Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

2021 Annual Meeting

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2021 Annual Meeting

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios

Orlando, FL

Please join us in Orlando for the Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS). This conference is the premier education and networking event for Florida’s community of surgeons, fellows, residents, medical students and researchers.

We are looking forward to seeing our Florida surgical community back in-person at the Annual Meeting while still following all necessary safety guidelines. Health and safety is our top priority. For more information on the safety precautions of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, please click here. 

Register for the 2021 FCACS Annual Meeting

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Florida Chapter, Jacksonville Chapter, and South Florida Chapter
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Guest ticket for Friday Welcome Reception ONLY
$45 x
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital Tour

  • Sunday, May 2
  • 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 Tuesday, March 2, 2021 and selected attendees will be notified via email. You must be registered to attend the FCACS 2021 Annual Meeting and there is no additional cost for the tour.

The group will meet on Sunday, May 2 in the morning at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel main lobby and will travel by bus to Animal Kingdom. No personal vehicles are permitted through the clearance gates to the hospital.

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Registration: Online registration and payment must be received no later than May 1, 2021. 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, 2021 for a full refund. Notices may be emailed to meetings@floridafacs.org


James W. Dennis, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
University of Florida
Jacksonville, FL
Tarek M. Mekhail, MD, MSC, FRCSI, FRCSEd

Associate Executive Director
Medical Director of Thoracic Cancer Program
Advent Health Medical Group Oncology & Hematology at Orlando
Orlando, FL
Deepak G. Nair, MD, MS, MHA, RVT, FACS

Chief of Vascular Surgery
Sarasota Memorial Health System
Chair of Medical Education
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery (Vascular)
Florida State University Medical School
Sarasota Memorial Health System
Sarasota, FL
Jose M. Pimiento, MD, FACS

Associate Professor                                         
Moffitt Cancer Center                                
Tampa, FL
Sharona B. Ross, MD, FACS

Foregut and HPB Surgeon
Professor of Surgery College of Medicine, University of Central Florida (UCF)
Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
Director of Surgical Endoscopy
Director of Advanced GI and HBP Fellowship Program
Director and Founder of AdventHealth Women in Surgery Initiative
AdventHealth Digestive Institute
Tampa, FL
Jonathan P. Yunis, MD, FACS

Clinical Assistant Professor                    
Florida State University School of Medicine
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota, FL
Jonathan S. Zager, MD, FACS, FSSO

Chief Academic Officer
Director of Regional Therapies
Senior Member                                 
Moffitt Cancer Center        
Chair, Department of Oncological Sciences, Professor of Surgery                            
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa, FL


Friday, April 30, 2021

Day 1

12:00 - 4:00 PM

General Surgery Certifying Examination Mock Orals

12:00 - 4:00 PM

Surgical Simulation Session/Surgical Olympics (sponsored by WIS/RAS)

12:30 - 3:30 PM

Committee on Applicant Interviews 

5:00 - 5:05 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Deepak G. Nair, MD, MS, MHA, RVT, FACS

5:05 - 5:25 PM

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Pancreatic Cancet: Lessons from a High-Volume Center

Sharona B. Ross, MD, FACS

5:25 - 5:45 PM

Tumor Markers, Cancer Staging, and Evolving Role of Non-Surgical Treatment of Cancer

Tarek Mekhail, MD

5:45 - 6:05 PM

Enhancing Oncologic Outcomes with Minimally Invasive Surgery: Focus on Gastrointestinal Malignancies

Jose M. Pimiento, MD,FACS

6:05 - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

7:30 - 8:30 PM

Satellite Symposium

8:30 - 9:30 PM

Trainee Social

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Day 2

6:00 - 6:30 AM

Morning Yoga Session 

6:30 - 8:00 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:00 - 8:00 AM

Florida Chapter Committee Meetings 

8:00 - 9:00 AM

RAS Surgical Jeopardy

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer for non-melanoma surgeons

Jonathan S. Zager, MD, FACS, FSSO

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Operative Techniques for the Management of Abdominal Vascular Trauma

James W. Dennis, MD, FACS

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:45 - 12:15 PM

Oral Abstract Presentations (sponsored by Surgical Education Committee)

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Electronic Poster “Quickshot” Presentations and Lunch with Exhibitors

1:15 - 1:45 PM

Durable Hernia Repair with Rapid Return to an Active Lifestyle: Keys to success

Jonathan P. Yunis, MD, FACS

1:45 - 2:15 PM

ACS Lecture (sponsored by American College of Surgeons)

H. Randolph Bailey, MD, FACS, FASCRS

2:15 - 2:45 PM

Refreshment break with Exhibitors

2:45 - 3:45 PM

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

3:45 - 4:15 PM

EM Coding for Surgeons

Deepak G. Nair, MD, MS, MHA, RVT, FACS

4:15 - 4:30 PM

Practicing Awe to Build Resilience into Surgical Practice

Deepak G. Nair, MD, MS, MHA, RVT, FACS

4:30 - 4:45 PM

Chapter Annual Business Meeting

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Day 3

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Surgical Tour at Disney Animal Kingdom


Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

5601 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Room Rate: $209/night (plus tax)

Please click here or call 1-888-464-3617 to reserve your hotel room. The group rate is available until April 8, 2021. Any reservations made after this date will be subject to availability.

About Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Relax in surroundings inspired by the beauty, romance and charm of the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Wonderfully appointed rooms and suites welcome families home each day. Tempting outdoor cafes and shops dot the piazza around a serene harbor. Three enticing pools offer every level of relaxation. Incredible restaurants tempt every palate with flavorful culinary tours of Italy. Guests of the hotel also enjoy exclusive Universal Orlando Resort™ benefits.

Health and Safety at Loews Portofino Bay
As the hotel welcomes back guests and meeting attendees, health and safety is the top priority. To learn about the ongoing efforts being made on a daily basis, and new measures added to provide a clean environment, please click here. 





Solutions Center

Our Solutions Center, formerly the Exhibit Hall, and sponsorship opportunities will allow you to connect with our members in a unique and intimate way, to provide you with the maximum return on your investment. The Solutions Center will provide your company’s representatives the ability to interact with attendees throughout the meeting and during meal times. We look forward to your participation in the FCACS 2021 Annual Meeting!

Download the 2021 Exhibitor Prospectus

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 meeting to participate:
Residents Surgical Jeopardy: 
Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
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 2021 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 2021 academic year.

Sign up for Resident Surgical Jeopardy

General Surgery Certifying Examination (CE) Mock Oral Practice Session:
Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 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.  

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

Surgical Simulation Session/Surgical Olympics:
Location: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 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

Resident Paper Competition

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 2021 FCACS Annual Meeting being held April 30 - May 2, 2021 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. 

Competition categories include:

  1. Basic Science
  2. Clinical Science
  3. Commission on Cancer

Click Submit an Abstract below to review the rules and guidelines and to submit your abstract. Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021.

Submit an Abstract

Spectacularly Challenging Cases

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 2021 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.

Click Submit a Case below to review the rules and guidelines and to submit your case. Case Submission Deadline is: Friday, January 8, 2021.

Submit a Case

Animal Kingdom Tour