General Surgery Discipline Announces Educational Program for 2016 ACA

Program Chairs for the General Surgery Discipline, Nelayda Fonte, D.O., FACOS, Roy Danks, D.O., FACOS, and Jacqueline Oxenberg, D.O., FACOS are proud to announce the General Surgery Discipline education program for the 2016 Annual Clinical Assembly (ACA).

General Surgery Scientific Poster Podium Presentations will take place at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 22. Educational programming will take place in the afternoon and include:

·         Law Enforcement and Tactical Medical Operations and Violent Encounters by: Andrew J. Dennis, D.O., FACOS, FACS

·         Current Anticoagulants and Surgery: NOACs, Anti-platelet Therapy by: Roy R. Danks, D.O., FACOS

·         Management of Cancer Incidentalomas by: Jacqueline C. Oxenberg, D.O., FACOS


Friday, September 23, joint programming on wound care with the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Cardiothoracic Vascular Disciplines. Sessions are dedicated to wound care - an issue that is relevant to multiple specialties, whether general, vascular, plastic, reconstructive, or thoracic surgery.  

·         Burns by: Roy Danks, D.O., FACOS

·         Advanced Wound Care by: Michael Desivgne, M.D.

·         Wound Reconstruction of the Abdomen and Chest by: Dr. Dardeno, D.O.

·         Arterial Ulcers, Venous Ulcers by: Shonda Benegas, D.O., FACOS

·         Preparing for a Deposition by: Michael McCanse, Esq.

·         Complex Wound Reconstruction by: Michael Desivgne, M.D.


Later in the afternoon, sessions will include:

·         New Bariatric Surgical Procedures by: Jesse J. Lopez Jr., D.O.

·         Surgical Options After Sleeve Gastrectomy: What Happens Next? by: Alok D. Gandhi, D.O., FACOS, FASMBS

·         OnFlex Mesh: The Other Posterior Repair by: Jerry G. Gaston, D.O., FACOS

·         Hernia by: Matt Aaron Morgan, D.O., FACOS


Saturday, September 24:

·         Thyroid by: Keith Baldwin, D.O., FACS

·         Hereditary Breast Cancer by: Janice S. Angeles, D.O.

·         Treatment of Breast Cancer in Young Women by: Stephanie A. Valente, D.O., FACS

·         Breast Cancer Recurrence After Reconstruction by: Stephanie A. Valente, D.O., FACS


Joint sessions with the American Osteopathic College of Proctology (AOCPr) will take place in the afternoon:

·         Ileal Pouch for Crohn's Disease by: Phillip Fleshner, M.D.

·         Early Feeding After Colorectal Surgery by: Phillip Fleshner, M.D .

·         Open vs. Laparoscopic vs. Robotic Surgery for IBD by: Michael A. Valente, D.O.

·         Approaches to Rectal Prolapse by: Michael A. Valente, D.O.


The final day of the meeting, Sunday, September 25, joint programming with the American Osteopathic College of Proctology (AOCPr) will take place and include the following sessions:

·         Rural Surgery by: Guy R. Farmer Jr., D.O.

·         Missionary Surgery: Experiences in a Rural West African Hospital by: Eric P. Miller, D.O., FACS

·         Postop Delirium by: Ajay Mayor, M.D.

·         Surgeon Burnout by: Ajay Mayor, M.D.

·         Alternative Practices in Surgery: Practice-building Procedures by: Jesse J. Lopez Jr., D.O.


Dr. Fonte believes this year’s discipline program “will appeal to all osteopathic surgeons. Whether you work in the big city, a small rural town, or do missionary work in a third world country, there will be information relevant to your practice. We are also bringing back a dynamic trauma surgeon who is sure to teach us all a thing or two. And we would be remiss if we didn't address the issue of modern anticoagulants and their role and considerations in surgery today. On behalf of the discipline, we hope you will enjoy the talks, learn a lot, meet old friends and make new ones, and continue to make the ACA a central part of your ongoing professional education.”