanding of current issues in the advancement of the art and science of surgery.
3. Improve treatment strategies for surgical patients.
4. Discuss the latest basic science, translational, and health services research and the expected impact of these breakthroughs in future patient care.
5. Review the newest technologies that facilitate improved outcomes in surgical patients.

ASC 2021 – LIVE MEETING (FEB 2-4, 2021)
This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of PESI Inc. and the Society of University Surgeons. PESI Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Designation Statement
​PESI Inc. has designated this live activity for a maximum of 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)​™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

​​International CME
International Physicians are formally eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

ASC 2021 – ENDURING/ON-DEMAND CME
This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of PESI Inc. and the Society of University Surgeons. PESI Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Designation Statement
​PESI Inc. has designated this enduring/OnDemand recorded activity for a maximum of 108.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)​™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

​​International CME
International Physicians are formally eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

DISCLOSURE PROCEDURE
It is the policy of the Academic Surgical Congress (ASC) and PESI, Inc., in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Anyone engaged in content development, planning or presentation must disclose all relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest producing health care goods or services; and who also has the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that commercial interest. All presenters are also required to disclose any usage of investigational use or off-label products. Disclosure information will be provided to participants prior to the meeting in the final program.

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IT Help

If you need help installing or accessing the meeting app, with the website, logging in, or any general question please feel free to contact Jason Levine via one of the following methods:
Email:jason@academicsurgicalcongress.org
Phone:(310) 437-1606 x 100 (from 11am to 1am Eastern Time)

Special Services

The Academic Surgical Congress wishes to ensure that no individual is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you require auxiliary aids or services, please contact michelle@academicsurgicalcongress.org or 310-986-6444, ext. 158.

Copyright and Reproduction

The programs and talks presented at the 16th Annual Academic Surgical Congress are copyrighted products of the Academic Surgical Congress. All rights reserved.

Any reproduction or rebroadcasting without the express written consent of the ASC is strictly prohibited.

CME Credit Claim Instructions

Please read the instructions below for obtaining your CME Certificate and Certificate of Attendance.

ASC meeting evaluations are electronic via the online evaluation system. If you are seeking CME credit or a Certificate of Attendance, you may print your certificate upon completion and submission of the online evaluation form.

Please go to the online meeting website for the link to the evaluation system:
https://academicsurgicalcongress.org/cme

OR access the evaulation system site directly at:
https://data03.express-evaluations.com/435e4945/asc/web/

You will be prompted to enter login information to access the evaluation. The login information is your registrant email address. The password is: ASC and is not case sensitive. You should also have received an email including this information. If you require the email used for your registration, contact ASC Registrar at registrations@academicsurgicalcongress.org or at 310-986-6444 x128.

The evaluation includes the fololwing sections: Demographics, Session Evaluation, and the Overall Evaluation.

Be sure to complete the online evaluation by October 31, 2021. You will recieve your CME Certificate or Certificate of Attendance immediately after submitting your evaluation. Your certificate will be available for printing 1 year after the meeting.

ASC Disclosures and Policy on Conflict of Interest

A. Identifying Conflicts of Interest

The ASC Conflict of Interest Committee has implemented the following process towards identifying potential conflicts of interest.

1. Members of both AAS and SUS Committees involved in the planning of the Academic Surgical Congress, including the Core Group, must provide a financial disclosure. These disclosures are sent to the committee in advance of each committee meeting/conference calls. Attendees are reminded about the disclosure policy at each committee meeting, and any committee member with a conflict is asked to recuse him or herself from the discussion of any relevant CME activities.

2. Invited faculty and moderators for the Academic Surgical Congress must provide their financial disclosures upon invitation to serve as faculty or moderator. This information is forwarded to the Conflict of Interest Committee, who then determines whether or not a potential conflict exists.

3. For abstract submissions for the scientific session, all content authors must provide disclosures upon abstract submission. Abstracts are peer reviewed in a blinded fashion by multiple reviewers and are selected for presentation based on scientific merit. All disclosures which indicate a potential conflict are provided to the Conflict of Interest Committee for review. No content author may be an employee of a commercial interest.

4. All speakers at the Academic Surgical Congress must display a list of financial disclosures on the first slide of their presentation and disclosures are printed in the final program materials.

B. Managing Potential Conflicts of Interest

The ASC Conflict of Interest Committee has implemented several mechanisms to manage conflicts of interest prior to an educational activity.

1. Recusal, such as the committee member recusing him or herself from discussion of CME activities, and/or oversight by the Committee Chair.

2. The ASC Conflict of Interest Committee reviews all invited faculty and abstract author disclosures, and their respective proposed course outlines/faculty lists and abstracts. The disclosure form requires faculty/authors to provide management suggestions if there is a relationship with a commercial entity. If there is a potential conflict cited, this information is forwarded to the ASC Conflict of Interest Committee, who is responsible for determining whether or not a conflict exists and if so, how to manage this conflict.

3. If a conflict is determined, then a notice is sent via email to the faculty member/author from the ASC Program Chairs, requiring them to adhere to the management technique. Management techniques may include providing an explanation of the potential conflict, changes to the presentation, recusing him or herself from the presentation, and/or submitting the presentation in advance of the ASC for peer review(additional details are listed on the next page).

4. Session Moderators will be notified which faculty were reviewed for potential conflict and are asked to observe the presentations and make note of commercial bias. If any is perceived, this is immediately reported to the ASC staff and the Moderator should also take steps to clarify this during the actual session by asking the faculty member/presenter to provide an explanation.

5. All ASC attendees are asked to make note of perceived commercial bias in the immediate post activity evaluations. The ASC Conflict of Interest Committee will investigate substantive concerns.

6. Any session moderators with a potential conflict must: a) Confer with their Session Co-Moderator regarding their disclosures prior to the session. b) If their disclosed relationship may have a potential conflict of interest with the content of any presentation in their session, both moderators should address this potential conflict. If there is a conflict, or even the perception of a conflict, then the moderator without the relationship will moderate the discussion of that particular presentation.

SAVE THE DATE: Future Meetings

February 1-3, 2022
Hilton Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL

February 7-9, 2023
Hilton Americas-Houston, Houston, TX

Conference Management

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