WSS Fall Meeting – Come Join Us!
Friendship – Mentorship – Collegiality – Collaboration

November 4, 2022

7:00am – 7:30am Erie/Ontario/Michigan

Continental Breakfast

7:30am – 7:40am Superior/Huron

Welcome Remarks

7:40am – 9:00am Superior/Huron

Oral Presentations
  • Communication Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement During Interhospital Transfers of Emergency General Surgery Patients: The Physician Perspective
    Angela Ingraham, MD, MS, FACS
  • Evaluating the Quality and Readability of Online Breast Cancer Information
    Elsie Antuna Valencia, BS
  • Functional Outcomes and Quality of Life in Watch-and-Wait Versus Total Mesorectal Excision following Rectal Cancer Treatment
    Kent Peterson, MD
  • Implementation of Enhanced Recovery Protocols for Colorectal Surgery in Rural Wisconsin Hospitals
    Tanner Pettit, BS
  • Is Housing Affordable for First-Year Surgery Residents?
    Melissa Drezdzon, MD
  • Rat Hindlimb Amputation Model to Assess Nerve Transfers for Pain Relief
    Jose Zepeda, BS
  • Support Needs for Living Kidney Donor Candidates: Results from a Multicenter, Mixed-Methods Study
    Amelia Daley
  • Targeted Muscle Reinnervation and Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface Support Similar Quantities of Sensory Neurons but Vary in Motor Neuron Regeneration in a Rat Model
    Claire Saltzman, MS-3
  • The Use of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients Undergoing Mastectomy for DCIS
    Morgan Johnson, MPH
  • Transgender and Nonbinary Person’s Perceptions Towards Breast and Cervical Cancer Development, Screening, and Potential Impact on Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy
    Chandler Cortina, MD, MS, FACS
  • Trends in Preoperative Risk Stratification and Length of Hospital Stay in Patients Undergoing Pancreatic Resection
    Courtney Colench

9:00am – 9:15am Great Lake Foyer


9:15am – 10:35am Superior/Huron

Oral Presentations
  • Bariatric Surgeon Ergonomics: A Comparison of Laparoscopy and Robotics
    Lauren Hilt, BS
  • Characterizing Rural Families’ Experiences Receiving Pediatric Surgical Care: A Qualitative Study
    Christina Georgeades, MD
  • Cultural Complications: A Method for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in an Academic Department of Surgery
    Sarah Zaza, MD
  • Impact of Patient Complexity on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes
    Brandon Smith, MD
  • Is Housing Affordable for First-Year Surgery Residents?
    Melissa Drezdzon, MD
  • Medical Student Mattering: The Effect of Educational Interventions on the Surgery Clerkship
    Halen Turner
  • Oncologic Outcomes in Patients with Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    Grace Lawson
  • Reducing Discharge Opioid Prescription after Breast Conservation Surgery: A Systemwide Multihospital Quality Improvement Initiative
    Joseph Weber, MD, FACS
  • “The Equipoise Ruler”: Variation in Surgeon Judgment on the Value of Surgery, a National Survey
    Bethany Erb, B.A.
  • Weight Change Trends: A Quantitative Analysis of an NIH-Partnered Dataset
    Dawda Jawara, MD

10:35am – 10:50am Great Lake Foyer


10:50am – 12:10pm Superior/Huron

Oral Presentations
  • A Retrospective Analysis of Open and Endovascular Repair of Traumatic Vascular Injuries of the Trunk
    Xavier Jean, MD
  • Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction – Is It Time to Adopt a Protocolized Approach?
    Samuel Klinker, MD
  • Can CT Scan Predict Complete Recovery in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury? A CENTER-TBI Study
    Abdul Hafiz Al Tannir, MD
  • Maximal Aortic Diameter at Zone 3 Predicts Negative Remodeling in Patients with Initial Type A Dissection
    Konstantinos Karabetsos
  • Natural History of Fasciotomies Following Traumatic Injury
    Cole Joubert
  • Optimizing Antibiotic Management for Patients Presenting with Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis
    Annaliese Seidel, MD
  • The Effect of Topical Saquinavir on Viral RNA in a Mouse Model of Papillomavirus-Induced Anal Disease
    Laura Gunder, MS
  • The Variation of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy in Older Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury Due to Hospital Factors
    Mackenzie Rabas
  • Video Assisted (VATS) or Robotic? A Comparison of Techniques for Epicardial Ablations and Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion for the Convergent Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: A Single Center Experience
    Ali Syed, M.S.

12:10pm – 2:00pm Erie/Ontario/Michigan

Lunch on Your Own/Break | Trauma Collaborative Member Meeting | Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin Meeting

2:00pm – 3:00pm Superior/Huron

Top Rated Oral Presentations

Moderator – Jed Calata, MD

  • A 4-Arm Randomized Trial of Topical Pain Control for Breast Cancer Sentinel Node Radiotracer Injections
    Alyssa Wiener, MD
  • Colonoscopy Access and Quality Measurement in Rural Wisconsin
    Sam Paros, MD
  • Fluorescence Guided Surgery in Burns: Initial Results from a Pilot Study
    Jocelyn Zajac, MD
  • Implementation of Novel Protocol to Reduce Length of Stay Following Elective EVAR
    Alexandra Polovneff
  • The Use of Protease Inhibitors to Treat Anal Cancer Spheroids Derived from HPV Transgenic Mice
    Hillary Johnson, MD, MS

3:00pm – 3:15pm Great Lake Foyer


3:15pm – 4:30pm Superior/Huron

Wisconsin Collaborative Updates

Moderator – Brandon Grover, MD

  • Update from the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin
    Elise Lawson, MD, MSHS, FACS
  • Trauma Quality Improvement Collaborative
    Chris Dodgion, MD
  • COVID, Bed Availability, and Interhospital Transfers: An Illustration of Resourcefulness and Opportunities for Collaboration​
    Angie Ingraham, MD, MS, FACS
  • Challenges in Training the Next Generation of Wisconsin Surgeons
    Wisconsin Residency Program Directors

4:30pm – 5:30pm Bay de Noc

Annual Business Meeting

5:30pm – 6:30pm Beacon

Evening Reception

6:30pm – Beacon


November 5, 2022

7:30am – 8:00am Great Lake Foyer

Breakfast and Exhibits Open

8:00am – 9:00am Superior/Huron

Case Report Session
  • An Examination of Insurance Policies on Masculinizing Gender Affirming Top Surgery for Nonbinary Patients: Potential for Discrimination
    Alexandra Polovneff
  • An Insidious Presentation of Guillain Barre
    Natalia Rodriguez
  • Correlation of Parathyroid Adenoma Weight and Change in Intraoperative PTH Levels
    Catherine Mayer, DO
  • Foramen of Winslow Hernia: A Rare Internal Twist
    Ryan Patterson, DO
  • Functional or Physical? Abdominal Symptoms in a Patient with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia 2B Enteropathy and Crohn’s Disease
    Serena Zacharias, BS
  • Patient and Provider Perceptions about Communication after Bariatric Surgery: A Qualitative Analysis
    Chloe Lam, BS
  • Pilot Study of Second Window Indocyanine Green (SWIG) Fluorescence Imaging to Detect Tissue Necrosis in Human Burn Injuries to Guide Design of Prospective Clinical Trial
    Jocelyn Zajac, MD
  • Prediction of Acute, Uncomplicated Type B Aortic Dissection Remodeling
    Carl Schoephoerster
  • Short Gut, Long Road: Successful Management of Pediatric Short Bowel Syndrome through Multi-Institution Collaboration
    Keaton Joppru, MD

9:00am – 9:30am Superior/Huron

Update from the American College of Surgeons

9:30am – 10:00am Superior/Huron

Beaumont Lecture: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

10:00am – 10:15am Erie/Ontario/Michigan


10:15am – 11:30am Superior/Huron

The Implications of the Dobbs Decision for Surgeons in Wisconsin

Moderator – Elise Lawson

11:30am – 12:30pm Superior/Huron

Endoscopy Panel

Moderator – Jill Ties

  • Best Practices
    Peter Janu, MD
  • New Measurement
    Jessica Schumacher, PhD
  • Foreign Body Removal
    Ray King, MD

12:30pm –


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