Emory Surgery Faculty and Trainees are Seen AND Heard at SESC 2019

February 2019

The high visibility of Emory Surgery members at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, February 23-26, in Charlotte, NC, subtitled "Strengthen Your Surgical Core," was portended by Jahnavi Srinivasan, MD, and Wendy Greene, MD, serving on the meeting's CME Committee. Dr. Srinivasan also moderated the meeting's Anorectal Surgery and IBD and The General Surgeon postgraduate courses, and Dr. Greene moderated the video interactive session and served as an invited panel discussant.

Virginia Shaffer, MD, chair of the Surgical Practice Committee of the SESC 2018-2019 Council, moderated the surgical practice luncheon, "Career Transitions: A Surgeon's Tale," as well as the cancer plenary session. S. Scott Davis, MD, presented "Approaches to Parastomal Hernia Treatment" during the Updates in Enhanced Recovery postgraduate course and was an invited discussant; Terrah Paul Olsen, MD, presented "Perirectal Abscess and Seton Management" for the Anorectal Surgery postgraduate course; and Snehal Patel, MD, presented "Multimodal Preoperative Localization Improves Outcomes in Reoperative Parathyroidectomy: A 25 Year Surgical Experience" for the first plenary session.

John Sweeney, MD, Edward Lin, DO, Joe Sharma, MD, David Elwood, MD (his first meeting as an SESC member), and Juan Sarmiento, MD, were co-authors of studies that were presented at the meeting.

Kimberly Ramonell, MD, won first place in the Gold Medal Resident Forum paper competition for "Avoiding Pitfalls in Insulinomas by Preoperative Localization with a Dual Imaging Approach." The abstract reported that selective arterial calcium stimulation testing is accurate in preoperatively identifying single and multiple insulinomas, and that this accuracy increased to 100% when combined with computed tomography, convincing the investigators that a dual imaging approach was a superior means of preoperative localization of insulinomas.

The Emory Surgery resident team of Jessica Liu, MD, Brendan Lovasik, MD, Dr. Ramonell, and Vivian Wang, MD, also won First Place in the Resident Jeopardy Competition. Dr. Sharma, the team's faculty mentor, joined the winners when they competed against a team of SESC past presidents in "SESC Feud."

Dr. Lovasik also presented "The Desegregation of Grady Memorial Hospital and the Changing South," Dr. Liu presented "Minimally Invasive Management of Substernal Goiter: A Case Series," and M4 Elizabeth Carpenter presented "Frailty and Predictors of Disposition Discharge in the Acute and Critical Care Surgery Patient: A Comparison of Three Frailty Scoring Instruments."