UTMB Surgery Attends ACS Clinical Congress

Jan 9, 2024, 15:53 PM by John Carstens

UTMB General Surgery faculty and residents attend the ACS Clinical Congress. American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2023 is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons globally. The event convened from October 22-25 in Boston, Massachusetts, and was conducted as a hybrid event, allowing participants to engage either onsite or virtually.

Presentations from UTMB Surgery included: 

  • Dr. Samreen: How to set up a 24/7 Robotic Program 

  • Dr. Moffett: Conquering the Right Upper Quadrant: Robotic Approach to Complex Benign Biliary Disease 

  • Dr. Petrov et al: Robotic Simultaneous Median Arcuate Ligament Release and Nissen Fundoplication 

  • Dr. Fortich, Dr. Elder, Dr. Levy, Dr. Petrov: Robotic Transhiatal Esophagectomy in a Patient with Previous Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair 

  • Dr. Petrov et al: Robot Assisted Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy with Colon Interposition: A Hybrid Approach 

  • Dr. Dongur, Dr. Moffett, & Dr. Samreen: Does Bariatric Surgery Decrease the Risk of Cancer in Renal Transplant Patients? A retrospective Comparison 

  • Dr. DeJesus, Dr. Horani, Dr. Franco-Mesa, Dr. Samreen, Dr. Moffett: The Learning Curve for Robotic-Assisted Transcystic Common Bile Duct Exploration in Acute Care Surgery (Quick-Shot) 

  • Dr. Guba, Dr. Moffett, Dr. Samreen: Do Laparoscopic Skills for Cholecystectomy Transfer to Robotic Surgery? A Tale of Two Complications 

  • Dr. Coleoglou Centeno, Dr. Fortich, Dr. Moffett: When ERCP Fails: The Utility of Common Bile Duct Exploration for the Acute Care Surgeon 

  • Dr. Phatak: Watch and Wait or Resection for T3 Rectal Cancer 

  • Dr. DeJesus, Xiaofu Wang, Dr. Gu, Dr. Radhakrishnan: The Inhibitory Effect of Novel Oridonin Analog CYD0682 on Hepatic Fibrosis through the nf- κb and TGFβ /SMAS pathways 

Clinical Congress offers a platform to present groundbreaking surgical research, interact with experienced surgeons, and stay informed about the latest advancements in the field. The Scientific Forum sessions comprise a multitude of research-in-progress reports, providing insights into ongoing clinical trials. 

Members of the faculty in attendance included Dr. Ramon Zapata-Sirvent, Dr. Jong Lee, Dr. Carlos Jimenez, Dr. Patrick Walker, Dr. Amy Mrazek, Dr. V. Suzanne Klimberg, Dr. Sarah Samreen, Dr. Richard Lu, Dr. Uma Phatak, Dr. Ravi Radhakrishnan, Dr. Roman Petrov, and Dr. Jennifer Moffett. 

The general surgery residents in attendance were Dr. Laxmi Dongur, Dr. Samuel Guba, Dr. Jana DeJesus, Dr. Susanna Fortich, and Dr. Taylor Williams. 

A message from Dr. Dongar: 

Clinical Congress was an instrumental experience this year. Attending the Health Outreach Program for Equality in Global Surgery (H.O.P.E) and Operation Giving Back (OGB) conference introduced me to pioneers in the field of global surgery and gave me guidance for research projects and clinical outreach ideas. The rest of the conference was very educational as well with lectures on state-of-the-art surgical advances!

A message from Dr. DeJesus: 

“The ACS Clinical Congress is a great learning and networking opportunity for students, residents, and faculty. It is a great venue to share research and get feedback on future steps. I also had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends from around the country and learn about upcoming innovations in our field.