Kansas Chapter Annual Meeting

John Ashcraft, DO FACS of Kansas City was installed as the Kansas Chapter President, replacing Kyle Vincent, MD FACS, and Jennifer McAllaster, MD of Topeka was elected President-Elect. The new (or renewed) Councilors elected to serve on the Council were Romano Delcore Jr., MD FACS of Kansas City, Michael Porter, MD FACS of Wichita, and Benjamin Stone, MD FACS of Atchison.



The Chapter program consisted of “Opioid Management – ERAS and Non-Narcotic Analgesic”, presented by Craig Johnson, MD FACS CASCRS from Oklahoma Surgical Hospital in Tulsa, OK, followed by a presentation by Justin Green, MD FACS – “Support Use of the NBATS”, David Acuna, DO – “NBATS Needs More Refining”, with a panel discussion moderated by Kim Molik, MD FACS. Kathleen Selzler Lippert, Executive Director of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts provided an update to the attendees, with Jerod Grove, MD FACS leading the group into the luncheon with an ACS Foundation Update. Joshua Mammen, MD PhD FACS presented an ABS Update to the group.

The Resident Trauma Presentations included (trauma presentation winner is highlighted):
“An Evaluation of Blood Product Utilization Rates with Massive Transfusion Protocol; Before and After Thromboelastography (TEG) Use in Trauma” by Mitchell Unruh, MD.
“BITES Trial: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial to Determine the Effectiveness of Bite Technique to Decrease the Development of Postoperative Complications” by Clint Gates, MD “Epidemiologic Investigation of Trauma from a Level I Trauma Center” by David Watson.

The following Resident Cancer and Education presentations included (overall presentation winner is highlighted):
“Breast Cancer Treatment in the Elderly: Is Noncompliance Associated with Increased Rate of Breast Cancer-Related Death?” by Obi Agborbesong, MD
“Rare Case of Anal Granular Cell Tumor Involving External Sphincter Muscle” by David M. Berke, MD
“Perioperative Outcomes and Morbidity Associated with Ivor-Lewis, Transhiatal, and Minimally Invasive Esophagectomies in the Treatment of Esophageal Malignancies: A Retrospective Study” by Elliot Konrade
“Comparison of Right- and Left-Sided Colorectal Cancer Outcomes Following CRS-HIPEC: A Single-Institution, Retrospective Analysis” by Maddie Jones (Meghan Woody-Fowler)
“Pathology-Specific Complication Rates, Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Patients Undergoing CRS-HIPEC: A Retrospective Study from the KUMC Database from 2007-2017” by Matthew Moreno
“Lymph Node Evaluation May be Avoided in a Subset of Women Over Age 70 Diagnosed with Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer” by Juan Ruiz/Gerson Maldonado
“Inhibition of Esophageal Tumor Cell Growth Using a Common Antifungal Agent – Drug Repositioning in Cancer Treatment” by Randi Ryan, MD
“Concurrent Sigmoid Volvulus and Sigmoid Mesocolic Hernia in Child with Developmental Delay” by David M. Berke, MD
“Thromboelastography After Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Does it Save Blood Products?” by Hadley Freeman, MD
“Sounds of Surgery: Assessing the Impact of Nonpreferred Music While Performing Novel Surgical Tasks Using the Da Vinci Surgical Simulator” by Kellen Gil, MPH
“Twitter Presence of Surgical Departments” by Derek Nold
“Concomitant Placement of Right Internal Jugular Dual Lumen Dialysis Catheter and Central Venous Catheter: Is It Safe?” by Blake Spitzer, MD

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