Florida Chapter
American College of Surgeons

Resident & Associate Society

Outstanding Achievements by RAS Members

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Congratulations to our 2017 Surgical Skills Competition winners!

Congratulations to Tyler Loftus, MD (University of Florida) and Sarah Eidelson, MD (University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital) on winning the Surgical Skills Competition at the 2017 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.
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Resident & Associate Society Mission Statement

  • “The Resident and Associate Society (RAS) of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (FCACS) serves to familiarize surgical trainees and young surgeons with Chapter programs and leadership. FCACS provides an avenue for participation in ACS affairs while fostering development and the use of leadership skills in organized surgery.  The society provides opportunities for opinions and concerns of young surgeons and trainees to be heard by the Chapter leadership.”

RAS Committee Goals

  • To encourage the future leaders in surgery and assist in their development as leaders in the profession of surgery, the Florida Chapter and the ACS.
  • To develop Florida Chapter activities and resources relevant to resident and young surgeon concerns.
  • To provide representation for residents and young surgeons throughout the state.
  • To create a forum for discussion of common issues in graduate surgical education.
  • To educate medical students, residents, and young surgeons about the Florida Chapter, the ACS and the value of fellowship.

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2017 – 2018 Committee Leadership

Chair: Juan Mira, MD


Juan was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the state of Florida in 1999. He attended the University of Florida where he earned a degree in Microbiology. He later attended the University of Michigan Medical School before returning to the University of Florida in 2013 to complete a residency in general surgery. He currently serves as a PGY-5 resident and recently completed a two-year T32 Research Fellowship in the Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center at the University of Florida. He is interested in improving delivery of patient care and actively participates in quality and patient safety initiatives at UF Health and chairs the Housestaff Patient Safety and Quality Committee.

Vice-Chair: Michael Gerber, MD


Michael was born in Florida and grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology for his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He then took a research position at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he worked on stem cell therapies for vascular dysfunction. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and matched into a categorical general surgery spot at the University of Florida. He has finished two clinical years and currently works in a pancreatic cancer research laboratory. Michael is actively involved in student education and with his medical school’s surgery interest group.

Secretary: Danielle Henry, MD


Danielle was born, raised and has completed all of her education and training in Florida.  Danielle attended the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and later obtained a Doctorate in Medicine from Florida State University. She went on to complete General Surgery Residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. During this time Danielle started her involvement in the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, which has afforded her many educational, leadership and networking opportunities. Danielle is passionate about mentoring, community service and the care of patients with breast disease. Danielle is currently a Fellow at Moffitt Cancer Center in Breast Surgical Oncology.


Regional Representatives:

The mission of regional representatives is to represent residents within their region and bring concerns of surgical residents up for discussion at the monthly RAS Committee meeting.

Northern Regional Representative:

Vacant, if interested in the position please email juan.mira@surgery.ufl.edu with a short statement regarding why you are interested in the position. 
Northern Region Programs: Florida State University, University of Florida College of Medicine (Jacksonville), University of Florida College of Medicine (Gainesville), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville)

Central Regional Representative:

Vacant, if interested in the position please email juan.mira@surgery.ufl.edu with a short statement regarding why you are interested in the position. 
Central Region Programs: University of Central Florida College of Medicine (Ocala), University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Orlando Health, Florida Hospital Medical Center

Southern Regional Representative:


Sarah A. Eidelson, MD


Sarah was born in Kentucky, and grew up in South Florida.  She attended the University of Miami for her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, and continued there for her Doctorate of Medicine as well.  She is currently a PGY-4 General Surgery resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Sarah took two years off to pursue her research in Trauma and Critical Care, as well as a Master of Science in Public Health.  Additionally, she runs the monthly Mass Casualty Exercise (MASCAL) for the US Army Forward Surgical Team. Helping oversee the third year surgical clerkship has fueled her passion for both medical education and mentorship.


Southern Region Programs: University of Miami/JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional, University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Kendal Regional Medical Center.

Committee Members:

Bobby Gibbons, MD
Cristin Litz, MD
Jonathan P. Meizoso, MD
Michelle Mulder, MD
Juliet Ray, MD
Kathleen Relihan, MD


Membership in the Florida Chapter – Resident and Associate Society is automatic for resident members and associate fellows of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Reasons to Participate

The Florida Chapter is committed to the surgical trainees of the State of Florida.  It is our priority to provide value to our members at all levels, including the following:
  • Awards for top oral and poster presentations at our annual meeting
  • Eligibility for travel grants that facilitate your participation at Chapter and national events
  • Engagement in stimulating events including the Surgical Olympics and Surgical Jeopardy at our annual meeting
  • Participation in educational programs that provide life-long learning
  • Opportunities for networking and professional engagement at our annual meeting and other events
  • Learn about advocacy and shape policy at the Annual Legislative Days meeting in Tallahassee
  • Receive a monthly e-news letter with current updates and legislative alerts
  • Receive up to date event information on Chapter and College affairs
  • Develop a camaraderie with fellow surgical residents and surgeons throughout the state of Florida
We continue to work diligently to provide our members the most value for their participation.  Your feedback and suggestions are important as we continue to create content for our members. Please email juan.mira@surgery.ufl.edu with your suggestions.

How to be involved

Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the RAS Committee should send their interest to juan.mira@surgery.ufl.edu

Annual Florida Chapter ACS Meeting

The Florida Chapter annual meeting is a great opportunity to get involved with the Florida Chapter, meet new colleagues, and network. The 2018 annual meeting will be held in Orlando from April 6-7, 2018. For more information, visit https://floridafacs.org/node/116. To register, visit https://floridafacs.org/node/116#register.

Meeting Honors & Awards

Submit your abstract for the 2018 annual Florida Chapter ACS meeting online at https://floridafacs.org/meetings/abstracts. The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2018 meeting is December 18, 2017.

Basic Science Category:
  1. Tyler Loftus, University of Florida ($500 Award) – Inflammatory Cytokines, Erythropoietin, and Anemia among Critically Ill Septic Patients
  2. David Hall, University of Florida ($250 Award) – Extended Brain Death Impairs Outcomes in Swine Lung Transplantation
  3. Steven Raymond, University of Florida ($100 Award) – Baseline Neutrophil Function and Transcriptomic Profile of Neonates
Clinical Science Category
  1. Lisa Cunningham, University of Florida ($500 Award) – Quality Improvement in Ileostomy Patients after Implementation of Ileostomy-Specific Novel Protocols
  2. Desiree Raygor, University of Florida Jacksonville ($250 Award) Opioid Prescribing Education in Surgical Residencies: A Program Director Survey
  3. Sarah Eidelson, University of Miami ($100 Award) – Abnormal Platelet Function Contributes to Hypercoagulability After Trauma
Commission on Cancer Category*
  1. Michael Gerber, University of Florida ($500 Award) – Molecular Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer Using Soluble Protein Signature from the Tumor Microenvironment
  2. Alexander Gaidarski, University of Miami, ($250 Award) – Pancreatic Cancer Resistance to MEK Inhibition is Mediated by IL-1α-Dependent STAT3 Reactivation
  3. Tina Go, University of Florida ($100 Award) – Neoadjuvant Radiation in Stage I Rectal Cancer: Not Worth the Wait?
Resident Poster Awards:
  • Vrishketan Sethi, University of Miami ($100 Award) –  Minnelide is Effective against Malignant Melanoma in Multiple Murine Models
Medical Student Poster Awards:
  • Katherine Black, University of South Florida ($100 Award) –  Progressive Radiographic Findings After Breast Conserving Surgery and Intraoperative Radiation
Surgical Olympics Winners*:
  • Danielle Henry  – Orlando Health
  • Sarah A. Eidelson – University of Miami
Surgical Jeopardy Winners*:
  • Armando Perez Ginnari and Marina Gorelik – Kendall Regional Medical Center

*Winners of these categories will represent the State of Florida at the 2017 ACS Clinical Congress in San Diego, CA in their respective competitions.

Upcoming Events

103rd Annual Clinical Congress
October 22-26, 2017
San Diego, CA
Legislative Day
January 30-31, 2018 
Tallahassee, FL
Leadership & Advocacy ACS
May 19-22, 2018
Washington, DC
Florida Chapter Annual Meeting
April 6-8, 2018
Orlando, FL

Do You Have RAS Photos or Accomplishments to Share?
Please submit any resident, fellow, and associate outstanding achievements to be displayed on the website by emailing exec@floridafacs.org or Juan Mira (Juan.Mira@surgery.ufl.edu).
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Congratulations to our 2017 Surgical Skills Competition winners!
Congratulations to Tyler Loftus, MD (University of Florida) and Sarah Eidelson, MD (University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital) on winning the Surgical Skills Competition at the 2017 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.
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