82nd US Section Annual Surgical Update
June 24 to 26, 2021
InterContinental Hotel
Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport
505 Glumack Drive – Terminal 1 of MSP
Minneapolis, MN  55425
Reservation Phone – 866-378-0533 Group Code Z33
Click HERE to go to the hotel reservation website 

Early meeting registration is now available. Click HERE to learn more.

Dear Colleagues,

It is my genuine pleasure to invite you to the 82nd Annual Surgical Update of the International College of Surgeons-United States Section. Our 2021 US Section annual meeting will be held from June 24-26 at the InterContinental Airport Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I also extend a cordial invitation to the members of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons who as our educational partner for more than 15 years, will be joining us for their 44th Annual Scientific Meeting.

The CME portion of our program has been titled, Global and Rural Surgery: Two Sides of the Same Coin with a preliminary program outline below. We will begin our program on Thursday afternoon, June 24th, with a session on Global Surgery that will feature presentations by ICS Fellows as well as invited guests from affiliated NGOs active in humanitarian activities. Special lectures and specialty sessions will also be included during the three-day educational program to provide ample AMA Category 1 CME credit.

Minneapolis is not only adjacent to St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota, but also home to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and only a short distance from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A number of faculty members from these institutions are scheduled to join us as invited speakers during our scientific sessions. With relatively close proximity to a number of other educational institutions in the upper Midwest, the scientific program is shaping up nicely and will be available very soon.

For this year’s meeting we are limiting the amount of printed materials we produce and instead will distribute most of our meeting information digitally. We will also send e-mail messages with links to all members to this and other meeting materials as they become available. Be sure to watch your e-mail for updates about meeting registration, hotel reservations and the scientific program.

Our meeting venue is conveniently located and actually connected to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. From the InterContinental you will be only a short shuttle ride away from the Mall of America. This venue is a destination in and of itself and attracts millions of visitors each year.

Please watch your mail and email for updates. You should also visit our website regularly as this will be your primary source of information related to our conference. Whether you know about Minneapolis and have visited before or if you have never had a chance to visit, this is a perfect opportunity to discover everything there is to do in this beautiful part of our country. An abundance of activities, fine dining, entertainment as well as top notch education will all be part of the ICSUS 82nd Annual Surgical Update in Minneapolis this June.

I hope to see you there!

Thav Thambi-Pillai, MD
President, United States Section
International College of Surgeons

The following sessions are being planned for the 82nd Annual Surgical Update. Presentations may include the listed general topics. Specific dates and times have not yet been finalized.

Global Surgery and Surgical Mission Work

  • A Philippines Success Story 
  • Surgical Challenges from the developing world 
  • The Jamaican Map 
  • The Expansion of Surgical Care Services
  • Capacity Building and Cancer Care 
  • Rotation during General Surgery Residency 
  • GI Tumor Board in a Developing Country
  • A Resident’s Guide to Volunteering Internationally
  • Operation Giving Back
  • A career in global surgery

Clinical Telemedicine Around The World

  • Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Northern America: Where do we stand?
  • Southeast Asia: Examples of Public Private Partnership
  • South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
  • The Balkans and Cabo Verde: Tales from Two continents

General Plenary Session

  • Endorectal Advancement Flap
  • Metastatic Melanoma
  • Post-hepatectomy biliary complications 
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Severe Cholecystitis 
  • Management of Lower Extremity Tibial Arterial Disease 
  • Incision and Surrounding Soft Tissue Management
  • Bariatric Surgery: the Swiss Experience
  • Outcomes for Pediatric Transplant Recipients

The Andre Crotti Lecture
Surgical Learning Requires....Assessment! 
David Farley MD, Tower, Minnesota, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic

Managing Trauma

  • Trauma Recidivism
  • Disparities in Trauma Care
  • Communication Between Critical Access Hospitals and Regional Trauma Centers 
  • Economic Effects During the COVID Pandemic 

COVID-19: Lessons Learned

  • Domestic violence and COVID 19
  • COVID-19 and What it Means for Global Surgery
  • COVID 19 Pandemic Response
  • Novel Surgical Response to the Pandemic
  • Surgical Outcomes and COVID-19

Rural Surgery: Training and in Practice

  • Shortfalls of General Surgical Training for Rural Surgery Practices 
  • Colon Cancer Care in the Rural Community
  • Rural Surgical Training in the US
  • Training a Rural General Surgeon
  • Challenges in Rural Surgical Practice
  • Trauma Training for Optimal Outcomes in Rural Settings
  • Role of Simulation in Surgical Training                   
  • Role of a Rural Surgeon in Managing Burn Patients

Physician Wellness and Ethics

  • Success Factors for Retirement
  • Surgical Resident Wellbeing
  • Building Well-Being Into Culture
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Plagues and People        
  • Ethical Considerations of a Pandemic

Special Lecture by the ICS World President

The role of 3D Printing in Hepatobiliary Surgery: Challenges and Opportunities 
Georgios Tsoulfas MD, PhD, Thessaloniki, Greece 
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Transplantation Surgery, Aristotle University

Influence of Robotic Surgery and Technology in Global and Rural Surgery

  • Robots in weight loss surgery
  • Endoscopic Myotomy in Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders 
  • Conversion of a Surgical Practice from Laparoscopic to Robotic Surgery
  • Adopting New Robotic Technologies for Hernia Repair
  • New Therapies for Management of GERD
  • Robotic Surgery in Pancreatic cancer

Annual Research Scholarship Competition

  • Outcomes of Pancreatic Cyst
  • Management of Sternoclavicular Joint Infection
  • Lung Cancer in Young Adults
  • Definitive Closure of a Ballistic Shotgun Injury
  • Postoperative complications of mandible reconstruction
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage and Blunt Splenic Injury 
  • Re-utilization of Surgical Tools from Developed Nations 
  • Neurosurgical Thoracolumbar Wound
  • Gastric Band Erosion Resulting in Bowel Obstruction 
  • Procedural Healthcare Simulation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries 
  • Surgical training programs across rural Africa
  • Primary cardiac angiosarcoma
  • Azygous Vein Injury from Blunt Force Trauma
  • Rectus sheath hematoma
  • Mechanical Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Complex traumatic pelvic ring fractures

MORE information coming soon





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