Updates in General Surgery

Green Bay, WI US
December 1, 2018

The aim of the symposium is to familiarize the audience with the current status and future directions of treatments for common and uncommon diseases of the foregut.

Diseases of the foregut include extremely common conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease and rare motility disorders such as achalasia.  The diagnostic and treatment approaches to these conditions continue to evolve at a rapid pace.

The course will include a debate and case style format designed to highlight several of the more controversial areas in foregut surgery.  Specific patient scenarios will be presented to the audience prior to the presentations in each track.  Upon completion of each speaker’s talk and an opportunity for open debate and discussion, the audience will be polled once again as to how they might manage the same patient presented prior to the panel.  We hope to see that the audience will at least understand or consider alternatives to treatment they might not have considered prior to attending this course. 

In addition, complex abdominal wall hernias are difficult to treat. Many times patients have had multiple previous attempts at reconstruction and often present with chronic infections. The standard ventral hernia repair is often not enough to fix these patients.  Many national surgical organizations like SAGES are focusing their course content on complex hernia repair. 

Target Audience

  • Surgeons (general surgeons, thoracic surgeons, surgical residents and fellows, students)
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Primary Care Providers

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
• Discuss how an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol can help improve patient outcomes
• Understand the different options for managing GERD including the pros and the cons of each approach
• Describe techniques for the surgical management of inguinal hernias including robotic repairs
• Understand the options and challenges in the surgical management of obesity in patients with organ failure
• Identify complex hernias that are not amenable to standard repair techniques
• Describe new and evolving endoscopic interventions as primary interventions and to manage complications
• Understand how to optimize patients prior to surgery to attain the best outcomes

Additional information
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Heidi Brittnacher
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-1831
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.75 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/01/2018 - 10:00am
Event ends: 
12/01/2018 - 4:00pm
9:00 am
Continental Breakfast and Registration 
9:30 am
10 - 10:30 am
Inguinal Hernia – Open, Laparoscopic, or RoboticRana Higgins, MD
10:30 - 11 amAbdominal Wall Reconstruction TechniquesAndrew Kastenmeier, MD
11 - 11:30 amChoosing a Mesh for Your RepairMatthew Goldblatt, MD
11:30 am - 12:30 pmChallenging Case Presentations/LunchMatthew Goldblatt, MD
Andrew Kastenmeier, MD
12:30 - 1:00 pmCurrent Options in Managing Medically Refractory GERDAnne O. Lidor, MD, MPH, FACS
1 - 1:30 pmNew Innovations in the Endoscopic and

Surgical Management of Obesity

Bradley J. Needleman, MD, FACS, FASMBS
1:30 - 2 pmBariatric Surgery in Complex and Challenging PatientsTammy Kindel, MD, PhD
2 - 2:30 pmChallenging Case PresentationsJon Gould, MD
2:30 - 2:45 pmBreak 
2:45 - 3:15 pmEnhanced Recovery PathwaysJon Gould, MD
3:15 - 3:45 pm

Optimizing Patients for Surgery—Nutrition, Obesity, Smoking and More

Semeret Munie, MD
3:45 - 4:15 pmInterventional Endoscopy, NOTES and BeyondJeffrey Marks, MD
4:15 pmAdjourn 






















MCW-Green Bay Campus / St. Norbert's College
161 Reid Street
Gehl-Mulva Science Center
Green Bay, WI 54115
United States


Anne O. Lidor, MD, MPH, FACS
Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive, Foregut and Bariatric Surgery
Vice Chair of Education, Divisions of General Surgery
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jeffrey Marks, MD
Program Director, Case Surgery Residency Program
Director of Surgical Endoscopy
Professor, Department of Surgery
University Hospitals
Case Medical Center

Bradley Needleman, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Department Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University


Matthew Goldblatt, MD
Division of General Surgery

Jon C. Gould, MD
Professor and Chief
Division of General Surgery

Rana Higgins, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of General Surgery

Andrew Kastenmeier, MD
Associate Professor
Division of General Surgery

Tammy L. Kindel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of General Surgery

Semeret Munie, MD
Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow
Division of General Surgery

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 5.75 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 5.75 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


Please login or register to take this course.

Physicians - $100
Healthcare Professionals - $50
Fellows, Residents, Students - $50*
  *Fellows, Residents and Students qualify for complementary registration to this course. Contact Heidi Brittnacher at: surgeryevents@mcw.edu to receive your complementary registration.

Fee includes: course registration, continuing education credits, CE certificate, course materials, meals and refreshments.

A $4.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on all registrations.

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Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be provided at 50% of the original registration fee.