Highlights from the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting

The Program for the 2015 Annual Meeting will be posted in September, 2014.

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Podium Presentations

Presentations will be made from the podium, Sunday through Tuesday, including talks from invited guest speakers, videos of surgical procedures, prize-winning Gold Medal Forum papers, and clinical papers selected from over 326 abstracts received for consideration.

(SESC seal) Gold Medal Papers

These winning papers, selected from a large number of entries, by the Gold Medal Forum Committee, are identified in the program by the seal of the Congress. The Gold Medal Award is a prestigious recognition of excellent research by young surgeons. The presenters will also receive cash awards on Monday.

Saturday Postgraduate Course

“Controversies in Cancer Care”
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
This course entails a case-based discussion of hot topics and current controversies in the management of various cancers. You may register for this course at the registration desk.

Saturday Residents’ Forum

On Saturday, February 22, 1:00 – 4:15 PM, a number of residents will present surgical research papers. The purpose of the Forum is to provide an opportunity for residents to present and discuss their research with others in an atmosphere that encourages academic exchange in a low-pressure setting. Assigned discussants will also be residents. The Forum will be moderated by Dr. Emmanual Zervos. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion of papers from the floor, and senior surgeons are invited to assist with discussion. Register for the Forum at the Registration desk.

Resident Career Fair

Interested in a career in one of the subspecialties of General Surgery? Then sit down and talk to the experts on Saturday afternoon following the Residents' Forum. The Fellow, Resident, and Medical Student Committee will be holding a Career Fair with surgeon representatives who practice in the subspecialties available to answer any questions you may have. No tickets or registration required – just your attendance.

Grand Rounds of Posters

These rounds provide an opportunity for poster authors to make an oral presentation to the Grand Rounds Professors and their peers, which enhance the poster exhibits. Scheduled Sunday and Monday, 6:30 - 7:50 AM. Stroll with the rounding teams while you eat breakfast.

Sunday Round Table Luncheons

Lunch 1 - Fellow, Resident, and Medical Student Committee
“Pathways to a Surgical Career: Fellowship or Not?”

Gary A. Vercruysse, MD
-  Do I need to complete a fellowship? – Yes
Brian J. Daley, MD - Do I need to complete a fellowship? – No
Reid B. Adams, MD - What is the current job market after completing various fellowships?
Therese M. Duane, MD - What changes are occurring in fellowship training and future career paths?

Lunch 2 - Surgical Practice Committes
“Your Future Professional Life Under ACA, ACO, Population Health, PCMH, and Health Exchanges… A Different World, Different Game”

Donald L. Hicks, Senior Principal, Physician Strategies and Services Volunteer Hospital Association, Tucson, AZ


  1. Environment – What are the facts impacting your real need to embrace the changes?
  2. Ego-What needs to occur with your long ago adopted values of control and self-determination of your private practice
  3. Endurance- How to cope with what will be experienced as you and an employer are speaking two different languages.
  4. Entrepreneurship- Am I about to be a "cog in the wheel" or will I have the ability to be the entrepreneur I know is within me?
  5. Enterprise- What's in this "brave new world" of healthcare delivery that can actually be the best thing that's happened to me in my specialty (and my patients), that we've asked for long ago?

ACS logo

American College of Surgeons

The ACS is once again coming to you, the General Surgeon, on Sunday, February 23, from 2:15 – 5:45 PM.  Be sure to attend to join in the discussion on issues relevant to the general surgeon, and an open question and answer session.

Monday Business Meeting, Election of Officers and Luncheon

This is a time for the Fellows of the Congress to hear reports from their representatives to the Advisory Council, the American Board of Surgery, and the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons.   It is a time to provide input for these representatives and to conduct the annual business of the Congress.  No charge is made to members for lunch, but tickets must be requested at the registration desk.  Surgeons, who are not members, and guests of members, may purchase tickets.

Video Interaction Session

On Monday afternoon there will be videos that were not presented during the Program with the authors available for discussion.  Refreshments will be served; just wear your badge to attend.


Registration will be located in the Grand Ballroom Pre-Function area of the Westin Savannah Harbor hotel Saturday morning only. We will move to the Convention Center on Saturday afternoon. All surgeons, guests, spouses, and others attending the Postgraduate Courses, Scientific Meeting, and Residents’ Forum are requested to come to the Registration Desk. Badges are required for surgeons, guests, and exhibitors to enter the meeting, exhibit areas, and all events.

Tickets for the luncheons, if still available, may be purchased at the Southeastern Surgical Congress Registration Desk. Hours are:

Westin Savannah HarborWestin Savannah Harbor
Saturday February 22nd 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Saturday February 22nd 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sunday February 23rd 6:15 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday February 24th 6:15 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday February 25th 6:150 AM – 9:00 AM


The Southeastern Surgical Congress is the owner and publisher of the journal, THE AMERICAN SURGEON, which is the official journal of the Congress. Papers presented during the meeting will, at the discretion of the Editor, be published in THE AMERICAN SURGEON.


Speakers and Discussants, please sit near the front of the room to avoid delays in the program. Invited Discussants will open the discussion, and the author/co-author will be invited to close the discussion. For the benefit of your fellow registrants, discussants from the floor are asked to state name and home city clearly before beginning discussion.


Speakers should give a CD/DVD to the projectionist by 6:30 AM for the morning session, 10:00 AM for the afternoon session. All materials should be carefully marked with the speaker’s name, time of talk, and paper number.  Any PowerPoint presentations with imbedded video must be given to the AV technician per the following guidelines:

  • If presentation is in the morning – give to AV tech the afternoon before.
  • If presentation is in the afternoon – give to AV tech in the morning.
  • Please bring a separate file of the video only in addition to the PowerPoint file.


Welcome Reception

Saturday, February 22, 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Exhibit Hall.  
Meet your colleagues for a reception to kick off the meeting. All registrants and guests are invited to this very special social occasion to re-connect with friends, network with acquaintances, talk to exhibitors, and make new friends to enjoy during the meeting. No fees -- just fun. Wear your badge to attend!

Continental Breakfasts

6:15 - 8:00 AM - Exhibit Hall.  
Each day you can enjoy a continental breakfast as you visit the exhibits or take a stroll with the Professors to discuss the posters on Sunday and Monday. Spouses are welcome; everyone must wear a badge.


Glenn SteeleGlenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., PhD 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Geisinger Health Systems - Danville, PA

This lecture is named for Dr. A. Hamblin Letton to recognize his contributions to the Congress and the field of surgery.  His special surgical interest was oncology and, more specifically, breast cancer, which led to the creation of the Breast Center at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, now Atlanta Medical Center.  

His interest extended to the national forum by service on the Advisory Committee on Cancer Control for the National Cancer Institute and as President of the National American Cancer Society. Dr. Letton’s service to the Congress began as a young surgeon, and he succeeded Dr. B. T. Beasley, the original Secretary of the Congress, in 1960. He retired as the Secretary-Director of the Congress in 1986. Dr. Letton passed away on January 13, 2010, at the age of 93.


Lena NapolitanoLena M. Napolitano, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Division Chief, Acute Care Surgery
Associate Chair of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Director, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
University of Michigan Health Systems - Ann Arbor, MI

This lecture is named for Dr. Roger T. Sherman to honor his contributions to the Congress, the field of surgery  and trauma.  Dr. Sherman became a member of the Congress while still a resident and presented one of the first Gold Medal Forum papers. He was President of the Congress in 1984-1985, and was named Secretary-Director in 1986. He served in that capacity until 1993. Dr. Sherman was the Chair of the Whitaker Professor of Surgery at Piedmont Hospital when he retired in October, 1997. Dr. Sherman passed away on April 9, 2006, at the age of 82.


Frank LewisFrank R. Lewis, Jr., M.D.
Executive Director
American Board of Surgery - Philidelphia, PA 





Fredrick Green sig.Frederick L. Greene, M.D.
Southeastern Surgical Congress 

As President of the Southeastern Surgical Congress for 2013-2014, it is my delight to invite you to join us for the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern to be held in Savannah, Georgia from February 22-25, 2014. We will be meeting at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort and Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. This will be a magnificent venue for our meeting and will also give all attendees an opportunity to enjoy the many wonderful activities that Savannah has to offer.

Aside from having superb scientific papers presented by our members and resident participants, we have invited outstanding speakers for our named lectures: Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Office of the Geisinger Health System; Lena Napolitano, MD, FACS, Chief of Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Michigan; and Frank R Lewis, Jr., MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American Board of Surgery.

At our Savannah meeting we will also continue the tradition of hosting a Town Hall meeting with leaders from American College of Surgeons which will give our members an opportunity to have a direct dialogue regarding the role of the American College of Surgeons and its direction for American Surgery. In addition we will offer a Postgraduate Course that is dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of cancer and will utilize audience response technology to heighten audience participation along with our invited presenters. For the first time the Postgraduate Course will be included in the cost of registration for the entire meeting. This will certainly be a great value-added for all coming to Savannah for the 2014 meeting!

Please make your plans to join with us in Savannah during February 22-25, 2014. I look forward to seeing you there and I know that this will be a great educational opportunity and also a wonderful chance to network with many of your colleagues.

Fredrick L. Greene, M.D., FACS


Mission Statement
The Southeastern Surgical Congress
Atlanta, Georgia

The Southeastern Surgical Congress was founded to provide opportunities for surgeons and surgeons in training to come together for educational, scientific, and social purposes to promote and advance the study and practice of surgery.

The Congress proposes to carry out this mission by holding an annual scientific meeting that consists of one or more postgraduate courses covering new techniques and technology for specific surgical topics plus a three-day plenary session that includes (1) prominent surgical authorities as invited speakers; (2) presentations with assigned discussants selected from a large number of abstracts; (3) current surgical research projects selected by competition; (4) surgical operative procedures by noted surgeons on video; (5) informal discussion groups at luncheon meetings; (6) specialty panels providing opportunities for active participation by the surgeons attending; (7) and a Poster Session covering a wide variety of general surgical topics, including discussion by a team of rounding professors.

At the annual meeting, all papers and videos shall have assigned discussants to insure that the topics are thoroughly covered and discrepancies in research are noted.  Time will be allocated for discussion from the floor to increase audience participation.

Papers presented at the meeting will be submitted for peer review and then published, along with manuscripts independently submitted, in THE AMERICAN SURGEON, a journal owned and published by the Southeastern Surgical Congress.

The Congress is committed to assisting surgeons keep abreast of new and emerging technologies, based on accepted recommendations or sound new research, to make surgery safer and more effective for patient care. The Southeastern Surgical Congress monitors impact on practice change by systematic assessment of meeting/course evaluations.

Adopted August 16, 2008

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