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State Representative Updates
Massachusetts Representative Update
David McAneny, MD
Massachusetts has certainly not been spared the latest surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the omicron variant is typically not as debilitating as prior virus mutations have been, it is much more communicable. This illness has profoundly affected staff at our hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation units. The resulting hospital congestion has prevented us from performing “non-essential” operations that require in-patient hospital stays since Thanksgiving 2021, and that same ban extended to all but the most urgent essential operations in January, 2022. Thankfully, as of mid-February, relief is in sight as the Commonwealth has allowed some non-essential operations to be performed once again. Although many surgeons face daunting backlogs of postponed operations, we are familiar with the work that lies ahead on behalf of our patients. I extend my gratitude to and respect for all of my Massachusetts colleagues and wish them the best during the coming Spring.
It was great to convene in person at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the NESS in Mashantucket, CT. The scientific presentations and panels were outstanding, as usual, and the gathering instantly reignited longstanding friendships and fostered new ones. It was wonderful to realize that the camaraderie of the Society has not been dulled by virtual meetings. We also saluted new members Reginald Alouidor, Muriel Cleary, Farokh Demehri, F. Thurston Drake, Peter Fagenholz, Betty Fan, Lisa Ferzoco, Sidharta Gangadharan, Alok Gupta, Belinda Hsi Dickie, Somala Mohammed, Reuben Shin, Ann Smith, Ulises Torres, Karl Fabian Uy, Monica Valero and Benjamin Zendejas-Mummert.
The Massachusetts delegation truly waved its flag at the Annual Meeting. Our colleagues contributed 25 podium presentations, including the Paper of the Year (Chandrajit Raut), and garnered both the Clinical (Susanna de Geus) and Basic Science (Bixiao Zhao) Podium Prize Essay Awards and the Brief Report Award (Yurie Sekigami). In addition, Massachusetts teams presented five Posters of Distinction and received both Clinical (Yesh Datar) and Basic Science (Lumeng Yu) Awards in this forum. Nevertheless, my two lasting memories from the meeting include Giles Whalen being selected President-Elect of the Society and our friend Anne Larkin presenting her Presidential Address “A Collective Journey of Grit and Resilience”.
Finally, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the New England Surgical Society as the new Massachusetts representative to the Executive Committee and thank my colleagues for their confidence and trust.
David McAneny, MD
Massachusetts State Representative
Vermont Representative Update
As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise above freezing our attentions begins to turn to spring 2022. It has been a long difficult winter as COVID continues to impact our health care system in multiple ways. Even so, the practice of surgery remains alive and well in the state of Vermont. I hope that you enjoy this update, describing some of the highlights in the practice of surgery in the Green Mountain State.
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Department of Surgery Faculty Highlights:
Presentations at the Academic Surgical Conference:
- William Brundage, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, was invested as the inaugural Green & Gold Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.
- Christopher Brady, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, was invested as the inaugural Duncan W. Persons, MD ’34 Green & Gold Professor of Surgery.
- George Kurien, MD received the Community Faculty Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Kurien was selected as the Community Faculty Teacher of the Year by the PGY-3 Family Medicine Residents at CVPH for being an outstanding provider who is dedicated to resident teaching.
- The Vermont Chapter of the ACS Meeting is scheduled on May 12, 2022. Location is to be determined.
- Mark Crane, MD has announced his retirement.
Presenter: Annie Vogt, MD (Lead Author): in person
Title: “Frequency and Independent Predictors of Futile Trauma Transfers to a Rural Tertiary Care Center” Oral Quickshot February 1, 2022
Presenter: Gary An, MD for Ben Price (Lead Author, M2 student): in person
Title: ”Inhibition of alpha-SMA to improve outcomes in volumetric muscle loss injuries”
Oral Quickshot February 1, 2022
Presenter: Stas Amato, MD for Tessa Cattermole, MD (Lead Author): virtual
Title: “Decoding Code Status: Frequency and Predictors of Discussion with Elective Surgical Patients”
Oral Quickshot February 3, 2022
Presenter: Jamie Benson (Undergrad and Lead Author): virtual
Title: “Access to Trauma Center Care and its Impact on Injury Mortality in the United States”
Oral Quickshot February 1, 2022
Presenter: Emma Dunne (MS3 and Lead Author): virtual
Title: “The impact of COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions on Satisfaction in the Surgical SICU”
Oral Quickshot February 2, 2022
Presenter: Gary An, MD: in person
Title: “What it will take to control sepsis: Integration of mechanistic simulation with machine learning/artificial intelligence”
Society of University Surgeons New Member Poster Presentations, February 2, 2022
Faculty & Resident Awards:
Graduating Resident Fellowships:
- Kalev Freeman, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, received a $1.95 million, five-year R35 Maximizing Investigator’s Research Award from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Titled: “Molecular Mechanisms of Histone-Induced Endotheliopathy in Trauma,” the project is an extension of Dr. Freeman’s current RO1 grant, titled: “Impact of Trauma and Its Factors on Vascular Endothelial Function.” In collaboration with Dev Majumdar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dr. Freeman will use functional genomic and proteomic screens, vascular biology and electrophysiology methods to uncover the molecular basis of vascular damage in trauma on this project.
- Heather Herrington, MD, FACEP, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, proposal “Improved Management of Pediatric Difficult Airways through Creation of a Collaborative, Interprofessional Workgroup” has been selected as a Frymoyer Scholars Program project. This project will be funded from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023 for a total of $50,000.
- Fuyuki Hirashima, MD, Rebecca Wilson, RN, Patrick Delaney, RN, Nicholas Bedrin, MS, Stephen Ranney, MD, Serena Murphy, MD, and Alison Brandeis, MD were recently awarded the Frymoyer Scholars Program Project to implement a new treatment algorithm for postoperative cardiac surgery patients when they arrest. Along with the help of Sarah Kelso, MD, our first simulation based training session took place on December 11, and was met with resounding success. Cardiac surgical unit advanced life support (CSU-ALS) expands upon and tailors the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) algorithms. Multiple disciplines came together including SICU nurses, respiratory therapists, critical care/providers, cardiothoracic surgeons, surgery residents, and physician assistants to participate in the training. We are establishing UVMMC as a “Center of Excellence” in the care of cardiothoracic surgery, and are pursuing the goal of becoming the first CSU-ALS training center in New England.
- Stephen Ranney, MD was awarded the Dean’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Publication.
- Chase Sullivan, MD is nominated for the 2021 Clinical Resident of the Year Award WMS Conference: Outstanding Research Presentation by a Researcher-in-Training Award – Injury and Illness in Youth Wilderness Expeditions.
- Nick Bedrin, MD accepted a Critical Care Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University
- Serena Murphy, MD accepted a Colorectal Fellowship at University of California Irvine.
- Stephen Ranney, MD accepted a Colorectal Fellowship at University of Wisconsin.
- Robin Riley, MD accepted a position at a private practice in Decatur, IL.
Mitchell C. Norotsky, MD
Vermont State Representative