Featured Speakers / Presentations

The Dr. Andre Crotti Lecture (Friday, June 25, 2021)
Presented by:    David R. Farley, MD
Recipient of the 2021 Dr. Andre Crotti Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Surgery
Presentation Title: Surgical Learning Requires....Assessment!

David R. Farley, MD, is a consultant in the Department of Surgery, at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Farley serves as associate director for the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, and he is the director for the Simulation Research Fellowship Program. He joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1994 and holds the academic rank of professor of surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Farley earned his BS and MD at the University of Wisconsin and completed a residency in General Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He also completed one year of endocrinology research and added six months of surgical and educational training in Mannheim, Germany, as a Mayo Foundation Scholar.

Dr. Farley’s clinical interests focus on endocrine and laparoscopic surgical disciplines. His academic efforts lie with surgical education and simulation training in surgery, focusing on how to create better surgeons in less time. He is passionate about offering surgical trainees hundreds of repetitions using low cost simulation and then assessing them to make sure they are ready to operate on real patients.

As director of the General Surgery residency program for 15 years, Dr. Farley helped train over 300 young surgeons. He has been recognized at Mayo Clinic with numerous honors and awards for education (Distinguished Educator Award, Faculty Service Award, and 16 Teacher of the Year Awards) placing him in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Hall of Fame for teaching.

Dr. Farley was the co-editor for both Operative Techniques in General Surgery and Contemporary Surgery. He has authored over 300 articles, abstracts and book chapters, co-wrote three books, and has given hundreds of international, national and regional presentations.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS), Dr. Farley is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He has held leadership positions for professional organizations (ACS, Western Surgical, Midwest Surgical, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery), and is a past president of both the Minnesota Surgical Society and The Priestley Society. He became a director of the ABS in 2016.

Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery - Part 1 (Firday, June 25, 2021)

Presented by: Clark C. Chen, MD, PHD
Professor, Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery and Department Head, University of Minnesota Medical School
Presentation Title: Surgical Therapies for Glioblastoma

Dr. Chen is an internationally recognized brain tumor researcher and surgeon, with a dedicated interest in understanding how glioblastomas acquire resistance to radiation and chemotherapy. He is an NIH RO1-funded investigator whose research focuses on developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for brain tumor patients. He is also a leader in the study of DNA repair and gene therapy in brain tumors.

The recipient of several highly competitive research awards, Dr. Chen has won the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award, the Sidney Kimmel Scholar Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Career Award in Medical Sciences, the Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award, the Doris Duke Foundation Clinical Scientist Award, and the Forbeck Scholar Award. His laboratory is housed in the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.

In 2016, Dr. Chen received the Presidential Award of Achievement from the President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou. The award is given annually by the Taiwanese government to individuals of Taiwanese heritage who have made exceptional contributions to their profession.

Clinical Telemedicine Around the World: From Ad Hoc Medicine to Modus Operandi (Friday, June 25, 2021)
Presentation Title: Telemedicine  in Northern America: Where do we stand?
Presented by: Ronald Weinstein, MD
The Arizona Telemedicine Program University of Arizona Health Sciences

Ronald Weinstein, MD is founding Director of the national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program.  He was an academic pathology department chair for over 30 years, has over 500 professional publications and has won many national and international awards and honors for his work in cancer research and innovations in medical education and telemedicine.  Dr. Weinstein is a pioneer in the field of telepathology.  He has been president of five professional societies including the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the International Society of Urological Pathology, The international Council for Societies of Pathology and the American Telemedicine Association.  He was awarded the Basic Science Lifetime Educator Award of the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, received the American Telemedicine Association’s President’s Leadership Award, and received the Hall of Fame Award for the United States Distance Learning Association. 

Managing Trauma and Emergency General Surgery (Friday, June 25, 2021)
Presentation Title: Critical Care in a Rural Setting - What is Possible - What is not!
Presented by:   John Weigelt, MD, DVM, MMA, Lead, SD

                         Professor of Surgery, University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine

Dr. John Weigelt graduated from Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, with a bachelor of science, and earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the same institution. He completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Milwaukee, WI, and his internship and residency at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. He completed his master’s degree in hospital administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, he is the Milt & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor of Trauma Surgery; professor and chief, division of trauma and critical care.

Dr. Weigelt is or has been a member of many other honorary and professional societies, including the Western Surgical Association as a past-vice-president and the Parkland Surgical Society, American Medical Association, as a founding member. He has presented more than 150 local, regional, and national lectures in his career, as well as 20 international lectures in locations from Istanbul, Turkey to Bejing, China. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Surgical Education; and the audio Practical Reviews in General Surgery. He was editor of the Journal of Surgical Outcomes (2002-2007), as well as associate editor with Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) while it was published at Southwestern Medical Center (1989-1996). He has published more than 150 medical journal articles, written more than 50 book chapters, has been a contributing or associate editor of more than 60 entries in SRGS.

Weigelt’s research interests include surgical infections, clinical outcomes, and educational approaches to training surgeons. He has been awarded 19 research grants during his career. His most recent research interests focus on quality of care issues, working closely with the Wisconsin Collaborative of Healthcare Quality.

The Dr. Arno A. Roscher Endowed Lecture (Saturday, June 26, 2021)
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Presentation Title: Stem Cell Therapies: Facts or Fiction?
Presented by:    Tobias D. Raabe, PhD

Dr. Tobias D. Raabe will present the Arno A. Roscher Endowed Lecture. Dr. Raabe was born in Stuttgart, the Capital City of Baden Wuerttemberg, a State in South Western Germany. He attended the University of Hohenheim near Stuttgart and graduated with a Masters in Biology Summa Cum Laude. He went on to receive his PhD degree on the ‘Molecular Genetics of Jumping Genes’ at the University of Basel, Switzerland, under the mentorship of Nobel Laureate Dr. Werner Arber.

Dr. Raabe then pursued postdoctoral research in the United States, first at Columbia University, where he published a landmark First Author Nature Article describing the cloning and functional characterization of Poly (A) Polymerase, a basic ‘housekeeping’ enzyme that is essential for the regulation of gene expression of almost all mammalian genes.

In 1995 he moved on to the Picower Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, where he published a seminal First Author paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on the mechanism of induction of the proinflammatory cytokine Tumor Necrosis Factor, with direct and important implications for the development of anti-inflammatory drugs.

In 2000 Dr. Raabe moved to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, initially as the Technical Director of the Penn Gene Targeting Core and Laboratory, and later as Research Assistant Professor of Genetics. He published many original research papers in journals such as PNAS, Nature Immunology and others, on the generation of mice harboring mutations in specific genes of interest for the purpose of human disease modeling.

Recently he and his coworkers showed for the first time that irreversibly damaged human liver can still give rise to long term proliferating stem cells that recapitulate many liver disease phenotypes. This opens up a new avenue towards the use of patient liver derived stem cells for human liver disease modeling and, importantly, for personalized drug screening. Dr. Raabe was selected to present these data at the most prestigious European Gastroentereology Congress, the UEG week in Barcelona, Spain in October of 2019.

Dr. Raabe will share with us his insights into the use of stem cells in human disease.

Rural Surgery: Training and in Practice (Saturday, June 26, 2021)
Presentation Title: Colon Cancer Care in the Rural Community:  Are We Good Enough?
Presented by: Michael Sarap, MD
Clinical Instructor, Department of Surgery, Wright State University Boonshoft College of Medicine, Dayton Ohio; Outgoing Chair, American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Rural Surgery

Dr. Michael Sarap graduated from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. His surgical residency training was completed at Marshall University College of Medicine. He is the senior partner in Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc., a group providing general, vascular, trauma, and endoscopic surgical services for patients in Southeastern Ohio.

Dr. Sarap is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an active member of multiple professional organizations. He currently serves as a Governor of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the ACS Advisory Council on Rural Surgery and served as President of the ACS Ohio Chapter. He is a member of the Ohio Department of Health Cancer Medical Advisory Group and also serves as an Advanced Trauma Life Support Course Instructor. Sarap is Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Trauma and Cancer Committees and Director of the Breast Care and Colorectal Cancer Teams at the Southeastern Med medical center.

Physician Wellness and Ethics  (Saturday, June 26, 2021)
Presentation Title: Building Well-Being into Culture: The Sanford Health Experience
Presented by: Luis Garcia, MD
                       President, Clinic Sanford Health System Interim Chief Medical Officer Sanford Health Plan Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Luis Garcia, MD, serves as the president of Sanford Health’s clinic division, overseeing governance, mergers and acquisitions, and overall clinic integration. Garcia has been with Sanford Health in Fargo since 2002 and is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he also attended medical school at LaSalle University. Garcia completed his general surgery residency at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and did a mini-fellowship in bariatric surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also holds a Health Care Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). Active in the community, Garcia is a board member for the International Esperanza Project and the Matto Foundation.






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