Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

2018 FCACS Annual Meeting

Join us at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ for the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS) Annual Meeting taking place April 6-7, 2018. 

This conference is the premier event for surgeons, surgical residents & fellows, medical students and researchers who are looking to network with their peers while developing an understanding of new advancements in:

- The American College of Surgeons’ view on Alternative Payment Models (AMPs) versus fee-for-service
- How battlefield innovations are being translated into civilian trauma care
- Immunotherapies now available to cancer patients and how these advancements have impacted the role of cancer vaccines as combination agents
- Similarities and differences between MIS practices in zoo animals and humans
- And Much More!

All while staying at the family-friendly Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which offers transportation to and from local parks for a trip the entire family will enjoy!


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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 6, 2018.

• By registering for the Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2018 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.

Marie L. Crandall, MD, MPH, FACS


Professor of Surgery

Associate Chair for Research, Department of Surgery

Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

University of Florida College of Medicine

Jacksonville, FL

Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Breast Oncology

Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, FL

Jason Fleming, MD


Chair, Gastrointestinal Oncology

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, FL

Joseph Ibrahim, MD, FACS

Trauma Medical Director and Associate Program Director

Orlando Health

Orlando, FL

Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery

Medical Director University Hospital

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS

Medical Director of Quality and Health Policy

American College of Surgeons

Washington, DC

Nicholas J. Panetta, MD, FACS


Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

George E. Peoples, MD, FACS

COL (ret), MC, USA

Professor of Surgery

Uniformed Services University

Spring Branch, TX

Jay A. Redan, MD, FACS

Professor, University of Central Florida

Chief of Surgery, Florida Hospital Celebration Health

Celebration, Florida

George A. Sarosi, Jr., MD, FACS


Robert H. Hux MD Professor of Surgery

Residency Program Director

Vice Chairman for Education

University of Florida College of Medicine

Gainesville, FL

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

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Vascular)

Sarasota Vascular Specialists

Florida State University Medical School

Sarasota, Florida

FCACS Agenda for Meeting

Friday, April 6, 2018

Day 1

1:00 - 3:15 PM

Simulation Sessions in the Exhibit Hall

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 3:45 PM

Opening Remarks & Welcome

Christine Laronga, MD, FACS

3:45 - 4:30 PM

Battlefield Innovations Impacting Civilian Trauma Care

George E. Peoples, MD, FACS

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Increasing Breast Conservation Using Oncoplastic Techniques

Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD

5:00 - 5:30 PM
Surgical Options for Lymphedema

Nicholas J. Panetta, MD, FACS

5:30 - 6:45 PM

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Day 2

6:30 - 7:30 AM

Non-CME Breakfast Symposium

6:30 - 7:30 AM

Poster Sessions

7:30 - 8:00 AM

The Evolving Role of Cancer Vaccines in the World of Cancer Immunotherapy

COL (ret) George E. Peoples, MD, FACS

Concurrent Workshop and Breakout Session, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Surgical Jeopardy

Mentorship, Sponsorship & Role Modeling: Succeeding in Your Surgical Career

Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Christine Laronga, MD, FACS

9:15 - 10:15 AM

Keynote: Global Surgery: Assuring an Adequate Surgical Workforce

Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Oral Presentations (Clinical Science and Commission on Cancer)

11:15 - 12:15 PM

How Can a Surgeon Participate in Cancer Research in this Era of Medicine?

Jason Fleming, MD

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors

1:15 - 1:45 PM

Disaster Preparedness: Is Your Center Ready?

Joseph Ibrahim, MD, FACS

1:45 - 2:15 PM

ABS' Update on Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

George A. Sarosi, Jr., MD, FACS

2:15 - 2:45 PM

ACS’ View on Alternative Payment Method

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS

2:45 - 3:15 PM

Oral Presentations (Basic Science)

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:30 PM

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) in Zoo Animals: Surgeons & Veterinarians Working Together

Jay A. Redan, MD, FACS

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Physician Well-Being: Joy of Practice

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS

5:00 - 5:30 PM

Physician Wellness: Intimate Partner Violence

Marie L. Crandall, MD, MPH, FACS

5:30 - 6:00 PM

Business Meeting & Announcement of Oral & Poster Winners

6:00 PM


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
6601 Adventure Way
Orlando, Florida, 32819

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ transports guests to a paradise in the heart of the tropics. Blue waterfalls cascade across lush grounds, and in the distance, the calming sounds of steel drums call guests to take in the scenic water views, ease into ‘island time’, and let go.

To make your reservations, please call 888-884-7922 and ask for the FCACS room rate that starts at $209/night or click here to book online.  The special group rate is available until March 15, 2018 or until the room block is filled.


Did you attend the Annual Meeting? If so, make sure to claim your CME credit by Monday, May 7, 2018.

Website: https://floridafacs.org/claimcme
You can easily select if you'd like to claim CME only or claim CME with ABS MOC Part II credit utilizing the link above, and all details are very clear on the landing page.

  • The first image on the screen is a pop-up of the accreditation language. You'll just need to hit ‘close window’ to move forward.
  • Login using the email address you used when registering for the meeting.


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 live activity for a maximum of 10.25 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 5 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.


  • Identify several innovations in combat casualty care learned from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and how these advancements have been translated to trauma care in the US.
  • Develop an understanding of current issues in the advancement of the art and science of surgery.
  • Recognize the value of mentors in the education of surgeons.
  • Describe several new immunotherapies now available to cancer patients and how these advances have impacted the role of cancer vaccines as combination agents.
  • Appraise the critical shortage of surgical services globally.
  • Evaluate the concept of translational cancer research and its implication for surgeons.
  • Compare and contrast similarities and differences between laparoscopy in zoo animals and humans.
  • Define domestic partner violence/intimate partner violence.

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.
The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the session.  The planning committee members and speakers were contacted and the conflicts listed below have been managed to our satisfaction.  However, if you perceive a bias during a session, please advise us of the circumstances on the session evaluation form. 
Please note we have advised the speakers that it is their responsibility to disclose at the start of their presentation if they will be describing the use of a device, product, or drug that is not FDA approved or the off-label use of an approved device, product, or drug or unapproved usage. 
The requirement for disclosure is not intended to imply any impropriety of such relationships, but simply to identify such relationships through full disclosure, and to allow the audience to form its own judgments regarding the presentation.

Speaker Disclosures
Name Disclosure What I/Spouse/Partner Received
Marie L. Crandall, MD, MPH, FACS Nothing to Disclose  
Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD Nothing to Disclose  
Jason Fleming, MD, FACS Nothing to Disclose  
Natalie H. Hall, DVM, DACZM Nothing to Disclose  
Joseph Ibrahim, MD, FACS Prytime Medical Speaking Consultant/Honorarium
Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS Nothing do Disclose  
Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS Nothing to Disclose  
Nicholas J. Panetta, MD, FACS Nothing to Disclose  
George E. Peoples, Md, FACS Nothing to Disclose  
Jay A. Redan, MD, FACS Nothing to Disclose  
Planner Disclosures
Name Disclosure What I/Spouse/Parner Received
Christine Laronga, MD Up-to-Date
Genomic Health
Speakers' Bureau
Joe Gallagher, MD Nothing to Disclose  
Mike Gerber, MD Nothing to Disclose  
Tara Irani Nothing to Disclose  
John Mullinax, MD Nothing to Disclose  
Holly Neville, MD Nothing to Disclose  
Jay Redan MD Medtronic
Consultant Fees
Honoraria for Speaking
Jose Trevino, MD Nothing to Disclose  

Commercial Support
At this time, a complete list of commercial supporters is not available. Appropriate acknowledgement will be given to all supporters at the time of the meeting.

We invite you to participate in the 2018 Florida Chapter Annual Meeting. The Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons (FCACS) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization of board certified surgeons who serve as a voice for all surgeons working in the frequently intense and ever-changing field of surgery. The FCACS Annual Meeting attracts approximately 140 surgeons from all around Florida. Our conference provides you with a unique opportunity to reach your target audience.

Our exhibit 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 exhibit space will provide your company’s representatives the ability to interact with attendees throughout the meeting and during meal times.

Download Prospectus Here

For more information, contact Kasey Cleary.
Email: kcleary@floridafacs.org
Phone: (904) 309-6253



Acell, Inc.


Bard Davol




Ethicon US, LLC


Genomic Health


Gore & Associates


Imacor, Inc.


KCI an Acelity Company


Prytime Medical Devices, Inc.


Shire US


Torax Medical, Inc.