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, made the decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Florida Chapter Annual Meeting in favor of a half-day virtual meeting that was held on May 2, 2020.

The first-ever virtual Annual Meeting was a great opportunity for the surgical community to stay connected and experience innovation. The Annual Membership Meeting (also known as the Business Meeting) also occurred 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.

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     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.

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Acacia Pharma is a hospital pharmaceutical group focused on the development and commercialization of new products aimed at improving the care of patients undergoing significant treatments such as surgery, other invasive procedures or cancer therapy. Learn more at www.acaciapharma.com.


AGI.medical’s focus is to improve patient safety and procedural outcomes. m-protect®️3 is designed as an insertion guide for circular staplers used in colorectal procedures. By dilating the anal sphincter, m-protect®️3 protects the sphincter and enables patient-oriented use of the appropriate stapler size. m-protect®️3 minimizes the risk of lacerations and/or perforations to the rectum and colon caused by the blunt edges of the circular stapler. m-protect®️3 fits circular stapler sizes from 28mm to 34mm of any manufacturer.
For more information email m-protect@agi-medical.com, call 844-393-2433 or visit our website www.agi-medical.com. We look forward to being in contact with you. 

The SoloAssist from AKTORmed is a robotic camera arm for laparoscopic surgery. The system replaces the camera assistant and is 100% controlled by the surgeon, allowing personnel to help with other cases without additional hiring.

The system includes a robotic arm, which is attached to the standard operating room bed-rail, and is compatible with all standard endoscopes and endoscopic camera systems. The arm is driven by voice control or a small joystick controller, mounted on either the left or right hand instrument. This enables the surgeon to still use a standard instrument while being in complete control of the robotic arm.
  The SoloAssist has been designed to be cost-effective:  It is maintenance-free, costs less than $50/surgery, and pays for itself in less than 3 years.

Altrazeal is a 30-day dressing to reduce encounters and infection exposure. Benefits include optimum moisture balance, and infection barrier that prevents bacterial entry but permits fluid and gaseous flow, and an extended wear time of up to 30 days. The visible margins allow wound inspections without requiring dressing changes, and the dressing dries and flakes off as the wound heals. For more information, visit www.altrazeal.com.

As an Army physician you’ll get to practice in an environment without the distractions of the “business” side of the profession. That’s because you’ll practice medicine in one of the few places in the world where comprehensive patient care is the top priority. Insurance companies never dictate the course of treatment – Army physicians do. And, unlike the private sector, there are no malpractice insurance premiums, staffing issues or overhead costs for you to worry about.

When you enter the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer, you become part of the largest and most esteemed health care organization in the world. To provide the highest level of quality patient care, we give you every opportunity to perfect your specialty. We’ll help you to stay abreast of the newest developments, techniques and latest trends through continuing education courses, seminars and conferences that will help you expand your knowledge and further your career.

You’ll work with men and women who pioneer innovative medical techniques and breakthroughs. You’ll be given the opportunity to contribute to medical research. And most important of all, you’ll care for Soldiers and their families in some of the world’s most renowned hospitals, clinics and facilities.

You also have the option of serving as an active duty physician or in the U.S. Army Reserve. Serving in the reserve gives you the option of working in the private sector while gaining the benefits and experience of serving on the Army health care team. To find out more about becoming an Army physician, contact the Orlando Army Healthcare Recruiting Team, or call (404) 808-2736.

Arthrex®️ presents the 13th episode of the BreakThrough™️ program featuring the NanoScope™️ operative arthroscopy system. The BreakThrough program is an open discussion with leading surgeons that explores how the NanoScope system’s chip-on-tip image sensor technology is changing the way that surgeons treat their patients. Joining host Christopher Adams, MD, are in-studio guests Brian Gilmer, MD (Mammoth, CA), Sanj Kakar, MD (Rochester, MN), and Matt Daggett, DO, MBA (Kansas City, MO), who will highlight their surgeon experience, tips and pearls, and outcomes.

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.

A leading provider of cancer screening and diagnostic tests, Exact Sciences relentlessly pursues smarter solutions providing the clarity to take life-changing action, earlier. Building on the success of Cologuard and Oncotype DX, Exact Sciences is investing in its product pipeline to take on some of the deadliest cancers and improve patient care. Exact Sciences unites visionary collaborators to help advance the fight against cancer. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.exactsciences.com, follow Exact Sciences on Twitter @ExactSciences, or find Exact Sciences on Facebook.


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.

Irrisept is jet lavage containing low concentration Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) 0.05% in sterile water for irrigation. CHG acts as a preservative to help inhibit microbial growth in the solution.
The mechanical action of the Irrisept system removes particulate and debris. The unique bottle design allows users to control the delivery pressure of the solution through manual bottle compression. Grasping the bottle firmly, the user can control the direction and pressure needed to help remove particulate and debris.
Irrisept has successfully completed testing for cytotoxicity, skin irritation and sensitization/immune allergic response.

KCI, now proudly part of 3M, is a global advanced wound care company committed to developing innovative healing solutions for customers and patients across the care continuum.

Reduce your re-excisions without all the false positives during Breast Conserving Surgery.
The Mozart®️ System from KUBTEC uses intraoperative 3D tomosynthesis to enable you to see your surgical margins with unparalleled accuracy in the Operating Room.
Use of the Mozart System is proven to reduce the amount of healthy tissue removed during surgery. When performing procedures with IORT, oncoplastics, or directionally shaved cavity margins the Mozart System is an essential tool to ensure clear margins with optimum cosmesis. All Kubtec systems are manufactured in the United States.
Visit us at www.kubtec.com
Email: kubtec@kubtec.com
Phone: 1.203.364.8544

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.

Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to advancing and improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. To learn more about Pacira visit www.pacira.com.

PolarityTE is a commercial-stage biotechnology and regenerative biomaterials company focused on transforming the lives of patients by discovering, designing and developing a range of regenerative tissue products and biomaterials for the fields of medicine, biomedical engineering and material sciences.

SkinTE is the first autologous product to use the body’s own natural, biological healing process to support the regeneration of full thickness, fully functional skin. It has been shown to regenerate all layers of skin, sweat glands, and hair follicles.  Resulting skin possesses the histology, sensation, and pliability of native skin, while limiting contracture. SkinTE has been used to successfully close small and large chronic wounds and traumatic wounds with a single application, including wounds that other treatments have failed to close. The safety profile of SkinTE is comparable to that of autologous skin grafts.

SkinTE Backgrounder
SkinTE Patient Case Studies
Closure of Pediatric Complex Lower Extremity Wounds Using SkinTE
Contact Us 
SkinTE Clinical Education Web Series- Click Here to Register
Pilot Study Assessing Novel Autologous Homologous Skin Construct Treatment of Venous Leg Ulcers 

Since 1906, we have been guided by our mission to improve patient outcomes through innovations in endoscopy. Richard Wolf has contributed significantly to its evolution with numerous advancements and collaboration with leading medical professionals. As we continue to shape the future of minimally invasive surgery, our specialized solutions are at the forefront of innovation in visualization and instrument technology.

Working with leading surgeons from around the world, we gain insight on the day-to-day demands you face and the challenges calling for cutting-edge solutions. This partnership has led to breakthroughs like our ERAGONmodular instrumentation with multiple diameter options and cross-compatible, ergonomic handles that are easy to assemble. All Richard Wolf general surgery technologies are based on the principles of quality, precision, ease-of-handling, and patient safety.

TELA Bio is a medical technology company focused on developing and marketing a new category of tissue reinforcement materials to address unmet needs in soft tissue reconstruction. The OviTex®️ portfolio of advanced reinforced tissue matrices improves clinical outcomes and reduces costs of care hernia repair and plastic and reconstructive surgery.  OviTex  was designed in collaboration with surgeons and healthcare providers to address the unmet clinical and financial needs in hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction. Our solutions are comprised of polymer fiber interwoven through layers of biologic material in a “lockstitch” pattern, which creates a unique embroidered construction, offering a technology designed to surpass the performance of all existing hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction mesh products.    The biologic material in OviTex, derived from ovine rumen, serves as the natural building block and is optimized to reduce foreign body response, enable functional tissue remodeling and promote a more natural hernia repair. The interwoven polymer fibers provide additional reinforcement, along with improved handling and load-sharing capability to support natural abdominal wall function.

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.