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2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

American College of Surgeons Declares Victory after Milestone U.S. Senate Vote Repealing Broken SGR Formula

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April 13, 2015

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January 28, 2015

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December 16, 2014

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November 19, 2014

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Trauma Paper Competition Winners Announced

October 21, 2014

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October 14, 2014

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Journal Watch, September 2014

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September 15, 2014

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Trauma Paper Competition Call for Abstracts Announced

Deadline is September 5.

Institute of Medicine Releases Important Report on the Future of Graduate Medical Education

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August 7, 2014

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Call to Action: Tell Your Senators to Pass Trauma Legislation

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) needs your help in achieving passage of S. 2405, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 4080

Surgeons seek ways to utilize Google Glass

July 14, 2014

Now that Dr. Chris Kaeding has scrubbed in wearing Google Glass, performing surgery isn’t the same without it.

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July 14, 2014

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The Affordable Care Act and Surgery

On January 1, 2014, several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. Many of these provisions will impact where and how consumers purchase insurance, what services will be covered, and what out-of-packet costs must be paid. Members of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons are committed to providing the best care and information possible to their patients. This document should help answer some of the common questions that you might have regarding surgery and the ACA.

103 ASC Administrators to Know

Barbara P. Draves, CASC Stephanie M. Campbell, RN, BSN, MHA, CASC

Pharmacists in Ohio allowed to give MMR vaccine

As cases of measles and mumps continue to rise in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich signed an emergency order yesterday that allows pharmacists to administer the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to people 18 years or older. As of yesterday afternoon, there were 287 cases of measles in Ashland, Coshocton, Highland, Holmes, Knox, Richland and Wayne counties, and 417 cases of mumps in the outbreak that started in central Ohio.

Cleveland Clinic's Toby Cosgrove approached to become VA secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Obama administration has approached Dr. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove about running the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Surgeons to Put Gunshot Victims Into Suspended Animation

Study will see if supercooling allows wounds to be repaired quickly enough to preserve brain function.

Lima-area students get hands-on experience with surgical robots

LIMA — St. Rita's Medical Center gave area high school students an opportunity to learn more about robotic surgery techniques and see the equipment close up during a hands-on session Thursday at UNOH Event Center.

Sequoia Wellness Opens in Northeast Ohio Medical University Education and Wellness Center

As construction continues on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the University readies for the opening of the NEOMED Education and Wellness Center

NEOMED Researcher Makes Breakthrough in Regenerative Therapy for Those Suffering Heart Failure

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) researcher Marc Penn, M.D., Ph.D.,FACC has a novel approach to regenerative medicine

Three Ohio children's hospital's are in the top ten overall

Akron Children’s Hospital, with two facilities in Boardman, is ranked nationally in seven pediatric specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report.

12 Northeast Ohio companies win $42.3 million from Ohio Third Frontier

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Twelve Northeast Ohio companies received word Wednesday that they have collectively been awarded nearly $42.3 million in grants and loans from the Ohio Third Frontier, a state economic development driver that invests in new technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Pill-mill crackdown in Ohio having success

With the recent sentencing of a West Portsmouth man who operated three Ohio pill mills, law-enforcement officers claimed another success in their fight to slash the state’s prescription-pill addiction problem.

Ohio bill would restrict abortion coverage

The Ohio legislature has ignored expert medical advice and put children at risk by opening the door for chiropractors to independently clear young athletes to resume play after they’ve suffered a concussion. Elected officials last week tucked the provision into a wide-ranging education bill not open to line-item veto by the governor.

Legislation to lower costs for some cancer patients clears Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A bill intended to lower costs of oral cancer medications for Ohio patients cleared the Ohio House Tuesday afternoon.

Legislative malpractice

The Ohio legislature has ignored expert medical advice and put children at risk by opening the door for chiropractors to independently clear young athletes to resume play after they’ve suffered a concussion. Elected officials last week tucked the provision into a wide-ranging education bill not open to line-item veto by the governor.

Holzer hosts annual science awards

The Ironton Tribune

Gallipolis . Holzer Clinic recently held its 26th annual High School Science Awards Banquet to honor outstanding science graduates from 28 area high schools.

Cardiac program revived

By Julie M. McKinnon, Toledo Blade

Donations pump new life for heart transplants at UT.

Columbus Cardiothoracic Surgeon Launches New Site on State-of-the-Art Atrial Fibrillation Treatment


Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common cardiovascular conditions in the United States, with an increasing number of patients turning to the Web to learn about their treatment options. A heart surgeon from Ohio, Dr. John H. Sirak has launched a new Web site that outlines the specifics of atrial fibrillation and details a curative treatment - totally thoracoscopic maze surgery.

Cancer leader meets with Congress to showcase success in research

The Lantern

Dr. Sidney Miller, director of the Ohio State University Medical Center's Burn Center, was elected president-elect of the American Burn Association at the organization's annual meeting held recently. Miller will assume the presidency in 2010.

Robert Berkowitz at Northeast Ohio's Center for Orthopedics Offers Neck Disc Replacement Surgery


Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Robert Berkowitz, MD, of The Center for Orthopedics in Sheffield Village, Ohio, is one of the first surgeons to offer neck disc replacement -- an alternative to spinal fusion surgery. Dr. Berkowitz uses the Prestige cervical disc, the first artificial disc for the neck approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Healthcare Name CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi


CLEVELAND and ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Cleveland Clinic (USA) and Mubadala Healthcare (Abu Dhabi) have appointed Andrew Fishleder, M.D. to hold the position of Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Shoulder Injuries In US High School Athletes Occur More Often In Boys


Although shoulder injuries accounted for just 8 percent of all injuries sustained by high school athletes, shoulder injuries were relatively common in predominately male sports such as baseball (18 percent of all injuries), wrestling (18 percent) and football (12 percent). Moreover, boys experienced higher shoulder injury rates than girls, particularly in soccer and baseball/softball.

Blueberries might prohibit growth of blood-vessel tumor

By Eileen Scahill, The Lantern

Researchers at The Ohio State University have shown that feeding a blueberry extract to mice with tumors that are primarily found in infants and children will decrease tumor size and increase survival.

West Penn names new cardiac surgery chief

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dr. Walter E. McGregor, formerly of Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has been named chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at West Penn Hospital. He is expected to join the West Penn Allegheny Health System on March 1.

General surgeons needed in U.S. ... stat!

By Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch

Shortage may hurt rural areas most, experts say.

Engineered virus targets and kills apparent cancer stem cells in neuroblastoma


After identifying an apparent population of cancer stem cells for neuroblastoma, researchers successfully used a reprogrammed herpes virus to block tumor formation in mice by targeting and killing the cells.

Custom Wrist Replacements

Ivanhoe Newswire

CLEVELAND -- Seventy million people are suffering from arthritis. Many of them deal with pain in their wrists. Until now, they were fitted with bulky, one-size-fits-all wrist replacements. Now, doctors have found a way to personalize each replacement and save money doing it.

Touch-Enabled Medical Training Expands


Skin Punch-Biopsy, Spinal Implant Training Simulators Demonstrate Ways That Haptics Deliver More Realistic, Efficient, and Safer Training Experiences; SensAbles New OpenHaptics V 3.0 Toolkit Showcased.

Medical technology flourishing in central Ohio

By Margaret Harding, The Columbus Dispatch

TechColumbus recently supplied $1.6 million in grants as part of its effort to promote technology-based businesses.

Hospitals cooperate to trim errors

By Suzanne Hoholik,

Health centers to share what works, what doesn't to save lives, cut costs.

Biotech firms hunker down as venture capital retreats during recession

Columbus Business First

Central Ohio inventors who want to market their medical devices will have to focus on maturing their products for 2009, as venture capital funds look for less "Eureka!" and more "cha-ching."

Neurosurgery chair elected to board of directors

By Mary Connolly, The Ohio State Lantern

Dr. E. Antonio Chiocca, chair of the department of neurological surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center, was elected to the board of directors of the Society for Neuro-Oncology. Chiocca will represent the neurosurgical subspecialty from 2008-2011 during bi-monthly teleconferences.

Surgery checklists could save lives, study reveals

By Tom Blackwell, National Post

Airline pilots have used them for years as a proven method to make flying less dangerous. Now there is evidence that surgical staff can dramatically curb the amount of harm they inadvertently do to patients simply by working through checklists before, during and after operations.

Irishman with Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Finds Leg-, Life-Saving Treatment In Columbus


If it wasn't for Bill Doherty's persistence to seek out the best treatment options available to him, he realizes he could be without a leg today. Bill's proactive efforts led him to revolutionary P.A.D. treatments taking place across the Atlantic at Riverside Methodist Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, where a team of experts used an advanced procedure to save his limb. During the minimally invasive procedure, they also found and opened a major artery supplying blood to his heart that was 85 percent blocked, potentially saving his life in the process.

Senate passes Medicare bill with Kennedy's help

By Kim Dixon, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A Medicare bill opposed by the White House won final congressional approval on Wednesday with the help of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who returned to the Senate floor for the first time since brain surgery last month.

Cleveland Clinic Makes Best Hospitals Honor Roll

US News & World Report

According to the newest hospital rankings by US News and World Report, the Cleveland Clinic is the fourth best hospital in the nation.

Six Surgical Miracles

By Susanna Schrobsdorff, Newsweek Web Exclusive

Some of the more amazing and unusual operations of modern times.

First Breast Cancer Patient Receives Treatment In National Electronic Brachytherapy Registry


Xoft, Inc. announced the launch and of the EXIBT Study (Electronic Xoft Intersociety Brachytherapy Trial), a national Electronic Brachytherapy patient registry under oversight from three national physician societies, the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), and the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). The first patient was successfully enrolled and treated in the registry by Drs. Peter Beitsch of the Dallas Breast Center and Timothy Nichols of the Northpoint Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas.

ECU surgeon performs 400th robotic-assisted heart valve repair

GREENVILLE, NC . W. Randolph Chitwood, a surgeon at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and a teacher at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine, performed his 400th robotic-assisted heart valve repair on June 20.

Common Laser Surgery Used In Uncommon Cancer

The Ohio State University Medical Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio During a routine eye exam earlier this year, Mike Samogala learned he had a rare form of cancer known as melanoma of the eye. Because the cancer was so advanced, surgeons had to remove his eye to save his life.

Keeping Patients Awake During Surgery?

Medical News Today

Think anesthesiologists only keep patients "asleep" during surgical procedures? An "awake craniotomy" performed on Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy on June 2, 2008 should challenge that notion.

Doctors save unborn baby's leg

News 24

Sydney - Australian surgeons saved the leg of an unborn baby by operating when her mother was just 22 weeks' pregnant, in what may be the earliest in utero surgery of its kind, the hospital said on Monday.

Premier conference on neurotechnology and deep brain stimulation to be held in Cleveland in June

Case Western Reserve University News Center

Case Western Reserve University awarded NIH grant to organize conference being held outside of Washington, D.C., for the first time.

A famous brain surgeon visits Cleveland

The News-Herald

Robert J. White, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery at Case University School of Medicine, shares his views every other Sunday in The News-Herald.

Panel sees flaws in trauma system

By Suzanne Hoholik, The Columbus Dispatch

When some of the state's top emergency medical experts got together this spring to rate Ohio's 6-year-old trauma system, they flunked it with a grade of 33 percent.

Cincinnati looks to give Ohio a third comprehensive cancer center

By Suzanne Hoholik, The Columbus Dispatch

CINCINNATI -- Ohio has two nationally recognized cancer-research centers. If medical leaders in Cincinnati have their way, there will be one more.

Robot performs surgery to remove brain tumour

Sify News

Toronto: Canadian doctors have created history by performing the world's first robotic surgery to remove brain tumour.

CorMatrix(R) Announces FDA 510(k) For Novel Biomaterial Implant For Intracardiac Repair

Medical News Today

CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc., an Atlanta- based company dedicated to developing and delivering unique extracellular matrix (ECM(TM)) biomaterial technologies that harness the body's innate ability to repair damaged cardiovascular tissue, announced that the company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its CorMatrix ECM(TM) for Cardiac Tissue Repair, which utilizes the company's proprietary ECM Technology(TM).

Body Contouring Surgery Improves

Plastic Surgeons Say They've Refined Techniques That Remove Excess Fat After Major Weight Loss.

Similar Outcomes for Minimally Invasive, Open Surgery in Colon Cancer


Large, open incisions that cause pain and require lengthy healing times might be unnecessary to treat colorectal cancer patients successfully, according to a new review of studies.

Neurosurgery conference planned May 9

By Jim Winkler, UToday

The sixth annual Neurosurgery Update Conference, "Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH): Help and Hope for the Wacky, Wet and Wobbly,'" will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Eleanor N. Dana Conference Center on the Health Science Campus.

Warren F. Muth, MD, to Serve as President of Ohio State Medical Association

Ohio State Medical Association

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the annual meeting of the Ohio State Medical Association, Warren F. Muth, MD, FACS, became president of the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) for 2008-09.

Weird News: If the hole is there, use it

By Chuck Shepherd, News of the Weird

Update: Experimental "natural orifice" surgery might be health care's next big thing following its U.S. introduction last year at Columbia University (as reported also in "News of the Weird"), where doctors removed a woman's diseased gall bladder not by an abdominal incision but through her vagina.

Fewer General Surgeons In United States Today


The number of general surgeons in the United States has declined more than 25 percent in the past 25 years, according to a report released April 21, 2008 in the JAMA/Archives journal Archives of Surgery.

New Surgery Improves Head & Neck Cancer Treatment


A new surgical procedure for head and neck cancer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers improved accuracy for surgeons and reduced post-operative pain for patients.

Study Shows Older Corneas May Work Well for Transplant

University of Cincinnati HealthNews

CINCINNATI. People on long waiting lists for corneal transplants, which could help recover their eyesight, may not have to wait any longer.

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