Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

2019 FCACS Annual Meeting

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Join us at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort for the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS) Annual Meeting taking place March 22-23, 2019. 

This meeting is a great way to:

  •  Connect with colleagues
  •  Learn new skills from experts in their field
  •  See the latest research presented at the Resident Paper Competition 
  •  And much more!



Register for the 2019 FCACS Annual Meeting

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• Please complete the required registration form. Once your registration is complete, a seat will be reserved. We encourage you to complete the registration early to guarantee entrance to the meeting.

• Telephone cancellations cannot be accepted. A written notice of cancellation must be received no later than four weeks prior to the meeting for a refund. A $50 administration fee will be deducted. No refunds will be made after March 1, 2020.

• By registering for the Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2020 Annual Meeting, attendee understands and agrees that attendee’s name, city, and state may be shared with other attendees and exhibitors. By allowing an exhibitor to scan the conference badge, attendee understands, agrees and consents to the sharing of attendee’s contact information with the company that scanned the conference badge.

• By registering for this Conference, I also give the Florida Chapter, ACS, the right to publish all photos, videos, etc. taken at this Conference.

John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS

Chair, Program Committee 
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
President-Elect, Florida Chapter American College of Surgeons
Former Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health (2012-2016)
Ocala, FL
Patrick V. Bailey, MD, MLS, FACS

American College of Surgeons
Washington, DC
Patricia M. Byers, MD, FACS

Past President, Florida Chapter ACS
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Surgical Nutrition, Division of Trauma, Burns and Critical Care
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL
Amparo Cano, MSN, RN, CWOCN
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Lead WOC Coordinator, Wound Ostomy and Continence Specialist
Digestive Disease Center, Department of Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL
Stephen R. Grobmyer, MD, FACS

Lula Zapis Endowed Chair in Support of Breast Cancer Research
Professor of Surgery
Lerner College of Medicine
Director, Surgical Oncology
Co-Leader, Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Danielle A. Henry, MD

Breast Surgical Oncologist
Breast Care Center
Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
Orlando, FL
Susan J. Hoover, MD, FACS

Associate Professor
Breast Surgical Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL

Atif Iqbal, MD, FACS

Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Mecker G. Möller, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Division of Surgical Oncology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL
Michelle B. Mulder, MD
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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Ryder Trauma Center
General Surgery Resident, PGY-4
Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL
Jane Mendez, MD, FACS

Chief of Breast Surgery
Miami Cancer Institute
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami, FL
Steven D. McCarus, MD, FACOG

Chief, Gynecological Surgery
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Celebration, FL
John E. Mullinax, MD, FACS

Assistant Member, Surgical Oncology
Sarcoma Department, Immunology Department
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine  
Tampa, FL
Jay A. Redan, MD, FACS (Moderator)

Professor, University of Central Florida
Chief of Surgery, Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Celebration, FL
George A. Sarosi, Jr., MD, FACS (Moderator)

Robert H. Hux MD Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL
Christian Shalgian

Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy
American College of Surgeons
Washington, DC
Mark K. Soliman, MD, FACS

Chairman of Surgery, Florida Hospital Altamonte
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Central Florida
Associate Program Director and Director of Robotic Surgery
Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando
Orlando, FL
Vernon K. Sondak, MD

Chair, Department of Cutaneous Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Professor, Departments of Oncologic Sciences and Surgery
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL
Giovanna da Silva Southwick, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Saff, Colorectal Surgery
Director, Clinical Research
Department of Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL
Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS

Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Sioux Falls, SD
Patricia Toor, RN, BA, MSN

Vice-President, Nursing
Vice-President, Operations
Advent Health Celebration
Celebration, FL
Jose Trevino, MD (Moderator)

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL
Jason P Wilson, MD, MBA, FACS (Moderator)

Surgical Oncologist
The Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay
Clearwater, FL

Friday, March 22

Core Program

4:00–4:30 PM

Presidential Lecture: Axillary Management of Breast Cancer: Out of Darkness and into the (Fluorescent) Light

Stephen R. Grobmyer, MD, FACS

4:30–6:00 PM

Panel: Laparoscopic vs. Robotic Surgery–What’s Good for the Patient? What’s Good for the Surgeon? What’s Good for the Hospital?

Steven McCarus, MD, FACOG
Mark K. Soliman, MD, FACS
Patricia Toor, RN, BA, MSN

Resident and Trainee Program

4:00–6:00 PM

Surgical Simulation Session/Surgical Olympics

Co-Chairs: Susan J. Hoover, MD, FACS
Michelle B. Mulder, MD

Station 1: Ultrasound Guided Biopsies

Lead Faculty: Mecker G. Möller, MD, FACS

Station 2: REBOA

Lead Faculty: TBA

Station 3: Mesh Hernia

Lead Faculty: Patricia M. Byers, MD, FACS

Station 4: Wound Care

Lead Faculty: Amparo Cano, MSN, RN, CWOCN

Medical Student Station (not part of Olympics)

Lead Faculty: Danielle A. Henry, MD

6:00–7:00 PM

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Saturday, March 23

Core Program

6:30–8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors


8:00–9:30 AM

Panels: Controversies in Community Cancer Care Target Axillary Dissection for Node Positive Breast Cancer: Yes or No

Stephen R. Grobmyer, MD, FACS
Jane Mendez, MD, FACS

To Dissect or Not to Dissect in Sentinel Node Positive Melanoma

John E. Mullinax, MD, FACS
Vernon K. Sondak, MD

Controversies in Screening for Colon Cancer

Atif Iqbal, MD, FACS
Giovanna da Silva Southwick, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Resident and Trainee Program

6:30–8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors


8:00–9:30 AM

RAS Surgical Jeopardy

Surgical Jeopardy is a surgical knowledge adaptation of the famous television game show Jeopardy! and has been a resounding hit and staple for nearly a decade. Resident teams representing programs across the state compete to demonstrate their surgical knowledge and win the title of Surgical Jeopardy Champion. What makes Surgical Jeopardy so special is its ability to promote resident participation in ACS activities and to motivate learning in the spirit of good-natured and friendly competition.

9:30–10:00 AM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors


10:00–11:30 AM

Panel: Optimal Surgical Care Through Strategic Advocacy

Patrick V. Bailey, MD, MLS, FACS, FAAP
Christian Shalgian

11:30 AM–1:00 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors/Poster Session*

*12:00–1:00 PM

1:00–1:30 PM

Keynote Lecture: Stop Over-Regulating My OR

Gary L. Timmerman, MD, FACS

1:30–3:00 PM

Oral Abstract Presentations

Clinical Science/Commission on Cancer/Basic Science

3:00–3:30 PM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors


3:30–5:00 PM

Spectacularly Challenging Interactive Case Presentations


5:00–5:30 PM

Chapter Annual Business Meeting


Take in the scenic views and relaxed island atmosphere of the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. This Resort offers lagoons and sandy-white beaches to explore, a variety of on-site dining options, and is located just minutes away from many of Orlando's theme parks and attractions!

Loews Royal Pacific Resort
6300 Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819


General and subspecialty surgeons, surgical residents, surgical fellows, surgical students and researchers. 
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate common technical skills important in surgical care
  • Discuss the evolution of axillary management of breast cancer.
  • Evaluate benefits and limitations of laparoscopic and robotic surgery in terms of cost, quality outcome, and ergonomics.
  • Debate the use of target axillary dissection for node positive breast cancer.
  • Assess controversies surrounding the surgical management of regional lymph nodes in melanoma.
  • Examine controversies surrounding colorectal cancer screening.
  • Describe socioeconomic, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the practice of surgery.
  • Recognize the latest research in basic, clinical, and cancer-related surgical care.
  • Appraise unique surgical cases.

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. Therefore, it is mandatory that both the program planning committee and speakers complete disclosure forms. Members of the program committee were required to disclose all financial relationships and speakers were required to disclose any financial relationship as it pertains to the content of the presentations. The ACCME defines a ‘commercial interest’ as “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients”.  It does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.  The ACCME considers “relevant” financial relationships as financial transactions (in any amount) that may create a conflict of interest and occur within the 12 months preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the educational activity. Faculty disclosures will be made available at the time of the meeting.
Seeking commercial support.  Appropriate acknowledgement will be given to all supporters at the time of meeting.

Click here to view the 2019 Prospectus

For questions please email exhibitors@floridafacs.org or call 904-309-6228.



AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 


Robotic camera control systems for minimally invasive surgery.  Test drive the SOLOASSIST system in our exhibit booth at FCACS.


Bard Davol 
Bard is the market leader in comprehensive soft tissue reconstruction, delivering a growing line of mesh prosthetics, biologic implants and fixation systems to complement innovative techniques for inguinal, ventral and other hernia repair procedures. Bard also offers a growing line of enhanced sealants and hemostats plus a range of autotransfusion, laparoscopic, hysteroscopy, pulsed lavage and wound management products.

Boston Scientific 

Brookstone Financial

Ethicon US, LLC

Fresenius Kabi 

Gore & Associates
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is an American multinational manufacturing company specializing in products derived from fluoropolymers. It is a privately held corporation headquartered in Newark, Delaware. It is best known as the developer of waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabrics. 


Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments


US Army Physican Recruitng
As n General Surgeon in the Army Medical Corps, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the most advanced procedures and techniques in practice today. From groundbreaking work in regenerative medicine to the development of 3-D anatomical models to aid in surgical pre and post-op planning, the surgical advancements in the Army Medical Department are improving patient outcomes and changing the practice of medicine. Inquire about our $200,000 signing bonus, $2,300 monthly resident student stipend, and the $250,000 student loan repayment program.

US Navy
Residents and Trainees: 

If you are a resident or qualifying trainee, and wish to participate in any of the following events taking place at the annual meeting, please sign-up using the links below. You must be registered for the annual meeting to participate:

Residents Surgical Jeopardy: Resident teams from surgery programs throughout Florida are invited to sign-up to participate in this yearly knowledge-based competition taking place Saturday, March 23rd from 8:00 – 9:00 AM. The winning team gets the opportunity to represent the state at the 2019 ACS Clinical Congress Jeopardy competition.  All teams must consist of at least 2 people, and no one on the team should be set to graduate until after the 2019 academic year.

Sign up for Resident Surgical Jeopardy

Surgical Simulation Session/Surgical Olympics: The purpose of this session, being held Friday, March 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, is to allow trainees and residents to put their skills to practice using hands-on materials at 5 unique skill stations. At each station you will be instructed and graded on a particular skill set(s). The 2 highest-scoring residents of this competition will have their names submitted to the ACS for possible participation in the ACS Clinical Congress surgical Olympics competition. 

Sign up for Surgical Olympics

General Surgery Certifying Examination (CE) Mock Oral Practice Session: This session, taking place from 10:00 – 11:30 AM on Saturday March 23, is open to PGY4 and PGY 5 residents only, with the purpose being to be provide a setting for you to prepare for the ABS general surgery certification exam.

Sign up for General Surgery Certifying Examination (CE) Mock Oral Practice Session

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