Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

2020 FCACS Annual Meeting

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In light of the current state of COVID-19 and its impact in Florida, the Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons, has made the decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Florida Chapter Annual Meeting in favor of a half-day virtual meeting on May 2, 2020.

Stay tuned for details regarding the first-ever virtual Annual Meeting.  Expect innovation!  Note that the Annual Membership Meeting (also known as the business meeting) will occur virtually to conclude the Annual Meeting.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Florida Chapter office with questions or concerns.  Find guidance for COVID-19 readiness from our College at http://www.facs.org/about-acs/covid-19.


Register for the 2020 FCACS Virtual Annual Meeting

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Registration: Online registration and payment must be received no later than May 1, 2020. By registering for this meeting, attendee understands and agrees that attendee's name, city, and state may be shared with other attendees and exhibitors.

Cancellation: Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. A written notice of cancellation must be received no later than April 10, 2020 for a full refund. Notices may be emailed to meetings@floridafacs.org




     V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD

     Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD Distinguished Chair in General Surgery

     Vice Chair for Administration, Department of Surgery

     Professor and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery

     Medical Director for the UTMB Cancer Center

     Adjunct Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center

     Galveston, TX




    John A. Weigelt, DVM, MD, FACS

    Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery

    University of South Dakota

    Sanford School of Medicine

    Sioux Falls, SD




Saturday, May 2, 2020

2020 FCACS Virtual Annual Meeting Agenda

9:00 AM- 9:05 AM


John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS Jay Alan Redan, MD, FACS

9:05 AM- 9:35 AM

Surgical CME by 2030 (ACS Lecturer) (sponsored by American College of Surgeons)

John A. Weigelt, DVM, MD, FACS

9:35 AM- 9:59 AM

Oral Abstract Competition (sponsored by Surgical Education Committee)

  • Top Basic Science Abstract Presentation (10 minutes)
  • Top Clinical Science Abstract Presentation (10 minutes)


9:59 AM- 10:35 AM

Commission on Cancer Abstract Competition (10 minutes each)

10:35 AM- 11:35 AM

Spectacularly Challenging Cases and Surgical Surprises (sponsored by Surgical Education Committee)

11:35 AM- 12:05 AM

The Past, Present and Future of Women in Surgery (sponsored by Women in Surgery)

V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD

12:05 PM- 12:15 PM

Chapter Annual Business Meeting

Location & Accommodations

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
Room Rate: $190/night plus $30 resort fee and taxes. To reserve your hotel room at the group rate, please click here. You may also call the Group Reservations line at 407-351-5555 and refer to the FCACS Annual Meeting. Turn new experiences into unforgettable moments at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. Embrace effortless relaxation in extra spacious hotel accommodations with contemporary amenities, streaming Netflix content and inspiring views of SeaWorld®, the sparkling pool or beautiful atrium. Savor distinctive fare and innovative cocktails at the hotel restaurants and bars. Stay within steps of SeaWorld®, near Aquatica, International Drive, and Orlando's most celebrated attractions.
Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
May 2, 2020
The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

The American College of Surgeons designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.00 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.


General and subspecialty surgeons, surgical residents, surgical fellows, surgical students and researchers.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Evaluate strategies to address underrepresentation and barriers faced by women surgeons
  • 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 (planners and speakers/authors) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (see below for definitions).
Commercial Interest:  The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.
Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.


John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS
Nothing to Disclose

V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, PhD
Nothing to Disclose

Jay A. Redan, MD, FACS

Company Role Received
Medtronic Consultant Compensation
Mallinckrodt Speaker Compensation
Heron Therapeutics Consultant Compensation

Jose G. Trevino, MD, FACS
Nothing to Disclose

John A. Weigelt, DVM, MD, FACS
Nothing to Disclose

Planning Committee / Editorial Committee

Jay A. Redan, MD, FACS

Company Role Received
Medtronic Consultant Compensation
Mallinckrodt Speaker Compensation
Heron Therapeutics Consultant Compensation

Tracy R. Bilski, MD, FACS, FRCS (Glasg)
Nothing to Disclose

Joseph T. Gallagher, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Nothing to Disclose

Susan J. Hoover, MD, FACS
Nothing to Disclose

Michelle B. Mulder, MD
Nothing to Disclose

John E. Mullinax, MD, FACS

Company Role Received
Iovance Therapeutics Research Support  

John P. Rioux, MD, FACS
Nothing to Disclose

Mark K. Soliman, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Company Role Received
Intuitive Surgical Speaking Honoraria

Jose G. Trevino, MD, FACS
Nothing to Disclose

Sean Wehry
Nothing to Disclose

Commercial Promotion Acknowledgement  
The American College of Surgeons wishes to recognize and thank the following companies for their commercial promotion towards this educational activity:
  • Richard Wolf Medical Instruments
  • LeanTaas
  • Polarity TE
  • Aktormed
  • Gore and Associates
  • Urgo Medical
  • TELA Bio
  • Ethicon
  • US Army
  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals

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Ethicon US LLC , a Johnson & Johnson company, commercializes a broad range of innovative surgical products, solutions and technologies used to treat some of today’s most prevalent medical issues, such as: colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity. Learn more at www.ethicon.com, or follow us on Twitter @Ethicon.


Gore Medical Products Division engineers devices that treat a range of cardiovascular, bariatric, hernia and other health conditions. Gore builds on its legacy of improving patient outcomes through research, education, and quality initiatives. Product performance, ease of use, and quality of service provide sustainable clinical and economic value for physicians, hospitals, and insurers.



LeanTaaS uses lean principles, machine learning, predictive analytics, and cloud-based software to increase patient access, decrease wait times, improves staff satisfaction, reduce healthcare delivery costs, and improve operational performance.


Richard Wolf Medical Instruments

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through innovation in endoscopy. For over 100 years, Richard Wolf has pursued endoscopic solutions focused on improving surgical results while reducing patients' trauma. In the pursuit of the spirit of excellence, Richard Wolf prides itself on quality and innovation.

Urgo Medical provides an extensive portfolio with proven protocols for the care and management of wounds, skin, and skin breakdown. By listening to clinicians’ concerns, Urgo has been able to provide the highest-quality and most innovative products available while proposing comprehensive solutions to those with wound and skin care complications.


Resident and Trainee Events

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 meeting to participate:
Residents Surgical Jeopardy: 
Location: Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Resident teams from surgery programs throughout Florida are invited to sign-up to participate in this yearly knowledge-based competition. The winning team gets the opportunity to represent the state at the 2020 ACS Clinical Congress Jeopardy competition. 
Important: Before signing up for this competition, please make sure your team meets eligibility requirements as outlined below:

  • Any program that participated in a Surgical Jeopardy in another part of the state or other state in not eligible to participate in the Surgical Jeopardy competition at the Florida Chapter annual meeting.
  • All teams must consist of ONLY 2 players.
  • No one on team should be set to graduate until after the 2020 academic year.
Sign up for Resident Surgical Jeopardy

General Surgery Certifying Examination (CE) Mock Oral Practice Session:
Location: Advent-Health Nicholson Center
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (tentative)
This session is open to all residents, with the purpose of providing a setting for you to prepare for the ABS General Surgery Certification Exam.  New this year, this session is being included as part of the special events to take place at the Nicholson Center on Friday, May 1st.

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

Surgical Simulation Session/Surgical Olympics:
Location: Advent-Health Nicholson Center
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (tentative)
The purpose of this session is to allow trainees and residents to put their skills to practice using hands-on materials at several 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

Surgical Simulation Session/Surgical Olympics Faculty:

Tracy R. Bilski, MD, FACS, FRCS (Glasg)

Trauma Medical Director, Osceola Regional Medical Center
Chair, Department of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Assistant Prof of Surgery, University of South Florida & University of Central Florida
Kissimmee, FL

Patricia M. Byers, MD, FACS
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
Lead WOC Coordinator
Wound Ostomy and Continence Specialist
Digestive Disease Center, Department of Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL

Danielle A. Henry, MD
Breast Surgical Oncologist
Breast Care Center
Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
Orlando, FL

Mecker G. Möller MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Global Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Leader, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program
Division of Surgical Oncology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
   Miami, FL

John E. Mullinax, MD, FACS

Assistant Member, Surgical Oncology
Sarcoma Department, Immunology Department
Moffitt Cancer Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL

Mark K. Soliman, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Chairman of Colorectal Surgery, AdventHealth Central Florida
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Central Florida
Program Director, Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgical Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Colon and Rectal Surgical Residency
Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando
Orlando, FL

The Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS) Surgical Education Committee invites the submission of abstracts for the Distinguished Edward M. Copeland, MD Resident Paper Competition. Accepted abstracts will be presented at the 2020 FCACS Annual Meeting being held May 1-2, 2020 at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld in Orlando, FL.

2020 Abstract Submission is now Closed.

The Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons invites Residents and Fellows (ACS and Associate Fellows only) to submit case studies to be considered for presentations during an interactive case presentation session at our 2020 Annual Meeting. To follow the theme of the meeting - Predicting the Surgeon of 2030 - we are looking for cases that place an emphasis on the use of new techniques, new technologies, and new ways of using existing techniques and technologies to improve surgical outcomes.

2020 Case Submission is now Closed.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital Tour

  • Sunday, May 3
  • 10:00AM-12:00PM

Join the FCACS for an exclusive new learning opportunity at the Veterinary Hospital at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Attendees will be able to experience the excellence in animal care that the Animal Health team provides to the many animals that make their home here. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at regular wellness exams, surgical procedures, oversight of nutrition, and emergency medicine practices.

All of those wishing to participate will be placed into a lottery and 30 lucky attendees will be selected to attend. The lottery will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and selected attendees will be notified via email.

You must be registered to attend the FCACS 2020 Annual Meeting and there is no additional cost for the tour.

The group will meet on Sunday, May 3 in the morning at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld main lobby and will travel by bus to Animal Kingdom. No personal vehicles are permitted through the clearance gates to the hospital.

To be placed into the lottery, please check the box on the FCACS 2020 Annual Meeting registration form.