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2017 Naffziger Society Day

Dear Friends:

Naffziger Day was a great success! I would like to thank the outstanding panel of speakers who came from near and far, as well as the many alumni who attended. To see so many generations of UCSF surgeons gathered together with our current residents and faculty was moving and memorable.

At the Naffziger Dinner we announced the following additions to our Council:

It has been the greatest honor of my career to have served as your President for the past year. Hope to see you at one of our future Naffziger events!

Warmest regards,

Wen

Wen T. Shen, M.D., M.A.

2017 Naffziger Society Day – Save the Date

Dear Friends,

You are invited to attend the first-ever UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society Day on Friday, May 19, 2017. Naffziger Day will be a one-day non-CME symposium dedicated to the past, present and future of UCSF surgery, capped off with a celebration dinner honoring the 2017 graduating Chief Residents in General Surgery.

The symposium will consist of a series of talks and panel discussions by Naffziger members from around the U.S., as well as current UCSF faculty and residents. Topics will include the following:

  • Modernizing surgical training
  • Surviving and thriving after residency
  • Mentoring, role models, and new ideals of leadership
  • Critical thinking and evidence-based practice

Our goal is to bring together multiple generations of UCSF surgeons, from our most distinguished senior alumni to our current trainees. We hope to generate substantive discussion of the history and future of surgical training and practice, while celebrating our common lineage as graduates of the UCSF Department of Surgery.

Speakers will include:

James Constant
Karen Deveney
Quan-Yang Duh
Brent Eastman
Diana Farmer
Nora Jaskowiak
Ed Kim
Carter Lebares
Jackie Saito
William Schecter
Brendan Visser
Lawrence Way  Elizabeth Wick
Laurence Yee

Symposium and Dinner Honoring Chief Residents

The symposium will take place on Friday May 19th, from 9AM – 5 PM at:

Oberndorf Auditorium
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
1855 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

The annual dinner will follow with cocktails at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:30 PM at:

One Market Restaurant
1 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5577

Women in Surgery

On the evening of Thursday, May 18th, Karen Deveney and Shelley Marks will kick off our Naffziger festivities by hosting a Women in Surgery event. Please click here for full details and to RSVP.

Cost for Events

Members – $150 per person; this includes lunch at the symposium and dinner at One Market.
Guests – $100 per guest you bring to the dinner.

RSVP

  • If you pay by check (see below), use the RSVP & Payment Form that you should mail in with the check.
  • Otherwise RVSP by emailing our Executive Secretary, Annette Bronstein at abronst230@aol.com, or calling her directly at: (650) 992-1387. Please indicate who will be attending and the name(s) of any guest(s) you will be bringing.

Payment Options

  1. By Check – Fill out and print the RSVP & Payment Form. Enclose it with your check and mail it to the Society.
  2. PayPal – Choose the “Pay for Events” button on the Naffziger Society Website. Pay the total amount for yourself and any any guest(s) you will be bringing.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at Naffziger Day on May 19th!

Best,

Wen T. Shen, M.D., M.A.
President
UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Section of Endocrine Surgery, Division of General Surgery
University of California San Francisco

Wen T. Shen, M.D., M.A. Installed as 67th President of UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society

Wen T. Shen, M.D., M.A.

Wen T. Shen, M.D., M.A. recently assumed the leadership reins as 67th President of UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society for 2016-2017. Dr. Shen, an endocrine surgeon, specializes in procedures for thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland surgery. He also has a strong interest in the History of Medicine.

Dr. Shen graduated magna cum laude at Harvard College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and science. He received his medical degree at UCSF where he also completed a general surgical residency and research fellowship in endocrine surgery. Later Dr. Shen earned a Master’s degree in the History of Medicine, also at UCSF.

Dr. Shen has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Esther Nusz Achievement Award from the UCSF Department of Surgery, Resident’s Prize from the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, William Osler Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine, and Rothschild Prize from the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

Summer Update from Outgoing Naffziger Society President Dr. Laurence Yee

Dear UCSF Naffziger Society Members,

As my term comes to an end, I want to take this opportunity to thank the membership for honoring me as President of the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society. With the start of a new academic year upon us, Dr. Wen Shen, will be succeeding me as your next President. With that, I’d like to conclude my term with a number of announcements.

Dr. Nancy Ascher Stepping Down as Department Chair

Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D.

Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D. has announced she will be stepping down as Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, a position she has held since 1999. She will remain as Chair until her successor is named and assumes the leadership mantle. Dr. Ascher, a world-renowned transplant surgeon, is the holder of two Distinguished Professorships: the Isis Distinguished Professor in Transplantation and the Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery. Dr. Ascher has also had a distinguished career in public service including appointments to the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation and the Surgeon General’s Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs.

The UCSF Department of Surgery will be hosting a reception honoring Dr. Ascher on Saturday, July 2nd, from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, at the 5th Floor Rooftop Pavilion and Sculpture Garden of the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Numerous tributes and expressions of gratitude have been posted to the on-line “Comment Wall.” We have posted them here for you to read.

UCSF Department of Surgery Chief Resident Dinner

The annual dinner honoring the 2015-16 graduating Chief Residents of the General Surgery Residency Program was held on Friday, June 3, 2016 atop The Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco in the Alexandria Room. After an introduction by the Department Chair, Dr. Nancy Ascher, the Chief Residents were separately introduced by Linda M. Reilly, M.D, Program Director, Lygia Stewart, M.D., Associate Program Director, and Ryutaro Hirose, M.D., Associate Program Director. The Chiefs gave riveting talks about their life experiences and journeys through medical school and residency, culminating with graduation.

Pictured left to right: Joy Walker, MD; Rebecca Maine, MD, MPH; Emily Huang, MD; Shareef Syed, MBChB, MRCS; Lucy Kornblith, MD; Carolyn Seib, MD; and Cerene Jeanty, MD. – Photograph Courtesy of Dr. Lawrence Way

Joy Walker will remain at UCSF as an ACGME Clinical fellow in Vascular Surgery; Rebecca Maine will move to the University of Washington for a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship; Emily Huang has accepted an appointment as a Clinical Instructor in General Surgery at UCSF; Shareef Syed will remain at UCSF, taking a position as a Clinical Fellow in the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program; Lucy Kornblith will remain at UCSF as a Surgical Critical Care Fellow in the Department of Surgery at Zuckerberg SFGH; Carolyn Seib will remain at UCSF as a Clinical Fellow in Endocrine Surgery and Cerene Jeanty will enter private practice at St. Mary’s Medical Center and St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.

Naffziger Annual Meeting, Postgraduate Course & Chief Resident Dinner

Annual Meeting

The Naffziger Annual Meeting and Business Lunch was held on Thursday, May 12th at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco. The recent nominations by the Executive Council of James Gardner, M.D., Ph.D., to serve as Chief Resident Representative, and Kelly Mahuron, M.D. to serve as Resident Research Representative, were ratified by the membership.

The Society also acknowledged the passing of the following members: John Q. Owsley, MD, 1960; Donald L. Morton, MD, 1966; James A. Bulen, MD, 1955; Fraser M. Keith, MD, Associate Member; Paul H. Trotta, MD, 1958; William L. Weirich, MD, 1958; and Herbert S. Mooney, Jr. MD, 1965. There were reminiscences of their lives and careers followed by a moment of silence.

Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery

This year’s program, hosted by the UCSF Department of Surgery and the Naffziger Society, and co-chaired by Hobart W. Harris, MD, MPH and myself, focused on hernia surgery and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. The program was highly informative and very well-attended. Featured speakers included Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon.), Naffziger Visting Professor; Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS, Naffziger Invited Lecturer; and Robert G. Martindale, MD, PhD, Postgraduate Course Keynote Speaker.

Pictured left to right: Lawence Way, Carlos A. Pellegrini, Hobart W. Harris, and Guilherme M. Campos – Photo Coutesy of Dr. Laurence Yee

Dinner Honoring Chief Residents

The Chief Resident dinner was held on Friday, May 13th at One Market in San Francisco. To honor their accomplishments and fulfillment of a major milestone in their careers, namely graduation from the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program, each Chief Resident was presented with: 1) An engraved Naffziger Certificate of Lifetime Membership, 2) “The History of the Surgical Service at San Francisco General Hospital” by William SchecterRobert LimGeorge SheldonNorman Christensen, and William Blaisdell, and 3) An individually engraved Chief Resident Chair (to be shipped to each resident in the days following the ceremony).

During the dinner, Dr. Haile T. Debas gave a personal and inspiring lecture to the Chief Residents entitled, “The Uncertain Beginnings Of A Surgical Career”. Dr. Debas is a former Chair of the Department of Surgery (1987-2003); former Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine (1993 – 2003); former UCSF Chancellor; Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus; Director of the University of California Global Health Institute; and Founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences (GHS),

Dr. Debas will always be my hero!

Pictured left to right: W. Slate Wilson; Kim and Haile Debas; and Rupsa Yee – Photo Courtesy of Dr. Laurence Yee

In Closing

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President for the 2015-16 academic year. I’d also like to again thank my fellow Executive Council members for their support, and the Naffziger staff, Annette Bronstein, Executive Secretary, and Richard Barg, Director of Online Operations, for their tirelessand amazing dedication to the administrative affairs of the Society.

Sincerely,

Laurence F. Yee, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Spring Update for 2016 Annual Meeting and Events

Dear UCSF Naffziger Society Members,

With our Annual Meeting coming up in less than a week, I wanted to again cordially invite you to attend our Naffziger Business Luncheon, Chief Resident Dinner, and Postgraduate Course. Please click here for full details about the events, locations, directions, and information about late registration. Please note that the location of the business luncheon has changed from the 10th Floor to the 2nd Floor in the Lobby Area of Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel.

Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery ————————————-

This year’s Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery, co-hosted with the UCSF Department of Surgery, is a truly outstanding program, and one which Naffziger dues-paying and retired members, as well as UCSF General and Plastic Surgery Residents, may attend without having to pay the course fee. This year’s program will feature renowned experts in the fields of general, gastrointestinal, and laparoscopic surgery; surgical nutrition and metabolism; reconstructive microsurgery; and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. The program will explore the latest evidenced-based studies and emerging consensus of expert opinion. This is also an ideal forum for networking and reconnecting with past Chief Resident graduates.

Late Breaking Announcements

Haile T. Debas, MD to Speak at Naffziger Dinner Honoring Chief Residents

Haile T. Debas, MD

The Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Haile T. Debas, Director of the University of California Global Health Institute and Founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences (GHS), will be giving a lecture, entitled “The Uncertain Beginnings Of A Surgical Career”, at the dinner honoring the Chief Residents on Friday, May 13th. Dr. Debas is recognized internationally for his contributions to academic medicine and widely consulted on issues associated with global health. A gastrointestinal surgeon by training, Dr. Debas chaired the UCSF Department of Surgery from 1987-2003, and is the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus at UCSF. In 1997, Dr. Debas was appointed the seventh Chancellor of UCSF, agreeing to accept the appointment for a period of one year. Serving concurrently as both Chancellor and School of Medicine Dean, he played a key role in all of the major initiatives of the campus, including the development of UCSF Stanford Health Care, the campus at Mission Bay, and the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.

RSVP to Attend Dr. Debas Lecture – “The Uncertain Beginnings Of A Surgical Career”, on Friday May 13th at One Market

Karen Deveney, MD Serving as President of Pacific Coast Surgical Association

Karen Deveney, M.D. (Class of 1978), Professor of Surgery at the OHSU School of Medicine and Vice-Chair for Education in the OHSU Department of Surgery, currently serves as President of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA), having been elected last year for its 2015-16 academic term. Dr. Deveney is the first woman President of the Association. The PCSA was established in 1925 to advance the science and practice of surgery and currently represents California, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.

UCSF Naffziger Society Members Dr. Clifford Devaney (Class of 1976) and Karen Deveney (Class of 1978) at 2016 Meeting of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA) in February 2016 at the island of Hawaii
Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH

Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH (Class of 2015), currently a Trauma & Surgical Critical Care Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, was honored as recipient of the American Hernia Society Research Award through which she will study the utility of mosquito nets for hernia repairs. The grant is entitled: “Outcomes After Low Cost Mesh Repair of Inguinal Hernia Performed by Surgeons and Non-Surgeons In Ghana: A Prospective Cohort Study.” Dr. Beard, a former UCSF Global Surgery Scholar, has conducted research centered on inguinal hernia epidemiology, the delivery of safe and effective hernia care in low-resource settings, and surgical task-shifting in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research group is investigating whether mosquito nets could provide a reasonable substitute for mesh to repair hernias in sub-Saharan Africa where mesh repairs are not widely available.

Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH gets award

Perspectives

An Historical Journey through a Decade of Loupes Presentations

The presentation of the loupes is an annual tradition in the UCSF Department of Surgery. During the ceremony, each categorical PGY-2 resident is given a pair loupes in honor of a distinguished faculty member or UCSF Naffziger Society member. The theme of this special Grand Rounds event, “Historical Perspectives from the Department of Surgery”, fosters an important bond between UCSF faculty, UCSF Naffziger Society members, and current UCSF general surgery residents.

I invite you to take a journey through the past decade of loupes ceremonies, as reflected in the presentation booklets distributed to the audience at historic Toland Hall. Each booklet includes a wealth of information about recipients, honorees and faculty presenters for that year.

A Decade of Loupes Presentations

A Priceless Collection of Naffziger Photos from Lawrence W. Way, M.D., Esteemed Surgeon, Naffziger Historian and Avid Photographer

Dr Lawrence Way

Dr. Laurence W. Way (Class of 1967), Professor Emeritus of General Surgery, is revered by both colleagues and generations of residents and fellows for his unremitting focus on the training of future surgeons. A technical virtuoso in the OR with an extensive research portfolio, the development of the surgical house staff has always among his top priorities. A stern taskmaster on rounds and in the operating room, he sets standards that several generations of UCSF trained surgeons use as a benchmark for performance. Indeed, Dr. Lawrence W. Way is one of the prime surgeons that propelled UCSF to its status as a world-class institution. Dr. Way is also an avid photographer, and has parlayed that expertise to create a stunning slideshow or about 200 Naffziger-related photos comprised of graduating classes and group photos from Naffziger events, spanning nearly five decades.

This slideshow will be shown on a large screen TV next to the registration desk during all three days of the Postgraduate Course. (We will be uploading the slideshow to the website once several few logistical are addressed.)New Executive Council Nominees ——————————

The Naffziger Society is pleased to announce that it has invited two general surgery residents to serve as resident representatives on the Executive Council:

Dr. James Gardner
Dr. Kelly Mahuron

James Gardner, M.D., Ph.D., currently a PGY-4 senior resident, has been nominated to serve as Chief Resident Representative on the Executive Council and Kelly Mahuron, M.D., currently a PGY-3 resident, has been nominated to serve as the Resident Research Representive, each of their terms commening July 1st, the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.In Closing ———-

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President, which has been a rich and rewarding experience. I’d like also thank the other members of Executive Council for their support during my tenure as President, and the Naffziger staff, Annette Bronstein and Richard Barg, for their work and dedication to ensuring that the Society’s operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Sincerely,

Laurence F. See, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Class of 1997 President, 2015-16 UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society

Theodore R. Schrock, M.D., Former Naffziger President and UCSF Department of Surgery Chair, Dies at 76

Theodore R. Schrock, M.D.

Theodore R. Schrock, M.D., who had a storied career at UCSF, as a medical student, then a surgery resident, faculty member, Department of Surgery Chair and Chief Medical Officer for UCSF Medical Center, recently passed away at age 76.

Theodore (Ted) Schrock was born and raised in Berne, Indiana. He lettered in three sports during high school and was noted for scholarship. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was named “Premed Student of the Year”. His A.B. degree with Highest Honors was obtained after the first year of medical school at UCSF, where, as a senior, Ted was President of the Student Body of the UCSF campus. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, and upon graduation in 1964, received the Gold Headed Cane as the student who most exemplified the qualities of the true physician. He served as President of the Gold Headed Cane Society for 12 years.

Dr. Schrock entered residency in surgery at UCSF, spent two years as a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and completed residency in 1971. He was immediately recruited to the surgical faculty at UCSF, where he would spend his entire 33-year career in academic medicine. During this time, Dr. Schrock developed an international reputation for excellence in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, serving as a guest lecturer and visiting professor around the globe. His academic milestones included nearly 200 articles, book chapters and abstracts, membership in sixteen professional societies, editorship of two journals: Perspectives in Colon and Rectal Surgery, and of Colon and Rectal Surgery Outlook, and several distinguished service awards.

In 1993, Dr. Schrock was appointed Interim Chair of UCSF Department of Surgery. In three short years, his effective leadership culminated in his permanent appointment as Chair of the Department in 1996. Two years later, he became Chief Medical Officer for UCSF Medical Center, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2004.

Early in his career, Dr. Schrock was a pioneer in the use of colonoscopy as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for diseases of the colon and rectum, gaining national and international renown for his work. He was a founding member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and became its President in 1988. He was also a key figure in organizing the First World Congress of Surgical Endoscopy in Berlin in 1988, and was an invited participant to numerous world conferences and congresses on these subjects.

Dr. Schrock was also honored as the Gerald Marks Lecturer by the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He was the first surgeon to become President of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and was invited to deliver the Distinguished Lecture to the annual meeting of that society in 1993.

Among his numerous roles at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF School of Medicine, Dr. Schrock was Chair of the Credentials Committee, Vice-President of the Medical Staff, and President of the Medical Staff. He also served as President of the UCSF Howard C. Naffziger Surgical Society for its 1987-88 term.

Theodore R. Schrock, M.D. enjoying retirement

After retirement, he and his wife bred Arabian horses in Montana, later moving to Scottsdale, Arizona where they lived at the time of Ted’s passing.

Celebration of Dr. Schrock’s Life

There will be a celebration of Theodore (Ted) Schrock’s life on October 2, 2016, details of which are available at the family posting on CaringBridge.org. Those wishing to attend should visit the family page (registration required).

An Historical Journey through a Decade of Loupes Presentations

Take a journey through the past decade of loupes ceremonies as seen through presentation booklets distributed to the audience at the historic Toland Hall. Each booklet includes a wealth of information about each recipient, honoree and faculty presenter.

2015 Loupes Presentation

The most recent presentation of the ceremonial loupes to 2nd year residents in the UCSF Department of Surgery took place on August 5, 2015 at Toland Hall, Parnassus Heights Campus, with the following PGY-2 residents receiving the ceremonial loupes: Jhoanne Bautista, M.D., Ph.D.Greg Haro, M.D.Quoc-Hung Nguyen, M.D.Juliet Okoroh, M.D.James Ross, M.D.Oren Shaked, M.D.Casey Ward, M.D.Clara Gomez-Sanchez, M.D.Hunter Oliver-Allen, M.D., and Audrey Nguyen, M.D.

Featured Image: 2014-15 PGY-2 General and Plastic Surgery Residents (pictured left to right) Jeremy Sharib, M.D.Kelly Mahuron, M.D., Rachel Lentz, M.D., Nicole Conkling, M.D.Yeranui Ledesma, M.D.Anamaria Robles, M.D.Evan Werlin, M.D.Jarrett Moyer, M.D.Courtney Green, M.D., Daniel Balkin, M.D, Ph.D, and Hubert Luu, M.D.

UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society Annual Meeting 2016

Annual Meeting

Commencing Thursday, May 12, 2016
Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-673-6672

Business Lunch

Thursday, May 12, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
10th Floor – Regimental Room
$50 person

Dinner Honoring Chief Residents

Friday, May 13, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
One Market Restaurant
1 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
$100 per person

Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery
Naffziger Surgical Society Day

Course Dates – Thursday, May 12, 2016 7:30 a.m. – Saturday May 14, 2016 12:00 p.m.
Naffziger Day – Thursday, May 12, 2016 (includes business luncheon and annual meeting)

This years program, co-hosted by the UCSF Department of Surgery and the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society, focuses on hernia surgery and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. The clinically oriented course represents an outstanding opportunity for the practicing surgeon to gain valuable knowledge and expertise from renowned experts in the fields of general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, surgical nutrition and metabolism, reconstructive microsurgery, and complex abdominal wall reconstruction.

The practitioner will learn about the latest developments in the field including the latest evidenced-based studies and expert opinion consensus. The conference will also provide an invaluable social experience to network with colleagues. Attendance at the course is free to all Naffziger Society members.

Course Chairs

Hobart W. Harris, MD, MPH
Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
J. Engelbert Dunphy Endowed Chair in Surgery
Director, Infection, Injury & Immunity Lab

Laurence F. Yee, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSF
Director, Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery,
California Pacific Medical Center
President, UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society

Naffziger Invited Lecturer

Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS
Division Chair and Professor of Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine,
Program Director,
Advanced GI Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Naffziger Visting Professor

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon.)
Professor of Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Washington

Postgraduate Course Keynote Speaker

Robert G. Martindale, MD, PhD  Professor of Surgery
Chief of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery
Medical Director, Hospital Nutritional Service
Oregon Health & Science University

Course Topics

  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery
  • Mesh Prosthetics
  • Hernia Surgery Outcomes
  • Reconstructive Abdominal Wall Surgery
  • Complex Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Catastrophes
  • Hernia Surgery Potpourri

View Full Course Outline

View Full List of Speakers Biography Links

View Detailed List Of All Presentations

Course Registration

Registration

  • The registration fee to attend the Postgraduate Course is waived for Naffziger Society Members. Attendance is free.
  • If you wish to obtain CME credits, you should pre-register by calling the UCSF CME office at (415) 475-5808. There is a $35.00 charge, payable at the time you call to register.
  • Those members not requiring CME credits do not need to pre-register

CME Credits

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

A representative of the UCSF CME Office will be at the conference with a sign-up sheet for members to attest their presence. Proof of CME credit can be obtained by visiting the UCSF CME Claiming Website and following the instructions there for claiming your credits. As noted above, there is a $35.00 charge, payable when you call the CME office to pre-register. CME credits are awarded based on one of the following course codes in the program:

  • P = Pain Credit
  • G = Geriatric Credit
  • T = Trauma Credit

Naffziger Business Lunch & Dinner Honoring Chief Residents

Naffziger Business Lunch – May 12, 2016 @ 12 noon – $50.00 per person
Dinner Honoring Chief Residents – May 13, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. – $100.00 per person

Online Payment: Please visit the Naffziger Society Website and click the Pay for Events button. (If you elect to bring a spouse or guest to the dinner, please add an additional $100.00). At checkout on the PayPal website, please indicate in the notes field the desired event(s) and number of people attending.

Pay by Check : Check should be made payable to the “UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society”. Please indicate the desired event(s) and number of people attending and mail to:

UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society
179 Canterbury Ave.
Daly City, CA 94015

Please register for these events by April 25, 2016 as we must provide a headcount to the venue hosts.

Travel & Lodging

Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hotel Phone: 415-673-6672
Reservations: 800-562-7463
Ask for UCSF General Surgery to receive group rate. You can also email reservations@marineclub.com

Rates: $239
Cut-off Date: April 15, 2016 or until room block is filled

Presidential Update 2016

Dr. Yee

Dear Naffziger Society Members,

It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the 66th President of the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society.

First, I want to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, James Constant, MD, for his outstanding service as our immediate past President. Under his leadership, the Society implemented electronic billing for the membership, and spearheaded the effort to enhance the Naffziger Society website and modernize its internal operations. This built on the foundation laid by his predecessors, Carlos U. Corvera, M.D.A. Brent Eastman MD and James R. Macho, M.D.

Second, I want to expressly thank those members who supported the Society in 2015 through payment of their annual membership dues. Funds from dues are critical to supporting the mission of the Society including our educational symposiums, annual events and social functions. We truly value your loyalty and financial support.

In 2015, I am pleased to report that many members took advantage of our new electronic billing options, paying their dues by simply clicking a “Pay Now” button embedded in the email containing their e-invoice. Others used the PayPal buttons on our website to pay for events as well as membership dues. Many academic surgeons elected to pay their dues through institutional expense accounts. To make this process easier, we have posted our W-9 form online so academic assistants needing this information can easily access it.

In approximately a week, we will be sending out eInvoices to the membership for 2016 dues, and paper invoices to members without email addresses on file.

Upcoming Events

Annual Business Meeting and Dinner Honoring the Chief Residents

I would like to cordially invite you to attend our upcoming annual meeting, which will take place in San Francisco from May 12th – May 14th at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel at the same time as the Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery.

Our business luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 12th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on the 10th Floor of Marines’ Memorial in the Regimental Room. We are pleased to again welcome Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, who will be giving her annual “State of the Department” address to the membership. The dinner honoring the Department’s graduating chief residentswill take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:30 pm at One Market Restaurant.

RSVP and Payment

To RSVP for these events, please email naffziger.society@gmail.com or use our Contact Form. You may also call the Society directly at (650) 992-1387. Please indicate how many people will be attending: 1) the business lunch and/or 2) the dinner honoring the Chief Residents.

Payment for the event may be made:
1) Via Paypal using the Pay for Events button on the Naffziger Society website
2) By mailing a check to: UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society, 179 Canterbury Ave., Daly City, CA 94015

Please register for these events by April 25, 2016 as we must provide a headcount to the venue hosts. For additional details, please visit the Naffziger Surgical Society Annual Meeting Page.

Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery

This three-day symposium commences on Thursday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. and runs through Saturday, May 14, 2016, adjourning at 12:00 p.m. The Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery, co-chaired by Hobart W. Harris, MD, MPH, Professor and Chief of Division of General Surgery at UCSF and myself, features renowned experts in the fields of general, gastrointestinal, and laparoscopic surgery; surgical nutrition and metabolism; reconstructive microsurgery; and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. The program will explore the latest developments in the field including evidenced-based studies and emerging consensus of expert opinion. The conference will also provide an ideal networking forum where you can reconnect with other Naffziger members.

Among the roster of distinguished faculty are: the 2016 Naffziger Invited Lecturer, Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS (left), Division Chair and Professor of Surgery at VCU School of Medicine, Naffziger Visiting Professor, Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon.) *(right),*Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Washington, and Postgraduate Course Keynote Speaker, Robert G. Martindale, MD, PhD(shown at left below) Professor and Chief of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, and Medical Director of the Hospital Nutritional Service Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

The three-day conference, with coverage of over fifty topics, is free to all Naffziger Society members through a special arrangement with the University of California, San Francisco. This program represents a tremendous value to our membership, one that would otherwise cost $750.00 to attend.

Click here to view the full speaker roster with links to each of their biographies. For a complete listing of all conference topics, click here. For all details on the conference including the full course outline, please visit the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society Annual Meeting Page.

News & Announcements

New Lifetime and Associate Members

I want to extend a warm welcome to six new lifetime members from the class of 2015, all of whom have taken positions as clinical fellows: Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH (UPenn), Jack W. Harbell, MD (UCSF), Sandhya B. Kumar, MD (UCSF), Lawrence B. Oresanya, MD (Temple Univ.), Amanda Sammann, MD, MPH (OHSU), and Cathy J. Tang, MD, MS (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles). Lifetime members are comprised of the graduating Chief Residents from the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program.

In addition, we recently inducted four new Associate Members: Ankit Sarin, MD, MHAMatthew Y.C. Lin, MDCatherine Juillard, MD, MPH, and Errol L. Bush, MD. Associate members are comprised of: 1) full-time faculty in the Department of Surgery who have had their appointment for at least three years, and 2) UCSF clinical fellows who have completed at least one-year of training.

Wen T. Shen, M.D. Nominated as Vice-President/President Elect

Wen T. Shen, M.D.

I am pleased to announce that the Executive Council has nominated Wen T. Shen, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCSF, to be our 67th President. Upon confirmation in May, Dr. Shen will become Vice-President/President Elect, then assume the reigns of the presidency on July 1st. In addition to being an outstanding surgeon, resident mentor and dedicated physician-scientist, Dr. Shen has distinguished himself as a medical historian. The holder of a a masters’ degree in the History of Medicine, he has published articles on the 1942 Coconut Grove Fire in Boston and its impact on burn care, the history of adrenal incidentaloma, and many other thought-provoking topics.

Enhancements to Naffziger Society Website

Over the past three years, we have continued to improve the Naffziger Society website, adding features and discovering new ways for our members to connect with one another. I welcome you to visit the site and view the rich content and features it offers. Our searchable membership directory now includes an entry for each member that displays the year of graduation (for UCSF Chief Residents), the member’s area of practice(s), and a link to the member’s biography. Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to locate an online bio link for every member. To add or update your biography link, or to apprise us of any changes in your contact information, please use our member update form or email us at naffziger.society@gmail.com.

The Society also has a news feed on the website where we post news summaries and notable announcements about our membership. If you would like to suggest a news story or submit an announcement for the website, please use our online form or email the Society. We also recently launched a Naffziger Society Photos Page at Flickr that houses photos of Naffziger events. if you have photos you want us to upload to this page, please email the Society.

Celebration Honoring William P. Schecter, MD

William P. Schecter, MD

Last December, the UCSF Department of Surgery honored our esteemed colleague, William P. Schechter, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Surgery at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). Dr. Schechter was honored for his illustrious career and myriad accomplishments during a luncheon and academic program at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, and later at a dinner celebration at AT&T Park in San Francisco, one that included a fireworks display. UCSF has also established the “Trauma Resident of the Year” award in Dr. Schechter’s honor. To read more about the celebration, please view our website news summary.

2016 Loupes Ceremony

On August 5, 2015, the Department of Surgery held its annual Loupes Ceremony for 2nd Year (PGY-2) categorical residents at Toland Hall on the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus. The following residents received the ceremonial loupes: Jhoanne Bautista, M.D., Ph.D.Greg Haro, M.D.Quoc-Hung Nguyen, M.D.Juliet Okoroh, M.D.James Ross, M.D.Oren Shaked, M.D.Casey Ward, M.D.Clara Gomez-Sanchez, M.D.Hunter Oliver-Allen, M.D., and Audrey Nguyen, M.D.

In April, we will be emailing the membership a very special issue of the Naffziger Society Newsletter that will have a historical look-back at the Department’s Loupes ceremony over the past decade, featuring presentation booklets and a full list of honorees and faculty presenters. Stay tuned!

Ed Chen Pledges Gift for Purchase of Chief Resident Chairs for 2016

Edward P. Chen, MD

Edward P. Chen, MD, a member of the class of 2000, has magnanimously pledged the sum of $5,000.00 for the purchase of ALL Chief Resident Chairs for members of the 2016 graduating class. These chairs are a tangible tribute to the Chief Residents who have made the arduous, but rewarding journey through the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program. Soon after their official induction into the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society, graduating residents are shipped their Chief Resident Chair.

In a recent letter, Ed told me:

“I am happy to contribute in anyway you need. I would be happy to fund ALL the chairs for the Chiefs or fund ALL the loupes for the second years to be honest. I’m being serious. Also happy to contribute to the general fund, but I know how much those loupes and the chairs meant to me so would be happy to do so.”

Ed also views the gift as a way to bridge the geographical distance between San Francisco, the hub of the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program, and Atlanta, GA, where Dr. Chen is Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine as well as Director of Thoracic Aortic Disease.

On a personal level, I found Ed’s gift so inspiring that I have decided to make a similar pledge for the purchase of ALL Chief Resident Chairs for the graduating class of 2017.

Newly Minted Attending Surgeons

A number of Chief Residents that graduated in the past several years have now completed their fellowship training and become attending surgeons. Those members include: Kenneth Loh, M.D. (Kaiser Permanente, SF), Aaron Joseph Ahearn, M.D., Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, UMass), Rita Mukhtar, MD (Kaiser Permanente, SF), Susan Lee Char, MD (CPMC – SF), Farzad Alemi, MD (Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, MI), Carter K. Lebares, MD (UCSF), and Ian Brown, M.D., Ph.D (UC Davis).

Executive Council Update

Current Members

The Executive Council includes, in addition to myself, Secretary-Treasurer Shelley A. Marks, M.D., at-large members Michelle L. Li, M.D.Wen T. Shen, M.D. and Crystine M. Lee M.D., and the past three Presidents, James Constant, MDCarlos U. Corvera, M.D., and A. Brent Eastman MD.

New Members

At last years’ business meeting, the general membership confirmed the nominations of Madhulika “Mika” Varma, M.D. and Rita Mukhtar, M.D. as members-at-large, and Jonathan Carter, M.D. as website liaison, to the Naffziger Society Executive Council. The Council also created two new positions and nominees for 2016: Naffziger historian”, Lawrence W. Way, M.D. and “Resident Liaison”, UCSF general surgery resident Bian Wu, M.D.

New Members

I am also pleased to report that Annette Bronstein has returned as our Executive Secretary, a position she previously held for over a quarter of a century. Annette is an event planner extraordinaire and has a deep and abiding affection for the membership. The Society has also appointed [Richard N. Barg, JD, MBA](http://top.ucsf.edu/meet-the-team/strategic-development/richard-n-barg,-jd,-mba.aspx) Director of Online Operations. Mr. Barg co-led the effort to develop the Naffziger website with the site’s designer [Colin Fahrion](http://www.pedsurg.ucsf.edu/about-us/staff/colin-fahrion.aspx), and deployed the Society’s new electronic billing system. Mr. Barg will now oversee all online and digital assets of the Society including its website and membership directory.

In Memoriam

Marjorie Stanley Albo – May 22, 1934 – June 25, 2015

It is with sadness that I report the passing of Marjorie Albo. Marjorie “Marge” was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Robert Albo, the well-known bay area surgeon and former team physician for the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors for many years.

Final Words

I hope you will consider visiting San Francisco from May 12th – May 14th and join us for our Naffziger Society Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course in Hernia Surgery co-hosted with the UCSF Department of Surgery. I believe you will find it an outstanding opportunity for professional development as well as an ideal way to reconnect with former mentors and colleagues.

I encourage your participation in the activities of the Society including playing a future role in leadership and governance. If you have ideas for advancing the Society’s mission, would like to nominate someone to our Executive Council, or want to offer input to improve the functioning of the Society, please email me at naffziger.society@gmail.com.

And, in closing, thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve as President of this venerable society.

Sincerely,

Laurence F. Yee, MD, FACS, FASCRS
President
UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society